It seems like there has been a donut explosion in Charlotte over the last year or so. Several stores have popped up that are dedicated to selling just donuts and people in Charlotte are not mad about it. First came Duck Donuts in Dilworth, now Joe’s Doughs has opened a brick-and-mortar store in NoDa (they used to do pop-up shops only) so you can get their unique donut creations (almost) every day if you wanted to.
Joe’s Doughs doesn’t serve your typical donut. Some of their combinations sound absolutely crazy but just work. Just a few of my favorites: Candied Lemon, Maple Bacon, Peanut Butter S’Mores, and Cinnamon Sugar. I’ve been dying to try the Goat Cheese Strawberry Balsamic but it’s been sold out each time I stop in. I’ve noticed that only about 5 or 6 flavors are available at any given time as the donuts are made fresh and in batches. Once a flavor runs out, a new flavor becomes available so don’t expect to get your favorite flavored donut each time you visit. This is a great way to experiment with different flavors, though, and I have yet to meet a Joe’s Dough donut that I didn’t like. Even if they sold plain donuts only, I would still be a fan. The dough is very similar to a kronut as it’s chewy, flaky and with lots of fluffy layers. Yum.
Each donut is about $2, which seems to be a little pricer than other shops but in my opinion, they’re worth it. I can only eat about 2 anyway before I start feeling dizzy from all the sugar. Joe’s also sells coffee so if you’re a coffee fiend like the rest of America, you’ll probably want to grab a cup of the locally made Enderly Coffee that’s sold there. Joe’s Doughs is open Tuesday – Friday: 6:30AM – 3PM and Saturday – Sunday: 7AM – 3PM. Usually when I stop in, there’s a small line to place an order but the line moves very quickly. I’ve also noticed that this is a great spot to bring kids and let them pick out their own crazy donuts, which I’m sure would make you parent of the year… at least for a day.
Have you guys tried Joe’s Doughs yet? Let me know in the comments which flavor is your favorite!