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Cheap Eats: Dough in a box

posted on April 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm


When Sublime Doughnuts opened back in 2008, Kamal Grant’s unorthodox gourmet doughnut creations reignited Atlanta’s fried dough lust and paved the way for places like Dutch Monkey Doughnuts in Cumming. What was still missing, however, was a solid doughnut place without the frills. A good old doughnut shop akin to the ones you find on any street in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to many — thanks to regulars that purposely kept it a secret — such a place existed and was around well before Sublime or Dutch Monkey: Dough in a Box (3184 Austell Road, Marietta, 770-436-5155). And, just in case you’re wondering, no, the name is sadly not a parody of the Lonely Island “Saturday Night Live” skit featuring Justin Timberlake.

Jesus and Dannia Balestena bought Dough in a Box almost a year ago from the previous owners, a couple they befriended while they were regular customers. Along with the business came the recipe for the California-style doughnut, which, until now, has been an elusive find in these parts. A California-style doughnut is a very specific specimen, nowhere near the disappointing melt-in-your-mouth-in-two-bites version of a certain well-represented Southern doughnut chain. A true California doughnut will knock you out with its heady just-baked freshness the minute you open a boxful. It leaves little grease behind in the box or on your fingers. It’s yeasty, which means it stays intact after each bite and can be savored rather than mourned for having gone too quickly.

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  • Re: Cheap Eats: Dough in a box
    posted by: The Trot Line · May 19, 2011  9:53 AM

    Those remind me of the good ole fashioned doughnuts at The Doughnut Hole in Santa Rosa/Sand Destin, Florida.

    Simple things done well, often beat out the “gourmet” side of things. Great post!

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