If you’re browsing Instagram, looking for food recommendations in Miami, you’ve probably come across The Salty Donut. They are simply all over Instagram and in the digital press, and rightfully so, because they make freakishly amazing doughnuts.
The Salty Donut is an Artisanal Donut shop and Coffee Bar which aims to align itself with US culinary trends and become a local leader in South Florida’s food scene. Their chief “donutier” (that’s a thing, apparently), Max Santiago, puts emphasis on using fresh, high quality ingredients to prepare everything in-house, including fillings, glazes, jams, doughs and more. It currently exists in the Wynwood Design District as a pop-up shop until they open their retail branch. The pop-up shop features 6-8 different doughnut flavors every weekend and they promise to have 12 once their store opens, which will make the decision even harder!
Me and my friend got there around 11am to find a long, winding queue. We waited for half an hour, which wasn’t bad given the size of the place, the amount of people and the end result. As we approached the small van I looked at the menu to decide what to take. The options for the day were Key lime pie, Blueberry crumb, traditional, Maple bacon, Guava + cheese, Brown butter + salt. Other than that they also had a variety of donut holes: Nutella shooter,'”Wynwood car bomb’ spiked, Oreo cake and Blueberry crumb cake.
I held myself back from ordering the entire menu and ended up getting the following:
Brown butter + salt ($2.75) – Tahitian vanilla bean cake donut with brown butter glaze & Maldon sea salt.
This doughnut’s description may sound simple and innocent but one bite and the entire notion goes out the window. Both me and my friend were surprised to find a variety of deep, varied flavors. Not at all what one would expect when biting into a doughnut, which usually tastes like pure sugar.
Brown blueberry crumbs donut ($2.75) – wild blueberry glaze and cinnamon streusel. This doughnut was much more fancy-looking. Though it looks like a Boston-Cream-style filled doughnut, it doesn’t actually have any filling. Instead the content is placed inside the hole. The amount of filling is just right and it doesn’t feel too heavy.
Spiked Donut Holes ($1) – The Salty Donuts describe this as “Brioche donut holes with a rotating shot of our favorite liquor reductions inspired by popular cocktails”. This was nice but given a second chance I’d go for another doughnut/hole.
Nuttela and Hazelnut (spiked donute holes) – Nuttela shooter chocolate covered donut holes with crushed hazelnut – This one’s a must for the chocolate lover and it was a delight to consume even eight hours after I bought it.
All of these delicious doughnuts were accompanied by the most epic ice coffee cup I’ve ever tasted with cinnamon toast crunch cereal milk latte. It might sound a bit yucky but that’s one of the tastiest things I’ve had in life.
If I had to describe my visit to Salty Doughnuts in one word: Epic.
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Make sure Wynwood is on your Miami itinerary; it’s easy and fun to spend hours in this cool urban location full of graffiti,art and small boutiques.