Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jack Frost Donuts

On Saturday, "R" and I went on a little breakfast adventure. Recently, several friends had proclaimed their love for Jack Frost Donuts. A bold statement was even made that their glazed cruller was better than the famous Krispy Kreme glazed donut. I was intrigued.

Located on Pearl Road (near Brookpark Road), it's an easy place to miss. The small building is worn, the signage is beaten down, and we've probably driven past it no less than 100 times.
A couple of cars can pull up in front of the building, and about a half dozen parking spots are located on the right side of the building.

We stepped in and were greeted with warm, sweet smells. Luckily, there was a couple ahead of us and it appeared to be their first time there as well. It bought us some time, and we started to look through the donuts in the case. One note--- signs on the donuts would be helpful. I had no idea what I was looking at, most of the time.
"Anytime is a great time for donuts."

They clearly do a lot of turn over in the mornings, and once it was our turn to choose our donuts, the woman was pretty impatient with us. We were rushed, but ended up with a Glazed Cruller, Glazed Cake Donut, Boston Cream, and Salty Caramel.
Sadly, we must have missed the Maple Bacon that everyone raves about. Next time, I'm on a mission!

Tucked safely away in our donut box, we headed home to enjoy our treats. "R" did not love his two selections. He liked them, but wasn't wowed. I'm not a "cake" donut fan, and I was more than happy with my Boston cream and glazed cruller. I should have warmed the cruller a tad in the microwave, because I could certainly see its potential for being better than a Krispy Kreme. It was darn good, and I've kind of been craving one ever since. I'm not even a sweets fan, particularly in the mornings! So, that says something.

This place has a cult-like following, and my picture of the donut box on Instagram got more likes and comments than any other photograph that I've posted.

Anyone want to invite me over for brunch or a morning meeting? I'll bring Jack Frost Donuts!

Jack Frost Donuts
4960 Pearl Road
Cleveland, OH 44109


Heather said...

We tried these for the first time a few months ago and Jay can't stop thinking about them!

Crystal @EatDrinkCLE said...

It's so funny - it literally JUST was looking at my pics from Jack Frost and was thinking I need to make a return trip before I post about it. I had the maple bacon and it is dee-lish! But the pumpkin hands down is one of the best donuts I've EVER had. Sheer bliss!

When I went I was slow and unfamiliar with how to find out the flavors and order and stuff and the lady was really nice about it. I went on a weekday so maybe that's why they weren't so rushed with me. I went back on Halloween and found it to be utter and complete craziness - they have a drive up pick up outside for all the pre-ordered donuts. Who knew Halloween was such a huge donut day?!

Kristian said...

They have some super frosted ones...wow that frosting!

Bite Buff said...

Crystal-- Yes, I think a weekday trip would be a better idea for browsing. There are several more that we want to try! R would like the pumpkin.

Kristian-- lots and lots of frosting!

Dine O Mite! said...

The key lime is even more elusive than the maple bacon. The best time to go is late morning during the week. I save myself the trouble of looking through everything and just ask "Is there anything special today?"

It's a Cleveland institution that most east siders are completely unaware of.

Bite Buff said...

Dine- Maybe the west side needs to keep this secret to ourselves. ;)

Anonymous said...

You must have the glazed. They are like nothing else anywhere... addicting, amazing, unique.