Gallery: San Francisco: A Flavor Tour of Dynamo Donuts

Fruit Loops
Fruit Loops

The flavors at Dynamo are interesting, but they thankfully keep their eye on the ball, never sacrificing flavor for originality.

Passionfruit Milk Chocolate ($3)
Passionfruit Milk Chocolate ($3)

A tart passionfruit glaze lightly rolled with nuggets of milk chocolate. This was my favorite flavor (I've got a thing for passionfruit).

Meyer Lemon Huckleberry ($3)
Meyer Lemon Huckleberry ($3)

Like a tarter, wilder cousin of the blueberry, huckleberries make for great glaze, especially when paired with orange-scented Meyer lemon.

Coconut ($2.50)
Coconut ($2.50)

One of the more traditional of the bunch, it's got a vanilla glaze with big flakes of well-toasted coconut.

Lemon Thyme ($2)
Lemon Thyme ($2)

We really wished that you could taste more of the thyme here, but the lemon glaze was tangy and sweet without being cloying.

Chocolate Rose ($3)
Chocolate Rose ($3)

The first of three chocolate-based flavors. Overall, they weren't as good as the plain doughnuts, bordering on slightly heavy. The rose flavor was muted as well.

Maple Glazed Bacon Apple ($3)
Maple Glazed Bacon Apple ($3)

The bacon craze may be over, but that doesn't make it any less delicious. Crunchy bacon is applied tastefully here, providing a nice salty-sweet balance.

Chocolate Star Anise ($2.50)
Chocolate Star Anise ($2.50)

Again, the chocolate overwhelmed the star anise to the point that we couldn't detect it. Still, if you like your doughnuts dense and fudge-y, this one is for you.

Spiced Chocolate ($2.50)
Spiced Chocolate ($2.50)

Finally—some spice flavor shows through! This was the most interesting of the three chocolates.

Vanilla Bean ($2)
Vanilla Bean ($2)

A simple vanilla bean-flecked glaze allows the doughnut to really show through, and it's a fine doughnut indeed. Yeasty, puffy, and light, with just the right level of sweetness and chew.

Molasses Guinness ($3)
Molasses Guinness ($3)

It's got the rich flavor of a brown sugar cookie with a moist, cake-like crumb and just a hint of malty Guinness.

Caramel de Sel ($2)
Caramel de Sel ($2)

Rich, sticky caramel glaze may not be for everyone (it really gums up your teeth), but I'm a sucker for salty desserts. I could have used even more fleur de sel on top of mine.

Lemon Sichuan ($3)
Lemon Sichuan ($3)

The only stuffed doughnut offered today, and it's a flavor that you don't think should work. But it does. A light hand lends the lemon curd filling an ever-so-gentle aroma of camphorous Sichuan peppercorns.