Few things on this planet are worth getting up early for on the weekend. They include: English Premier League Soccer, getting the first picks at the Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market, and of course, doughnuts. The General American Donut Company, located on the Northern fringe of Fountain Square, is taking doughnuts to the next level. With so many bakeries focusing solely on fancy cupcakes or gluten free baking it is nice to see somebody giving the doughnut the respect it deserves. All of their doughnuts are made fresh daily, and with hours that range from 7:30 to, “until out of donuts.” The General American Donut Company is a perfect example of the bizarre awesomeness that Fountain Square generates.
These aren’t your grand pappy’s doughnuts. No disrespect to the good folks at Long’s Bakery, but the General American Donut Company has some of Indy’s best and most creative doughnuts. The French Toast doughnut was brilliant. Delivering on every bit of the name, this doughnut has hints of cinnamon & nutmeg and was topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar. The exterior was slightly crunchy, and the inside was air soft. You would think a doughnut like this would be too sweet, but the balance was remarkable. Almost as good was the Maple Bacon Bourbon doughnut. Bacon has never been more popular, and far too many places have been tossing it into baked goods without caring about the results. This doughnut is an excellent example of bacon making a good thing even better. The strips of bacon remained crisp and retained their smokiness, adding a second level of texture and depth of flavor. The saltiness of the bacon was the perfect companion to the sweet icing. The only complaint is that the maple and bourbon were hard to find. If this were just a bacon doughnut it would have been a homerun. Not all of their donuts are wacky. They do coconut doughnuts right. Using a combination of both toasted and shredded coconut you get the best of both worlds.
All of the General American Donut Company’s doughnuts are homemade, from scratch, every single day. No mixes, no freezing things that didn’t sell the day before. If it is for sale, it is fresh and awesome. Their doughnuts are light and never greasy, sweet but never overly so. If you find yourself downtown or even driving through Indianapolis (General American Donut Company is right off the highway near the I-70 and I-65 Southern interchange) give these guys a try. Coffee and espresso drinks are also available, but this is America, and Americans like doughnuts.