Astro Doughnuts Starts Friday Off Right

Jason Dick
Posted January 18, 2013 at 2:35pm

Washington: We have liftoff.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken started inauguration weekend off right Friday morning, setting up a pop-up location at Chinatown Coffee Co. for the express purpose of getting 300 of its sugary confections into the hands of early morning Washingtonians.

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Among the selections, as HOH lead feed writer Warren Rojas has reported,were the “Obama Then,” a chocolate-glazed doughnut drizzled with caramel sauce and sprinkled with Maldon smoked sea salt, as well as the “Obama Now,” a honey-glazed oatmeal raisin doughnut topped with crumbled granola.

Other bits of deliciousness awaiting the purchaser of the Astro Doughnut variety pack pictured above were the Twink-nut, a cream-filled, sponge-cake homage to the late Hostess Twinkie; the Creme Brulee, a vanilla custard, bruleed vanilla glaze cake; the Peanut Butter & Jelly, a strawberry jelly doughnut with peanut butter glaze, and the Brooklyn Blackout, a devil’s food cake with chocolate glaze and cookie crumbs.

Any one of these taste-bud ticklers is enough to satisfy a sweet-tooth craving and start a morning off right, especially with a nice black cup of Chinatown Coffee’s joe. But the winner for this HOH writer was the Twink-nut. Maybe it’s the relatively light touch of this cake. Maybe it’s Gen X nostalgia. Whatever. It came out as the favorite. Runner-up goes to the “Obama Now,” the oatmeal-cream-pie-like dessert. This was a surprise, given HOH’s natural skepticism about the “Let’s Move” fitness thing.

We are quick to note that the other four doughnuts are no slouches. The Peanut Butter & Jelly, in particular, manages to be juicy and hold it all together at the same time.

And the best news? Astro will bring back the pop-up Saturday morning at Chinatown Coffee at 10 a.m., and will open its own brick-and-mortar location later this month at 1308 G St. NW. Ah, sugar.

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