Let the Good Times Roll!!! Edible Skinny was lucky enough to be in New Orleans for the last two weeks! We had a fabulous time there and the extra pounds to prove it, much of which is the result of District Donuts. Now, I openly proclaim that normally I don’t even like donuts. I think they’re a ridiculous breakfast food that murders your blood sugar before the day even starts… but I’m now eating crow as all that changed with a Big Easy intro to District Donuts.
District Donuts located in the heart of the Garden District, far from the winding lines of the French Quarter, hands down make the best donuts I have ever had in my life. Yay, that’s right I said that Café Du Monde (which I made sure to cross off my list of NOLA food activities… look for a post on that to come). It’s an even bolder statement coming someone who has sampled sugar concoctions from the donut greats such as Voodoo Donuts in Portland and Kettleglazed Donuts in Los Angeles.
At District every calorie has been placed in their food with dedicated intention. They do everything from scratch, down to their sprinkles! Seven options are available daily, each more creative than the next, from Vietnamese Coffee (with Boba inside of it), Maple Sriracha, and Brown Butter Pistachio.
District is also committed to micro-batch roasted coffee. Their coffee partner is the Atlanta based 1000 Faces who only ever roasts less than 20 lbs at time. Through a technique called profile roasting, individual coffee beans are roasted to find their sweet spot, a special profile of time and temperature variables are created and adhered to that offer their interpretation of perfection. This means that they don’t use traditional terms like light, medium, and dark roasts. (How cool is that? They’re so cool they’re above classic coffee systemization…)
District opened in October 2013 focusing on creative donuts and sliders, the latter includes Fried Chicken with Sweet and Spicy Slaw and Candied Jalapeno, a Pork Belly sandwich on a Waffle Bun with Garlic and Anise-flavored Creole Mustard, and a Lemongrass Chile, Tofu, Cucumber, Campari Tomato with Sweet Soy Glaze (which BTWs is fantastic!). A year later, the team opened District: Hand Pie & Coffee Bar on upper Magazine Street selling sweet and savory versions of the portable filled pastry. The team are set to open a new location in Lakeview this summer. That will be the third brick-and-mortar for the company in three years.
District also has taken the ubiquitous concept of a food truck flipped it Crescent City style. Their mobile wheels look like a New Orleans streetcar, but it’s really aStrEATcar. Along with offering District’s donuts and sliders, there’s milk on tap. In addition to serving great food, the strEATcar serves another strategic purpose, to help connect New Orleans children and teens in foster care with families. 100% of the profits from the StrEATcar go to support Crossroads NOLA, a local non-profit serving children in foster care. This really is a streetcar you’ll desire.
So here’s to life being delicious and encountering the best donuts of your life!