Call it either donuts or doughnuts, this humble sweet fried ring is the quintessential American treat. However donuts have a disputed past, there is a theory that suggests that they were invented by Dutch settlers around the 19th century and they were sometimes referred to an oliekoek (a Dutch word literally meaning “oil cake”), a “sweetened cake fried in fat.” Then there is Hanson Gregory who claimed to have invented the ring shape in 1847 aboard a ship when he was 16 years old, the center was removed to allow the dough to cook all the way through and avoid a raw center, but regardless of the certainty of its origins, one thing is certain, people love donuts and they can’t get enough of them.
For years if someone had a craving for one of these treats (at least in Miami), they would have to go to one of the popular chains to get their fix, however there is nothing delicious about massively produced-fried-batter-with-overly-sweet-glazed donuts, and Miamians in particular did not know any better… until The Salty Donut appeared.
The Salty Donut is the first artisanal donut shop in Miami, the brain child created by Max Santiago (pastry chef extraordinaire), Andres Rodriguez and Amanda Pizarro who saw a void in the city for small batch and carefully produced donuts that would make anyone break their gluten free/no sugar diet and become a devoted fan. Since their stand opened in December 2015, there has been an incredible buzz around the community who did not waste any time in trying the delicious confections even if that meant standing in line for as long as necessary to buy a box (or 2, or 3!) of the different flavored donuts that are fresh and in limited numbers.
Everybody knows that there is no more perfect accompaniment to a donut that a good steamy cup of coffee, so they have included a menu of coffee drinks from local roasters to enhance the experience and wash those delicious flavors down.
The premise of The Salty Donut is “local, local, local”, or at least that is the feeling the shop exudes. They partner with local roasters, smokehouses (hello Maple Bacon Donut!) and other business to support the industry and give back to the community. It is a win-win for all.
They rotate flavors according to the season but they have fixed staples such as the Spiked Donut Holes inspired by popular cocktails, the Traditional Glazed Buttermilk Donut with Tahitian bean glaze, the Guava and Cheese (to substitute your greasy Cuban pastelito), Maple Bacon and Brown Butter + salt.
(Fun fact: Chef Max Santiago has been featured on this column more than any other chef in Miami. The guy knows what he is doing…)
The Salty Donut is open every Friday-Sunday from 11AM until sold out, and it is located at 29 NW 24th St Miami, FL 33127 in Miami’s Wynwood Design District.
For more information please visit http://saltydonut.com/ and make sure to follow them in social media.