The new Cider Belly Doughnuts opened this week on Pearl Street in downtown Albany. We've been curious about the shop after first hearing about plans for it more than a year ago. That curiosity was further stoked this week after seeing a bunch of people tweeting about trying the cider doughnuts/donuts.* And it's hard to not get behind the idea of being able to easily stop in for a still-warm cider donut right in Albany.
So we stopped in today to try a bunch of the donuts. You know, for work.
Here are six quick takes after eating (parts of) six donuts...
Here's some background on the shop from its FB page.
The donuts are cider donuts, which is to say they're cake donuts. And they're relatively similar to what you'd get at an orchard, though without a side-by-side tasting we'd say Cider Belly's offerings are a bit lighter/fluffier in texture than the typical orchard donut.
When we stopped in around noon on Wednesday the shop had six different varieties available -- with a few more varieties listed on the board, but they were sold out.
Unadorned, the plain donut had a good, crunchy crust. And as mentioned above, the texture is surprisingly light, but not dry. This one was still a bit warm, which was a plus.
With the glaze this donut took on almost a coffee cake-like texture. Alas, the glaze didn't register much of a maple flavor for us.
Chocolate on a cider donut? It would haven't been our top choice of combinations, but this worked surprisingly well. The icing was chocolate-y without being overpowering.
The sweet glaze is a nice contrast to the not-really-all-that-sweet donut.
This worked, with a mellow coffee flavor. A bit like a donut dunked in coffee.
This is a classic combo for a reason. And Cider Belly's version of it worked very well, with a not-overpowering amount of cinnamon/sugar. And we got this one right as it hit the counter, so it was hot. That never hurts.
Quick bottom line
These donuts were pretty good. Without a side-by-side comparison it's hard to say exactly how they would stack up against some of the best local orchard cider donuts, but we think they'd fare well in a direct comparison. And, if anything, they're way better than what you get at Dunkin' Donuts.
As with almost any donut, they're much better warm. So if you stop in, try to score some of the donuts just off the line.
The half dozen was $5. Singles were $1 each.
* Doughnut/donut: There is ongoing debate over whether both spellings are acceptable. It seems that traditionalists tend to tout doughnut as the only acceptable spelling. But apparently donut has roots as far back at the 19th century, and many publications use it. (We made the switch to donut a few years back just because it's shorter.)
Earlier on AOA:
+ Trying the apple cider croissant donut at the Crisp Cannoli
+ Eat This: Boston cream donuts at Bella Napoli
+ Eat This: Glazed donuts at the Cookie Factory
+ A short tour of Capital Region doughnuts
Cider Belly Doughnuts
23 N. Pearl St
Albany, NY 12207
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