Revolution Doughnuts

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Doughnuts. You guys probably already know, I can’t get enough of them. I had already checked out Sublime Doughnuts during my time in Atlanta, but, I’m not going to just stop at one shop. I was off to check out Revolution Doughnuts. Here, they’re hand making all their doughs, glazes and fillings from scratch, using real food ingredients like organic flour, local dairy, fresh fruit, natural flavor extracts, and 100% trans-fat free vegetable oil. So, there’s a lot of care involved. These guys carry a bunch of accolades for their doughnuts, so, I had to try a bunch. You know, research.

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Now, common for popular doughnut shops, they’re bound to run out of certain flavors throughout the day. After I wiped my tears and picked myself off the floor, I organized a pretty decent order. In no particular order, I first had the Vanilla Bean (yeast). The simplest of the bunch, it still packed some lovely flavor. The yeast dough is light with a bit of chew, and really nice. The glaze here was almost a super vanilla (I think it had a cape on), really packing in natural vanilla bean flavor, noting the tiny little bean specks.

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Next up was the Raspberry Sprinkle (yeast). Now, contrary to this one looking like a generic Homer Simpson doughnut, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this one, all due to the delicious, natural flavor of the raspberry. You get the sophistication of a real raspberry fruit glaze, with the fun and whimsy from the sprinkles. Perfect for the kid at heart.

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Then, I had the Orange Pistachio (yeast). I’m not a huge citrus dessert person, but it looked so pretty I had to try it. And, I’m really glad I did. There’s a zing from the orange citrus, balanced with the nuttiness of the pistachios, and the crunch mixed with the soft dough is just delightful. 

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Next up was the Cinnamon Apple Fritter (yeast). Man, I love a fritter. Maybe because it’s just fun to say, but, then again, it’s also probably because they’re really delicious. Here, you get a light and delicate apple flavor, with a crisp outside and soft inside. No complaints here. 

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After that I tried the True Blueberry (yeast). Again, same great yeast doughnut base, but I really enjoyed the real, natural flavor of the blueberry, which you can absolutely taste. 

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Finally, and maybe one of my favorites, was the Shredded Coconut (baked cake). This was the only cake doughnut they had on tap at the time, so, I knew I had to scoop it up. The doughnut is a dense cake, and it’s super moist (awful word) and delicious. The coconut glaze is perfect, and the added texture of the shavings just kicks it up a notch. 

The Shorts:
Name: Revolution Doughnuts
Location: 908 West College Avenue, Atlanta, GA
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, they’ve got a lengthy menu of doughnut flavors that I wasn’t able to try, that I really would love to try another time. 
Would I recommend it? Definitely. They have cafe tables for you to kick back and enjoy your doughnuts, or, if they’re out of a flavor and tell you the next batch will be ready in 30 minutes, park it and wait for those fresh bad boys to make their way out of the kitchen. 

East 12th Osteria

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On the corner of 12th Street and 1st Avenue, you’ll find a restaurant with a beautiful aesthetic, wrap-around glass panels and a rustic wood door. Inside is just as beautiful, and they’re serving delicious Northern Italian food here at East 12th Osteria in the East Village.

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Everything here is fresh and made to order. You really feel like you’re a part of a true dining experience and not just out for a meal. The whole menu looked amazing, and while it was a little tough to decide, I feel the ordering we did do, was right on point. Before the meal, they bring out freshly baked breads (thin, crisp breadsticks, rosemary flat crisps, and a mini herb roll). These were all amazing and delicious. I especially loved the little rolls, which were warm, pillowy, and herby with hints of oregano.

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Then, you’re served a generously sized amuse bouche that could practically constitute for a small appetizer. I was served a Beefsteak Tomato Gazpacho. It was divine. If I could sum it up in one word, it would be fresh. They don’t complicate this dish, just some olive oil, and simple seasoning of a little salt and pepper, and topped with mozzarella, it was delicious and refreshing.

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Then, as an appetizer, we got the Involtini di Melanzane, Provola Affumicata e Basilico (Eggplant Rolls filled with Smoked Provola Cheese, Tomato Confit, Basil Oil). Holy damn. This was so wonderful. There’s a distinct smokiness to the dish that almost gives you the illusion that you’re having meat, but the dish is totally vegetarian. The eggplant is soft and creamy, and wrapped around this rich, smokey Provola cheese.

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For my entree, I ordered Branzino di Lenza (Line-Caught Branzino, Baby Vegetables). I really loved this dish too. The fish is tender and juicy, served with a crispy, flavorful skin on top. The baby vegetables were perfectly cooked and lightly dressed in a really nice lemon-butter sauce.

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And, we really went in and got dessert too. I had the Fondente al Cioccolato (Chocolate Fondant, Hazelnut Cream, Raspberries) served with a pistachio ice cream. Another perfect dish that really wrapped the meal up beautifully. The cake is light, and then out pours the warm, gooey, lava like hazelnut creme. The flavors really go so great together when mixing the warm chocolaty cake with the cool, creamy ice cream and a little sweet tartness from the raspberry puree.

The Shorts:
Name: East 12th Osteria
Location: 197 First Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Definitely. The experience was great, the food is exceptional and the atmosphere is just lovely.
Would I recommend it? I mean, I think all of the above speaks for itself.