Treat to Try: Dragon Donuts
It took a minute to get out to Dragon Donuts. Perhaps that’s understandable. Located in Grove City, the shop requires a short haul through the scenic 71-S road construction. But then again, it’s spring in Columbus, so congested road construction is inescapable.
But in this case, it’s worth it. As the name indicates, donuts are involved. Warm donuts.
Really, the warm donuts thing says it all. Dragon Donuts makes them fresh to order in a shockingly fast process. Leaving the store, you can feel the donut warmth seeping through the bottom of the box*. It signals the approach of an uncommonly tender, achingly melty donut experience. You don’t just find that anywhere. While fresh donuts are pretty common in this world, warm donuts are something else entirely.
But then Dragon Donuts has another angle on top of that. It custom frosts the donuts for you. The whole thing is like visiting Willie Wonka’s house. There’s a little whimsical donut frying machine, followed by a wonderland of colorful toppings. You can be boring and get a plain glazed; that’s probably a good way to appreciate the freshness of the donut.
But we’re not here for boring. We’re here for excess. There’s a helpful menu list of ways to put things together. There’s Smor-eo with Oreo Cookies and a marshmallow drizzle. There’s Buckeye with chocolate and a peanut butter drizzle that boasts a seriously hearty peanut butter flavor. The Fruity Tutti with strawberry glaze and Pebbles cereal came highly recommended. It did not disappoint with its added crunch to the pile of melty sweetness. It’s easy to pick a favorite flavor, as long as you’re willing to change your mind every two minutes.
All this joy is priced at just $1.50 per donut, with little price breaks for bigger orders (six donuts were $8.25). You’ll find it just off 71 at 2806 London Groveport Rd.
*It’s worth knowing that the box kept them warm from Grove City all the way to the north end of Columbus, despite 71 being reduced to one immobile lane because of an accident.
For more information, visit dragondonutshop.com.