Eat This Now: Doughnut Dolly

This morning, I had one of the most surprisingly delightful experiences of my life.

I got in and out of the DMV with a replacement drivers license in….


I am not kidding. I did something that I don’t believe I’ve done in my 14 years as a licensed driver: I made an appointment. I felt like Jay-Z (no, not Beyoncé, JAY-Z) gliding past the fifty sad sacks in the no-appointment line. Game changer.

To celebrate my LIFE WIN, I got doughnuts. Naturally.

Doughnut Dolly is an adorable doughnut shop in the Temescal district of Oakland. It’s hidden in a magical little doughnut alley!

The owner fills each doughnut to order with a menu of delicious creams and jams that regularly change.


Selecting for myself and future-hubs at home, I played it safe with dark chocolate and naughty cream (vanilla creme fraiche).

I happened to wear my adorable (and so soft!) See Jane Run ambassador shirt. As the owner filled my doughnuts with goodness, she told me she was doing the SJR tri in October! I was so excited for her! GET IT, AMAZING DOUGHNUT MAKER!

Behind me, another customer commented on the race and it turns out she is training for the coveted Nike Women’s Marathon. What a small active world!

Totally delighted with my experience, I brought the treats home to share with Tim. Sharing is caring.


The doughnut was spongey and light with fine sugar on the outside. The dark chocolate filling was rich and fabulous. The naughty cream had the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. I can’t wait to try more flavors!

Temescal is a fantastic neighborhood to eat and judge hipsters. If you ever make it over before 3pm, I highly recommend getting a treat at Doughnut Dolly. Just make sure to check her Twitter feed @doughnutdolly to see if she’s sold out!

Donut/Doughnut fan?

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3 thoughts on “Eat This Now: Doughnut Dolly

  1. I’m going to have to see if the DMV takes appointments here!! That is so cool!! It looks like an amazing doughnut place!! 🙂 We have a local bakery that is just a hole in the wall with the BEST eclairs! 🙂

  2. […] probably a good idea and that any significant eating should be done by 1pm.  Donuts.  (No, not these.  Different fancy donuts.  Review forthcoming.) Chicken sausage.  Bolt chews. […]

  3. […] Yes, the day after I got these doughnuts. […]

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