Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (Washington, D.C.)
I’ve come to realize during my trip to D.C. is the renaissance of artisanal doughnuts. Doughnuts that are meticulously made by hand and in small batches. Another great doughnut destination is found in the Metro-Downtown Center called Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. THey are convenient if you are either giving your credit card a workout with the many department stores and shops in the area or if you’re working here since the business district is not too far from here.
Astro Doughnuts is a storefront shop that sells nine flavors (when I was there) and during the late weekday mornings, fried chicken and doughnut sandwiches(!).
I had to start off with their maple bacon ($2.95) just because I adore the sweet-savory combination. They do make their doughnuts very well. The doughnut itself is light, airy and a delicate crispness. The maple glaze and crispy, salty bacon was a great balance. I shared my box with friends and had tried their passion fruit berry (a monthly special flavor, $2.65), s’mores (another special flavor, $2.65), peanut butter & jelly ($2.95), and crème brûlée ($2.95). All of them were fantastic in its own way. If you had to ask me which I really like the most, having a crème brûlée doughnut just made is out of this world and their passion fruit berry was excellent with the balance of sweet and tart.
Since I do love my fried chicken, I split these over-the-top fried chicken and doughnut sandwiches — Old Bay ($9) and the BLT ($9.50). The fried chicken used on these sandwiches (at least the ones I had) were made with white chicken meat and they were crisp yet moist with a kick from the Old Bay seasoning. The difference between the two sandwiches is the obvious strips of crisp with a touch of chewy bacon. The doughnut “buns” were neutral that served as a great vehicle to hold the filling together. These sandwiches were almost grease-less that allowed clean flavors of the chicken, lettuce, tomato, and the doughnut bun (and bacon, if you have the BLT) come through. Both sandwiches has their options of creamy flavored mayonnaise that are set on the side to prevent the sandwiches from getting soggy when you take your sandwiches out. (Do note, this shop doesn’t have any seating inside and have about two two-top tables outside.)
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Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
1308 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 809-5565