When you’re the tip of the spear when it comes to pastry treats like me, you get involved in a lot of conversations about the best local donut and pastry shops in the various regions of the country. For instance, talk donuts to anyone who grew up around the DC Metro region and someone will eventually mention Montgomery Donuts.
Montgomery Donuts was a legendary local chain that started in the 1940s. However, the rise of large national chains, like Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme, put the shop out of business in the early 2000s. Sixty years is a good run, but it’s not over.
I put the B&P I-Team on the case and learned that at a pizza/sub shop in the Crystal City Mall called Slice n’ Dice, the Montgomery Donut lives on. The owner, Benny Fischer, bought what was left of the company in 2001 and started making the original recipe Montgomery Donuts in his shop.
Let me tell you, it’s great that he did because these donuts are pretty freakin’ good! Now I never had the original, so I’d love to hear from someone who had them back in the day, but these donuts stand up to any other donut you’ve eaten and beat them.
I’m not regularly in the Crystal City area, but donuts are my business and I had to have these delectable treats. I made the trip out to Slice n’ Dice arriving around 10:00am and they were just about sold out, so get there early (I stopped by once around 11:00am and they were sold out). For my tasting, I grabbed a cake donut, a glazed, and a chocolate iced donut.
First off these donuts are pretty big, which I always appreciate, but they also have a good glaze-to-donut ratio. The glazed and chocolate iced donuts were a great balance between being very fluffy and being a little dense. Both donuts also had a great texture and great sweetness. The chocolate icing was unlike any other chocolate icing that I’ve ever had on a donut. The icing almost had the consistency and taste of fudge. That’s right, it’s basically a layer of fudge on top of a glazed donut. It might be the best chocolate iced donut I’ve ever had.
Now, I’m not a huge cake donut fan but the Montgomery Donuts take on the cake donut was pretty good. If cake donuts are your bag this would be an excellent choice. Apparently Slice n’ Dice also make a maple iced donut that sounds delicious and I’ve also read tales in the underground pastry ‘zines of Montgomery Donuts’ delicious honey buns back in the day, so I’m gonna have to get up a little earlier one of these days and make the trek to try more of these tasty treats.
Do yourself a favor and make your way down to Crystal City Mall early on a weekday morning and grab yourself some excellent donuts made fresh at Slice n Dice. You won’t find crazy toppings or fancy ingredients, but just good old-fashioned quality donuts.