With a line out the door and around the corner of the building on their grand opening, I think it is safe to say that our neighborhood welcomed Hypnotic Donuts with open arms. And stomachs. After being a weekend pop up at a pizza joint in North Dallas for a year and a half, Hypnotic is now standing alone in a storefront, as well as dominating the Dallas donut market.
Owner, James St. Peter, joined the donut revolution after visiting Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts. Although the funky donuts resemble Voodoo’s, they are James’ brain children: individual, creative, and sprinkled with unexpected combinations. The customer favorite is the Evil Elvis: a glazed donut with peanut butter, banana, and honey. So decadent that the great king himself just might return for a bite. Okay probably not..but its really really good. Topping the charts with the kiddos is the infamous Zoo Ropa. This donut is every child’s dream and every parent’s nightmare. A vanilla cake donut with vanilla frosting, sprinkles, and iced animal cookies is what I fancy a syringe full of sugar being injected into my veins would be like. I love
sweets, but even I can’t do that amount of concentrated sugar so early in the morning. However, I think twelve years ago while studying for college finals, it would have come in pretty darn handy. My absolute favorite menu item is the Hypnotic kolache; spicy sausage wrapped in their homemade biscuits. Even an already seasoned grandmother could learn a few things from these biscuits. Thought bubble … I should give James my Nana’s number.
Some of their other ingredients include; bacon, fresh jalapenos, queso, Gatorade powder, Captain Crunch cereal, and yes, these things are atop donuts. Intrigued, aren’t you?
The service and experience is out of this world. After learning that my toddler had a doctor’s visit the day I was there, James insisted I take her a chocolate donut. I also learned that he takes any donuts left over after closing to the local fire station. Seriously. I will be returning again and again to Hypnotic to try their outrageous donut creations, but also because their owner is just super cool. James refers to himself constantly as a “hyppie”, and his shop follows suit. Its a 60s attitude and style that represents freedom for all. He calls Hypnotic a corporate getaway. He’s right.
Hypnotic Donuts is located near White Rock Lake, and is open 7 days a week.
9007 Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
Monday -Friday 6:30 a.m. -noon, Sat 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
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