100 Favorite Dishes, No. 38: The Peace 'Stachio at Hypnotic Donuts

The best cake doughnut you will find.
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I love doughnuts; I am not a morning person. I wonder if these two statments hint at some sort of subconscious self-protection mechanism in which the very tiny part of my brain, devoted to preservation and matters of well-being, realizes the very large part of my brain, devoted to gluttony and excess, will not eat a doughnut if it's anything less than fresh. Self-protection brain knows it can save itself from an extra 500 hundred calories if can just talk the hedonist brain into staying in bed till 10 a.m., and in this one small battle he almost always prevails.

Sometimes, though, I find myself up early. And when I'm up early and hungry a doughnut seems like a pretty good idea. And while I'm not too snobby from a simple glazed number from a Korean-owned doughnut shop (again, only if it's fresh) my one and only favorite doughnut lies in the case at Hypnotic Donut. They really are the best in town.

They call it the Peace 'Stachio. Picture a respectably cooked vanilla cake doughnut, capped with a veneer of brown butter frosting. Big chunks of chopped pistachios are pressed into one half, giving the doughnut some texture and crunch.

I've seen the same doughnut at coffee shops in the evening and it doesn't have the same allure after it has sat for an afternoon. A doughnut fresh from the oil at Hypnotic and a cup of jet-black coffee, on the other hand, is the stuff of revelation. It's something I could almost talk myself into getting out of bed early for.

No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher
No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.
No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me
No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen
No. 87: The White Album at Spoon
No. 86: Ramen at Tei An
No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco
No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu
No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon
No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata
No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue
No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai
No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah
No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan
No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant
No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma
No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's
No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan
No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita
No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa
No. 71: The Chicken Wings at Teppo
No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard
No. 69: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's
No. 68: Birria Tacos at Los Torres Taqueria
No. 67: Bulgogi Cheesesteak at Say Kimchi
No. 66: Suadero Tacos at La Banqueta
No. 65: Brian Luscher's Post Oak Red Hot
No. 64: Banana Flower Salad at Mot Hai Ba
No. 63: Cinco Leches Cake At Mesero Miguel
No. 62: Cabrito a la Parilla at El Ranchito
No. 61: Reuben at Kuby's
No. 60: Plain Cheese Pizza Cooked Extra Crispy at Zoli's
No. 59: Enmoladas at Mesa
No. 58: Pig's Head at CBD Provisions
No. 57: Rib "Sandwich" at Baby Back Shak
No. 56: Beef Noodle Soup at Monkey King
No. 55: The Nachos at Spiral Diner
No. 54: Elotes, Everywhere
No. 53: The Popeye At Green Grocer
No. 52: The Cuban at International Bakery
No. 51: Rush Patisserie's Croissant
No. 50: Kitfo From Sheba's Ethiopian Kitchen
No. 49: Beer at Craft and Growler
No. 48: Pastor Tacos at El Rincon
No. 47: Banh Mi From Nammi
No. 46: Beef Fajitas From Mariano's
No. 45: Italian Combo from Carbone's
No. 44: The Brisket at Pecan Lodge
No. 43: Chicken-Fried Steak at Ellen's Southern Kitchen
No. 42: Carnitas Tacos at Taqueria Y Carneseria Guanajuato
No. 41: Lamb Burger at LARK
No. 40: Regina Margherita At Cane Rosso
No. 39: Barbacoa At Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo

Location Info

Hypnotic Donuts

9007 Garland Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Put an egg on a doughnut: I'm sure the sh+theads will love that!  Yesterday I put an egg on an egg, flipped it over, and then put another egg on the bottom. Ohh ohh ohh, or my favorite.........wear a brewers beard and a fedora whilst drinking craft beer with an egg on it!  Now mind you, it was on it, not IN it.

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