Late last night, Lucky Devil Doughnut Co. announced they were closing shop for 2013. Seattle’s not the greatest spot for doughnuts; while we’re definitely coffee addicts, Top Pot and Mighty-O are pretty much the biggest players in town, and I think we get distracted by our pastries. (I’m looking at you, Crumble and Flake, but I still love you.) FROST in Mill Creek is delicious, and Street Donuts and Daily Dozen are amazing on the mini-doughnut market, but that’s about it.
I admit I never ate at Lucky Devil, and reviews I heard ranged from fried perfection to being underwhelmed. That doesn’t make them a bad food truck, and I’m sad to see another truck close. But I really want to see more doughnut shops.
So, what would I like to see next? Mainly more variation on the dessert truck scene. Seattle loves its seasonal ingredients, and while Sweet Treats does cookies and the Grilled Cheese Experience has dessert sandwiches, no one has gone full-on seasonal with their desserts besides those making pie. Can we get candied citrus mini-doughnuts? What about hot buttered rum flavors? And why not expand to pancakes and small treats, like æbleskivers? I would love to see a taiyaki, egg waffle, or æbleskiver truck. The second kumquat-stuffed æbleskivers or doughnuts topped with vanilla-scented whipped cream exist, stuffed to order, I will be out there with cash in hand.
Also, since dessert trucks will never have the pull of savory trucks, ideally we should be building pods and pod rotations to meet demand. Second and Pike’s pod, with Mobile Melts’ Monte and Off the Rez sharing space with 314 Pie and Caravan Crepes, is off to a great start for 2013, and I hope we can have food truck progressive meal options across Seattle.
Whatever happens, good or bad, we’ve lost a food truck in Seattle. May whoever builds a doughnut truck next learn from their experiences and bring us something even more awesome.
Thank you, Lucky Devil Doughnut Co. We wish you luck on your next endeavors.