The gourmet doughnut arrived in Highland Park today with the soft opening of Donut Friend on York Boulevard. Owner Mark Trombino has taken the humble doughnut and turned into a high-end snack, with a wide range of flavors, fillings and toppings from which customers can build their own custom dessert. Look for doughnuts with Greek yogurt and blueberry jam or goat cheese and basil. A friend of The Eastsider stood in line to pick up a plain doughnut for $2 but prices rise to $5 for some combinations.
What’s inside (or on top of) of a $5 doughnut? Consider the Spanish Bomb as described on the Donut Friend menu:
Manchego cheese and quince paste inside our traditional donut, topped with a sugar glaze and tasted almonds
Better hurry. Post-lunch, doughnut lovers were already lined up this afternoon.