Dun-Well Doughnuts: Dairy Free Dessert Crawl, Part 4

Dun-Well Doughnuts

Dun-Well Doughnuts

On a cold rainy Sunday afternoon, Therese and I took a subway trip way out to Bushwick, Brooklyn to try out some vegan treats at Dun-Well Doughnuts.  I had vaguely remembered hearing about their success in the Doughnut Wars on the Food Network, but honestly, I found them via a simple Google search for vegan bakeries in NYC.

Before checking them out, Therese and I had some lunch at Cafe Los Arcos around the corner on Bushwick Ave.  I have to give a shout-out to Los Arcos for two reasons: authentic Mexican cafe atmosphere (with Selena dubbed into Spanish playing on the tv), and great cheap food (I had carne asada with yellow rice and pinto beans – yum!).

Cafe Los Arcos

Cafe Los Arcos

Once we had finished our lunch, it was time to check out Dun-Well.  And check it out we did.  The shop is definitely striking, with its typical hipster mix of Roaring 20s meets 1960s meets junk sale vibe.

Don’t get me wrong: I have nothing against hipsters.  For all I know, some people might think I’m a hipster.  And seeing how seriously they treat doughnuts at Dun-Well, how can I question what they are about?  I mean, not only do they spell the word “doughnut” with the “ugh” the old-fashioned way (rather than just donuts as popularized by Dunkin’ Donuts), but they have a mission statement!

Dun-Well's Mission Statement

Dun-Well’s Mission Statement

OK, let’s step back here a moment.  Some vegan bakeries do a cake doughnut, which is great, but when I heard about Dun-Well, I got excited at the prospect of eating a vegan doughnut that might be just as decadent as the doughnuts I used to eat before I went dairy free.  You know, all airy and chewy and gooey and so out-there that you know your healthcare professional gets a twinge every time you eat one.  Well, Dun-Well delivers.  The first one of their offerings I ate was a peanut butter and jelly – jelly-filled with peanut butter icing on it.  Oh Mama: lock me in a darkened cell with a month’s supply of these, come back 30 days later and you will find me a happy man.

Of course, with a good doughnut as with Lays Potato Chips, you can’t eat just one.  And since we had come so far in the cold and rain, we were not going to short-change ourselves on the doughnut experience, so we went for a half-dozen.

Our Purchase from Dun-Well

Our Purchase from Dun-Well

Before I had bitten into one, Therese got me to promise that I will be cutting back on sweets in the new year.  See, that’s the effect that a truly transcendent doughnut has on people: just from looking at it, they can already tell how decadent it is.  No one is going to watch you eat a plate of linguini and then make you swear an oath to cut back.  Dun-Well, I will be dieting in 2014, but first, I’m gonna stuff my face with your sweet delicious o-rings.  And with that, I come to the end of my 2013 dessert crawl!

About Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson is an avid traveler, passionate about food and food-related entertainment, completely allergic to dairy. He is founder, owner and principle contributor to “The Dairy Free Traveler” blog. The Dairy Free Traveler perfectly dovetails two of his greatest areas of interest: traveling near and far, and searching for great cuisine (especially dairy free!)

The Dairy Free Traveler publishes original material about the dairy free lifestyle, eating the best food in the most interesting destinations around the world. Karl’s tours take him from thriving New York City, to exotic Marrakesh, to elegant Paris bistros — (yes! even Parisians have gotten on the dairy free bandwagon.)

The Dairy Free Traveler himself also engages with independent dairy free food producers, highlighting new dairy free product launches and events that support dairy free entrepreneurs.

Peterson is among the top 7 most widely read TripAdvisor reviewers in New York City and is repeatedly cited as a Top Contributor at TripAdvisor.com. His reviews have garnered more than 542,000 readers — half in the U.S., and half among the many countries he has visited around the world.

Beyond writing this blog, Peterson is a published author, with contributions to “Savoring Gotham” edited by Andrew F. Smith (published 2015 by Oxford University) and the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Cheese (a bit ironic, yes, but a professional is often asked to stretch beyond their comfort zone!).

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