By Angela Navin
“The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole.” ~ Oscar Wilde
At 9007 Garland Road in Dallas nestled in the quiet Lakewood community is a donut shop that is like many other donut shops except for the under their spell fact that it’s completely different. Ranked at a stellar number 14 in the U.S., Hypnotic Donuts is changing the way you eat, see, and taste breakfast. Whether you are stopping in for Amy’s Chicken Biscuit or a Box Full ‘Magic, you will be presented with versions of your morning favorites the likes of which you have never seen before. Let’s see how they are putting Dallas under their spell one donut (or biscuit) at a time.
The “Hyppie” haven gives the strip mall in which it’s located character. As soon as you walk through the door you instantly realize that you are in an anything but ambiguous locale. From the psychedelic-themed painting on the wall to the flower child accent borders (not to mention the equally as free thinking patrons) Hypnotic has a spirit all of its own. And as you wait in line for the first time and your eyes catch the first glimpse
of out of this world flavor combinations that await you just beyond the glass. You are now in-tune and you begin to notice every seat is filled with people reading their papers and having conversations while eating the kitchen creations from this hippie breakfast version of Dr. Frankenstein. You begin to feel your salivary gland activate and realize
that your mouth is indeed watering.
Hypnotic is not for the faint of heart or the cuisine cowardly. If you can’t imagine life beyond the jelly donut perhaps you are better suited for Dunkin’ Donuts. But should there be a part of you that yearns for something more… exotic… daring… crazy… maybe an Evil Elvis (a bacon-drizzled, peanut buttery, banana and honey oral orgasm) then this place should be a weekly pilgrimage. The home of the Smore donut, a delicious chocolate cake based creation topped with sprinkles, marshmallows, and graham cracker and the Hell Fire, which is for the brave, consists of jalapenos, blazing habaneras, vanilla frosting
and serrano peppers all waiting for your tongue as they sit atop a freshly glazed donut. The list of the extreme goes on and on from an intense biscuit like the Kaye’s to the Canadian Healthcare (a long john with a sweetness overload of maple frosting and real delicious and salty bacon). Then there are things for the “Average Joe” like plain glazed donuts. Hypnotic is the bright and vibrant flag placed on the moon of bland breakfast to
signify that there is better out there.
Friendly, warm, and inviting. Once you’re here, you’re home. I felt like a regular after about ten minutes.
For the food and for the flavorful adventure this place is one of the best destinations in DFW. And the most expensive thing on the entire menu is only six bucks. Also hats off to their Oak Cliff coffee, as a Starbucks fanatic I was indelibly impressed with the drink that served as the perfect compliment to this glazed paradise.
What to eat: The Hypnotic, Evil Elvis, the Hell Fire, Kaye’s Biscuit, and the Wavy Gravy Biscuit
Who eats there: The A.M. hippie, foodie fanatics, Adam Richman, and Elvis impersonators
9007 Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
Mon-Fri 6:30 am – 12 pm*
Sat 7:30 am – 1 pm*
Sun 8 am – 2 pm*
*Or until sold out