REVIEW: FLYBOY BAKERY DELIGHTS WITH DOUGHNUTS

KAYLYN DEITER

kkdeiter13@ole.augie.edu

 FlyboyBakery

There is a new reason to rejoice for all those who desire a delicious morning treat, love a place with homey atmosphere or crave a cozy study spot. Sioux Falls is now home to Flyboy Donuts, a brand-new, locally owned doughnut bakery located at 5005 S. Western Ave. in The Bridges shopping center.

In an effortless blend, the atmosphere of Flyboy Donuts mixes the comfort of home and the upscale style of downtown. I immediately felt at ease in the quaint little shop as I breathed in the decadent smell of freshly baked doughnuts and laid eyes on the room’s quirky décor.

The menu is painted on a rough wooden board hanging from the ceiling, with mouthwatering pictures of doughnuts covering the walls. Each table sports beautiful doughnut photography. There is also a more intimate seating area made up of leather couches and a wooden coffee table for patrons who desire more privacy. The shop also has the added bonus of free wi-fi.

Flyboy Donuts boasts a wide variety of menu items, ranging from the traditional doughnut beloved by all to more specialty items such as Big Fancy’s, Bismarks, Honeymooners and Texas Donuts.

I sampled the shop’s most popular offering, a chocolate Long John doughnut with Bavarian cream filling. This fried creation was pure bliss. I could practically taste the two hours of effort co-owner Aaron Spaan took to prepare each batch of 50 dozen Long Johns. I could tell that this was no typical supermarket breakfast item.

The store, owned and operated by Kari Hoff and Spaan, produces roughly 100 dozen doughnuts on any given weekday, and almost twice that amount on Saturday and Sunday, Spaan said. Other rare doughnut varieties offered at the shop include maple bacon, blueberry cake and old-fashioned buttermilk doughnuts.

Hoff and Spaan are also planning to create different seasonal treats for their customers, such as pumpkin spice-flavored sweets and doughnuts with a holiday theme. Homemade sandwiches, along with biscuits and gravy, will soon become part of the menu as well.

As a college student on a budget, I found that Flyboy Donuts boasts reasonable prices for the homemade quality and exceptional atmosphere present in their store. While a traditional doughnut will set me back only $0.75, the Long John and milk I purchased was fairly priced at $4.25.

I would highly recommend sampling the delightful doughnuts Flyboy Donuts has to offer to anyone looking for a homemade treat at an affordable price, or a cozy atmosphere perfect for studying or hanging out with friends. Flyboy Donuts is a unique addition to the Sioux Falls community and a delicious destination for doughnut lovers everywhere.

Flyboy Donuts is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.