Wednesday, June 26, 2013

GBD Fried Chicken and Donuts in Dupont Circle

I thought I knew good fried chicken, especially being raised near a town that only serves fried chicken and fudge, but I was blown away by GBD Fried Chicken and Donuts.

When researching lunch options in Dupont Circle, I noticed quite the internet buzz about GBD.  I checked out their website and my brain function stopped when I saw the world’s most perfect menu item: a key lime donut.  I did the Road Runner “meep meep!” and zoomed toward the restaurant.

At peak lunchtime, there were a lot of people waiting for their take out orders and I braced myself for a bit of a wait, but that wasn’t the case.  I put in my order for a Drum & Thigh Lunchbox with a side of Pimento Mac & Cheese for the modest price of $8.00.  The donuts are on the pricey side as donuts go, but I couldn’t help it, I had to order the key lime donut.  The friendly employee handed me the donut to enjoy as I took a seat and waited for my order.

Was the donut good?  Hell.  Yes.  The dough was heavy and sweet.  When I reached the tart key lime filling, my salivary glands did a back flip.  I had to make myself stop halfway through this sizeable donut.  It was too good to not share with Ms. Classy, which was a significant sacrifice and expenditure of will power.

As I finished carefully wrapping the precious half donut, my order was brought to the table.  As I said, I didn’t know good fried chicken before this moment.  The breading was crispy with a subtle flavor and not overseasoned to compensate for flavorless meat, which was flavorful and juicy.  The Pimento Mac & Cheese was exactly how mac & cheese should be: quality cheeses with a little something added for some zip.  That biscuit:  PERFECT!  I should have gotten some butter for it so I could clog my arteries just a tad more.

Will I be back?  Yes.  I am really keen on trying the chocolate cream filled brioche and coffee cake donut.

-Mr. Cheap Eats

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