For a while when I initially started this blog, I would visit a restaurant on my last ride of each month and write a post about it. I haven’t done that as frequently during the past year. But I didn’t want 2016 to end without at least one more ride during which I treat myself to something better than the cafeteria fare I often eat at my desk after I get back from a bike ride. So on this bike ride I sought out Zombie Coffee and Donuts, one of the few local doughnut shops that I hadn’t been to previously. Zombie has two locations, and I chose the one located at 3100 14th Street (MAP) in northwest D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. I chose this location because the other is a little too far away for me to ride to on my break from work. Their only other location is in Athens, Georgia.
Now, I’m not much of a coffee drinker. I never have been. I remember first trying it as a child and not liking it. My parents said I would learn to like it, but I decided it wasn’t worth learning to like. So on this bike ride I sought out Zombie not for the coffee but for their doughnuts. And you might be able to tell from some of my previous blog posts, I like a good doughnut.
Zombie serves only fresh made-to-order cake doughnuts which can be topped with your of choice glazes and toppings. The way that it normally works is that after entering the shop you’re handed an order form that asks you to specify which kind of glaze you’d like with which topping. Some of their most popular combinations are listed at the top of the order form, and include Chocolate Icing and M&Ms, Vanilla Icing and crushed Oreos, Maple Icing and Bacon or Pecans, either Chocolate or Vanilla Icing and Caramel Drizzle, Lemon Glaze and Coconut, or Half Chocolate Icing and Half Vanilla Icing. Or you can check off your own individual choices such strawberry glaze with rainbow sprinkles, as I’m sure Homer Simpson would order if he were at Zombie. Altogether there are 84 possible combinations of glazes and toppings.
I happened to walk in at one of the infrequent times when there was not a line, so I was able to just tell them what kind of doughnuts I wanted, and they made them as I stood there. I chose one with just plain strawberry icing, and a chocolate iced doughnut with shredded coconut. Now I’m not going to “sugarcoat” things here. They were not the best doughnuts I’ve ever had. But they were so fresh they were still warm, and they were darned good. They’re so good, in fact, I can forgive them for spelling the word doughnut incorrectly.