Restaurant Review: Rocket 88 Doughnuts

Fletcher Place, you’re becoming quite the foodie mecca of Indianapolis! A slew of new buzz worthy restaurants, a distillery, a brewery… People are snatching up property in this quaint neighborhood just south of downtown near Fountain Square left and right. Just after the start of the new year, Rocket 88 Doughnuts opened after a successful Kickstarter campaign got them the funds they needed to launch. Initially, I thought “oh boy, another doughnut place”. Mind you, General American Donut Company had recently opened and the Flying Cupcake announced a little sister donut shop, the Dancing Donut. Add already existing Dunkins, the Donut Shop, and of course, Long’s, it’s not unreasonable to ask…How many doughnut spots does one town need?

Friends, I’m here to tell you… This place is LEGIT. 

Let’s start with location. Other than the fact that Fletcher Place is the happenin’ place to be, Rocket 88 is situated in a little corner of a building right off of the interstate. 

 

Sadly, I only managed to snap a shot of the exterior thanks to one curmudgeon toddler. The inside is cool, modern but welcoming, with a chalkboard wall menu as you walk in on the left and a darling mural of the life of a doughnut on the right. Coffee, tea, and milk are offered including a Mile Square Coffee blend made exclusively for Rocket 88. Now, let’s get to the good stuff- the doughnuts.

  

Oooooh, mama. This was the sampler I got this particular day: a browned butter pretzel cake, an Earl Grey vanilla cake, a caramel apple spice waffle doughnut, and 2 chocolate glazed cake. I say this particular day because after the first visit, we returned 2 more times in a 7 day period. It’s THAT good! Others worth mentioning are the chocolate maple bacon and the hazelnut espresso cream (OMG, I dreamt about that doughnut. It was seriously amazing.). I liken Rocket 88 to Long’s fancy, organic cousin. Melt in your mouth delicious, these doughnuts are made with as many locally sourced ingredients possible, are all organic, and many are vegan. The owners are also working on a gluten free recipe for that crowd. Several flavors are offered daily and specialty flavors change daily based on what ingredients are available. Those amazing waffle doughnuts (named the Leslie Knope, LOVE IT!) are only available on Sundays and Wednesdays. Prices range from $1-$3 a piece (like I said, Long’s FANCY cousin!) but in my opinion, are so worth it. I paid about $11 for the assortment above and I’ll tell you, for 4 doughnut at General American, I paid $9 and wasn’t nearly as impressed. They are also open on Friday and Saturday evenings for game nights, offering special treats each night- a recent offering included beignets in a variety of flavors.

As a final testament, I’ll leave you with an anecdote. A few days after our first Rocket 88 visit, I asked Jack what he wanted for breakfast. His answer was a resounding “DOUGHNUTS!” Ask and you shall receive, little man. šŸ˜‰

     

Check out Rocket 88 Doughnuts at 874 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis 46203 every day but Monday. See their menu here.

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