Fractured Prune

I’ve never been to Ocean City, so I’d never been exposed to the idea of custom-topped donuts until the apparently famous Ocean City institution “The Fractured Prune” opened their first DC location in Dupont Circle last month(2153 P St. NW ). I finally had a chance to give em a try on Saturday morning.

The basic idea is that they top donuts the way other stores top ice cream cones. You pick your own toppings and they make you a custom-glazed donut. In a way, this can be quite liberating. However, just like bad Mongolian Barbecue, if you mix up a bad flavor combo, you have only yourself to blame. The decor of the place was none too thrilling, and it does take a while for them to make your donuts. That turned out to be ok, because I ended up talking to some guy who was just waiting for the bar next door to open (can you believe they make you wait until 1pm in the afternoon before they’ll serve you a beer in this town?)

My suggestion to you is to get your toppings in moderation. Out of the six donuts I ate, I found the ones with the least number of toppings to be the best. Also, I’d stay away from their “Prunewich” special, where they’ll cut your donut in half and fill it with with sandwich stuffings (shudder). But if you’re in the area, and the bars haven’t opened yet, consider The Fractured Prune for your donut needs. At least the donuts are made fresh on the premises, unlike some other Dupont Circle donut store I could mention that tricks their customers into thinking the donuts are made onsite by the judicious use of a hot glazing machine.

3 Comments so far

  1. Max (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 8:18 am

    I went to the Prune a few months ago and thought it was a major let down. It took 10 minutes to get 2 donuts that were slung into a messy paper bag. They really weren’t that tasty either. I wouldn’t be surprised if they go out of business within the next year.

    I rarely eat donuts, but I much prefer Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts, even if they are chains.


  2. Shawn Honnick (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

    These are really good. They are particularly good on the beach, after surfing. I had no idea Krispy Kreme did not actually make the donuts on location. They did in NYC when they first opened there! Fractured Prune is true donut greatness.


  3. Kate (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

    Some of the toppings at the Prune are a little much, but the OC Sands donut is worth a taste: it has a honey glaze and is sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Yum!



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