Words and Images by Will Milne
We've been super excited about Hypnotic Donuts and Cultivar Coffee Bar opening in Denton since November of last year. People have conceived and given birth to children since then, y'all. Wednesday, they will finally open their doors to all of us clamoring for fun donuts, wonderful coffee, chicken biscuits, and more (we haven't had the chance to try their salads or poutine yet).
Sunday, they held a soft-opening in which customers could grab a free donut and glass of beer or wine. People responded. There was a line down the block. Also, it was hot. We waited for while after thinking we were smart getting there fifteen minutes early, but apparently in Denton, everyone is smart. They had a double super secret opening before the soft-opening, but we weren't invited to that (whine). Oh well. The wait was worth it. We grabbed an Evil Elvis, Breaking Bad, and a straight up glazed (requested by the six year old in our party). All of which lived up to the hype.
The Breaking Bad was a chocolate donut with caramel icing and sea salt. The flavors all coalesced perfectly and had just a hint of saltiness which we loved. The Evil Elvis featured peanut butter, bacon and banana all on a yeast-raised donut and was a meal unto itself which we'd rather have than a sandwich any day. The comfortable pillow-like consistency of each donut had us already feeling nostalgic for this place that hasn't even opened yet
Cultivar is also one of our favorite coffee roasters in DFW and didn't disappoint in their new Denton location. They're rocking a La Marzocca espresso machine and the cold brew was on point - it had us awake until 9:15pm (with a combo of donuts and red wine, this is saying something). The space is nice, bright and can easily accommodate a line, which we're guessing they will have quite a bit. The little patio area outside will also be fun. And if you eat too many donuts, Sprockets is next door - just hop on over, buy a bike/helmet and work off them carbs (might as well buy a cupcake from NV while you're at it, though)!
Below are a few of our shots from the soft-opening on Sunday. Hypnotic Donuts and Cultivar Coffee Bar will open for good in Denton on this Wednesday, September 3rd at 7am. We're probably gonna be there.