Mini Doughnut Factory – A Review

Instagram has been a life changer for me in helping me to discover new things and connect with awesome people. In fact Instagram is how I first found out about the Mini Doughnut Factory. It was impossible to ignore the irresistible photos of these mini confections all over social media. The photos paired with the raving reviews on Yelp made the Mini Doughnut Factory a high priority on my foodie wish list.

Mini Doughnut Factory

When my friend and fellow blogger Jenn suggested the Mini Doughnut Factory as our meeting location I was excited to finally give the doughnuts a try for myself. Ironically Jenn and I became acquainted through Instagram as well. With one glance at her Instagram feed you will see why we connected, she too is a foodie like me and it was fate that we live in the same city.

Mini Doughnut Factory - Tia & Jenn

When we arrived we were immediately greeted by the staff welcoming us into the store even though they were decorating doughnuts at the time. Patrick, one of the owners, met us at the cash register to take our order. He was friendly and patient as I perused the menu trying to decide what to order. I wanted to try several of the doughnuts while still remaining within an affordable price range so I selected the 6-pack which is priced under $5. Since I hadn’t yet had breakfast, this was a perfect amount for a morning snack.

I had a few I just had to try but I allowed Patrick to select 2 wildcard options for me. My 6 pack included: The Samoa, The Campfire, The Sweet Pig, Cookies & Crème, Cotton Candy & Fruity Pebbles

Mini Doughnut Factory - 6 Pack

The samoa, s’mores, cookies and cream, cotton candy, fruity pebbles and sweet pig. Even though it was the one I was the most skeptical of, my fave was the sweet pig. The combination of the sweet maple on the cake doughnut with the salty bacon was absolutely delish! My other faves were the samoa and the s’mores doughnuts.

All of the doughnuts were created on a base of a plain cake doughnut. The doughnuts are miniature and about the size of a half dollar. All of my choices were from the Favorite Doughnut Selections but you can feel free to create your own.

Mini Doughnut Factory - Menu

The Mini Doughnut Factory is an experience; each doughnut is made fresh to order so you can actually watch your doughnuts being made especially for you. Since doughnuts are not pre-made or batch processed, you will have to be patient if you come during a busy time in the day. Fortunately for us we visited during the week and so the line was not very long, so we did not have too long to wait to dig into our yummy treats.

Mini Doughnut Factory

Mini Doughnut Factory

These mini doughnuts are perfect for any situation. I cannot wait to bring my niece back to enjoy a few treats with me, she will love being able to create her own mini doughnut treats. I am so glad that Jenn suggested The Mini Doughnut Factory as our meeting location, wish list item check. I now have her to blame for my newest addiction and the additional pounds I am sure to gain from overdosing on mini doughnuts because this will definitely be my last visit to this awesome shop.

In fact I am already planning my next trip so that I can try the blueberry and chocolate cake doughnuts which are only served on the weekends.

To see more pictures from my #EatLikeTia adventures on Instagram.

Mini Doughnut Factory

 

What would you place atop your mini doughnut?

 

Update 2 /21:

Just like I said, I went back this past weekend so that I could try the chocolate and blueberry doughnuts which are only sold on the weekends. I had just left brunch at another restaurant but my friend and I were still feenin’ for something sweet so we made a pit stop on the way home. The place was packed as expected, but don’t be discouraged the line moved quickly. My friend got a box of 16 for her and her son. I just got a 6 pack which was enough for me to have as an afternoon snack. This time I chose 2 blueberry (one with lemon glaze and one with regular), 1 cookies and cream, 1 salted caramel which was on the chocolate doughnut, 1  peanut butter cup which is on the chocolate doughnut on the weekends and who can resist the sweet pig. We took our doughnuts to go this time but they barely made it home with me.

They were all very good but I am not usually a salted caramel fan but I am so glad I tried that special because it was amazing. Of course the sweet pig wins my heart every time because I never thought I would love a doughnut with bacon and I totally do. But truthfully they were all very good. If it hadn’t been Sunday when I visited, I probably would have gone back the next day for more. But since the specialty flavors are not available during the week, I guess I will have to wait until next weekend.

Mini Doughnut Factory

Update 3/13:

So I am admittedly becoming a regular and I could not resist stopping in this weekend to get the strawberry shortcake mini doughnut featured this weekend. I love fresh strawberries and they are in season right now so they are fresh and ripe. This feature is a vanilla doughnut, with powdered sugar, fresh strawberries and whipped cream. It was good, not super sweet like some of my other favorites but a great choice. I ordered two but kinda wish I had ordered more after getting home and devouring them in just a few seconds.

I also got some of my usual faves like the sweet pig and the chocolate peanut butter doughnut but I also tried the French toast for the first time. After this taste, it is now on my list of faves too. It’s a classic cinnamon sugar doughnut but it’s the simplicity that makes it so great.

The secret is out so this place was packed. The service is great as always. Even though it is busy, the staff was courteous, friendly and customer focused. It is so amazing to watch the owner Patrick personally greet and interact with the guests. He is a true owner operator who gets involved in every aspect of the operation including cleaning. I respect that he did not delegate that job to a staff member but when he saw the need, he just reacted.

Mini Doughnut Factory

 

If you haven’t made it in yet, you’re definitely missing out.

 

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29 Comments

  1. May 11, 2016 / 8:23 AM

    Wow! It must be addictive 🙂 . It sounds great, and nothing better than bite sized goodies. I think my favorite would be the salted caramel. It sounds amazing!!!

    • Tia
      May 11, 2016 / 12:34 PM

      Yes they are pretty addictive. The salted caramel definitely remains on my list of faves.

  2. May 11, 2016 / 12:59 PM

    Sounds yummy, my inner fat girl is trying to burst out at this very moment. I’m a sucker for sweets my gosh. I tried a similar place while in NYC but they have closed down. HOW RUDE!

    Dear God I have no idea when I’m going to Tampa but I needs this in my life.

    • Tia
      May 11, 2016 / 5:36 PM

      Yes I’m a sweet fiend too. Well at least you know you have someone to join you when you do. I’ll gladly be your food guide and partner in the city Mimi.

  3. May 11, 2016 / 1:02 PM

    Now I love a good donut and all of these look so good!! Too funny I’ve found some good places to try thanks to Instagram too.

    • Tia
      May 11, 2016 / 5:34 PM

      Nikka between Instagram and Yelp, I’m always discovering new places, more than I think I’ll ever be able to try in one lifetime.

    • Tia
      May 11, 2016 / 5:37 PM

      Yes I think I’m approaching super fan status. I’m there about once a week.

  4. May 11, 2016 / 8:13 PM

    These sound SO good. I love how the one you were most skeptical of ended up being your favorite. I think I would love that one too.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

    • Tia
      May 11, 2016 / 8:43 PM

      Yes Allison, isn’t that funny. If I was only allowed one doughnut, it would be the Sweet Pig every time.

  5. May 11, 2016 / 9:50 PM

    Where exactly is this place? How much does 16 and 6 cost? Looks cool.

  6. May 12, 2016 / 10:59 AM

    This looks so yummy. I love me some bite sized goods.

    • Tia
      May 14, 2016 / 9:31 PM

      The mini doughnuts are perfect because I can try more options without feeling guilty.

  7. May 12, 2016 / 1:12 PM

    Oh my. these are amazing. Like for reals. I need them close to me cuz mini doughnuts!! HOLY CUTENESS BATMAN. And yum they look delish.

    • Tia
      May 14, 2016 / 9:30 PM

      They are delish!

  8. May 12, 2016 / 2:52 PM

    Ummm, I feel like I just gain 10lbs reading this. I also look for places on Instagram to. Omg!

    • Tia
      May 14, 2016 / 9:29 PM

      Instagram has been the reason why I have gained extra pounds this year with all of new restaurants I have discovered this year.

  9. May 12, 2016 / 5:02 PM

    I swear I have been looking at doughnuts all day !Must be a sign I should go get some! THOSE doughnuts in particular look scrumptious!

    • Tia
      May 14, 2016 / 9:28 PM

      Yes it is, come on and go with me.

  10. May 12, 2016 / 10:33 PM

    These look delicious! I love the combination of salty & sweet so I feel you on the Sweet Pig. Hell I feel you on going back too, I’d be a regular.

    • Tia
      May 14, 2016 / 9:28 PM

      Girl I have to put myself on restriction and limit myself to once a week.

  11. May 12, 2016 / 11:19 PM

    OMG I’d top my donut with just about everything you did. As long as its not peanuts I’m good. I can imagine the sweet pig is good; I’ve have bacon topped sweets before and they are always good.

    • Tia
      May 14, 2016 / 9:25 PM

      Girl that Sweet Pig will change your life. I am discovering new combinations every time I go though so its such a fun experience.

  12. May 13, 2016 / 9:40 PM

    These doughnuts look delicious! Where is this place located? What city? I’m definitely adding it to my wish list. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tia
      May 14, 2016 / 9:21 PM

      The restaurant is in Tampa, Florida and yes if you are ever in the area, this is definitely a required stop.

  13. May 24, 2016 / 1:13 PM

    I’m not a sweets eater but looka’ here, my husband would be deeply in love with this spot. I get a tummy ache just thinking about it. Yeah, we’re quite the opposite in this area.

  14. May 25, 2016 / 6:27 AM

    These tiny donuts are so cute and a great idea for those wishing to not eat as many calories! Loving all the funky flavors!

  15. May 25, 2016 / 10:37 AM

    Wow! I wish they had one of those where I live. Everything looks so good and they are so cute. These would be great for a brunch or a breakfast because they look so appealing.

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