Steve woke me up the other day with this oft heard quote from an old Dunkin Donuts commercial, trying to drag my butt out of bed, and wouldn't you know I just couldn't get the idea of a donut for breakfast out of my head. Perfect excuse to visit one of two new donut shops in Asheville, Hole, that is on the west side of town. It has long been lamented that a "foodie" town such as Asheville lacked an authentic donut shop serving up handmade yummies until - presto - there were two opening almost simultaneously. Both share many merits: delicious donuts, tastefully designed spaces, locally gathered ingredients and friendly people. They are also different in some ways - Hole focuses on just a few varieties each day and is in a more intimate space, and the donuts themselves are simpler. They are so "simple" that really, it barely even counted (if you are a calorie counter), as these delectables are like puffs of the tastiest sort of air - so light and delicious. I chose the sesame seed crusted yeast donut and I wanted more! I showed some restraint however, this time...
The Vortex is a larger, more open space in the newly dubbed "South Slope" part of downtown. They offer a large variety of creative flavors (peanut butter and jelly, apple butter filled, chocolate iced with orange) and they have seriously good coffee and espresso (and I'm pretty particular about my espresso). They are a serious contender as one of the best coffee bars in Asheville. Throw the delicious donuts in and you've got a great place to meet friends or use as your new laptop hang.
Why choose? Try both and see for yourself - you can't lose.