The American Doughnut Kitchen has been around since 1950. That is literally the year my mum was born. These doughnuts are what you call an oldie but a goodie. One traditional family recipe has had people lining up by the many for over half a century and will have people lining up for many more years to come. These donuts are made fresh in the little van at the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) and they are absolutely delicious.
These donuts are not your perfectly round style commercial donughts. Each little doughnut has its own unique shape. The dougnuts are crunchy on the outside and doughy in the middle filled with (burn your mouth) hot raspberry jam, covered in sweet (stick to your lips) sugar. There is something really clean about the oil they are deep-fried in. Every doughnut tastes like it was the first doughnut cooked that day. Personally I feel they have enough jam for my liking but a friend of mine always asks for extra jam and they are happy to accommodate.
Especially on Sundays, there is a very long ant trail of people lining up behind the food truck waiting to get their American doughnut fix. But the line moves at a reasonable speed so you aren’t waiting for too long. You can purchase one for a dollar or you can buy a pack of six for $6 dollars (wait a minute that’s the same price). But in saying that, that is a damn good price and these little guys are worth way more than a dollar, so buying in bulk is definitely the better option. You can easily down a six-pack in one sitting.
It would be rather unfortunate if your American Doughnut hankering occurred on a Monday or a Wednesday because the QVM is closed. But never fear, you can find a comparable jam filled doughnut with a similar level of deliciousness. The doughnuts at Olympic Doughnuts will cure your craving (just outside Footscray station). Plus at Olympic Doughnuts they have a fun jam-filling contraption that looks like a swordfish. The doughnut is impaled by the swordfish’s nose, then the bleeding jam doughnut is thrown upon a bed sugar, to then only be eaten by the next person in line (poor doughnuts).
I heart American Doughnut Kitchen!
American Doughnut Kitchen
Address: Queen Street, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
Phone: 03 9417 6415 or 0412 224 083
Trading Hours:Tues & Thurs 6am-2pm, Fri 6-5pm, Sat 6-3pm, Sun 6-4pm