New York, and much of the rest of the country, is pretty much over the cronut craze.
Come now, surely you recall the cronut? The fried croissant that took the fooderazzi by storm back in the spring of 2013âheady days defined by Pope Ratzinger's shocking resignation and Pitbullâs "Feel This Moment"âwhich was subsequently imitated far and wide.
All the while, Oregon lagged behind.
Despite the Cronut king of New York threatening all sorts of legal actions against imitators, the Oregonian spotted the first local version of the cronut at Safeway and it lookedâ¦ well, not that great. None of the people who tried it at that paper seemed to be very impressed. This should be taken seriously: Any doughnut unfit for unpicky newspaper reporters should not exist.
The original cronut is made from a hoop of laminated dough in grapeseed oil then filled and glazed. The Safeway version was about the same, minus the filling.
Over the weekend, we spotted a âCro-Nutâ at Joeâs Donuts in Sandy, OregonâGreshamâs Gresham. You may know Joeâs as the 40-year-old shop with a distinctive red and white facade and fluffy maple bars the size of a brick.
Joeâs can now add Oregonâs Best Cronut to its resume. Because the thing we had on Saturday (before a 14-mile hikeâwhich is the only time one should eat a cronut) was outrageously delicious. Having sampled the offerings at every doughnut shop of note in Portland, I am prepared to say that Joeâs cronut is tastier than any doughnut-type breakfast pastry in this city.
The secret? I think itâs the fact that Joeâs keeps it simple. They just fry a croissant and cover it in glaze. Thatâs right: No special shape, no filling, no little fruit garnish. Joeâs just tosses a buttery croissant in the fryer, then sops it in sweet sugar sauce. It flattens, which makes it easier to stuff in your maw, and itâs sweet and a little crunchy but so soft it hurts and then rich and buttery andâ¦ oh, yeah, it costs only $1.50, which is 75 cents more than a normal Joe's Doughnut, but $98.50 cheaper than what some people pay in New York.
If youâll excuse us, weâre going to go for another 14-mile hike now.