It’s a funny thing- if you live in Atlanta and mention Revolution Doughnuts among friends, there is always at least a couple people who start salivating on the spot. They shout out their favorites, “the Almond Joy Nut,”… “Nutella Cream Puff” or “Raspberry Sprinkle,” and all this enthusiastic talk of scrumptious doughnuts reminds you how good this place really is.
Maria Moore Riggs has always loved to bake. When she moved to Atlanta from San Francisco, she started selling her homemade scones, muffins and cookies at the local farmer’s markets and quickly found a following. When the thought came to try something new like doughnuts, the response was very encouraging. And so, with all of her savings and a lot of hard work, Maria opened Revolution Doughnuts in Decatur, Georgia during the summer of 2012. Maria attributes the shop’s success to a tried and true product that also has good timing. Maria, “These are nostalgic treats offered during a downturn in the economy…. a doughnut offers that feeling of comfort and happiness.”
She also is a smart business woman. After listening to all the diet restrictions and flavor preferences of her customers over the years, she created a variety of doughnut options including Cake Style, Yeast Style and Baked Cake. Cake Style is tender but also dense and moist with a slightly crunchy exterior. The Yeast Cake is fluffy and puffy with a bit of a chew…
And the Baked Cake has a texture like a pound cake or a muffin. The dough is a little sweet and vanilla like. Because every day they bake from scratch, Maria has the ability to offfer various options in the doughnuts, many of which are vegan and gluten free. But it’s important to note this is an open kitchen and as Maria shared, “We can’t guarantee these doughnuts are trace free from cross contamination.”
What she can guarantee is a fresh, delicious doughnut that is made from scratch that day. There are no hydrogenated oils, no synthetic flavors or colors. Instead you’ll find ingredients like organic flour, local dairy and produce and 100% trans-fat free vegetable oil. Above is their popular, Big ‘Ol Cinnamon Bun.
When I visited the shop, it was an all girls day in the kitchen. Together they began their day at 4am to create the mainstay of their menu, including seasonal and daily specials. On this day, the special was a Coconut Creme Brulee…
One of their most popular treats is the Caramel Bacon doughnut. Maria was inspired to make the glaze because of her father-in-law, who grew up eating southern cakes. He remembers fondly a boiled caramel icing that his mom used to make. Once Maria perfected it, she realized it would make the perfect glaze for a doughnut. She then adds bacon via The Spotted Trotter, an excellent, slow food style charcuterie business here in Atlanta, whom she got to know while working the farmer’s markets.
If the menu is a bit overwhelming, it’s only because she has created something for everyone, including savory options like the ridiculously good, Crunchy Mister…
As spring is almost here, look forward to the Fresh Strawberry Slider and then in the summer, the Peach Slider. Plus, every holiday gets a doughnut and new concoctions pop up from time to time like the popular S’mores doughnut or the Bar Snack, made with crushed salty peanuts and pretzels atop a beer caramel glazed yeast doughnut.
Their slogan is “Put something good in your mouth.” It’s funny, I couldn’t of said it better myself.
Pamela Berger is a television producer and writer based in Atlanta. She also has a daily blog celebrating the best in Southern design and artistry, called Sweet Peach.