D.C. Doughnuts: Astro And GBD Open Their Doors Selling Doughnuts And Fried Chicken

WASHINGTON -- Two new eateries specializing in doughnuts and fried chicken are now open in D.C.: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, near Metro Center, and GBD (Golden Brown Delicious), just south of Dupont Circle.

GBD officially opened last week, while Astro debuted today after hosting pop-ups earlier in 2013.

Why did two shops with nearly identical concepts open within a week of each other? Writing in the Washington City Paper, Jessica Sidman notes that "if it’s popular in D.C. now, there’s a good chance it was popular somewhere else first," and that foods like doughnuts and fried chicken are "steeped in nostalgia."

At Astro, Pastry Chef Jason Gehring (formerly of Fiola and Poste Moderne Brasserie) offers two types of fried chicken -- his family's buttermilk recipe and Korean-style with spicy garlic or Sriracha -- plus a combination of six daily doughnut flavors and a rotating selection of specials.

Astro's Everyday Doughnuts:
  • Vanilla Glazed
  • Brooklyn Blackout
  • Maple Bacon
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Crème Brulée
  • Twink-nut

GBD comes from Chef Kyle Bailey & Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac, the husband-and-wife team behind Birch & Barley. Start the day with fried-to-order doughnuts or chicken on a biscuit; later in the afternoon, lunch combos with fried chicken, Kohlrabi cole slaw and a biscuit are available for under $10. GBD will also serve a yet-unannounced dinner menu.

Doughnut Flavors at GBD:

  • Classic
  • Cruller du Jour
  • Bourbon Butterscotch
  • Grapefruit Campari
  • Tres Leches
  • Carrot Cake
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Devil's Food
  • Chocolate-Filled Brioche
  • Apple Fritter
  • Joe Cake

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