The medieval knight riding a horse while holding a chain connected to a pink donut on the Morningstar donut box is charming. The scene is complete with a few landscape details, trees and grass, and behind the knight is a floating open door with a swirl of donuts flying through it.
I’ll admit I get distracted by pretty packaging. It doesn’t change how I taste what’s in the package, but it gets my dining experience started on a positive note.
The best part was that not only was Morningstar’s box cool, the donuts inside were good.
I tasted the plain glazed, Boston cream, almond twist and blueberry glazed cake donut. My favorite is a tossup between the Boston cream and the almond twist.
The glazed is dense dough covered in a nice layer of glaze. It’s good, but it’s not a glazed donut I’d go out of my way for. The blueberry glazed cake donut was wonderful on the inside, but I thought the glaze on the outside was too much.
The Boston cream was a circular donut filled with cream with chocolate icing on top. The bread-to-cream ratio was perfect. The cream was rich and was great with the chocolate icing.
The almond twist was topped with a layer of almond-flavored icing sprinkled with slices of almond. I pulled the donut apart as I ate it, making it easy to eat. It tasted fresh and I especially liked the touch of adding almond slices on top.
The one kolache I tried was the everything bagel. Instinct told me it wasn’t an actual kolache, but it was. The kolache bread was topped with different seasonings and inside was a cream cheese mixture that turned out to be a little spicy. I’m not a huge fan of cream cheese, but the bread of the kolache was so soft and once I tasted the filling, I was hooked.
I also tried breakfast and brunch items off the menu. On the breakfast side, I went with the chicken sausage and egg biscuit. I liked that I had to option to choose how the eggs were cooked. I chose scrambled. The biscuit was delicious and full of butter. It broke apart pretty easily, though, so I had to be careful handling the sandwich.
The next was more on the brunch/lunch side. The Shaken Salad came with chicken that was still warm, cucumbers, tomatoes, crispy rice and spring mix tossed in a lime vinaigrette dressing. It was a light, refreshing salad that would have been perfect for an on-the-go lunch.
Morningstar’s iced coffee also helped me through the day and came in cute packaging as well. The clear cup was decorated with strip of a pattern of leaves. Another endearing touch. My iced coffee had vanilla, honey and whole milk, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Address: 4721 N. Main St.
Hours: 6:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. daily
Pricing: $7-$20, $2.75 per donut
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Chicken sausage and egg biscuit