This year we're marking the hundred-day countdown to Best of Phoenix 2015 by sharing some of our favorite dishes at restaurants all over the Valley. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email email@example.com.
95. Key Lime Doughnut at Welcome Chicken + Donuts
Just to be clear, there's nothing wrong with a regular doughnut. But why would you want a boring maple or chocolate glazed when you can head to Welcome Chicken + Donuts in Phoenix for imaginative combinations such as chocolate rose pistachio or blueberry cacao?
The new(ish) retro restaurant serves exactly what the name promises: fried chicken and more than a dozen types of doughnuts. The chicken, battered and fried to crunchy perfection and covered in Asian-inspired sauces, comes from the mind of chef Michael Babcock, while the doughnuts come from the talented pastry chef Casey Hopkins-Johnson.
If you want in on the doughnut action, you'll want to get to the restaurant early. Doors open at 7 a.m. and you can usually count on the pastry case being pretty picked over by lunch. But if you do get there in time, you early riser, then you'll have a chance to nab one of the restaurant's key lime doughnuts. It's the perfect treat for those whose sweet tooth isn't quite so strong. The tart lime custard inside makes the perfect foil for the sweet glaze and graham cracker topping. It's just as good as eating pie for breakfast — maybe even better.