Versailles: Doughdaddy’s Have Doughnuts Perfected
I’ve had good luck with gas station based eateries. There’s nowhere I would rather eat barbecue than Kansas City’s Oklahoma Joe’s, gas station on one side, world’s best barbecue on the other. And honestly, there’s nowhere I would rather get a doughnut than Versailles’ own Doughdaddy’s Doughnuts, gas station and world class doughnuts.
After a morning visit with my daughters to see Sunrise Trackside at Keeneland, we drove a few more miles down Versailles Road, past the castle, to Doughdaddy’s Doughnuts. To the uninitiated it would be easy to dismiss Doughdaddy’s as just another gas station. It looks to be the typical sort of gas station food mart one might see off a parkway exit. A lot of those places have doughnuts of one sort or other. But while the gas is surely the same stuff you could get at any of the stations within a stone’s throw, the doughnuts decidedly are not.
Years ago in my days living in Versailles, Doughdaddy’s was in a much more modest building, and really I hate that it’s gone. We used to drive over to grab doughnuts when we had guests in town. Alas, that old building is gone, replaced by this certainly more lucrative gas station iteration. It’s no hipster hangout, no interesting art on the walls, no live music in the corner (although you can buy Ale-8-1 in returnables). What’s the advantage of having a doughnut shop in a gas station? They’ll give you a free doughnut with a fill-up (no joke!).
But with the old building gone how are the doughnuts? In a word, heavenly. My wife, munching on a chocolate glazed, insisted they’re even better now than they were then.
Each Eat Kentucky daughter in tow chose her own doughnut from the wide range of offerings, filled, sprinkled, cake. I grabbed a sour cream/cream cheese cake doughnut for myself (it was wonderful). But I believe you judge a doughnut shop on the equal playing field of its glazed doughtnuts. So we left with a dozen split between regular and chocolate glazed.
The glazed doughnuts are a little oversized, a little irregularly shaped, and will melt in your mouth like a sugary cloud. If your grandmother decided to show you how a to make a better tasting Krispy Kreme at home you would have a Doughdaddy glazed doughnut. Doughdaddy’s slogan is “doughnuts perfected,” and honestly they may be on to something.
Kentucky is bursting at the seams with fantastic doughnut options. Doughdaddy’s Doughnuts certainly more than holds its own in the Bluegrass Doughnut Wars. It’s a battle in which everyone is a winner.
3325 Lexington Road
5 AM – 11 PM every day