Outrageous made-to-order doughnut chain waddles into San Antonio's Far West Side
If it acts like a duck and quacks like a duck, it might just be the latest doughnut shop opening in San Antonio. A rep for North Carolina-based Duck Donuts tells CultureMap that the company is expanding into a second Alamo City location at 7010 W. Loop 1604 N. in late spring 2020.
Like many contemporary concepts, the sweets shop specializes in made-to-order desserts. Each order starts with the company’s signature vanilla cake doughnut, fried in sight of the customer. Each treat is then dipped into coatings like powdered or cinnamon sugar and a variety of icings ranging from classic chocolate and strawberry to unexpected flavors like lemon and blueberry.
Guests are invited to go over the top with their custom creations by adding additional toppings and drizzles. The toppings include graham cracker crumbs, chopped peanuts, bacon, shredded coconut, Oreos, and two kinds of sprinkles — rainbow and chocolate. Drizzles come in hot fudge, marshmallow, salted caramel, and raspberry flavors.
Not just content with outrageous standalone sweets, Duck also uses its donuts as the base for other dishes. Sundaes are topped with Breyers ice cream and the brand gets weird with breakfast sandwiches including a sausage, egg, and cheese version topped with maple icing and bacon bits.
Founder Russell A. DiGilio started Duck on a whim in 2007, naming the concept after his family’s vacation retreat in Duck, North Carolina. Currently the chain operates over 200 stores in 26 states, mostly clustered on the East Coast.
The Loop 1604 location will be the second local outpost for the popular brand, which currently only operates only two locations in Texas (a Pflugerville store outside Austin is coming in early 2020). As with the first San Antonio shop at 11703 Huebner Rd., the new Duck Donuts will be run by area franchise owner Ben Newell.