Doughnut domination: Poutine doughnuts? That's what won Donut Savant Laurel Davis the top prize on last week's Food Network Canada "Donut Showdown." The finalists had to make doughnuts that fit a "High School Cafeteria" theme. So, inspired by Canada's famous gravy-topped fries, the Oakland doughnut maker made doughnut "fries" sauced with maple "gravy" and cream cheese "curds." (Actually, that sounds much more appealing than the real thing.) We're hoping the judges also got to taste the tiny doughnuts Davis is famous for -- baby apple fritters, for example, and spicy Thai Dust mini-doughnuts with chiles. This is the Bay Area's second "Showdown" crown. The South Bay's Psycho Donuts took top honors on the show in April. Clearly, this is the start of a very sweet, triumphal trend.
Meanwhile, if you'd like to sample those uber-creative treats for yourself, you'll find Donut Savant at 1934 Broadway; www.donutsavant.com. They're open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. If you're venturing south, Psycho Donuts has two locations: 2006 S. Winchester Blvd. in Campbell and 288 S. Second St. in San Jose; www.psycho-donuts.com.
More BBQ: Say you've devoted every minute of the past two years to turning your barbecue dream into a smokin' success. Then what? If you're a mere mortal, you turn the reins over to someone else for a while and take a much-needed vacation. If you're Paul Reddick, you decide to open a second, much larger restaurant. "I've still got an itch to scratch," says the former high-tech sales manager whose Smoking Pig BBQ in North San Jose is attracting 'cue fiends from Oakland and Sacramento. By that, he means he needs a larger venue where he can showcase more of his Southern recipes in one room and blues music in another -- without the music drowning out the diners, and vice versa. He's found a huge restaurant space in Fremont -- in the old Hooter's location at 3340 Mowry Ave. -- and he's aiming for a fall opening. Stay tuned. (And not to worry: His original joint is staying right where it is.) Details: www.smokingpigbbq.net.
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