I’ve been dying to try Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken since it opened in downtown D.C. in late 2012. However, because it is in the Downtown neighborhood, which typically caters to the needs of people who work in the area, Astro has always been closed whenever I’ve walked by on the weekend or later in the afternoon. When I happened to be shopping in the area and found a parking spot right in front of Astro, I knew it was a sign. An actual sign featuring a promotion also made my decision to go in an easy one.
The deal went like this: you buy one doughnut and flip a coin. If the coin lands on heads, you get one free doughnut. If it lands on tails, you get two whole extra doughnuts for free!
A friend happened to be working at the shop, so I got three doughnuts for the price of one — an awesome deal!
I had the Passionfruit Berry Doughnut ($2.50) as soon as I got home from the shop. The doughnut was glazed in a tangy, passion fruit and berry glaze. The glaze was refreshingly tart, which was not was I was expecting at all. The dough was plain but amazing. It actually tasted homemade and you could taste a hint of the yeastiness. The dough tasted exactly like the doughnuts my great aunt makes at home.
The guy working at the shop told me that the PB&J Doughnut ($2.85) was a crowd favorite. The doughnut is filled with Astro’s homemade strawberry jam and topped with a peanut butter glaze and peanut bits. I consumed this doughnut a day after I bought it, so my review accounts for this. Although it was a day old, the doughnut still tasted pretty fresh. As a European, I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter (Nutella is the best). That being said, this glaze was pretty delicious. The strawberry jam tasted homemade and more natural than Smucker’s, but it also wasn’t sweet enough. Some more sugar would have really brought out the flavor. Overall, the doughnut was really good.
I made the mistake of eating my Creme Brulee Doughnut ($2.85) three days after I bought it. The Washington Post, among others, have named this the best doughnut in D.C. When I got to eating mine, what was supposed to be a crunchy, torched glaze was crumbling and the fluffy dough I had enjoyed in the previous doughnuts had gotten soggy. However, I enjoyed the vanilla custard filling, which, like the Passionfruit Berry doughnut glaze, was also a bit tart. This tartness helped balance out the sweetness.
I was very impressed with what I had from Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. I will definitely be back to try a fresh Creme Brulee doughnut, as well as to try the rest of the flavors. I can’t vouch for their fried chicken, but if it’s anything like their doughnuts, it must be delicious!
The Bottom Line:
The Doughnuts: 5/5
1308 G St NW (Downtown)
Washington, DC 20004