The doughnuts are served inside the 49th Parallel Café which doubles as a café and doughnut shop. There are two locations, one on 4th Ave in Kitsilano and one on Main street (at 13th ave).
I dropped by the Main street location which has plenty of seating indoors and out.
I’ve been a big fan of their coffee for a while and was delighted to hear that they started selling doughnuts. Gourmet doughnuts, that is. So be prepared to pay $3+ per doughnut.
Lucky’s Doughnuts makes all their glazes, jams and fillings from scratch. They’re also all about using seasonal ingredients and local sourcing which adds to the price.
You can’t have doughnuts without coffee! You order coffee from their daily “Fresh Sheet” which lists all of the day’s offerings. They also have a coffee & doughnut special for $4 which includes a coffee of the day and the featured doughnut of the day.
We started off with the Peanut Butter & Jelly Doughnut ($3.50). This square yeast doughnut was filled with a raspberry jam, coated in a thin peanut butter glaze and topped with crushed peanuts.
I liked the fluffy yeast base and enjoyed the jam which had a slight tartness to it. It was a pretty solid doughnut but the edge in PB&J doughnuts goes to Doughnut Plant in NYC.
Next up was the Apple Maple Bacon Fritter ($3.50). I love bacon and I love apple fritters so this was a natural choice. This apple fritter consisted of chunks of apple and pieces of bacon throughout the doughnut. The doughnut was topped with a thin maple glaze and more pieces of bacon.
I thought I’d really love this doughnut but I just wasn’t a fan of the fritter base as I found it quite dry. Perhaps it was a bad batch?
Something else that caught my eye was the Salted Caramel Old Fashioned ($3.25). Instead of a caramel glaze, they used real caramel and topped it all off with some Maldon salt. I didn’t actually love the caramel since it was hard and really stuck to my teeth. Not my favourite doughnut.
On a second visit, we tried the Blueberry Doughnut ($3.50) which had a nice light and fluffy base.
While I enjoyed the blueberry filling, the doughnut on the whole just wasn’t very memorable.
The last doughnut we tried from Lucky’s was the Classic Old Fashioned ($3.25) which consisted of a sour cream doughnut base with a vanilla glaze. It was a delicious doughnut and was particularly enjoyable with a cup of coffee.
With a selection of doughnuts made with trendy ingredients like salted caramel and maple bacon, they sounded so promising. Unfortunately, some of them fell a little short. Nothing was bad but they just weren’t particularly memorable. I might not be back for the doughnuts but you can bet I’ll be back for their coffee!
At a glance:
• Gourmet doughnuts brought to you by 49th Parallel coffee roasters (and sold inside the 49th Parallel Cafe)
• Doughnuts are $3+ each
• 2 locations – 4th Ave in Kitsilano and Main Street (by 13th ave)
• The Main street location has a significant amount of seating (patio seating also available)
• A big fan of their coffee
• The doughnuts were solid but not particularly memorable
Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 3 stars
• Service: 3 stars
• Atmosphere: 4 stars