Eating Adventures

Sugar Lips Mini Donuts goes mobile

Until very recently, Sugar Lips Mini Donuts was a stand at the Highland Farmers' Market, the Old South Pearl Street Market and Civic Center Eats, turning out tiny donuts by the half-dozen, fried to order and coated with sugar or topped with a mélange of such treats as nutella and strawberry jam.

Two weeks ago, though, Jasmine Listou, the owner of Sugar Lips, debuted the Donut Hole, a turquoise and white trailer that can be hitched to a car and towed around town, making Sugar Lips a new entry in the gourmet mobile-food arena.

Listou has been hauling her new mobile kitchen to her usual stops, taking orders from people who line up at the doorway, then mixing dough and dropping it into the fryer.

Through the curtained windows of the camper, you can watch as the rings, slightly bigger than silver dollars, make their way down her cooking contraption, which employs tiny mechanical arms to flip the donuts and cook them evenly.

Sugar Lips, which has a sister operation in San Luis Obispo, California, also rolled out shaved ice this summer. That way, the hordes of patrons have an option for something sweet that isn't just-out-of-the-oil hot.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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