Boise Weekly

Out of Eighth Street, Into the Fryer: Donut Daze Opens in Downtown Boise

Harrison Berry Jun 13, 2018 16:39 PM
Even as Boise develops a reputation as a dining hub, there are still few places where people who have spent an evening painting the town red can pack a few carbohydrates before going to bed. Donut Daze, which opened on June 13 on Eighth Street downtown, aims to change that.

Harrison Berry
Donut Daze will be open late serving up chicken and waffles.
The new eatery focuses on the fried: all manner of fried chicken, jo-jo potatoes and, of course, donuts. The brainchild of the people behind Pie Hole (also on Eighth Street) and with low prices (almost everything on the menu is below $10), it's a likely pick for the next hot after-hours eatery.

Unlike Pie Hole, Donut Daze is brightly lit with lots of seating—a pew against one wall is a veteran of Flying M and has been reupholstered in glittery vinyl—and a huge, purple-glazed donut fills an entire window. Cartoonish illustrations of a donut, chicken, Pabst Blue Ribbon and coffee by local artist Chelsea Barr adorn an entire wall.

"I wanted it to be a stoner's version of the little film that plays before movies," said Co-owner Kelly Barker.

Lex Nelson
Cartoonish illustrations by Chelsea Barr give Donut Daze some of its funky flair.
Donut Daze opened on Wednesday, but will keep uncertain hours for its first few days. It will get its first real test during Pride events this weekend, when Barker said she will open it at 11 a.m. and keep churning out golden goodies until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m.—just like Pie Hole nearby.

"We're just competing with ourselves," Barker said.