April 12, 2012
Sublime Doughnuts of Atlanta Voted America’s Best Bakery
By Nancy Staab
Atlantans have long waxed poetic about Sublime Doughnuts owner/baker Kamal Grant’s, well, sublime, treats. And it seems the editors of Bake magazine agree, naming it the national winner of “America’s Best Bakery” from 6 finalists. Let the bragging rights of national doughnut dominance begin!
Atlantans have long known about the delicious, out-of-the-box creative delights of Sublime Doughnuts, opposite Georgia Tech’s campus. This cult favorite bakery on 10th Street teems with doughnut faithfuls clamoring for the house specialties, as well as daily-changing flavors. The doughy pillows of goodness, filled with clever, gourmand flavors like fresh strawberries ‘n’ cream, dulce de leche, and orange creamsicle—as well as chocolate banana and white chocolate peach fritters-- have garnered the attention of no less than Food & Wine magazine’s editor-in-chief Dana Cowin. Besotted with owner/baker Kamal Grant’s gourmet take on the prosaic doughnut, she once stated, “There is no better breakfast in the world than sweets-savant Kamal Grant’s Fresh Strawberry ‘N’ Cream doughnut. Unless, of course, you want one of his 27 other flavors.” Now, Bake magazine editors have showered Grant’s establishment with the title “Best Bakery in America” and he will be featured in the May issue of the publication.
Of course it doesn’t hurt that Grant is a telegenic, baker’s version of Denzel Washington or Blair Underwood, but it’s his gourmet credentials and willingness to push the limits of traditional doughnut-dom (including his special doughnut package that spells out “Happy Birthday”) that make him a rock star.
Atlanta native Grant earned his cooking chops in the US Navy before studying at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and the American Institute of Baking. And his ambitions have set the baking bar high: “We want it to be the best doughnuts you ever had in your life. We are trying to go for someone’s last meal on death row.” That might be extreme, but that’s why this doughnut shop has more than earned its name of sublime, and we venture to guess that many a foodie would place Sublime’s doughy delights on their Last Supper list.
Up next for Grant: a second Sublime Doughnuts outpost in Bangkok, Thailand! (A Thai entrepreneur reached out to Grant after determining he was the best doughnut maker in the U.S.). In fact, the shop is already open. Are green tea coconut doughnuts to come to the ATL in a bit of cross-pollination of flavors? Stay tuned as we track Grant’s global doughnut domination.
Sublime Doughnuts is open Tues.-Sunday, 535 10th Street, 404.897.1801 or www.sublimedoughnuts.com
HERE IS GRANT’S WINNING ENTRY IN THE BAKE MAGAZINE “BEST BAKERY IN AMERICA” CONTEST: