The artisan/gourmet culture of California’s wine country is pervasive. It’s uncommon to find an old-fashioned down-home dive around these parts, especially in ultra-gourmet Healdsburg. So we were delighted to discover Flakey Cream Do-Nuts, a place that has done donuts and diner breakfasts for a local audience since 1960. We love old lunch counter digs, and they are hard to find around here, so we were already sold before the food arrived. Here’s some even better news; the food is good!
The best food in wine country has long been Mexican, and the Mexican influences on breakfast here adds zesty flair to diner classics. For Mexican Benedict, Canadian bacon is switched out for avocado, grilled onions, chorizo and jalapeños. Pepperjack cheese is draped over the eggs before the hollandaise sauce is applied. The spicy stack is a flavorful revision the butter soaked dish. Hash browns alongside are grilled blonde and taste more like potato than oil. Otherwise average breakfast burritos are much improved by excellent hash browns inside. Some fresh pico de gallo, a grilled tortilla and piping hot delivery helped bump up the burrito to a B+.
Breakfasts aside, Flakey Cream would be a recommended stop if only for donuts. There’s nothing fancy or inventive varieties, and they aren’t always going to be fresh (they are all made early in the morning for the day), but the recipes are time-tested. From raised to cake to cruller, everything we tried was, as the name promised, crisp on the outside and creamy soft in the middle.
This place is popular, so if you are coming for the donuts we’d recommend coming as early as possible, while they still are fresh and there’s a full selection. Our favorite donut is the plain raised glazed, an ideal version of the classic.