By Monica Pierce
Having cut his culinary teeth working for his father’s restaurant business, Will Primavera has always had a passion for creative food that satisfies the senses and the spirit. When he and his wife, Nicole, decided they wanted to create a new cuisine all their own, they knew they wanted something “sweet and savory” and that they wanted to offer a uniquely local experience.
Since nothing says “sweet” like a doughnut and “savory” like a hot dog, Donuts and Dogs it was!
In 2017, in a 1940’s converted house in the suburbs of Nashville, Tenn., the Primaveras opened their first “Donut + Dog” shop. The restaurant quickly became infamous with both locals and tourists, even receiving national recognition by Readers Digest and Good Morning America.
After a year and a half of filling bellies and hearts in Tennessee, the Primaveras are bringing their quirky combination to a new region.
The Treasure Valley has been on the Primaveras’ personal radar for years as they’ve visited friends and fallen in love with the area. So, when they decided to expand Donut + Dog, looking for what they describe as an “organically growing community”, they knew they had to come to Meridian.
In addition to personally relocating here recently with their two young children, on July 31, the Primaveras opened the new Donut + Dog in The Village at Meridian. If you haven’t visited yet, you’ll definitely want to come discover what the excitement is all about.
When you enter the Donut + Dog, you’ll be able to see for yourself, as you peer into the Donut Vault where fresh, local ingredients are being transformed into artisanal delights.
Unlike the cake or yeast-based doughnuts we’re familiar with, Primavera makes his donuts with a 20-hour Brioche, resulting in a donut that is light to the bite with a rich center, while not being heavy or overly sweet. Finished with a plethora of flavors, toppings and eye-popping presentation, the donuts are as captivating as they are tasty.
Then, there are the hot dogs, which are just as creative and satisfying. Like the famous Elote Loco; with homemade Mexican street corn, cotija cheese, lime, and cilantro layered on a chorizo with D+D’s signature butter-toasted Brioche bun. The new restaurant offers many Donut + Dog favorites plus a few new recipes unique to the Meridian location.
Finally, if all this isn’t enough to satisfy your taste buds, there is a fully-organic espresso bar serving specially-crafted coffee from the La Marzocco Strada espresso machine, including cold brew and nitro on tap, plus seasonal local craft beers and champagne flights to boot.
With so many treats to choose from, the possibilities for food and beverage pairings are endless. Primavera encourages guests to come up with their own favorite pairing, as he explains that a successful pairing is one where the different flavors “cut through and complement one another”.
The “flavor” of the restaurant itself is as fun and playful as the culinary concoctions it produces. The Homer Simpson-themed graffiti art on the walls, painted by local artists Sector 17, the chic chandeliers dangling below the exposed ductwork, and the neon signs throughout all give Donut + Dog a distinct “pop-art industrial” vibe.
So, whether you’re in the mood for a hot dog and beer, a donut and coffee – or all of the above! – check out Donut + Dog to fill your senses.
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