Wash down treats with a cool drink at Mesa's Dutch Donut Factory - East Valley Tribune: Dining

Wash down treats with a cool drink at Mesa's Dutch Donut Factory

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Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014 5:00 am

There’s a new spot to grab a sweet breakfast or cool afternoon drink in northeast Mesa. Dutch Donut Factory, which opened at the end of May on Power Road across from Fremont Junior High School, offers about 30 styles of doughnuts daily, plus smoothies and nondairy slushes, hot and iced coffees, and — perhaps most buzzworthy — boba teas.

“It’s one of my favorite drinks, and there really aren’t too many places to get it on this side of town,” says owner David Muela of the beverage filled with chewy tapioca balls.

Muela, who also works for Mesa Public Schools, named the eatery for his Dutch grandmother’s heritage; that link is reflected in a plate of hers hanging on the minimalist shop’s vivid walls. Muela says he and his family — wife Vattey, sons Lance and Dutch, and brother-in-law Chris Smith, who all help out in the shop — offer signature Dutch-style treats by special order and plan to offer additional authentic varieties, like oliebols, soon.

“You wouldn’t think there are a lot of Dutch people around here,” he says, “but we’ve had them come in and ask for some of the more traditional Dutch things.”

For now, the family makes about 30 varieties of raised, buttermilk, old-fashioned and other doughnuts fresh daily — including chocolate-and-walnut striped tiger tails and toasted coconut cream-filled, as well as savory chicken-cranberry and ham-and-cheese croissants. Whatever hasn’t sold at the end of the day is donated each night to charity.

Smoothies and slushes are made with real fruit, and the Muelas also sell gelato.

“We’ve gotten a lot of support from people for being a family-owned business. We’ve even had people call us back after coming in to tell us how much they enjoyed everything. It’s been really nice to hear,” says Muela.

Dutch Donut Factory is located at 152 N. Power Road, Suite 106, Mesa. It is open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. To contact the eatery, call (480) 748-4037.

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