"I grew up in a Dunkin' Donuts that my dad owned in the '80s," he says. "That's when
Dubbed "My Childhood Dream,"
"I support local and integrity wherever I go and as much as I can," Kuscher says. "I didn't have the option in the beginning, but now that I can, it was a no-brainer."
The Salty Donut altered its traditional glazed buttermilk doughnut to make it just right for
"Matt and his team knew exactly what they wanted," says Andy Rodriguez, cofounder of the Salty Donut. "So Max Santiago, our pastry chef, made a few different versions until we had it perfect."
Because the Salty Donut's doughnuts are thicker and doughier than Krispy Kreme's, Santiago adjusted his recipe, making the dough lighter and airier. "Max did some tweaks with the gluten development, the proofing, and a few other things to get it to where it was exactly what they
"Normally, a person gets a doughnut and just eats it,"
LoKal makes My Childhood Dream ($12) by cutting a doughnut in half, searing the outside, and adding a seven-ounce beef patty, American cheese, and candied bacon in between. A fried egg can be added too.
"We all tried it the other day," Rodriguez says. "It's the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and rich. We did it with an egg on top too because why not, and it was beyond awesome. It's definitely a rich dish, but it's one of those things you just have to take the plunge and try. It's too good not to."
Since partnering with the Salty Donut, LoKal has sold more than three times it usual number of doughnut burgers, Kuscher says.
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"We're really excited about this whole thing," he says. "I love to create local synergy. It's been crazy, but it's been a lot of fun."
And for anyone unsure of how to stomach such a decadent sandwich,
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