One small donut shop in Spring has been garnering a lot of attention. We find out why
Donut shops seem to be everywhere in suburban Houston, serving up delicious fried, sugary treats to their ravenous guests. From national chains like Krispy Kreme to local favorites like Shipley’s, donut shops are a noticeable part of the culinary landscape.
One small outpost on Louetta road has been drawing a lot of attention, both in the Woodlands Area Foodies Facebook group, and from the national press. Always willing to sacrifice for our readers, we had to check them out.
Driving down Louetta, we ran across the cheerful, friendly storefront:
Venturing inside, we were faced with a showcase displaying today’s treats. Our visit was an hour before closing, and several of the day’s creations had been scooped up by hungry Texans. We were met by the shop’s proprietor, Robin Nouu. Robin’s infectious personality is one of the reasons that her shop has been so successful; it’s obvious that she’s doing what she loves, and that shines through.
Fortunately, a good variety remained. We were anxious to try something totally unusual which we’d heard rumors about: Breakfast Egg Rolls.
Robin and her team cook these unique creations to order, so there is a short wait. But it is so very much worth it. There are two versions: The first featured eggs, breakfast sausage and cheese; think traditional Texas breakfast taco, in egg roll form.
The second is even more creative. Breakfast sausage is replaced with boudin, the flavorful pork-and-rice sausage made famous in Louisiana.
Both varieties are crispy, with warm, delicious fillings, obviously freshly made. These savory creations are an outstanding on-the-go breakfast, filling without being heavy, and utterly unique.
Next we sampled that Tex-Czech favorite, the kolache. More precisely klobásníky; since these slightly sweet and soulfully savory creations are filled with meat, not fruit, they’re some of the best examples to be found. Robin and her team experimented with the dough to create the hint of sweetness and a light, fluffy consistency; we appreciate their work, and we think you will, too.
Finally, no visit to a donut shop would be complete without donuts. The star was the seasonal apple cider donut, with chunks of fresh apple cooked into the dough. Sweet and delicious, with a bold but not overpowering apple flavor.
Robin Nouu combines culinary knowledge, creativity, and a love of pleasing her guests into an experience that is nothing short of delightful. This is a perfect example of why we love small mom ‘n’ pop businesses.
Our first visit to Snowflake Donuts n’ Cafe won’t be our last.
NOTE: There are several Snowflake donut shops. They are independently owned, and other locations have different offerings. Our comments here are only applicable to Robin’s Snowflake Donuts n’ Cafe.