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New Boise restaurant opens this week with doughnuts, fried chicken, beer. And late hours.

Donut Daze serves up artery-clogging delights in Downtown Boise

Donut Daze is the newest Downtown Boise restaurant to open. It serves donuts, fried chicken, waffles and beer and wine -- and stays open late at night.
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Donut Daze is the newest Downtown Boise restaurant to open. It serves donuts, fried chicken, waffles and beer and wine -- and stays open late at night.

It didn't take long during a preview event Monday evening at Donut Daze for two obvious words to come to mind.

Heart. Attack.

There was no way to stare at the cafeteria-style trays piled with fried chicken, doughnuts, waffles, fries and coleslaw without pondering the proximity of the nearest defibrillator.

"Dad," came a young voice near me. "I can't finish this doughnut."

The wreckage in front of the little dude was impressive. But when a 10-year-old boy has been defeated by saturated fat, you know you're in a special place.

Powering through all of the culinary debauchery at Donut Daze takes willpower. This is ironic, since it's a complete lack of willpower that will lure Boiseans to this restaurant. It opens to the public at 7 a.m. Wednesday at 160 N. 8th St. in an ex-nail salon space near the escalator at the Capitol Terrace building.

Donut Daze will appeal to morning crowds craving cake doughnuts, devil’s food doughnuts, buttermilk doughnuts, old-fashioned doughnuts and French crullers. (Doughnuts are available all day; chicken starts at 11 a.m.) Bargoers will eat up this place, too. Donut Daze stays open until 3 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday nights. It also serves beer, wine and cocktails by the can.

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Donut Daze opens June 13 at 160 N. Eighth St. in Downtown Boise. Michael Deeds mdeeds@idahostatesman.com

Those grease-soaked napkins might not always be pretty at midnight. But restaurateur Russ Crawforth, who also owns both Pie Hole pizzerias and The Mode Lounge, knows what to expect.

"I think we'll do good business during the morning — there's limited doughnuts Downtown," he says. "But I think things will kind of taper off and we'll have an OK lunch. And then, I think, late night is when we'll be busy. That's always been the model at Pie Hole. After 10 at night is when we really do most of our business."

Technically, Donut Daze is fast food. You order at the counter, pay and get your grub right there. Doughnuts range from $1.25 to $1.95. Chicken is $6.50 for a leg quarter (thigh and drumstick) or $7 for a breast quarter (breast and wing). A family can do a whole bird (two breasts, two wings, two thighs, two drumsticks) for $21 and a big tub of coleslaw for another $7.

Chicken styles include standard Southern, Nashville Hot (with white bread and pickle chips) and chicken and waffles — with or without sausage gravy. And don't forget to pump hot, self-serve maple syrup on top of everything.

There's seating for about 40 inside and another 16 on the patio.

Delivery is available Downtown. At almost any hour.

"Any office that wants doughnuts, we're going to bring it to you," Crawforth says.

What about chicken?

"We'll deliver everything," Crawforth clarifies.

Everything, of course, except that defibrillator.

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