Here are my belated critical takeaways from 606 R&D, the new cocktail place/restaurant/donut shop in Prospect Heights:
-The shop is lovely. The donuts — three perfectly-sized cake varieties: plain, cinnamon and powdered sugar — are light and delicious. AND a perfect not-too-big-not-too-small size. The coffee is beyond decent and served in a French press. And — possibly most importantly — our donuts came on mismatched floral china, set up on vintage tin trays, accompanied by white glass cream pitchers. 34 whimsy points, hands down.
-The people who work there are SO NICE that if you go in on the first day after they’ve opened for business and announce that it is your birthday AND you have a donut blog, they will let you come back behind the counter and MEET THE DONUT ROBOT (the product of owners Sara Dima and Ilene Rosen’s kickstarter last month). And to dorkily photograph it repeatedly. Its name, btw, is Mark. A classic donut robot moniker if I ever heard one.
Oh, and 53 more whimsy points for donut/coffee/plate-gazing-conducive ambience:
I’ve having been a sworn yeast donut devotee in years and months past, I feel something of a cake donut phase coming on in my (ahem) older age. (Stellar cake donutry blocks from my house doesn’t hurt).