I'm probably the last person in Fort Wayne to try Yummi Bunni on West Main Street downtown. I'd heard about the long lines that extended around the corner. On one hand, I'm happy to see so many kids enjoying a downtown eatery. On the other hand, I was worried that I would stand out among the long lines of tweens and teenagers eager for a sugar fix. I was surprised at the number of adults there - some without any kids. Lucky for us on a muggy Monday, we didn't have to wait in one of those lines around the corner.
Whoever decided to split open a glazed yeast doughnut (turning it into a bun) and stuff it with premium ice cream has created a treat that is decadent, fun and definitely not great for the waistline.
I chose a bun stuffed with Exhausted Parent - a bourbon-spiked espresso ice cream with chocolate chunks and lots of rainbow sprinkles. I loved the strong bourbon taste. The creamy texture of the ice cream was perfect. The ice cream must have had a high fat content; it kept the ice cream from melting too quickly. And I appreciated that the doughnuts were from a local bakery – Tom's Donuts.
One friend tried the Midwestern-made Blue Moon - a baby blue ice cream flavored with Froot Loops. With just a few bites, he said, “Where has this been my entire life? It's excellent.” But his enthusiasm didn't last long. While the doughnut/ice cream combination was tasty, unfortunately, the Froot Loops flavor hardly came through. It tasted bland and watered down. The only saving grace for the ice cream was the glaze from the doughnut and the Fruity Pebbles he chose as a topping.
Another friend enjoyed the Cherry Chocolate Bomb. The ice cream had a deep chocolatey flavor with large chunks of cherry and was sprinkled with bits of Oreo cookie.
Now I need to put on my picky mother hat. I'm admittedly the unofficial queen of antibacterial hand gel. (Just ask my kids; they'll back me up.) Several of the tables were not clean when we were looking for seating. The restaurant was experiencing a slow time, so I was surprised at the crumby. sticky mess. Also, the mop, dust pan and broom should have been stowed out of site, instead of right in front of our seats - not an appetizing sight. And the bar seats were wobbly and not very comfortable.
Yummi Bunni is great at branding itself through its social media. Signs dot the counter and walls and are evident throughout the restaurant. There's even a special place to take selfies.
We accomplished our goal of lapsing into a sugar coma after we downed these sinful treats. Yummi Bunni was fun to try, but I'm not sure how long the novelty will last. Personally, I'll stick to keeping my ice cream and doughnuts separate.
This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Laura Weston-Elchert at email@example.com or call her at 461-8468.
Where: 123 West Main St.
Hours: 3 -11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 3 p.m.-1 a.m Friday; noon,-1 a.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday
*Bun: $5; extra toppings: 50 cents each
*Ice cream by the bowl: junior: $2.50, single: $3.50, double: $5
*Milk carton: $1.50
*Premium soda: $3