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Friday, March 21, 2014

First Look: Pharaoh's Donut's Traditional Doughnuts Downtown

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Mmm. Cinnamon roll doughnut. - PHOTOS BY MABEL SUEN
  • Photos by Mabel Suen
  • Mmm. Cinnamon roll doughnut.

Doughnut lovers in downtown St. Louis, rejoice: Get a glazed, fried pastry fix with Pharaoh's Donuts (200 North Seventh Street), which recently opened a new storefront on March 10 after primarily making wholesale goods for the past two decades.

A family business through and through, owner Amon Aziz can be seen managing the end of a busy shift in the kitchen, donning his white chef coat. Meanwhile, his daughter Syeeda Aziz-Morris mans the register in a maroon polo embellished with the business' golden pharaoh logo, her own baby girl eyeing an infant-sized doughnut hole in tow.

See also: Pharaoh's Donuts Rejoins the Done Zone

Owner Amon Aziz and his daughter Syeeda Aziz-Morris.
  • Owner Amon Aziz and his daughter Syeeda Aziz-Morris.

Through framed windows in the facility, visitors can scope the tools of the trade from various points in the process, from sheeters loaded with cutouts for risen dough to speed racks loaded with tray after tray of freshly made goods.

Pharaoh's makes old-school doughnuts using all the established techniques -- nothing especially fancy here, just traditional doughnuts done right. Plump classic doughnuts encrusted with glaze gleam in the baker's case alongside jelly doughnuts, long johns, fritters and more. A "topper" doughnut comes with a circle of white icing and a dollop of custard or lemon filling.

Located on North Seventh Street.
  • Located on North Seventh Street.

First-time visitors might have a hard time locating the slightly incognito shop from the street. Just look for the small logo on the side of the building, and enter though the door that says "St. Louis Pain Management" -- an ironic neighbor to coincide such a pleasurable retreat.

Pharaoh's current hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out a prior report for grand opening celebration information.

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