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Chef Tim Love Dips Into Late-Night Sweet and Savory Doughnuts

Back Dough dishes out sweets in the back of Lonesome Dove

Back Dough's chocolate thick mint and pulled pork doughnuts
Back Dough's chocolate thick mint and pulled pork doughnuts
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Dallas chef Tim Love brought his doughnut pop-up bakery, Back Dough, to Austin starting last month, doling out late night sweet and savory versions of the fried cake from the back of Lonesome Dove.

There will be three options available: two sweet, and one savory, rotating weekly. Doughnut flavors have included chocolate thick mint (a take on thin mints with Italian mint meringue chunks) and a pina colada version. On the meatier side, there are doughnuts filled with pulled pork, barbecue brisket, and more.

Hours are from 11 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday with doughnuts available until sold out. It’s cash only, with each pastry going for $4 a piece. Doughnut seekers will look for the red neon signage and door on West 5th Street. The pop-up makes use of one of the restaurant’s private dining rooms.

Love teased that he’s looking to turn Back Dough into a standalone storefront too. There are doughnut locations already within two of his other restaurants: Queenie’s Steakhouse in Dallas and the Lonesome Dove in Knoxville.

Could this be part of Austin’s doughnut wave? Already there is pastry chef Janina O’Leary’s Play Dough doughnut pop-up series.

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Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

419 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 271-2474