A new fast-casual restaurant has just opened in Flower Mound, combining two of the hottest food groups: fried chicken and donuts.
Called Honeybird + Donuts Sandwiches, it is located at 801 International Pkwy. (AKA the old Long Prairie Road), near the mixed-use development of Lakeside DFW, where it serves gourmet donuts, breakfast sandwiches and espresso drinks.
Honeybird is from Debra Park, a young entrepreneur who is opening her first restaurant, with deep expertise in both the hospitality and donut industry.
âI come from a background in the donut shops,â says Park. âMy parents owned donut shops after emigrating to the United States 30 years ago. I went to the University of Houston for hotel and restaurant management, knowing that I wanted to open my own restaurant or cafe. . “
While searching for the right niche, she worked for the Hyatt hotel chain and also for the airline industry, where she was based in Dubai, before returning to Dallas.
âMy dad opened the Champ Donut Company in Fort Worth and wanted to open a second location. “There are tons of donut shops in Dallas, and I thought it would be nice to do something to stand out.”
Honeybird menu includes three categories: donuts, fried chicken sandwiches and breakfast dishes.
Their Fried Chicken Sandwich features buttermilk fried chicken, Havarti cheese, lettuce, dill pickles and ranch mayonnaise on a toasted brioche bun. They also have a spicy Nashville style fried chicken sandwich and a roast beef sandwich with crispy onions and gruyere.
Morning options include a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich on a brioche bun; a sandwich with a homemade pork sausage patty, scrambled eggs and smoked paprika mayonnaise; and cookie sandwiches with fried chicken on homemade buttermilk cookies. The sides include truffle fries and loaded toddlers.
Donuts include flavors such as cinnamon and maple bacon, cookies and cream, red velvet cake, and lemon poppy seeds.
âWe entrust our bacon and our frostings are homemade, like our lemon poppy seed donut with a lemon frosting made with powdered sugar, water and lemon juice,â Park explains.
There’s a tiramisu donut with coffee frosting, mascarpone frosting, and a dusting of cocoa powder, and no matter the usual apple donut, they make a pineapple donut instead.
Their drink selection includes filter coffee and espressos, but also chai lattes and matcha lattes, which have their own followers.
It’s not just a donut store – there’s a small dining room with six tables and a stall.
âWe’ve only been open for two weeks and so far a lot of our orders have been take out, but we can’t wait to become a staple,â she says.