In April, less than a year after opening in Halls, Buck‘N Good Donuts decided to close down and relocate to Seymour. At the time, owner Sreyrot “Sam” Poeung said they needed a location with a drive-thru and it just wasn’t possible where they were.
It was easy to spot the new Buck‘N Good Donuts location at 11311 Chapman Highway. The drive-thru line was wrapped around the adjoining Exxon gas station, with customers patiently waiting for a taste of the scratch-made doughnuts.
Inside, Poeung was efficiently rolling out freshly risen dough, making bear claws, cinnamon twists, and apple fritters while she talked about their official opening. On the other side of the kitchen, Poeung’s sister, who had left her own business in Texas to come and help out, was busy frying and glazing racks of doughnuts.
“We are really busy from when we open,” said Poeung. “There are still cars driving up after we close.”
Better hit the drive-thru early
Buck ‘N Good Donuts is open from 6:30 a.m. Tuesday-Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday-Monday, and closes when it is sold out. So far, the demand is so high, they have run out as early as 1 or 2 in the afternoon.
Poeung said she still lives near Halls and misses having the shop there, but loves how casual and relaxed it is in Seymour. Despite the longer commute, Poeung starts mixing the fresh dough from scratch every morning at 2:30 a.m.
The key to the light and airy doughnuts is their perfectly timed fry – Poeung said it is so they do not soak up too much oil – and fresh dough every day. “Some doughnuts you eat and they are heavy; ours are very light,” she said.
Usually the front counter is filled with 17 different-flavored regular doughnuts and 11 larger size doughnuts. But during the grand opening, they were selling out as fast as they could be made. The larger doughnuts are the apple and cherry fritters, jelly-filled, twists, eclairs, bear claws and glazed croissants. Additionally, there are doughnut holes and cinna-minis.
“The most popular are the cake doughnuts and the signature apple fritter,” said Poeung.
Breakfast goodies and egg rolls
Buck‘N Good Donuts’ breakfast menu also includes plain and filled croissants and biscuits filled with sausage, bacon, egg or cheese that can be served with gravy.
“With the drive thru we can’t do the burgers we had on our old menu,” said Poeung. “Now, we have veggie, pork or chicken egg rolls.”
Soon there will be a selection of smoothies available including strawberry, pomegranate, blueberry, pineapple or orange, with milk alternatives such as almond, coconut or oat milk.
And for those who are unfamiliar, Buck’N Good Donuts is a nod to Poeung’s time in Texas. “I know it’s so crazy here, but in Texas we are farmers, we ride horses and that’s where we got the idea,” she said.
The interior of Buck’N Good Donuts has plenty of booth seating, and at the moment, masks are required to enter.