First Look: Glazed & Confuzed opens on Leetsdale

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All photos by Lori Midson.

Doughnuts have long been associated with a cop's favorite breakfast, but even Homer Simpson appreciates glaze and sprinkles: "Doughnuts. Is there anything they can't do?" asked the famous patriarch of the Simpson family of cartoon characters. As it turns out, doughnuts are on the rise, and Denver appears to want the holed pastries to become their own food group. Not going to happen, but now that Glazed & Confuzed, a joint venture between owners Josh and Ben Hafdahl, who originally sold their doughnuts at farmers' markets and java joints around Denver, is open, there's at least one more reason to sink a hole.

See also: The ten best places for doughnuts in Denver

Their new space, which opened on Friday, features fifteen doughnuts, five of which are signature mainstays, while the remaining ten flavors will rotate on a bi-weekly basis. "From the dough and the glaze to the flavors and the toppings, we do everything from scratch," says Hafdahl, who notes that the reason why their doughnuts aren't uniform in size (unlike some other doughnut dens), is because "we hand-roll and hand-cut everything," the labor of which, he adds, is "intensive."

Sandwiches and doughnuts that sing savory rather than sweet are forthcoming, says Hafdahl, but in the meantime, he and Schwab are selling their sweet doughnuts faster than they can bake them. On Friday, the display cases were empty by 10 a.m., and weekend business was nearly as brisk, leading Hafdahl to encourage those who want one of the joint's sinful maple bacon doughnuts crowned with a strip of pork crack, to rise and shine on the early side.

Luckily, there's coffee from Pablo's to ensure that you can see through the haze of glaze, which doesn't just slick the doughnuts. The quarters, which were designed by LIVstudio, are ceilinged in air-bubbled, lime green glaze drippings, a psychedelic aesthetic that complements the slate gray walls, striped banquettes and rounded burgundy booths illuminated by white cut-out light fixtures. "We built the space the way we did so we can eventually do lunch, birthday parties, holiday parties and office parties, notes Hafdahl, adding that the plan is also to expand their beverage selection, which is currently limited to coffee and sodas.

Glazed & Confuzed is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday, although Hafdahl warns that once the display cases are devoid of doughnuts, they'll shut the doors.

Here's a peek at the space, the menu and the doughnuts.


Location Info

Glazed and Confused

5301 Leetsdale Drive, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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42 comments
Shanel L Hunt
Shanel L Hunt

Look Kara it sounds like dazed and confused lol

Greg Verzosa
Greg Verzosa

Check their Facebook. Currently closed bc of a flood but they're getting things taken care of and will open again sometime next week! Until then I think they're going back to Farmer's Markets, etc. Again, check their Facebook for updates

Matt Morava
Matt Morava

I turn 45 yo this year and I've watched yogurt, donuts, denim, punk, The Beatles, Star Wars, and Uggs blow up twice in my lifetime... Here are the hottest trends you can expect in the near days of future past: 10. White Member's Only Jackets -- only with hoods. 9. Bagels -- with amazing spreads like smoked salmon and chipotle chili. 8. Pink Floyd's The Wall -- Movie and Album both updated by DJ Wren and Wyveryn and crowdsourcing. 7. Gourmet Chinese Takeout -- Neo takeout includes hand baked fortune cookies (chocolate, lemon, and sugar )with a personalized message + a beef and broccoli that makes you cry it's so good. 6. Neon and Art Deco -- black and white parquet floors with blazing greens, reds, blues, and yellows... Chrysler's is back baby and so is the banana's Foster. Bring your mohawk. 5. Formal Waltzes -- how is this not a thing? 4. Cocaine -- but in liquid form (think neo-retro Coca-Cola) How much would you pay for a case of old school Coca-Cola? A lot. 3. Activities without taking your phone -- it will feel like freedom. Like camping used to feel. Imagine... a night on the town with no phone. It's like you're a rebel with a cause. 2. Marathon Bars -- with decent chocolate and caramel, perfect for the freezer 1. Luggage -- Not for flying, car trips or steamships, but evacuations and displacement. You really don't have to live like a refugee.

Kevin A. Mahmalji
Kevin A. Mahmalji

Dazed and Confuzed Doughnuts makes a great gluten free doughnut.

Tim Richman
Tim Richman

Does anyone in Denver do gluten free donuts, for us unfortunate few?

Hillary Gilfand
Hillary Gilfand

Kasha it's because our love of a good donut is well known!

Kasha Songer
Kasha Songer

For some reason this made me think of you Hillary and Shawn. ;-)

Marcy Leisten Morgan
Marcy Leisten Morgan

But I hear they are freaking good... Just one... I can have just one lol!!!!

שרי אורדאז
שרי אורדאז

They are so good, WAY better than Voodoo, and no long lines and waiting times. They're about four bucks each, worth every single penny. :)

Aaron Betcher
Aaron Betcher

right next to the best tortas shop in town. nice spot and all the high school students are going to love it.

Kelly Byrd
Kelly Byrd

Madison Denning another shop for us to go to when I come to town!

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

I'll stick to the doughnuts from the King Soopers bakery, thank you.

June Rodgers
June Rodgers

Green tea and mochi doughnuts! Fuck yeah!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

And in the former location of SweatLeaf marijuana dispensary, no less.

pjaxelsson
pjaxelsson

4 bucks for an "artisan" donut? Rofl lol lmao

Kevin A. Mahmalji
Kevin A. Mahmalji

This place is amazing! I started buying their doughnuts at the Stapleton Farmer's Market before they opened up their brick and mortar. Much better than Voodoo. More of a gourmet twist on a doughnut, not just a bunch of sugary cereal thrown on top.

Toadally Stevi
Toadally Stevi

Maybe they'll accept cards and not run out of donuts and not be closed for like three days in a row

Annmarie Carver
Annmarie Carver

Toadally Stevi Andrew Morris we gotta go... probably not as overrated as voodoo, you know just a little less

WillieStortz
WillieStortz

I've always loved their doughnuts when I've tried them at the farmers markets and the place looks a lot nicer than a particular overrated, hipster joint on Colfax.

I can't wait to check it out.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@eefette @pjaxelsson


... chokes the pretentious poster  ... who'll spend 2x that much and more on a single glass of "craft beer" 


... or 3x that on some fermented grape juice.


... or $4.50 on a large Mocha or Chai.



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