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What we did on Sunday: Donut Crawl

October 25, 2011
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Michael had read an article on Boston.com about small, independently owned donut shops in the Boston area. This sparked the idea to organize a donut crawl.

Sadly, Lindsay had to work (she’s a hard workin’ woman), but her husband Jason came along!

After much deliberation, we landed on five donut shops:

We got to Kanes around 9am and the lines were about 10 people deep, but really fast moving. Don’t worry if you can’t see the selection yet. You’ll see it soon enough.

What we got: a honey lemon for Michael, a powdered lemon for me and a Boston creme for Jason:

Verdict: Really good stuff. I think the honey lemon (which was a honey dipped lemon filled) was really interesting and better than the powdered lemon. Also, that was the most of my donut I could eat. Bring your appetite. I think I did some good damage!

Next up: Betty Ann Food Shop.

Both Michael and I have driven by this about a bajillion times and never noticed it. Isn’t that sad? It’s this total throwback of a location on Bennington Street (where my Eastie peeps at?). You walk in and it’s like time has stood still. Don’t let the near empty cases fool you. There was a group of people waiting for fresh jelly donuts. One of the customers told us they’re “the best around”. Another customer practically ran in exclaiming “I waited until after church today!”.

So while there might be some relics like this around:

They serve up these fluffy, warm, beignet-like donuts. We say: go get one.

And then it was onto Verna’s in Cambridge.

By the time we got to Verna’s, it was looking pretty cleaned out. Several customers were ordering apple cider donuts. It’s helpful to listen in on the regulars’ orders to find out what the buzz is about.

The boys got apple cider donuts and I got a powdered cinnamon (I am a sucker for cinnamon munchkins, so I figured you can’t go wrong). Lots of flavor, but really dense and heavy. This is a serious donut.

After that, we made our way to Medford, to see about Donuts with a Difference.

Kind of looks modern from the outside, but it’s got a complete 1940s feel inside, complete with a row of counter seats.

The girl at the counter was eager to help us with a selection – telling us about the best selling (Boston creme, coconut) and her favorite (honey dipped). Michael got a Boston creme and Jason got the honey dipped.

One customer loudly voiced that we should not be taking photos. For some reason, I felt like I was in trouble. So, this is the only one we have:

And finally, we were off to Demet’s.

We got to Demet’s by 11:30am, and nearly everything was gone. Michael ordered a Bavarian creme, which was one of the few available. Poor Jason, at this point, ordered a honey dipped, but was not feeling it. Donut overload? Um, yes.

Let’s talk about Demet’s, and the wonderful owner, George.

Arguably, my favorite place on the list due to the personable quality of the owner. When he saw our camera, he came over and introduced himself. He even gave us a honey dipped stick donut to try! He’s very proud of the products they use and donuts they produce. The Bavarian creme by the way? Like a fluffy cloud pillow.

George says Demet’s makes seasonal donuts (keep your eye out for gingerbread ones they’ll be making for the holidays) as well as old standby favorites (jelly, lemon, that good old Boston creme).

We’ll be back for sure. If you go, let him know Michael and Nicole sent you over!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. anne permalink
    October 25, 2011 7:15 pm

    this looks incredible.

  2. Samantha permalink
    October 27, 2011 9:38 am

    Oh my goodness they all sound amazing but I’m a honey lover so I’d have been easy to please. Wow! And I’m like you, all about the customer service. What a fun morning!

  3. November 3, 2011 7:44 pm

    so … er … which one was the best?

  4. Chelsea permalink
    November 5, 2011 2:01 pm

    DEMETS!

    I do volunteer work not far from Demet’s, and I find myself going in there once a week for their egg sandwiches. If you get to go back, get an egg-and-cheese. They scramble the eggs right in front of you. It. Is. AWESOME.

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