Saturday, July 11, 2009
This trip was the start of theDonutGirls.com adventure series. Carolyn read somewhere that Kane's Donuts in Saugus, Massachusetts had the best donuts on the East Coast. For over a year she kept asking me (Wendy) to go there with her. As a combination birthday/girlfriend adventure, we took off one Saturday for Massachusetts. Our plan was to go to Kane's Donuts and then to Rockport and Gloucester. What a wonderful day we day!
We got lost trying to find the donut shop, spending about an hour and a half driving through the towns surrounding Saugus and through Saugus trying to find the donut shop. By the time we found the shop both of us had to used the facilities badly. Kane's does not have a public restroom (strike against them from two members of the little bladder club!) They redeemed themselves by letting us use their restroom. Carolyn went first leaving me the task of picking out our donut treasures and beverages while she tended to her business.
What an adorable shop! Turquoise and white, with ice-cream shop like tables, it was bustling with older locals and love-birds who'd come to share company, conversation, coffee, and donuts.
They make their donuts fresh every morning. Arriving late in the afternoon on a Saturday, we missed the full array of donuts and the warm from the oven early morning batches. Still having plenty to choose from, I asked the young lady behind the counter if there were any we had to try. She pointed out their giant coffee rolls - and boy were they gi-normous! About 10" round, they easily filled a cake box. I brought one home to Rebecca, but I neglected to take a picture of it before she ate it! (You can order from them online and have them shipped to you if you'd like - http://www.kanesdonuts.com/)
Carolyn finally returned from the rest room, having overflowed the facilities. There are two reasons I am mentioning this in our donut shop review: the first is because I had to drive to a gas station down the road and beg to use their bathroom (picture a greasy, slimy, toilet wedged in a closet with lots dirty rags, car parts, tools, and pictures of Snap-On Tool girls posted - thanks Carolyn), and because they handled the messy situation with great aplomb, almost cheerfully.
The shop is family run.One of the co-owner's (a brother and sister, I believe) daughters is Miss Massachusetts, Despina Delios. The young people working the counter were cousins and both very friendly and helpful.
We settled in at one of the ice cream tables in the window to eat our donuts and have our hand at a trivia contest in the local paper. We struck up a conversation with some of the "locals". It turned out that one gentlemen had moved there from New Britain, Connecticut!
Even with late-in-the-day donuts and bathroom problems, it was still way worth the trip!
Posted by Wendy at 2:27 PM