By Keyser Saucey
With all the cold weather we’ve had this week, all I’ve wanted to do is bundle up with a hot cup of coffee and that got me thinking. What goes better with a steaming cup of joe than donuts?
So, I thought I’d do something a little different and stop by a few local donut shops that you won’t want to miss.
Nuts 4 Donuts
Located in San Carlos Park, Nuts for Donuts opened this past July offering up some unique flavors such as Oreo Cookie, Fruity Pebbles, German Chocolate and Samoa.
Brothers Larry Werdeniuk and Bobby Van Hoose, owners of the shop along with two others, are constantly coming up with new flavors that seem to be an instant hit.
When I arrived at 9:00am, they were nearly sold out, but I managed to snag a few cake donuts: chocolate iced with chocolate cake, vanilla cake top with coconut and a classic buttermilk glazed donut.
Next time, I have to drag myself out of bed early so I can try one on their filled Long Johns; if they are as good as the cake donuts I managed to get, I’ll be one happy camper.
Hailing from North Carolina, the Coconut Point location of Duck Donuts opened about a year ago. Duck Donuts serves up fully customizable vanilla cake donuts with endless topping combinations.
If you can’t decide, they do have some featured flavors like Bacon in the Sun, with maple icing with bacon crumbles, and Peanut Butter in Paradise, which has peanut butter icing with a chocolate drizzle.
The Peanut Butter Paradise was tasty, but my favorite was the Blueberry Pancake donut which had Blueberry icing and a maple drizzle topped with powdered sugar.
If cake donuts are your thing, then give Duck Donuts a try.
Location: 23050 Via Villagio, Estero, FL 33928.
Trackside Donuts & Café
Trackside Donuts has been making hand-cut donuts at the intersection of Old 41 and Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs for the last 8 years.
Glazed, jelly-filled, and cake donuts, amongst other classics, are offered in addition to apple fritters and cinnamon rolls, and that’s not all.
A full breakfast menu, as well as muffins and breads are offered at this local favorite.
Even late in the morning when I visited Trackside, the smell of fresh donuts saturated the small restaurant.
This well-loved establishment has been in business for nearly a decade because of their commitment to quality and freshness.
When the classics taste like the donuts at Trackside, why mess with a good thing?
Location: 28001 Old 41 Rd Bonita Springs Florida 34135.
Keyser Saucey is a psuedonym for Naples Herald and Lee Herald’s food critic. Keyser’s trips to area restaurants are unannounced and anonymous, and are paid for by the company. Yes, the staff is very jealous.
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