Taste Test

Nuts for Donuts

Sampling pillowy treats from around South County


Ah, coffee and donuts, a classic American breakfast for those who don’t mind a little sweetness in their morning routine. Besides the obvious drive-thru, where does one go for a delicious circular treat that doesn’t leave them feeling wracked with sugary guilt all day long? If it has the calories, it better be worth it, and these four pillowy pastries are definitely worth it.

Ocean State Original
One bite into an Allie’s original donut topped with subtly sweet vanilla frosting and we were hooked. The contrast between the donut’s crisp crust, chewy and light base, and crunchy rainbow sprinkles had all of us envisioning the perfect start to a Rhode Island summer day... iced coffee included.
3661 Quaker Lane, North Kingstown. 295-8036.

Grain-free and Flavorful
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, except when Dave’s Coffee ditches gluten to bake an original donut. The crunchy sea salt topping added a perfect textural contrast to its smooth homemade frosting, leaving us satisfied, yet curious for another bite.
5193 Old Post Road, Charlestown. 322-0006. 

Dessert First
The chocolate baked creations from Trixie’s Bakery & Café could have served as breakfast, a midday snack or dessert. The soft, spongy cake topped with chocolate glaze and ganache is, as one of our staff members stated, “legit morning cake.” With a not-so-heavy base that carries obvious hints of real cocoa, we’re not sure there’s a wrong time of day for this one.
105 Franklin Street, Westerly. 596-5385.

The Any Hour Devour
We will never pass by Ma’s Donuts without stopping in now that we know about their original, hand-cut specialty. A double dose of vanilla glaze and frosting topped with crunchy rainbow sprinkles offered a sweet contrast to the airy base without distracting from its moist, “straight up delicious” nature. Delightfully paired with coffee, these bad boys are available to you 24/7.
Available at Coffee N’ Bagel Connection. 1175 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. 782-9920.

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