Monday, February 27, 2006

Bagel World
181 Court St.
Brooklyn, NY

Although Bagel World specializes primarily in bagels, their sweetened brethren are also well represented here.

We ordered a plain glazed. Like cheese pizza, plain glazed donuts are solid indicators of an establishment's Donut Potential. The donut was small, soft, and resembled its pop-alternative Krispy Kreme. Suspicious that Bagel World was simply serving Kremes I inquired about the origin of the Nut. I'm not exactly sure what the cashier replied but it sounded like "Morris." Looking back, I don't think the Nut was as heavily glazed as a Kreme (a brand we generally find a little too sweet), and considering it was sold to us by an establishment whose name precludes any donut-expectations, it was tasty enough. The place was so crowded we weren't able to get a table and retreated to our parked car to enjoy our purchase.

We were not the only patrons interested in a fix. As the man behind us approached the counter, he said to the cashier: "Could I just have plain glazed donut please?"

Donut Score: 6.95

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Great Moments in Donut History

In 1946 William Rosenberg started Industrial Luncheon Services, a company which provided meals and snack items to coffee breakers in the Boston area. Two years later Mr. Rosenberg started his first coffee and donut shop in Quincy, Massachusetts. It was called the "Open Kettle." In 1950 he renamed his shop -- and the first Dunkin' Donuts had arrived.

Recommended reading: Time to Make the Donuts: The Founder of Dunkin Donuts Shares an American Journey. By William Rosenberg.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

This is a blog about donuts.

Donut House
314 Court St.
Brooklyn, NY

Donut House is more a plate-of-eggs, neighborhood-y breakfast counter than a genuine, donut-focused establishment. Despite the name, the only time donuts pop up on the menu are under "Desserts," where they're listed first, at $0.75. We ordered a chocolate frosted with sprinkles while waiting for our $3.95 potato omelettes. The waiter laughed when we ordered the Nut, and when he brought it over, on an actual plate, he told us it was free of charge. Since donuts are clearly not the focus of Donut House (who knew?), we were concerned that we might be presented with Stale Donut. Happily, it was fresh and warm and totally delicious.

Donut Score: 7.85