Pia Owens reports on an attempt to find the best donuts "from every local shop we could find within a 10-mile radius of our home in Watertown, Massachusetts, plus Dunkin’ Donuts as a control group."
Boston Restaurant Talk reports the impending opening of a new outlet that sells bagels and donuts.
No word if they will also sell arancini, pancakes, certain Chinese sticky buns and sourdough bread, but they should. And then they could call it Round the World or something.
Eater Boston reports plans for a place that would sell both donuts and bagels in Davis Square have fallen through. No word if a Swiss-cheese emporium will take its place.
The Globe reports the most ubiquitous chain in the Boston area is ramping up for store-to-door delivery of its products. No word if direct IV infusion is in the works.
Twin Donuts passed a city health inspection yesterday and got its permit back.
UPDATE: Twin Donuts passed an inspection 9/2 and got its permit back.
A city health inspector yesterday ordered a shutdown of Twin Donuts, 501 Cambridge St., for a variety of violations, including sandwich meat that was too warm, no sanitizer in a dishwasher and not having a manager on duty who was certified in health issues. Read more.
Rachel Blumenthal checks out Somerville's newest round-treat emporium: Union Square Donuts, where most donuts go for $3, but the maple-bacon specials will set you back $3.50 each:
I found them to be worth the splurge, but I wouldn't make a frequent habit out of it.
She also reports that Backbar is now making ramen, but that it only makes ten portions of the stuff a day.
Gillian O'Callaghan hears Dunk's has started testing them in the Boston area, but wonders where.
Daniella Santos asks:
Who makes the best donut in Boston (preferably w/i a 15 min drive from JP)?
A Dunkin' Donuts franchisee goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week for permission to open a new Dunk's at 895 Morton St., near the commuter-rail stop - and just down the road from Regal Donuts.
The proposed donuterie would be open 5 a.m. to midnight and have a drive-thru.
Travelers on Japan Airlines' new non-stop service between Boston and Tokyo are in for a Boston treat: Donuts AND chowder, on one convenient tray that just begs you to dunk the donuts in the chowder.
Apparently, Mister Donut is a huge donut chain in Japan that has its roots right here in the greater Hub area. In fact, it's sort of the yin to the Dunkin' Donuts yang - it got its start when two budding donut entrepreneurs (brothers in law, no less) couldn't agree on the future of donuts and so separated, one to form Dunkin' Donuts, the other Mister Donut.
So if you've ever wondered about the possibility of alternate-universe Dunkin' Donuts donuts, just book a flight to Tokyo to get your exclusive "AIR MISDO set, which includes a chocolate-coated cinnamon ring and a maple-flavored ring of classic Mister Donut doughnuts, alongside a bowl of Boston's signature clam chowder."
H/t William Bradshaw.
Promising myself I'd explore Boston in ways I haven't previously, I marched myself to West Roxbury for the Ward 20 caucuses. In the process, I ate some tasty donuts and witnessed a side of Boston I'd only read about in history books.
Passing the threshold from semi-dreary grey daylight to the inside of the West Roxbury Pub brought with it a number of surprises, none of which should have actually been surprising. First was the sheer number of people. There had to be a hundred people crammed into this little function room. At the sign-in desk, I was questioned by a trio of pleasant, preened ladies who needed to know my precinct. I didn’t know what it was, and they were kind enough to look it up for me. While waiting, I was pushed and pressed back and forth by the deluge of democrats coming through the door. Finally, I was given the precinct number and instructed by a friendly middle-aged woman in a red suit who seemed to know what was going on that I was to sign in, take a ballot for female delegates, and move along.
Providence Business News reports the two most donut-heavy cities in America are Providence and Boston:
A recent study by the market-research firm NPD Group Inc. found that the Providence metropolitan area has more doughnut shops per capita than any other region in the Untied States. ...
Twin Donuts sign in the snow - Phew, they're not taking that sign down!
H. reports she almost cried when she read Verna's is closing, due to competition from Dunkin' Donuts:
... Not only are they the best, but I used to work with Val, the owner's wife once upon a time ago. I can't believe it's closing. I hate you Dunkin Donuts!
Karrie, who had never been to Verna's, decided to give it a try before it closes for good on Dec. 30. She gets there this morning around 9:00:
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