Fort Worth residents have a healthy choice of donut options. Boastful it may be, but I consider myself a connoisseur of the delicacy even though I can no longer can eat them.
The idea for this post comes from reading a Facebook "wall" (thanks Catherine) which had mentioned a trip to Krispy Kreme.
When the Krispy Kreme opened in Arlington, 10 years ago, my wife, son and I were there on opening day. I like them, I like their freshness, and I like the atmosphere of the place, but after time for reflection, I still prefer the Dunkin' Donut (currently reviving in DFW). In Center City Philadelphia, there is a Dunkin' Donut store every other block, far outnumbering Starbucks or any other food franchise. I have always liked the Dunkin Donuts coffee, too. But as to there donut, I think it has a little more body and is less sugary sweet.
In Fort Worth, if I have my choice. I'll take Paul's off Magnolia. The mid-cities has a new Dunkin Donuts, and in Grapevine, there was a drive thru donut store for years on Grapevine Highway that had the biggest and best donuts in DFW (is it still there?). Meadowbrook has a good donut shop on Meadowbrook Blvd. near Eastern Hills High School, and there are strip shopping center donut shops everywhere in DFW which usually serve good donuts.
What is it about this little wheel of deep fried dough that has moved some many people to stake their living on making and selling them? We don't have pie stores on every block. Maybe it's because one can have so many varieties. Maybe it's their compactness and ease of assembly. There is something about sharing them that is enjoyable for both giver and receiver. The donut has the right combination of ease of transport, eat-at-your-leisure, who-needs-health-food goodness, that makes them a perfect gift.
My favorite is the cinnamon-sugar cake donut, with a pint of chocolate milk.
Have a favorite donut shop?
Editor's Note: to donut-shop searchers in Fort Worth. Please read the comments below for more donut options. Also in the right column you can "search this blog" for many other donut options. Just type "donuts" in the blank space.