Donna’s Donuts is a 1980s throw back in everything from decor to the signs outside the building. The signs outside boost about their coffee but what brought me to upstate Massachusetts is their donuts that are shaped like various sandwiches. The three corner stones to their donut display are a Hamburger, Meatball sub, and steak and cheese sandwich crafted out of Donut.
I kept it simple in my selection at Donna’s Donuts opting to try two of their specialty donuts; the Hamburger and the Meatball Sub; and two of their normal donuts; the Boston Cream and an Apple Fritter; with, of course, a cup of coffee.
The coffee was nothing spectacular, but in a state where there Dunkin Donuts appear every five hundred feet a decent cup of coffee is worth bragging about. The Boston Cream donut was average, the cake wasn’t too far above average and maybe only a third of the donut was filled with cream. The Apple fritter had the same problem with the amount of filling but the donut itself was a fried honey glaze that melted in my mouth immediately. The combination of that donut with the sweet Apple filling was incredible.
But the real reason for the review, the Hamburger Donut. I posted photos of this donut on twitter when I was at the shop and people assumed it was a real hamburger between a donut by the photo. They’ve taken a plain cake donut, cut it open, and placed a chocolate donut in between with Boston Cream to look like cheese. The cake donut didn’t have much flavor and the chocolate donut’s flavor was kind of masked because of it. The Boston cream was delicious, but ultimately there was nothing exceptional about the quality of the donut, it’s just two average donuts combined cleverly.
The bun of the Meatball Sub donut was of the same as the hamburger donut, but the meatball sub used cinnamon donut holes which had enough flavor to overcome the taste of the “bun.” The Boston Cream complemented the pairing quite well.
In retrospect, I regret not also trying the Steak and Cheese donut because that one was a lot more creative. The filling was a mixture of chocolate donut and Bavarian cream, as opposed to just having a plain donut sandwiched in between a second donut.
If you’re in the area I suggest going for the Apple donut and the meatball sub. The Hamburger Donut looks incredible but in truth isn’t more special than two donuts sandwiched together… but that isn’t so much a bad thing. It’s not worth any exceptionally long drive out there. I hope to return soon to try the Steak and Cheese donut and some of the other flavors of their regular donuts, and to satisfy my constant craving for another one of their Apple filled perfections.
Top image from spoonfulofflour.com all other images are my own