by Sarah Puleo.
During my donut odyssey, I traveled the rambling roads of the South Shore searching for my next great delicacy and I’ve discovered more than just fried food. Where other businesses may come and go, each family-run donut shop serves as a testament to hard work and dedication. The shops I’ve visited have been in business for 10, 20, or even 30 years. Rather than striving to meet every new trend, each shop has embraced their tried and true recipes and word of mouth marketing. You won’t find any fancy websites or gimmicky flyers for these shops, which can make them hard to find. But the search is part of the fun, right?
Nitsa and Jimmy Kalatzidis opened up their donut shop in Brockton over 32 years ago and they’ve stayed true to the formula that has served them so well: serve fresh coffee and homemade donuts with a smile. It’s the kind of shop where you can easily feel at home, even if you’ve never been there before. In fact, my son felt so at home he managed to convince Nitsa to share her granddaughter’s bacon with him. Talk about customer service!
Their small shop has a row of stools for regulars and newcomers like myself to mingle and watch the morning news. Shelves filled with freshly made donuts line one wall and there is a case of homemade muffins and turnovers, too. Everything is made by hand in the shop.
Never one to say no to a donut (or six), I tried the yeast-raised glazed, chocolate frosted glazed, butternut, jelly stick, honey dip, and the chocolate honey dip.
True to form, the yeast-raised glazed donut was light and fluffy. Halloween sprinkles dotted the tops of the chocolate frosted glazed donuts, which were perfect for tiny fingers to snatch.
Inside the jelly stick was a ribbon of sweet raspberry jam. The honey dip was cloaked in that perfect donut glaze…the kind of glaze that shatters into shards of sweetness upon the first bite. This is the donut you want to dunk into your morning cup of coffee.
If you’re looking for more than just a breakfast treat, Jimmy’s also serves up sandwiches and gyros, along with iced coffee and lemonade. I also spotted some delicious looking breakfast sandwiches being enjoyed by other patrons and a coffee roll the size of a dinner plate.
Whether you’re looking for a cup of coffee, a donut, or just a friendly face, Jimmy’s Donut & Pastry Shop has what you need. Pull up a stool and make yourself comfortable.
Jimmy’s Donut & Pastry Shop is located on 168 Pleasant Street, Brockton, MA 02301. You can reach them by calling (508) 583-7526.
Sarah Puleo is a Texan transplant who blends her Southern home cooking with the flavors of Massachusetts and the Irish-Italian family she married into. When she’s not cooking or doing dishes, she’s playing trucks with her son or driving around the South Shore with her husband looking for her next great meal. Read about her adventures atwww.bettycupcakes.com
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