by Sarah Puleo.
The final stop on my donut tour of the South Shore was Taunton, MA. Though I don’t routinely drive an hour for donuts, I may start a monthly pilgrimage to Colonial Do-Nut Shop. If you’re interested in paying homage to the best donuts ever made, the sign up sheet’s at the bottom of this post.
Best donuts ever made. That’s a pretty lofty claim, right? Perhaps you think I say this casually, but I assure you I do not. I’ve consumed more donuts in the last three months than I had in the entire prior decade. I believe this qualifies me as a bit of a donut expert.
Colonial Do-Nut Shop does everything right. From the friendly, welcoming waitstaff, to the quaint diner-style shop with a wraparound counter, to the exquisitely fried donuts, Colonial Do-Nut Shop is the best donut shop I’ve found so far on the South Shore.
My husband and I split four donuts and, after devouring them all, immediately wished we’d ordered a dozen. My personal favorite was the blueberry cake donut- flecks of purple cloaked in soft cake and doused in plenty of the opaque, omnipresent donut glaze. The yeast-raised glazed donut was fluffy, but still substantial. The old-fashioned donut was a true surprise. It was fried so completely crisp it shattered upon the first bite. This is not the pale, soft old-fashioned donut you’ve had before- this one requires a hearty appetite and a large coffee.
The donuts are just barely big enough to share. I suggest ordering at least 1 donut per person with a few spare donuts, just in case you’re feeling greedy. The coffee at the Colonial Do-Nut Shop is also very good- hot, fresh, and prepared the way you want it. Of course, they also serve breakfast sandwiches and bagels. But really, if you’re going all the way to Taunton, please buy a donut. It would be wrong not to.
Now that this chapter of my donut tale is closing, I want to leave you with just a few final thoughts.
- The quickest way to find a worthy donut shop is to try their glazed, yeast-raised donut. If this is done right, proceed with ordering.
- The secret ingredient in an old-fashioned donut is grated nutmeg.
- Never, ever, trust a baked donut. Eat them freshly fried, or not at all.
Colonial Do-Nut Shop is located on 91 Broadway Taunton, MA. They’re open from 4 am to 12 pm Monday through Sunday. (Note: schedule change-no longer open on Sundays)
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