Holy Donut

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Donuts are as trendy now as cupcakes used to be. Among the very best new-wave artisan donut shops is The Holy Donut of Portland, Maine. Here you find very big donuts in extraordinary variety selling for over $2 each. They’re no bargain, but neither is champagne or caviar. These are the crème de la crème, and not just because the flavors are such magnificences as Maine blueberry, bacon maple, coffee brandy, and dark chocolate sea salt.

What makes these donuts spectacular beyond the festoonery is the dough itself. It includes mashed Maine potatoes or, in a couple of variations, mashed roasted sweet potatoes, which gives the body of the doughnut unique melt-in-the-mouth creaminess. They come out of the fry kettle with brittle-crisp skin, making even the plain ones a mouth-feel joy. Glazed or sprinkled with an abundance of the very best ingredients, they become positively regal.

When The Holy Donut opens in the morning, there will be over a dozen varieties available, most of them still warm. There are “regular” ones, such as dark chocolate coconut, fresh (really fresh, just squeezed) lemon, and pomegranate; there are deluxe ones, (which cost about 50 cents more) such as blueberry-lemon and coffee cake; and there are such seasonal ones as orange Creamsicle and chai glazed. Vegan varieties also are available, as are gluten-frees. If you are hankering for something savory rather than sweet, check out the bacon & cheddar filled donut, rich with Vermont cheddar and massive amounts of bacon in what’s billed as “old fashioned dough.” This one puts any ordinary breakfast sandwich to shame.

The original Holy Donut is at 7 Exchange St. in Portland, and there is another one at 194 Park Ave. I especially like the newest one, in Scarborough, because it isn’t insanely crowded like the downtown one and it opens the earliest, at 6am. At that time, some of the warm donuts are still being dipped and frosted.

What to Eat
Holy Donut, Bacon Maple Donut
Bacon Maple Donut
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Crisp bacon, woodsy maple frosting, and creamy potato dough add up to peerless magnificence.
Holy Donut, Blueberry Donut
Blueberry Donut
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Sweet-tart blueberry frosting drips off a donut made from mashed potato dough that is itself shot through with blueberries.
Holy Donut, Cheddar Bacon
Cheddar Bacon
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Vermont cheddar and bacon packed into what's billed as "old fashioned dough"
Holy Donut, Glazed Sweet Potato Ginger Donut
Glazed Sweet Potato Ginger Donut
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Thick glaze makes the sweet potato ginger donut into a circular dessert cake.
Holy Donut, Sugared Sweet Potato Ginger Donut
Sugared Sweet Potato Ginger Donut
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Sweet potato ginger donut: soft, earthy, with brilliant ginger ping.
Holy Donut, Coffee Brandy Donut
Coffee Brandy Donut
Coffee-brandy donut sports mischievous morning charm.
Holy Donut, Chocolate Cinnamon Donut
Chocolate Cinnamon Donut
Crisp-edged, deep dark chocolate enrobed in massive amounts of cinnamon sugar
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
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