Neil’s Donut & Bake Shop

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Neil’s is a roadside bakery in the upper echelon of New England donut shops. The selection is large, including both glazed (the lightweight ones) and cake donuts (heavier dunkers), both of which are available plain, sugar-frosted, chocolate-topped, and cinnamon-coated. There are also extravagant jelly filled pastries — long black raspberry-filled crullers and big round red jelly-filled Bismarks.

While the glazed donuts are fine, it’s the old-fashioned ones that are tongue-dazzling. They are thick and cakey with exterior crunch and insides infused with the unctuous savor of the oil in which they have been fried. Early in the morning, when they’re still warm, they virtually melt in your mouth.

Proprietor Neil Bukowski told us that he keeps true baker’s hours, arriving every morning before 3 and closing the shop mid-afternoon. His shelves also hold bagels, hard rolls, muffins, cookies and pies, but in truth, we’ve tried none of these peripheral items. In our book, Neil’s is a donut shop!

Tony Badalamenti | November 25, 2007

We pass this way often when traveling between NY and my in-laws in MA, but I always remember Neil’s just after we are a few miles past. Well, that will never happen again!

We stopped and each got a donut, then went back in and bought a dozen. The old-fashioned, the crullers, and (what I am guessing is a special this time of year) the cider donuts were among the best I have ever had. While the specialty of many donut places is the complex or specialty donut, Neil’s does the simple basics VERY well. The donuts have a crispy outer shell and a light-textured center. The cider donuts are without question the best of that type I’ve ever had, with a wonderful apple taste that is usually missing in these types of donuts.

If traveling along the Merritt Parkway, Neil’s is an easy and fast detour; it is along Route 150, which runs just north of the Merritt, between exits 65 and 66.

Definitely worth a stop!

What to Eat
Neil’s Donut & Bake Shop, Cake donuts
Cake donuts
Must-Try
Old-fashioned cake donut, hot from the fry kettle
Neil’s Donut & Bake Shop, jelly-filled donuts
jelly-filled donuts
Must-Try
Jelly donuts are piled with an amazing amount of jelly.
Neil’s Donut & Bake Shop, Cinnamon Old-Fashioned Donut
Cinnamon Old-Fashioned Donut
Must-Try
Old-fashioned cinnamon donut
Neil’s Donut & Bake Shop, Cinnamon Roll
Cinnamon Roll
Must-Try
Huge, tasty cinnamon roll
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday6 am - 1 pm
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 am - 3 pm
Wednesday6 am - 3 pm
Thursday6 am - 3 pm
Friday6 am - 3 pm
Saturday6 am - 2 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
11 stops | 70 MILES | 1 hr 46 min

Close to the Road

America's Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The Merritt Parkway of Connecticut is a rolling, limited-access four-lane with bridges that display beautiful Art Deco styling of the 1930s. Opportunities to eat well just off the road are plentiful,…

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Price
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Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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