Ross Donuts

Worth a detour

Montgomery, Alabama, doesn’t yet have an artisan $3 donut shop, but it does have Ross Donuts, where traditional under-$1 donuts are very good. Cake donuts are the crown-shaped variety, enriched with sour cream, available with a sugar glaze or a good spill of very chocolaty frosting. And there are lightweights, too — yeast donuts in round and long-john shapes. Arrive early in the morning and chances are your selection still will be warm.

Those in search of something more substantial should consider Ross’ apple fritter. It is a thick, dense disk so crisp around its edges that it makes me think of a deep-fried cookie. It isn’t all that apple-flavored, but it sure does satisfy a morning sweet tooth. A fritter costs all of $1.09. Cinnamon rolls, twists, donut holes, and jelly-filled bismarks round out the sweet-pastry lineup.

Then there are kolaches, aka pigs in blankets. These are pastries of fleecy sweet dough baked around a spicy little sausage. They’re available with jalapeno peppers in the sausage, or simply laced with cheese, the latter making for a very rich, salty, savory morning snack.

Almost all Ross Donuts business is take-out, but there are a couple of tiny two-top tables in front of the counter where customers can sit, sip coffee, and enjoy the simple pleasure of plebeian sinkers.

What to Eat
Ross Donuts, Cake Donuts
Cake Donuts
Old-fashioned sour cream donuts are dunkable and offer a gentle chew.
Ross Donuts, Apple Fritter
Apple Fritter
Crisp-edged, dense, barely fruity, and supremely sweet, the apple fritter is a whole lot of pastry. Those donut holes in back were thrown into my bag as a little gift.
Ross Donuts, Kolache
The kolache is a happy marriage of tender sweet dough and savory, cheese-laced sausage.
Directions and Hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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