City Desk

Found! The Best Maple Donut (East Of The Rockies)

Another food obsession from the West Coast Homeland: maple-frosted donuts. These suntanned beauties turn simple fried dough into a complex confection. High quality maple icing isn't just sweet but also perfumed and pungent. Not ordinary at all. I've been hunting for a good maple bar for years. (Also known as a Long John, a large rectangle of raised dough is the standard vehicle for maple frosting.) For the most part, I've found that donut vendors don't know what I'm talking about. Once, I saw a bin labeled "maple" at a local Dunkin' Donuts only to discover they had mis-labeled "marble" donuts. Yetch. A few weeks ago, I found some maple-frosted raised donuts at the Dunkin' Donuts on 14th St. NW. I was glad they knew to use raised dough, but the icing had no magic, it was sweet and chemically.

I had pretty much given up hope (maple bars don't fair well in the mail) when, finally, yesterday, I convinced my boyfriend to get out of bed early just to get breakfast at the Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe in Arlington. Lo and behold: maple-frosted donuts. I bought one with walnut crumbles on top. It was a little pillow of perfection. It's not a bacon maple bar, but we're getting there. The bakery also sells tubes of grainy mustard and really good hard rolls, more culinary objects of obsession.

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  • Dunkin D

    Thought you might be interested in this PSA...

    **Public Service Announcement**
    Your Fix Is In:

    A certain upscale, green-logo'd mackaccino chain will be closing its doors on Tuesday night, February 26, for a mass barista training exercise (stop inhaling the retail, kids?).

    You can tell your friends most likely to explode into a caffeine-withdrawal freak-fit that Dunkin' Donuts will be filling in with a 99¢ latte/cappuccino special from 1-10PM. And you know, chocolate-glaze donuts with pink sprinkles, 24-7.