On the search for the best donuts in Connecticut brings us to Beach Donut Shop in Clinton.
Now the thing you are supposed to get at Beach Donut Shop is the sour cream donut.
And it is excellent, no doubt.
But there is something going on in the Connecticut donut world, with a sudden influx of cherry donuts.
And that is the the thing to get.
We’ll review them both here.
But a word of caution: we also got the bacon egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.
Don’t bother with that.
The breakfast sandwich is bland all around.
The roll is dry.
The cheese is super mild.
The bacon is okay and adds a nice flavor, but that isn’t enough.
The Rating: Breakfast Sandwich
Sour Cream Donut
This donut is dense.
It’s also heavily fried, but with the density inside it doesn’t dry out.
This gives it a very thick crust.
There is a slight soury tang to the donut, just enough to remind you this isn’t a 100% standard glazed donut.
But if you forget about that tang, it is the best glazed donut you may ever have.
The Rating: Sour Cream Donut
I have a weird relationship with cherries.
If you ask me if I like cherries, I’ll say ‘yeah, cherries are good’.
But would I ever buy cherries?
Maraschino cherries? Love em.
Cherry beer (kriek)? Of course.
But raw cherries? Sure, I suppose.
That’s what I was expecting from a cherry donut.
That sort of raw cherry like-but-don’t-love reaction.
‘Sure’, in taste form.
Instead, this was absolutely excellent.
The closest the flavor comes is Luxardo, the ‘original’ maraschino liquer.
Which is phenomenal.
This donut has that same excellent crust with a super dense interior.
Overall, it’s amazing and I love it.
You will too.
The Rating: Cherry Donut
Beach Donut Shop
Address: 344 E Main St, Clinton, CT 06413
Hours: Open everyday 5:30am – 3pm
Phone: (860) 664-5058