I am a foodie. I love really, really good food. That includes … donuts. A great donut is really hard to pass up. So, I seek out good donuts. In Key West, you need to look no further than Glazed Donuts & Red Buoy Coffee.
Tucked away on Eaton Street is this wonderful mecca of donuts and coffee. It’s a half block off of Duval, so centrally located. But, once inside, you are away from all of the noise and distractions of Duval. Here’s the thing, when you walk into a donut shop, well, you should smell … donuts. I know, pretty obvious, but think about those chain stores, they don’t smell like donuts. Glazed Donuts does because donuts are made fresh, onsite, every day.
Glazed Donuts offers staples… glazed, chocolate, and maple bourbon with candied bacon. But, they throw in seasonal ones too. Here’s the thing, even though I call myself a foodie, I am absolutely in love with their glazed donuts. They are fresh, soft, warm, mouthwatering bites of pure heaven. So, I am not often tempted to deviate far from my true love. That said, I will sneak a bite of my husband’s since he usually tries something new every time… yep, I admit it.
But, honestly, you can never go wrong on any donut you choose. Let your taste buds wander and try new flavors. These are creations of culinary art. Who are the folks behind these wonders?
Megan Pidgeon is a 2007 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America’s Baking and Pastry program and a 2016 winner of star chefs rising star award. Jonathan Pidgeon is a 2007 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America Culinary Arts program. So… with those as the creators, of course, the donuts will be awesome. They bring creativity and vision to their donuts.
You can pick up one … who am I kidding.. a dozen Tuesday through Sunday 7am until 3pm (or until sold out). I have held off on stopping by until later in the afternoon, and have missed out for the day. So, plan to be there early.
Here’s where my love (the glazed donut) meets my true love… coffee. Glazed Donuts roasts coffee onsite. According to their website, Red Buoy Coffee is made from 100% arabica, shade grown, high altitude coffee beans. I am not sure how all of that creates good coffee beans, but they sure do know how to roast really, really good coffee.
You can watch them roast the coffee beans from the front window. Trust me, as a coffee lover, this is fascinating to watch.
If you love donuts, then make this a stop while in Key West. If you fall in love with the coffee, which I am sure you will, you can order more online once you get home.