Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pizza and Donuts, a match made in heaven...almost

The Monday Nut

If you like donuts there's a good chance you like Pizza. In fact, most fans of donuts and Pizza would be hard pressed to deny that they try to find ways to incorporate these 2 "food groups" into each and every day. How many times have you heard, or said for that matter, "I could eat Pizza every day of my life." or "why can't donuts be served with every meal?"...you know you have said that. Well, many enterprising business people have heard the call and taken you up on that charge by creating shops that sell not just one, but both of these delicious items.  Pizza and Donuts- what a combo!
 This Memorial Day weekend, while out and about donut hunting, I decided to try one such place in Auburn, Maine, Georgios Donuts. I've been waiting for quite a while to have an excuse to try this place and this weekend's trip to Bar Harbor was just the reason to justify the 4+ hours drive. On a side note, there are no homemade donuts in Bar Harbor save for some imitation rings disguised as cider donuts...do not try these...they will hurt you.
Georgio's which has been in the same location since the 1950's, has been turning out donuts and za to please the masses Monday-Sunday like clockwork. To quote the jovial man behind the counter..."I don't know which came first, the Donuts or the Pizza, but we've been here for 60 years." They must be doing something right and obviously have a loyal following. Having tried donuts all over the region I must admit that the raised donuts, a Jelly and a glazed, were less than the best this donut hunter has consumed. The Jelly, more of a glue than a jam, was too artificial tasting and the dough was more bread-like than light and fluffy. If you want a good find at Georgios stick to the cake donuts. Their wide variety of flavors can tempt the most adventurous and you'll get one 1/2 off with a cup of coffee (which was too watery on this particular day). I didn't try the pizza and if I was asked to make the drive again to test it out I would sadly say no. But, I guarantee you if you're in northern Maine and itching for a homemade donut that you should pass up Tim Horton's and grab a Chocolate Dutch Crumb from Georgios...it will help easy your pain.