Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Doughnut Hole Bakery/Cafe of Destin Florida

If you can find Destin, Florida, you can find the Doughnut Hole Bakery and Cafe.  It's on US-98, just east of Destin proper across the highway from Walmart.  Go early before the line forms.  And they make more than doughnut holes here.

Get here early.  And it doesn't matter what day.  Get here early.  The Cafe opens at 6 a.m. and there's a serious line forming sometime between 9 and 10 a.m.  I would shoot for arriving no later than 7:30 a.m.  If you look to the right of the photo, you can see the line forming at about 8 a.m.  A line is always a good indicator of a great restuarant.

Gulf Coast Crabmeat Benedict

English muffins are topped with crab cakes, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce and served with homemade hash browns.  The cakes are loaded with claw crabmeat and are quite tasty.  The hash browns are obviously freshly shredded prior to pan frying.

Bacon & Cheese Omelet:

Bacon is applewood smoked Boars Head and the cheese is cheddar.  Need not say anymore.  Great stuff!

Monster Omelet:

Bacon, sausage, ham, this omelet has it all ... onions, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms ... and don't forget the cheese.


Put your silver dollars back in your pocket.  These pancakes are huge and dusted with powdered sugar.  Lick your finger to transfer the sugar powder to your lips before hitting the cakes with the syrup.

Mushroom and Cheese Omelet:

Another cheddar masterpiece ... this time with mushrooms.  See the grits ... and it comes loaded with butter.

Chicken Fried Steak:

Smothered in gravy, this steak is breaded and fried crisp giving the dish a great taste with eggs and biscuits.

French Toast:

My granddaughter Makayla's favorite, the French toast was the special for the day.  It's made on their homemade bread ... this is a bakery of course!  Makayla loved it.

The Breakfast Burger:

I like a place that serves burgers for breakfast.  Burger, cheese, bacon, eggs-your-way with all the dressing, accompanied by half a plate of homemade hash browns.  A burger cooked your way for breakfast ... it doesn't get any better than this.

Cheese Grits:

This is Florida, this is the deep south.  Yes, they do have cheese grits.  This is a side-serving size, but you can get a larger one instead and load it down with crumbled bacon.

And yes, they do have a "Diet" Plate:

Their Diet Plate comes with homemade buttermilk biscuits topped with cheese (this place likes to serve up the cheese), eggs your way (mine was over easy), and smothered with cream gravy.  Two peppery sausage paddies and a side of hash browns come with this diet plate.  See that shiny stuff on the sausage paddy ... that's the grease.  Yes, they do call this the "Diet" Plate on their menu.

Great Coffee:

Coffee is a plus here.  But they serve doughnuts, so the coffee should be a plus.  Can't have good doughnuts and bad coffee.

Homemade Breads:

What I like about great bakeries that serve a country breakfast is that the biscuits and breads are made fresh daily.  Look at those crisp, but flaky biscuits, and the cinnamon-raisen toast.

Doughnuts and Pastries:

Before leaving, grab a bag of doughnut holes or a box of their pastries.  If you're going to have a sugar high, this is the stuff to do it with!  If you come just for doughnuts, come early.  Remember, around 8 a.m., the line starts to form.

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