Stan's Donut's may be some of the best around, but I'll never know.
In this day and age, I try to spread the wealth as much as possible. I don't have a lot of money, but what I do have I try to give to as many merchants as I possibly can.
This morning, I got the wild hair to go get coffee and try Stan's Donut Shop for the first time ever. I've always heard they're the best around. On the way there, we stopped at the corner coffee shack (Caffino caffino.com), got ourselves a couple coffees and went on our way. I've driven past Stan's for months and finally decided to try it out.
There was a line, but open seats at the bar. We decided to sit down and place an order. As soon as we sat down, we're told we couldn't have the coffees from Caffino in their shop. I'm not the type to make a scene, so I just left. I mean really... What do they expect me to do? Throw out my fresh hot coffee, just to buy theirs? All I wanted was a donut for goodness sake.
Is it just me, or is really that bad of thing to distribute your hard earned money to more than one merchant?
If I had written this review about 6 months ago, I think you'd see another 5 star rating. But I don't know what's happened since then (Stan, where'd ya go?), because the place has gone downhill faster than Ford's stock price.
I usually buy a dozen or more doughnuts every couple weeks on the way to the office. Always the same, glazed-raised, because there's nothing better. Well, at least that used to be the case.
But the last few I've bought, the doughnuts were soggy. They've always been soft, but now soggy? And a few felt like they weren't even cooked all the way through. Now, I can understand every once in a while, that happens, but it seems that it's happening with greater frequency.
The store never has been a bastion of modern amenities, but it also looks a little worse for the wear. Napkins being unavailable. No milk. Simple things any manager would normally be on top of.
A couple other things. The main lady, Maria, is usually a great help. With greater frequency, I've arrived only to find the place completely out of raised doughnuts (hard to believe, but true). It's not worth getting any other doughnuts there, so I've left a few times with nothing. Maria was nice enough to say, just call in, and give us 30 minutes and they'll be ready for you.
Now, first off, any manager who sees there's demand should probably increase the supply to at least match it, but still, months later, the problem hasn't been resolved.
This morning, following Maria's advice, I call in (which I've done the last few weeks), and am now told by a pretty nasty guy (hopefully not Stan on a bad day), that I have to call in 24 hours in advance, and that Stan's doesn't accept same-day orders and never will. I don't really understand the guy's emphasis (Bad hair day?), but the guy was pretty much a jerk.
So I'm helping solve their supply, quality and operational issues. I'm no longer buying doughnuts there, and unless you want to gamble with your time in a losing proposition, would suggest you do the same.
I have been going to stands since I was a kid and plan on taking my kids to enjoy these same dounuts. If anyone tells you there a better dounut out there send them to me so I can knock some sense into them. Stan's is in a league of its own!
You will NOT find a better doughnut anywhere than Stan's! Just get 2 raised, glazed donuts and a cup of coffee...you're set for the rest of the day. Worth the drive. Worth the wait. Worth the calories! BEST DOUGHNUT ANYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!
As an alum of St Justins, across the street, and even having a date with one of the daughters (grandaughter? I can't recall which) in the early 80's I have an affinity for Stan's. No other donut place ever had chocolate donuts (w/ sprinkles) as warm and melty as this place. I'm sure glad carb counting was not in the 70's lexicon as I would buy 4 - 5 donuts after nearly each of my paper route runs; needed the fuel to peddle my bike. I haven't been in the store for 25 years now but it sounds like it is more popular than ever. It's nice to see that somes things have stayed the same.