Originally posted by roadrash
The Maple Donuts chain in central PA is pretty darn good, as is the Shipley Donuts chain in southeast Texas. Dunkin' Donuts is still my favorite, though.
Shipley is based here in Houston (1936) and still family owned. The founder devised a recipe which included unflavored gelatin added to the dough to make the doughnuts lighter than others; unfortunately, it also meant they absorbed more grease. Warm, they're what I've been eating all my life and they're what doughnuts are supposed to taste like, but at room temp they can be pretty awful.
The chain has spread to several southern states.
When I worked near another donut chain now long gone whose name I can't remember, I liked their crullers and cake donuts better and didn't go to Shipley for a long time. I mostly go to Shipley for sausage and cheese kolaches on the rare occasion I leave the house before 10:30am; over the years they've grown and now are almost the size of a hot dog. 2 of them make a good breakfast-on-the-go. I usually can't pass up a donut, maybe filled or iced, or a fritter, but I would hardly ever go there if it weren't for the sausage and cheese kolaches. My favorite breakfast pastry would actually be a cheese or poppy seed or fruit kolache, not a donut.
The coffee at Shipley is very weak.