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Mrs. Murphy's Donuts

374 Depot St., Manchester Center, VT - (802) 362-1874
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/1/2003 9:06:00 AM
Mrs. Murphy’s is good evidence that New England donuts are the best. Forget about the national chains. Once you’ve had a real sinker at the counter of this storefront coffee shop, you can never go back to junk-food donuts.

All kinds are available and displayed on shelves behind the cash register: Boston creams, jelly-filled, iced and jimmie-sprinkled. The kinds we recommend, especially for those in search of the Platonic donut, are plain or sour cream. They are the simplest pastries imaginable: sturdy circles with a good crunch to their skin and creamy-soft insides. If you’re a dunker, they’re ideal. In fact, no donut ever matched so well with multiple cups of coffee.

Mrs. Murphy’s donuts are so respected in and around Manchester that several retail establishments sell them; but it’s best to get them at the source, especially early in the morning. Walk in to the eatery at dawn and you will see a dough-si-donut line of dunkers sitting on the rows of stools at the counter bobbing theirs in and out of mugs.

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Breakfast at dawn: a mug of coffee and two donuts. On the bottom is a
"Breakfast at dawn: a mug of coffee and two donuts. On the bottom is a "honey dew," a cake donut with sugar glaze. On top is cinnamon."
Michael Stern





At about 6:30 am, one of Mrs. Murphy's two U-shaped counters was filled with locals. It was spring, and so much of the conversation was about sap and the maple syrup harvest.
"At about 6:30 am, one of Mrs. Murphy's two U-shaped counters was filled with locals. It was spring, and so much of the conversation was about sap and the maple syrup harvest."
Michael Stern


This is the sort of restaurant where it's difficult to feel alone, even if you choose to sit at a table to the left. Counter seats are a choice opportunity to partake of community news and opinion.
"This is the sort of restaurant where it's difficult to feel alone, even if you choose to sit at a table to the left. Counter seats are a choice opportunity to partake of community news and opinion."
Michael Stern


Mrs. Murphy's is a humble little storefront that serves some of the best donuts in the Northeast. And that's saying plenty, because Northeastern donuts set the standard.
"Mrs. Murphy's is a humble little storefront that serves some of the best donuts in the Northeast. And that's saying plenty, because Northeastern donuts set the standard."
Michael Stern


Mrs. Murphy's makes all kinds of donuts, and while the maple-frosted, honey dips, and honey dews are highlights, we prefer absolutely plain (or sour cream): ideal for eating out of hand, or for dunking.
"Mrs. Murphy's makes all kinds of donuts, and while the maple-frosted, honey dips, and honey dews are highlights, we prefer absolutely plain (or sour cream): ideal for eating out of hand, or for dunking."
Michael Stern


Breakfast to go: a small pyramid of Mrs. Murphy's donuts on the dashboard of my car. They are sour cream on the left, blueberry cake on the right, and honey dip towards the back.
"Breakfast to go: a small pyramid of Mrs. Murphy's donuts on the dashboard of my car. They are sour cream on the left, blueberry cake on the right, and honey dip towards the back."
Michael Stern



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