Atmosphere: Donuts Deluxe is located in a strip mall on County Rd E (just east of Hwy 61) in White Bear Lake. The front of the space looks like someone had once tried to spruce it up a little and offer a cute little eating area and a coffee station adjacent to the bakery case. Despite this effort, there isn’t a wall dividing the front from the back so you can see stainless steel bakery equipment and everything else that is going on in the back of the shop. That seemed a little strange to me but I do know that Donuts Deluxe produces a ton of donuts every day that they supply many convenience stores with so maybe the front was just an after thought??
Menu: There was a big menu board displayed above the coffee station that advertised donuts and muffins, but there weren’t any muffins available on the day of my visit.
The Donut selection included Old Fashioned, Bismarks, Apple Fritter, Cinnamon Pinwheels, Long Johns, Glazed Raised Donuts, etc.
What we ordered: My companions and I picked up a box of Assorted Donuts to try including the Fried Cinnamon, Long John, Bismarks filled with cherry and lemon jelly, Old Fashioned, and Bear Claw.
I had the Apple Fritter, which has always been one of my faves. This one was wonderful! It was actually somewhat crispy on the outside but the inside was soft and filled with many big pieces of apple. I loved the contrast in textures. The dough of this fritter was spread out so it was less fluffy than most apple fritters but it was very big and very filling. It was glazed with the perfect amount of sweetness. Donuts go great with coffee, don’t they? I snapped this pic with my iPhone ;)
Overall Impression: Donuts Deluxe has a handful of common donut varieties and they are all very good and made fresh daily. The selection wasn’t impressive but I was perfectly content with my apple fritter.