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Donuts or Donutz? Battle of the Fried Dough Confectionary

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What prompted this battle? Well, Kernersville, NC was blessed late last year with its first doughnut shop. Then about a month and a half later, its SECOND doughnut shop. Donutz vs. Donuts in the war of Doughnuts (this spelling is the dominant spelling in the US and I will use it when I speak of these delightful rings). I figure the first one took so long to open and had its little “coming soon” sign up for so long that someone got wise and thought they’d join them in a little friendly competition, lol.  The first to open was the super popular, Intown Donutz. They got a lot of buzz and Facebook “likes” very quickly because they were so friendly, they just handed out free doughnuts right and left (especially to kidlets) and have locally roasted coffee. Then along came Granny’s Donuts and Bakery. The only thing I’d heard about them is that they were really good too and that they have locations in High Point and Thomasville. So today the kidlets and I decided we’d visit BOTH, do a little taste test and give our foodies the rundown on who is we think is #1 in Kvegas!

The competitors…these guys are literally a half mile from one another:   

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Intown Donutz

Granny's Donuts
Granny’s Donuts

The service:

Intown Donutz and “T” were friendlier. A great friendly staff that promotes, promotes, promotes! And they still offer free doughnut holes when you come in. I don’t know if it’s because I’m always with kids but if that’s the reason, then I will always bring them along 🙂

The Goods…for this test we did Battle: Glazed! And, Battle: Lemon-Filled!

Granny's on Left Intown on Right

Granny’s on Left
Intown on Right (a little deeper in color)

Battle: Glazed! result: No discernible difference. Whaaa? Sorrrrryyy.  Maybe Intown tasted a bit fresher. I kept having to go back and try and by the time I was done I’d eaten 2 doughnuts almost and still no real winner.  Next, Battle: Lemon-filled!—I can’t believe I’m saying it because before today Intown had the BEST lemon-filled ever but Granny’s filling was lighter and a little more lemony fresh. Both still beat KK and DD. By a MILE.

Granny's Lemon-Filled

Granny’s lemon-filled

Intown's lemon-filled

Intown’s lemon-filled

Really this was just an excuse to buy twice as many donuts/donutz/doughnuts as our household needs. We affectionately call them “do-NOTS” because that’s what kidlet #1 used to call them when she was a wee little one….”Mommmmyyyy…can we get a ‘do not’?” I thought it a most appropriate name. We bought a few extra varieties too (chocolate glazed with sprinkles, chocolate glazed with chocolate chips, Old-fashioned). Both locations have a great selection and these incredibly delicious, ridiculous apple fritters that are to. die. for. Mr. foodie said I should’ve tested them out as well so if I do so, then you’ll see an update within this blog post. I will let you know, foodies!

Intown's case

Intown’s case

Intown's case

Intown’s case

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Granny’s case

Granny's case

Granny’s case

Granny’s has a few more cakey, innovative doughnuts like red velvet, coconut and some with funky icing. They also have a large selection of baked goods like cookies and macaroons.  Both have coffee and blended coffees.

Granny's baked goods

Granny’s baked goods

Granny's Red Velvet

Granny’s Red Velvet

So, since they are so close, depending on the direction you are driving, perhaps you just stop at the spot is convenient for you. The traffic is not as bad at Intown and they are easier to see from the road, because East Mountain Street is not as busy as Highway 66. Both have just a few parking spots. Both make doughnuts to order for your party or event. I hope there’s enough business to go around. And though I know that one big chain is still locally owned (and they will always have our hearts), these little locally-owned doughnut shops give them a run for their money. In the end, Kernersville is the winner of this battle. Now, wouldn’t it be fun if they really start playing with flavors. Like Maple Bacon? Chocolate Stout? Who knows!

You know what else we have a lot of? Coffee shops! We have 3 Starbucks across the street from one another and 2 independent coffee shops (that I know of—one’s just a drive-thru) not to mention the coffee bars at chains AND the coffee at these two little doughnut shops.

I hope it’s not bad “business” to put these guys’ addresses in the same spot, but my people deserve to be informed. Neither place has a website but both have Facebook pages.  Have you tried either one of these shops? What’s your favorite?

Intown Donutz on Urbanspoon
Granny’s Donuts & Bakery (no Urbanspoon review for the Kernersville location). Their address is:
806 NC Hwy 66 South, Kernersville,NC 336.992.9595

Iron Hen Cafe

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The sign says it all.  Fresh. Local. Good. The Iron Hen Cafe in Greensboro is what sustainability is all about. Locally owned, local ingredients and a full house of happy local folks. Iron Hen Cafe reminds me of the tiny little cafes I LOVE in Charleston. The blink and you miss it kind of places. Of course on this Sunday when we all met up for brunch, the line was literally out the door so, not so easy to miss this time.

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Jammin’ it was. Here’s when the line was a bit shorter well after we’d been seated. The vibe is casual but not hurried. Though it was packed, the patrons waiting didn’t seem to mind that the patrons eating were in no rush to leave. Everyone was ENJOYING themselves.

Iron Hen serves local, organic, seasonal food daily. Usually you’ll know from whence the egg, cheese, bread, meats, etc. came. In addition, they do their part in being an eco-friendly cafe. Here’s their motto….right on their website

Why Local? Food brought in from local resources supports local farmers and businesses. Locally produced foods also help maintain and create jobs within the community. Local food is fresher because it is seasonal- the distance from farm to table is shorter, resulting in a better, fresher product.

This is a great segue into the food. We were there to experience breakfast/brunch, although Iron Hen does serve a full lunch and SUPPER (that’s what they call it) menu. I ordered the Guilford Mill Grit Bowl an item touted as “lighter fare.” When did grits become lighter fare? I’ll take their word for it :).  I added two eggs to the top. It was incredible. Creamy yellow grits, chopped bacon (another option is sausage) and scallions, Chèvre cheese and of course two eggs, sunny side up that ran nicely when opened. That added to even more creaminess on those delicious local grits.

IMG_2537After I dug in I should’ve taken another pic of all those layers and colors beneath the egg. I forgot about it while I enjoyed it. And this photo doesn’t exactly capture that it is a good size bowl and I even took a third of it home, reheated it in their “to go” container and had it a day later.

Mr. foodie ordered the Crab Cake Benedict, with 2 crab cake medallions seared and served over grilled Asiago peppercorn toast, topped with poached eggs and Cajun hollandaise, served with fresh fruit. Delicious flavor.

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Mom-in-law foodie ordered the Iron Hen Scramble. Now this has a very simple description but do not be fooled. That scramble was banging. Mr. thought it was the table’s winner. I thought it was great but it didn’t beat mine (he didn’t get enough grits and bacon in his bite or he might have agreed). This scramble is 2 eggs scrambled with bacon AND sausage AND home fries, and green onions. And she got home fries on the side. The home fries were almost like little potato chips just not crispy. I’ve never seen thinly sliced home fries before. So good!

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And of course, the kidlets came so we ordered an English Muffin with some cinnamon butter for wee boy and a egg and bacon plate for his sis.

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Iron Hen has delicious coffee and a full coffee shop and bar with local and regional beer as well. They also offer a full line of desserts. For lunch you’ll find a wide array of organic salads and sandwiches that have meat, veggies or even tofu and vegan options. They also have daily features. Check them out on Fridays for their Fried Chicken Skillet Dinner. It’s a breast and leg dusted in Espresso Flour fried in an iron skillet (what else?) and served with 2 sides for $16. In addition to their cafe, they also offer catering so you can bring that local goodness to your next function.

IMG_2519 IMG_2523 IMG_2516 IMG_2510    See up there? Mason jars for the bevs. Plus they have very cool coffee mugs. Big with big handles to hold lots of coffee.

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Check out Iron Hen Cafe soon. There might be a wait. It WILL be worth it. And when the weather gets warm you’ll enjoy plentiful seating on their patio.
www.ironhen.com
908 Cridland Road, Greensboro, NC
336.617.7105
Iron Hen Cafe on Urbanspoon

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In addition to being a TriadFoodie, I’m also a bit of a coffee snobbie.  I like my coffee strong, like my man.   A few  years ago at at the Arts D’vine event in Kernersville, I ran across local Roast Master, Kyle, who was roasting beans and making special deliveries to several businesses across the Triad as Performance Coffee Roasters.  I got in on that action and have not looked back.  There’s something about a bag of coffee that has its own roast date on it.  You know it’s fresh and delicious when its best by date is one month from the day of roasting or better yet, when you can SEE the coffee roasting right in front of you.  Kyle’s dream of having his own coffee shop has become a reality as Greensboro’s only Coffee house and Micro Roaster.  He sources his beans from all over the world, bringing the best beans to the Boro.  And he carries with him a knowledge of the bean, its flavor profile and what happens when it’s roasted for any length of time.  Beans Boro (love that name!), has WiFi, craft beers and wine, desserts and sandwiches and has a great line-up of live music each Saturday as well as a “Wine Down” wine tasting on Fridays.  They even offer fundraising programs for churches, schools and organizations.  Plus you can order your coffee online and pick up in the store.  Beans Boro is well worth it….just bypass all those shops with the who-knows-how-old-they-are beans…and you won’t miss the “bucks” either (pun intended) with its comparable prices.

Take a look at their website for your shopping delight:  www.beansboro.com

Beans Boro is located at 2604-A Horse Pen Creek Road, Greensboro.
(336) 285-6589.