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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

Sweet treat–Christina’s Dessertery

Christina's Desserty

Christina’s Desserty

What the world needs now is love, SWEET love. Well, SWEETS to be sure :). Clemmons welcomed it’s newest sweet treat, Christina’s Dessertery, just a couple of weeks ago and we just had to visit them during the “soft” opening. Christina Johnson has made a name for herself for her gorgeous wedding cakes (and event cakes from simple to extravagant). Sister foodie says Christina’s fondant is the BEST she’s ever tasted and that’s saying something coming from a former wedding planner. Now, we all get to experience her delectable cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

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Her new shop, located just off Highway 421 at the Clemmons/Lewisville exit, is quaint and chic. Maybe a little girlie? But it won’t scare off the boys, I promise…it would be a perfect dessert date place. Christina’s also has a great patio. Cakes change often. On the day we were there, there was a spice cake, Italian creme, Strawberry Shortcake as well as a small selection of cupcakes (even VEGAN) and cookies. It was a soft opening after all, so the cases weren’t filled to capacity.

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Artistic much?

Artistic much?

Our people got a round of cupcakes. We tried the birthday cupcake as well as the cafe mocha and cookies n’ cream. All were moist and delicious. I love the size of these cupcakes. Just a normal size, not a crazy jumbo thing that is way too much in one sitting (for me anyway).

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And the little boy decided to get a cookie. This is a vegan chocolate chip. He does not know what that means but if I said “vegan cookie” to him, he may not eat it so we just let him believe it was a regular ol’ chocolate chip cookie. He didn’t notice the difference.

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What I LOVE about Christina’s Dessertery is that it stays open a little later than most cake shops. Most nights until 9 or 10. And of course, cakes can be made to order given good advance notice. And they proudly serve Beans Boro Coffee (and you know how I feel about Kyle and his freshly roasted magic beans). So you can have your coffee, your cake and take a seat on a comfy chair or sofa (or patio) and eat it too.

Christina’s Desserty is just a few minutes from Winston-Salem in Clemmons at the Lewisville/Clemmons exit off Highway 421.

1423 River Ridge Drive, Clemmons

336.712.0300
www.christinasdessertery.com

Cheesecakes by Alex

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You know a place is deeeelightful when the line can go out the door and it’s 32 degrees outside. On a blustery night a week and a half ago, that was the case as Mr. foodie and I topped off Undercurrent’s 1st Annual Oyster Roast with dessert at Cheesecakes by Alex. For a little more than 10 years, Chef Alex Amoroso has been “treating” visitors of Downtown Greensboro with the freshest cheesecakes of all varieties, not to mention a whole collection of confections and coffee and ice cream.

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There’s something about the “after 8:00” craving for a piece of cheesecake. What is THAT all about? I never crave cheesecake in the middle of the day. For some reason, it’s the perfect cap to an already indulgent meal. And despite all of the great restaurants in Greensboro, no one can blame you for skipping dessert at your dinner location and getting dessert at Cheesecakes by Alex. The taste and texture of his cheesecake can’t be beat.

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Look at all those almost gone, yet perfectly wrapped up and protected cheesecakes! There are 22 flavors from original, chocolate, white chocolate raspberry, peanut butter chocolate, key lime, espresso Kahlua, turtle…too many flavors to name…all made in house. My absolute favorite is the Creme Brûlée Cheesecake. It has a caramelized sugar top (like creme brûlée) with beautiful specks of vanilla bean throughout. I just can’t get anything else but that. After I had it once, I just get it EVERY TIME. I don’t get there enough so that’s my time to get it.

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See how rich and pretty and see those little vanilla bean babies? MMMMM. My mouth is watering.

When I met Mr. foodie he did not like cheesecake. No likey the sweet cheese.  He actually likes Alex’s cheesecake. But on this day he wanted something with apples. He changed direction when he saw the Triple Threat. A chocolatey chocolate cake with fudgey chocolate icing. It was very rich and decadent but not overly sweet. It went perfectly with their freshly roasted, organic coffee.

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Now, take a look at this next beautiful cake…this, foodies, is a BLUE VELVET cake. No one offered me a taste :(.  They let me take this photo though…

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It’s made with real blueberries. He even had a cupcake version. He had Strawberry Red Velvet too.

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And pastries and bread.

Cheesecakes are available in 3 sizes and can be pre-ordered or you can just stop in. They keep a steady supply on hand. You can order by phone or online and have it shipped to you.  Cheesecakes by Alex’s delicious dairy products come from the local Homeland Creamery in Julian, NC. He’s buying local, foodies!
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Awesome. As a matter of fact, Alex told me that the best mashed potatoes are made with Homeland Creamery’s buttermilk. “Makes them tastes like you put chives in them.” Sounds weird. I’d have to agree. Magical mashed potatoes. Thanks, Alex! I’d have thanked him in person but a man’s got to rest so he let his lovely staff in charge on this night.

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So the next time you have a hankering for some cheesecake, do yourself a flavor and wait patiently while people peruse the case to decide what they want, order what YOU want, sit a spell and enjoy your cheesecake (or cake/pastry) and take in some live music (in warmer months). You can walk around downtown after if you feel you need to work it off some. You might even go dancing?

www.cheesecakesbyalex.com
315 South Elm Street in Greensboro, NC
336.273.0970

They are open 6 days a week, closed on MONDAY.
Cheesecakes By Alex on Urbanspoon

Camino Bakery

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Camino Bakery is not your typical “bakery” full of confections. It’s more of an urban/Boho/chic type of bakery where you can enjoy homemade artisan breads or healthy sandwiches followed by a wonderful homemade slice of cheesecake. Or the biggest slice of chocolate cake…EVER. You can enjoy them with a coffee drink, powered by downtown Winston-Salem’s beloved Krankies Coffee or with a nice glass of vino in the evening with a friend…or a craft beer.  So NOT your typical bakery.

I love the comfort of Camino Bakery. It’s very warm and welcoming. You can take up residence on a bench seat at a rustic table by the windows or a bar seat to watch street traffic and all the activity on 4th Street.  Or you can even make a few friends at the little community table in the middle of the place. You’ll find folks of every persuasion…students with their laptops, older ladies catching up or maybe a family of foodies (that’s us!) grabbing a after-lunch treat.  You really can’t go wrong with Camino’s chocolate chip “as big as your face” cookies after all. They are huge. Really, my two little ones can share them for 2 days. Well, I MAKE them do that.

They promote their locally sourced ingredients  and there’s a board in the middle of the shop to show you from whence it came. I am always thrilled to see the awesome Homeland Creamery from Julian, NC on a vendor list.

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Different breads are made daily depending on the day of the week. You can check out their website to see what’s being made any day of the week. Some things like Multigrain and White you’ll find almost every day. The menu also depends on the TIME of day as well. Morning is devoted to pastries and a sweeter selection of breads. At lunch, there are at least 5 types of fresh veggie-filled sandwiches every day along with quiche and a special focaccia and a very popular tomato pie.
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Of course, it wouldn’t be a bakery about the delicious confections! I will say that I tried the coconut swirl pastry and it was so moist and delicious and not too sweet. I didn’t have room for coffee but the pair would’ve been divine. If you are on Facebook, you can be tantalized by Camino Bakery’s page and drool over their dessert pics in the albums. They’re downright artistic, those photos.
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The place was jumping so I felt funny butting in and snapping away unannounced so I got a few shots in.
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Owner Cary Clifford started Camino Bakery out of a passion for baking. She took her little treat-making business for Krankies and turned it into this little blessing of a bakery in 2011. You can grab a loaf or cheesecake to take home. They offer catering too. Mostly, it’s a great place for a fresh veggie sandwich, a morning pastry or a nice glass of wine with dessert. You’ll feel right at home in this cozy little spot in downtown. And unlike some places downtown, they are open on Sunday :).

www.caminobakery.com
310 W. 4th Street, Winston-Salem

336.721.9990

Camino Bakery, Cafe & Wine Bar on Urbanspoon