Britt’s Donut Shop just off the boardwalk on Carolina Beach is touted as the best donut shop in all of eastern North Carolina. Read reviews on Yelp, Trip Advisor and other travel websites and you’ll be assured that Britt’s is number one.
I traveled over an hour, by water and land, taking the ferry and then fighting summer beach traffic to find Britt’s. In the sweltering mid-day sun I found the shop, along a side street just behind the boardwalk. After hearing all the hype, I was shocked by what I found. I hadn’t really had a preconceived notion of what Britt’s would look like, but this wasn’t what I expected. It was a shack of sorts. No glitz, no glamour. A sparse enclave with a flea market feel, an L-shaped counter and only one food item on the menu – a glazed donut.
Don’t go to Britt’s expecting a selection of cream-filled, sprinkle-coated, icing-rich donuts. They offer a simple glazed donut, take it or leave it. I spent a good part of my morning en route to find this donut shop, so I was darn ready to experience the ethereal sensation that makes Britt’s so popular.
I ordered one for myself and one for my companion. The donuts were handed to us warm and glistening with a light glaze on thin wax paper. I observed the donut from all angles, it looked like a typical donut. I tasted it and waited for moonbeams to shoot out of my ears. There were no moonbeams, but there was an uncanny airiness to this donut, like biting into a billowy cloud and having it dissolve into your mouth. It’s almost indescribable. And it’s almost heaven.
The closest thing comparable would be a Krispy Kreme donut, when their neon sign is ablaze promoting “Hot Donuts Now”, albeit Krispy Kreme has a denser, weightier feel in the mouth. Again, a Britt’s donut is indescribable. Better you taste for yourself.
Those who venture to Britt’s, I’d be inclined to hear your opinions. Please feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think!