Well, I know I do. Ray’s Donuts on the corner of Canton Hwy and Jamerson/Shallowford Road in Marietta has had a “Coming Soon” sign in the window for months. Talk about building anticipation! I have been craving donuts every day since the store’s sign went up… it finally opened about a week or so ago. Just in time to help me break my New Years resolution.
My best friend and I have been saying there needed to be some sort of restaurant on that corner since we were in high school. From where we live there was nothing convenient to stop at on the way in in the morning. Prior to Ray’s opening there was nothing between me and work, Kennesaw State University, or even church if I went the most direct routes. Perfect positioning if you ask me.
4805 Canton Rd. Suite 400
Marietta, GA 30066
Tel: (770) 485-2448
Hrs: Sun – Mon 5am-2pm
Okay, so you want to know if all this anticipation was even worth it. Are the dang donuts even any good? In the first week they were open I went in four times. Yes, four. I have yet to go in when there wasn’t other people in line. The only other donuts I have had that even come close to comparing to them are at the Kribel’s Bakery in Pittsburgh, Pa., and that’s a little bit out of the way.
They are so light and fluffy. Plus, unlike most Dunkin’ Donuts, they are made onsite every morning so they are absolutely fresh – and sometimes warm! They don’t have to have all of those preservatives in them to keep them “fresh” on their trek over in a delivery truck. So far my two favorite by far are the vanilla cream filler and sugar raised. The vanilla cream filled is like having desert for breakfast while the sugar raised is slightly sweet.
Most people that a ma & pop shop would have to have higher prices to survive. Well, a single donut is only $0.80 and a half dozen is around $4.30. Plus, the sweet mother who runs the register always throws in a few free “munchkins” and every time I have ordered a half dozen she threw in a free apple fritter. When was the last time Dunkin’ Donuts did that for you? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
I think what I love the most is knowing I am helping a family-run visit versus a chain restaurant. But the truth is, if the quality wasn’t there I wouldn’t be going so often – and I keep going back for more.So, my challenge for all those in the Marietta/Kennesaw area this week is to go check them out. It’s the holidays – so eat a carb
Thanks for rounding out my tummy for the holidays,