Sanford – Donuts to Go 2

Donuts to Go 2

Donuts to Go 2 in Sanford, FL

Glazed Squares

Glazed Squares

I am always on the lookout for interesting places, but I admit to driving by this restaurant many times without even noticing it.  Donuts to Go 2 is set back, far from the road in a strip mall next to the hospital.

Big Donuts

Did I mention they're big?

You would expect the shopping center to be full of stores pharmaceuticals and diagnostic services…and it is.  There is, however, an nondescript tenant next to a small drug store that sells square donuts.  That’s right, square.  A square donut with a square hole.

So what, you say.  It’s a gimmick, nothing more.  The donuts must be greasy.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  When you bite into one of their huge donuts, it is soft and delicious.  Not tough and dry.  Not crunch and greasy.  Not slimy and doughy.  These are some of the best donuts I have ever had.

Thick Frosting

Thick Frosting

Almond Joy Donuts

Almond Joy Donuts

Not only are the donuts great, but the service is top notch.  While I was waiting in line, the person at the front of the line wanted for an apple fritter, but there were none.  The person behind the counter shouted to the back and had the kitchen make a fresh one.  In a few minutes it came out and was the size of a small dinner plate.

I, of course, took some donuts home.  I had one the next day and it was still soft…no sign of staleness at all!

Sausage Rolls

Sausage Rolls

There is also a regular food menu with plenty of breakfast and lunch sandwiches.  In addition, they make their own sausage rolls.  These are people that care about making their restaurant something special.

So if you are ever in Sanford, FL and looking for a really good donut, definitely head on over to Donuts to Go 2, you won’t be disappointed.

Donuts to Go 2

1414 West 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 878-2856

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Sanford – The White Cup Coffeehouse

Sanford, Florida does not jump to mind when thinking of exciting places in Florida.  Most of that reputation is well deserved as Sanford is, by enlarge, a quiet, residential town.  It is, however, an older city than Orlando and has had a chance to develop a real, if small, Main Street.  I shall probably write about a few places in Sanford, because there are a couple “diamonds in the rough” hidden among the antiques shops.

The Front of The White Cup

The Front of The White Cup

The subject of my first post is The White Cup Coffeehouse.  The White Cup opened less than a year ago with the idea to be different from the stereotypical coffeehouse.  There are the normal variety of espresso based drinks and food items for customers, a stage for performers, art for sale on the walls.  Then you notice the differences.  The house amps on stage are larger than you would expect.  There is a guitar shop, Wayne’s World Class Instruments, in the middle of the coffeehouse.  The sell a coffee called 3Caf, which has 3 times the caffeine of normal coffee.  This is no cliched coffee shop.

Monday night is called “Metal Mondays” and the coffeehouse hosts a strictly heavy metal open mike / jam.  Local metal aficionados gather to exchange power cords and blistering solos.  Wayne himself occasionally jumps on stage to join in.  Soon, performers deemed not worthy will blasted off stage with a peal of thunder from “The Gong of Death”.

Friday night is “Open Mike Night”.  Performers are given 15 minutes in which to perform.  The room is packed with people waiting to conquer their fear of performing in public.

There are dozens of Coffeehouses in the Orlando area, but if you want a Coffeehouse that stands out from the generic coffee shops, definitely take the time to visit The White Cup.

Update April 16th, 2012

This place just keeps getting better. They have recently added Cuban coffees to their menu and they are top notch. Their Café con leche tastes salty-sweet like a melted toffee. The regular Cuban espresso is incredible as well. If you need a step up in caffeine from 3Caf, I highly recommend the Cuban coffees.

125 W. 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771
407.320.8180
http://WWW.THEWHITECUPCOFFEEHOUSE.COM

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