Mary’s Donuts (Santee)
Who needs cronuts when you have Mary’s Donuts!? With all the food trends going on we needed to find ourselves again. We needed an old classic to properly give us the perspective to move forward in this trendy, I want everything now world. There’s a tendency to neglect things that aren’t broke in favor of the new shiny toy someone else got their hands on. This is where Mary’s Donuts comes into play and will ultimately help us regain our sense of self. No this isn’t the 100th time I’ve been here. This is the first time I’ve stepped foot in Mary’s but boy did it seem familiar. It had everything a neighborhood shop should have: the ambiance, the feel, dozens of fresh familiar donuts, oh and ice cold milk.
I wish I wasn’t camera shy and got more pictures so you get a better sense of the selection and the vibe. We got the itch on a random Wednesday at 3:00pm. I guess not that many people stop in donut shops at 3:00pm on Wednesdays. I did see a man pull up after we left so that made me feel better about myself. There was an awkward silence when we arrived, not seeing a soul in sight and then suddenly being startled with someone working behind the counter rising out of nowhere like Altered Beast. At that moment we had to quickly look at the menu and order. This awkwardness/time limit of course was 100% self imposed and the cashier didn’t give us any weird vibes (that I detected at least). As you can see they have the classics like chocolate, frosted, maple, etc. They also have jelly filled donuts, cinnamon rolls, bear claws, and apple fritters.
What can I say? We left fulfilled and not once did I think about cronuts or the next best thing. The only thing I could think about was how many times I needed to work out before I could come back to try other flavors guilt free. The donuts were moist and had just the right amount of sweetness. The apple fritter was our favorite and it took us over a day to finish that massive one. I’d certainly recommend that or any other donuts at Mary’s. Hope you have a great hump day San Diego!
9031 Mission Gorge Rd.
Santee, CA 92071