Doughnut Shops in Lowell

The front cover of today’s Globe food section carries a picture of a young man munching on a delicious-looking chocolate frosted doughnut that made me want to run out and buy a half-dozen. The accompanying story discusses the “best” independent doughnut shops in Greater Boston which got me wondering which place has the best doughnuts in Greater Lowell. When I was younger, my two favorites were Mary Lou’s on Chelmsford Street and Eat-a-Donut at Liberty and School. They’re both gone now and I’m more likely to grab a muffin with a coffee than a doughnut. Still, every once in a while, a freshly cooked, sugary and sticky doughnut would be nice. Any suggestions?

10 Responses to Doughnut Shops in Lowell

  1. A Donut Lover says:

    You should definitely go to the Doughnut Shack on Westford Street across from Country Farms. Eric’s marshmallow donuts are amazing!

  2. jdayne says:

    We did a fair bit of research before we moved to Lowell. Reviewed census data. Read the then current (and excellent) Master Plan at the City website. Skimmed The Lowell Sun (and yet, still moved here!).

    Then I discovered LeftinLowell, which seemed the perfect place to ask our two most important remaining questions: who is the best seamstress in Lowell and where are the best donuts? Near instant response thread gave us:

    1. Eleni Zohdi (unanimous)
    2. The Donut Shack (leader over all others by far)

    We’ve been happy in Lowell ever since. Oh, and the Washington Savings Bank offers donuts to customers on Saturday morning, often from the Donut Shack. It is amazing to me that Gardner always manages to have banking business on Saturday morning–after French toast and real maple syrup (love those little jars) at Ray Robinsons.

    Perhaps my next local research question should be: who is the best personal trainer to keep a donut-eating-fellow fit?

  3. Mark says:


    I’m watching my girlish figure BUT every once in a while Top Donut Marshmellow donut. If you’re gonna be a bear be a Grizzly. So good it’s ALMOST illegal.

  4. C R Krieger says:

    On Tuesday, in honor of our late Admin Assistant at our Business Unit at work I decided to take in donuts, it being Donut Tuesday, at least in the part of Pennsylvania that Diana Wagner was from.  I drove out Route 133, under the 495 Freeway and into the convenience store on the left.  It must have been a while since I was there, since the Krispy Kreme donuts I was looking for had been replaced by Dunkin Donuts.  They are everywhere and they are stamping out everyone else.

    Still, the preference of the customers is a factor in who survives.  I bought my 18 donuts from Dunkin Donuts and was happy, since the folks at the office would be happy, because they like Dunkin.

    Regards  —  Cliff