The first Friday in June is National Donut Day. While not a regular element of my diet, donuts are a welcome treat on occasion. They’re also nostalgic making me think of places in Lowell like Mary-Lou’s on Chelmsford Street or Eat-a-Donut at Liberty and School. Today, we have places like Top Donut and Donut Shack and, this being New England, there’s a Dunkin Donuts at (nearly) every intersection.
I also learned an early and important political lesson in a donut shop. One Sunday morning, while waiting in a long line at Eat-a-Donut for a half dozen that would include at least a couple of their signature marshmallow-filled, a city council candidate walked into the store and headed for the back of the line. A at-the-front-of-the-line acquaintance of the candidate yelled out “Hey X, what are you getting” to which the candidate replied “a dozen marshmallow.” The friend placed the order which wiped out the remaining stock of marshmallow donuts along with the potential votes of everyone who was waiting in that line. The moral of the story: if you’re running for office, never ever cut the line.
But enough politics. What’s the best place in Lowell to get a donut today? What’s the best place of all time?