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5 on Friday: Columbus Donuts

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It goes without saying that these local donut shops are kid-tested and approved! 😉 (Has a kid ever met a donut he didn’t approve of?) I’ll be honest, I’ve only recently cared about donuts. I think that’s because, for a long time, my experience was limited to chains. Only in the past few years have I had some donuts that have caused me to think about them later and even crave them! There are so MANY great choices for donuts these days (I envision a Part 2 in the not-to-distant future), but here are 5 that have received our two thumbs up!

1. DK Diner, Grandview Heights

1715 W 3rd Ave, Columbus, OH 43212, 614-488-5160

DK Diner was maker of the first donut I craved – the sour cream donut! 😋 Chocolate is really good, too! Of course, my kids always pick the donuts with the sprinkles. If you didn’t know, DK stands for Donut Kitchen and donuts were the first and only thing sold at the beginning of DK diner!

2. Destination Donuts, Downtown

59 Spruce St., Columbus OH 43215, 614-525-0878

Destination Donut has some really fun options! How about White Chocolate Pretzel and Salty Caramel or Aztec Chocolate and Spiced Pepitas? (Jaden chose Vanilla. Haha.) These are a bit more pricey than the others listed here so it’s a decadent treat! Flavors change daily and besides the stall at North Market, they can also be found at these locations!

3. Schneider’s Bakery, Westerville

Schneider’s is a long standing Westerville tradition, opening at 1:30 AM most days for your donut cravings! Only here can you get a 10″ Celebration Donut (think of this as a replacement to the birthday cake!) Cash or check only here and most of the donuts are just $.75 or $.85!

4. Amy’s Donuts, West Side

There are so many choices at Amy’s Donuts it can almost be overwhelming! For instance trying choosing 18 different donuts on a Saturday morning at 8:45 AM when there’s a line nearly out the door waiting behind you! No pressure! I’m not trying to scare you off because you should definitely try these if you haven’t already! SO good! I love the old fashioned varieties here and, of course, my kids love the crazy candy combinations! You can also schedule a tour, which is a fun outing with the kids!  Spoiler Alert: they get to decorate their own donuts at the end! 😉

5. Jolly Pirate Donuts, Grove City

3118 Southwest Blvd., Grove City, OH 43123, 614-871-1070

Jolly Pirate is your classic donut shop! There are two locations in the Columbus area: Grove City and Reynoldsburg. The Grove City location (where these pictures were taken) closed briefly but is back open under new ownership!  There are a lot of fancy donut shops to choose from, but if you want a classic donut and coffee experience this is it! No frills, good donuts!

What’s your favorite Columbus donut shop?

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Playdate in Uptown Westerville

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Confession: other than dropping off our taxes to the accountant, I haven’t spent any time in Uptown Westerville!  So who better to show me the ropes than a friend who grew up there? A playdate was in the plans so she suggested meeting for donuts before heading to Alum Creek Park North.  No one’s going to argue with that plan! We met up at Schneider’s Bakery to pick out our goodies before heading to the park.  This was my first time at Schneider’s Bakery, but from what I hear it is a Westerville institution.  The bakery opens at 1:30 AM.  Yes, in the morning.  I had to ask twice just to be sure!  This works well near a college campus and across the street from a bar . . . but keep this in mind if you get some middle of the night pregnancy cravings!  IMG_4007

IMG_3997There are a lot of goodies to choose from here including donuts, pastries, cookies and fresh bread and rolls.  Your kids will enjoy the I Spy Cake in the display case – a cake covered in lots of fun items with a list of things to look for.  We also got to sample a Celebration Donut, which is basically a humongous donut (10 inches in diameter, to be exact!) that you can order for special occasions!IMG_4003

Kids . . . they’re so funny.  They just haven’t learned yet that all that glitters isn’t gold.  They always choose sugar cookies with brightly colored sprinkles or bright blue ice cream with a name like Superman.  And then they spend the rest of the time asking me and their dad for bites of what we ordered – you know, the better tasting things like chocolate and normal colored foods.  Anyway . . . my kids both wanted a smiley face cookie, but then spent the morning asking for bites of my amazing glazed donut.  When will they learn?  And when will Mama get to eat her own food?  If you know the answer, do tell!  😉

The donut WAS one of the best I have ever had.  Really.

Don’t you, though?

Once we had our sweets, us mamas had to head down the street to Java Central for our daily dose of caffeine.  Don’t plan to eat your donut here (the signs are very clear about that), but pick up some coffee before you head to the park. (You probably already know this is a theme of mine.)  Java Central is a cute coffee shop with a lot of regulars, a lot of coffee choices, and a variety of food and snacks for sale.  (I didn’t try the Nitro, but I am definitely curious.)IMG_4021

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IMG_4014This day in particular was beautiful, not too hot, not too cold and it would have been totally possible to walk to the park, but I was on a time crunch, so we got back in our cars and drove to Alum Creek Park North.  The parking for the park is along Alum Park Dr.  The first time I came here, a few years ago, I took a few wrong turns around Otterbein, unsure where to enter.  There are spots lining the edge of the park and a small lot at the bottom of the hill.

This is a fun park with a lot of different areas to play in (I also featured it here.)  There’s a play train for the younger kids, an older kids play area, a climbing wall, a play-web structure, a sand pit and an Neos 360. There are also swings for all ages. The boys spent the majority of their time on the train and then in the sand pit.IMG_4047

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IMG_4031Something super serious is being discussed at this meeting of the minds – like, “is my smiley face cookie as good as your donut?”IMG_4066

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Caffeinated mamas are happy mamas!

I’ve seriously been thinking about that donut ever since our visit so I’m thinking a return visit to Uptown Westerville is in order! Anywhere else I need to visit while I’m there?

Know Before You Go:

Schneider’s Bakery
Location: 6 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-882-6611
Hours:
Monday: 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Tuesday -Thursday: 1:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: Apr-Oct: 1:30 AM – 9:00 PM; Nov-Mar: 1:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 1:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED
Cash or Check only!

Java Central
Location: 20B South State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081
Phone: 614-839-0698
Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 7:00 AM-9:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM-10:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM-10:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Alum Creek Park North
Location: 221 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081

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