This is one of those mandatory stops whenever I head to Minnesota's North Shore along Lake Superior and visit the ittle town of Grand Marais.
The donuts here are righfully famous and fantastic, but they also make a specialty called "Skizzle"--which is not to be missed. It reminds me of the leftover bread dough my mom deep-fried in small stretched shapes and then sprinkled with sugar while still hot. The "skizzle" here is plate-sized - and the dimples of dough are loaded with warm sugar. Heavenly sweet stuff.
Inside, the little building has cozy low-ceilings and adjacent to the donut display cases, there is a room with booths, tables and loads of photos of families and famous folks enjoying the donuts.
Outside, there are picnic tables where you can watch people photograph each other with their faces stuck into the life-size wood cutouts of a Viking guy and his lady. Always entertaining.
This four-generation family-run (and seasonal) business began in l969. It opens at 4:30 a.m. and closes when the donuts are sold out. There's always a line out the door on summer weekends, so you might want to get there early.