Off-Mass: Munchers Bakery

Doughnuts are not an everyday breakfast item (at least, not in my household). The warm, doughy goodness encapsulated by decadent sugar coating – and sometimes topped with happy sprinkles or an additional layer of frosting, might I add – is certainly a celebratory way to greet the day! Life would be grand if this were my typical morning treat; however, doughnuts are usually reserved for special occasions. Now that the holidays are in full swing, it seems there is no better moment to seize the opportunity. So let’s talk doughnut experts: Munchers Bakery.

It's all easy going here. But don't let it fool you...

These baked goods are serious stuff!

Tucked away in a strip mall off of Iowa Street, the Munchers Bakery location is spacious and filled with natural light. The open floor plan spotted with basic wooden tables and chairs makes it an ideal place to hole up and get some work done (with the sugar rush of a doughnut only steps away). Unlike a bar or coffee shop, Munchers is open 24 hours which means you don’t have to worry about closing time or last call (although, maybe a “last call” for doughnuts wouldn’t be such a bad thing…). All of these details make up what I appreciate most about this shop: its laidback, no-frills vibe. Come in for a doughnut (or five), stay as long as you’d like, clean up after yourself as you leave.

While its surroundings may be fairly ordinary, the doughnuts are certainly noteworthy. I ordered a chocolate iced and a strawberry knot while my partner went with a chocolate iced and a long john. With hot coffee to balance the doughy sweetness, we were set to indulge. The doughnuts were ideal: the slightly crispy, sugar-doused exterior made the inner lightness of the confectionery divine. Now let me tell you, I would have loved to take advantage of the 24 hour schedule and taste each and every item in the display case, but I stopped with two and called it breakfast. At $4.57 for four doughnuts and two coffees, my tummy and wallet were satisfied.

Quiet, peaceful, and mouths full of doughnuts.

Talk about sexy doughnuts!!!

Munchers is known for its doughnuts, but also offers coffee cakes, danishes, cookies, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, croissants, and bagels, too. If you have a special event coming up, and doughnuts won’t exactly do the trick, call Munchers and place a special cake order (see pictures of past works on their mouth-watering Facebook page). Believe it or not, I didn’t realize they were special for their cream cheese doughnuts until after my visit, so it looks like I’ll have to return in the near future to see what those are all about. And maybe I’ll also taste the cinnamon rolls… and the danishes… and the croissants…

Find Munchers Bakery at: 925 Iowa Street Suite M, Lawrence KS 66044. [785.749.4324]

You can also find me in the Lawrence Journal World’s CheckOut publication which prints weekly on Thursdays.

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