By Dylan Bailey
If you’re a fan of donuts and have a penchant for nostalgia, then Vintage Donuts is the place for you. Located on Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach, this delightful donut shop offers a step back in time combined with mouthwatering made-to-order cake donuts. Whether you’re on vacation, feeding a hungry family, or simply needing a quick donut and coffee fix while shopping, Vintage Donuts has got you covered.
As soon as you step inside Vintage Donuts, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a trip back in time. The interior evokes a sense of nostalgia with its old-fashioned charm. From the tiny counter where the donut magic happens to the vintage-inspired decor, every detail adds to the delightful atmosphere. The white trim and forest green walls create a cozy and inviting ambiance, making it the perfect spot for sweet treats.
At Vintage Donuts, the star of the show is, of course, their donuts. They offer a wide variety of flavors and toppings, allowing you to customize your fried dough to perfection. The process is simple yet enjoyable. You start with a vanilla cake donut as your base, and from there, the possibilities are endless.
The first step in creating your dream donut is selecting the icing. Vintage Donuts offers a range of delectable options, including caramel, chocolate glaze, maple, and vanilla. Each icing adds its unique flavor profile.
Once you’ve chosen your icing, it’s time to dive into the world of toppings. Vintage Donuts boasts an impressive selection of 14 toppings, each adding a delightful twist to your creation. From classics like chocolate chips and sprinkles to more adventurous choices like coconut, Fruity Pebbles, and bacon, there’s something for everyone. Let your imagination run wild as you experiment with different combinations and create a masterpiece.
To add an extra layer of indulgence, Vintage Donuts offers a variety of drizzles to complete your donut creation. Whether you prefer caramel, chocolate, peanut butter, raspberry, or white chocolate, these drizzles add flavor and visual appeal to the already tempting treat.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the endless possibilities, fear not! Vintage Donuts has you covered with their board of tasty combinations. If you’re unsure where to start, you can opt for tried-and-true classics like maple icing with bacon, caramel icing with Reese’s Pieces, or chocolate icing with coconut and white chocolate drizzle. These combinations are guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds and leave you craving more.
Before diving into the taste experience, it’s important to address the elephant in the room: the price. At $2.50 for a single cake donut, Vintage Donuts leans towards the pricier side of the spectrum. If you order a half dozen, the price comes to a comfortable $12, which is a fantastic deal considering their size and flavor.
Now, let’s talk about the star of the show: the donuts themselves. Vintage Donuts truly excels in creating a donut experience that is both visually appealing and incredibly tasty. The donuts are fried to perfection, resulting in a crispy exterior that gives way to a fluffy, pillowy interior. Each bite is a delightful combination of textures, with the crunchiness of the outer layer contrasting beautifully with the softness inside.
I couldn’t help but try a variety of flavors and toppings. From the maple icing with bacon to the decadent caramel icing with Reese’s Pieces and peanut butter drizzle, each combination was a parade of flavors that danced on my taste buds. The donuts were generously topped with an abundance of glaze and toppings, ensuring that every bite was delicious.
Vintage Donuts also offers a coffee station, but it’s just okay. The donuts steal the show, for sure. Despite some growing pains, I enjoyed all my visits and look forward to eating more of these tasty circles of dough.
The combination of the vintage-inspired interior, customizable donuts, and exceptional taste make it a fun and enjoyable experience. While the prices may be on the higher side, the half-dozen option provides excellent value for money. So, if you find yourself craving a delicious donut, make your way to Vintage Donuts and let your taste buds travel back in time.
Address: 503A Centre St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.