If you’re on Anna Maria Island and it’s breakfast time, I have one word: donuts!
This is one of our favorite slow-down weekend morning activities around the island. We’re lucky enough to live about one mile from Pine Avenue, so walking down to Anna Maria Donuts is usually a leisurely, calm activity.
This being the Fourth of July weekend, however…
The island was packed. A steady stream of cars, scooters, bikes and other walkers made our stroll just a bit less serene. Nonetheless, we were determined to get ourselves some delicious donuts.
Tal even wore his Anna Maria Donuts shirt so the theme of the morning didn’t get lost.
Finally, we made it. And look! The line isn’t out the door!
Oh, they’re all inside.
How many people can you cram into one donut shop?
This many, apparently.
In order to streamline the donut ordering process, the owners, Shawn and Cealy, have come up with an ordering sheet. You just grab one, mark whichever fantastical combinations of icings and toppings you can come up with and hand it in. They take care of the rest.
This is really a great idea, and from what I can tell, absolutely necessary with the crowds they get. How many times have you stood in line behind someone who is up to order, only to hear them say, “Hmmm… let me think. I’ll take one of these… Sam, what do you want? Well, what does Jenny want?”
Good Lord. No, thank you.
It’s easy here. Grab a sheet and a pencil and step aside. Do your thinking, your “hmmm-ing” and “ummm-ing,” then get in line and hand it in.
We did our thinking outside on the porch.
After that, it’s up to Cealy, Shawn and the rest of the team to fill the orders.
Here’s how it works.
You pick from five different icings: chocolate, caramel, maple, vanilla and glaze.
You can leave it at that or add a topping. The current menu offers 17 toppings, plus house specials, like Key Lime (my fave right now) and Sriracha.
My son almost always gets sprinkles, but there are so many fun options, like Fruity Pebbles, M&M’S, Reese’s Pieces… And bacon.
If you haven’t had a donut with bacon, get your butt down here and try one! (And get it with the maple icing. Mmmmmmmmm.)
Plus, they have peanut butter drizzle and raspberry drizzle–both of which taste amazing on a chocolate iced donut.
Also on the menu is coffee and a variety of bottled drinks (water, juices, milk, etc.)
It’s an assembly line. Hot, fresh cake donuts come off the machine. They’re hand-dipped in icing, then toppings, and boxed up to go.
I already had my donut for the morning. Now I want another.
If you choose to eat there–or if you can’t possibly wait until you get back home to taste these little beauties–there are several tables and chairs inside and also a nice front porch area with a couple more small tables and some bench seating.
We ate outside because we brought our pooch along for the stroll.
We were also those people who gobbled down their donuts so fast, I barely got a chance to look at them, let alone take a picture.
Luckily, I got an extra one to save for my mom. Key Lime… YUM! Dipped in vanilla icing, then graham cracker crumbs and drizzled with Key Lime sauce, my mouth is watering all over again!
Shawn and Cealy Wampole moved to Anna Maria from just outside Philly not quite two years ago with the idea to open the island’s first donut shop. And we’re so glad they did!
Not only is the business a huge (and absolutely delicious) success, but I have had the pleasure of getting to know them on a personal basis, and they’re just fab people.
So if you’re in the area, and you’re craving something sweet–doesn’t have to be breakfast, they’re open until 2pm–stop by Anna Maria Donuts and try something new. And be sure to get extras to take with you, because you’ll be wanting more later!