There’s no denying it: the team at Cute Potato clearly has a thing for homemade donuts. Over the past year, we’ve highlighted our favorites, including made to order donuts at the French Press in Westbrook, as well as the unique flavors available at the Kennebec Café in Fairfield.
Rounding out our donut stop du jour is the fabulously old school Congdon’s Doughnuts. The team stopped by the Wells-based, family restaurant for brunch and it’s clear the staff are experts when it comes to kid-friendly dining.
When we entered, Congdon’s display cases were overflowing with donuts, pastries, muffins, bagels and homemade breads. We knew right away making a choice was going to take some time.
While waiting to be seated, CP #1 and #2 were thrilled to discover a bench made for the younger set. After no more than 5 minutes, our hostess guided us through the dining area, which is spacious and casual. At noon on Saturday, many of the booths and tables were occupied, so we were pleasantly surprised by the short wait.
Our remarkable waitress treated our duo like people, asking if either would like a booster seat. She also questioned MP if the kids’ drinks should be served before or during the meal. Love that! And MP was pleased when their milks were actually kid-sized (6 oz).
While we were perusing the menu, which included traditional breakfast items like eggs, pancakes, waffles and fresh fruit, the waitress filled our coffee cups to the brim and supplied the kids with a generous supply of Crayola crayons.
CP #1 and #2 chose pancakes designed to look like a mouse, while MP ordered the Congdon’s Special: eggs, sausage, home fries, toast and of course, a donut. DP went rogue and opted for a hamburger and waffle fries from the lunch menu. We decided to end our feast with a dessert of donuts—a reward for finished meals.
Our meals were hearty and satisfying, but the donuts were by far the best part. CP #1 loved her vanilla glazed donut with rainbow sprinkles. And CP #2 was kind of enough to share his chocolate coconut donut with Mom (even though she had a Bavarian Cream all to herself). DP’s donut was the most decadent—similar to a Bavarian but with fresh, whipped cream filling on the inside.
When we left Congdon’s, CP#1 declared, “I love this place!” Thank goodness. MP definitely wants to return, and with enthusiasm like this, it looks like there might be another Bavarian Cream donut in her future.
1090 Post Road/Route One