“The smell alone is impossible to resist”
The Donut Friar, which is tucked away in The Village Shops in downtown Gatlinburg, is an affordable treat worthy of your visit. This small donut shop has been faithfully serving tourists and locals since 1969 and has a loyal following. While your body may not thank you for these delectable fat pills, your mouth definitely will. Since the staff starts making donuts from scratch long before the 5:00 AM daily opening, don’t be surprised if a strong aroma supernaturally pulls you into this tiny shop. Once you see bakery cases filled with homemade goodness, you will be rendered helpless. The wide variety of donuts, which range from $0.97 to $1.14 each, are made on-site each morning. Some of my favorite baked goods include the traditional glazed donuts, crullers, eclairs, cinnamon rolls, and of course their world-famous cinnamon bread.
The donuts were phenomenal, the staff on the other hand was less than pleasant. If it was just based on the donuts 1000 stars but the rude woman really brought down a cool experience!! Be prepared, bring cash, and you need to know instantly what you want, they give you 5 seconds to order or move on.
The cruller was the shit. I dream about it. Bought it mid day, it sat in a bag for a few hours, and it was still one of the best damn donuts I’ve ever had... and I’ve had a lot of good donuts. CASH ONLYYYYY!
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