Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Krispy Kreme, Peoria

There was a time that I was excited about a Krispy Kreme coming to Peoria. Them times have come and gone.

I have never, ever, been a fan of the Peoria store. The Bloomington store has always been a treat. We used to take drives over there just for the hell of it, get some donuts and coffee and drive back. But this store here has just been a bucket of problems from the git-go, it would seem. However, whenever I did find it open (amid oddwad hours), I never had too much of a problem with the donuts.

This all changed last Friday evening. We stopped there about 9:00 in the evening to grab a dozen so we didn't have to worry about breakfast the next morning before our trip to Indianapolis (more on that to follow). I ordered up six glazed and six chocolate-frosted donuts. The guy handed me a box that was not really closed at all, and had chocolate frosting all over it. When Jenny opened the box, the donuts looked as though they had been put in the box warm and sat around for a day or two. The chocolate had run down the sides, and the glaze was white and crusty. Additionally, they tasted like shit. They were stale and the chocolate tasted cruddy. To paraphrase Philip J. Fry (if you don't know, then too damn bad), after eating one of those chocolate donuts, it was like there was a party in my mouth and everyone was vomiting.

Jenny tried to get me to turn around and return or exchange them, but I was just so pissed that I knew I would go in there and pitch a (albeit, small) hissy fit. Plus, I knew I would eat a few of them, just to make sure they really did suck. They did.

So, by golly, I will not go back to Krispy Kreme. I don't really like Dunkin Donuts, but at least I can expect that they might be a little stale, and just roll with it. We also have Lester's Donuts, even though they don't really have late night hours.

I never get over to Pekin, but they have arguably the best donuts around at Spudnuts. I understand that one needs to order their donuts the night before, with little hope for catching a few in the morning without a donut appointment.

What I want to know is: what is your favorite donut from around here? Are there any little shops like that used to be down on Spring Street, where the real fun was to get home before the greasy donuts dropped out of the bottom of the greasy bag? Anyone remember Mel-o-Creme on War Memorial? Does Trefzger's still do donuts? They have Danish, for uppity folks, but I seem to remember them making a mean chocolate Long John.

As for the weekend that was preceded by the donut fiasco, me and Jenny went to Indianapolis to see Eddie Izzard (straight transvestite comedian). Good times were had by all. Didn't eat anywhere real remarkable, except RED ROBIN (Yummmm). It was our second time to the franchise, and I just swear that they need to come to Peoria!!! They do a fine job with a burger (had one with an egg on it... tavern burger anyone?), bottomless steak fries, and great service. If anyone wants to go halfsies with me on opening a Red Robin here in town, let me know. By the way, you have to fund it all.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Spudnuts are awesome! I have never liked Krispy Kreme because they pale in comparison.

It's a dreary, little establishment on Derby Street in Pekin with atrocious parking, but hey, it's P-town.

While on Derby, you can get a tattoo and buy a gun...

My Flock Rocks! said...

I don't know what all the hype is about Krispy Kreme. I have never liked them! I'd take Dunkin Donuts over them anytime! I don't think KK is going to be around too much longer in Peoria. A lot of the franchise's are closing...gee, I wonder why!

Katie said...

It so happens that Spudnuts are also available at The Confectionary in Morton.

Ramble On said...

Oh, do I remember Mel-O-Cream!!! I do like Carl's in East Peoria, but they are not open late either. Grocery donuts are hit and miss, but Schnuck's are usually pretty good. Have not had a Spudnut in years! Should try them again. Apple Fritters from Dunkin Donut (still can't stop saying Mr. Donut) on University are probably my favorite, along with iced coffee rolls. KK is very over-rated and all hype (except for the warm, free one).

mbw said...

Did Chloe stay home by herself while you and Jenny went to Indy? You did mention her

Floyd said...

Nah, of course she didn't stay home by herself. Didn't want her to wreck our lovely home. We dropped her off somewhere... I forget where.

Jeep2000 said...

I haven't had Spudnuts. Currently being from Washington, I'm a fan of Ron's Donuts. Before that, it was Lester's in Chillicothe.
Oh, but my all time fave is apple cider donuts from Tanner's in Speer. Put them in the oven for about five minutes, and whooooo baby!!

Jenny said...

Why is it that bakery's have such crappy hours!! Ok .. I know why but still, it sucks when you get a craving for a donut and noone is open. There is a bakery by my house in Pekin but I have never seen it open because it closes at like 8:30-9am. I for one am not up that early on weekends (or at least up and dressed).
I like Casey's donuts if they are fresh and I am on the run. Just seems like not many places taking pride in donuts anymore!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you the one in
Hanna city IL are always fresh and real good

Anonymous said...

I agree with you the Casey's in
Hanna city IL are always fresh and real good

Anonymous said...

I would like to note that the Peoria Krispy Kreme is officially closed. The sign says to visit the Bloomington location. It was open on Christmas Eve, so they must have closed up shop between then and New Years (which is today as I post).

Anonymous said...

I heard the the Peoria Krispy Kreme closed so quickly because of a "ghost"! Supposedly the restaurants "Dixie Cafe", which later became "Oogies" also both failed due to the ghost of this woman making the property cursed. Anybody else heard this story? How true is this supernatural stuff? Any stories or believers of this???