Holy Donut

#atozchallenge | D is for Maine Potato Donuts from The Holy Donut

You would never know by the number of times I go through the Dunkin Donuts drive through in a week, but my love affair with donuts ended a while ago. It was no ones fault. We just grew apart. People, and taste buds, can change.

Being from Maine, I still feel obligated to support Dunkin Donuts, so even though I have no interest in donuts anymore, I go there regularly. They have other menu options. They’ve also won my loyalty because they will actually give me an extra-large cup of ice water when I ask for it. I think I pay for the cup, but I’m good with that arrangement especially since I’m relegated to small, sometimes kid sized, cups at most other chains. Having given up soda a few years ago, I need my water to be extra-large.

So, yes to water, but no to donuts. Somewhere along the way, donuts started being a little too sweet for my salt loving taste buds.  But, I may have to reconsider my decision on donuts, now that I’ve discovered a much more appealing local option: Maine Potato Donuts from The Holy Donut.

Not being a morning person, my first attempt at getting donuts from The Holy Donut was met with disappointment, as they had already sold out by the time I arrived. It’s a popular destination so you need to get their early for the best selection. Their website recommends arriving before noon, and once they are out of donuts they close for the day.

My failed attempt at donuts had been at their original location on 194 Park Avenue, Portland, but since that unsuccessful visit, they have opened up a second location at 7 Exchange Street, Portland, and during a recent outing to the Old Port we stopped in.

Our timing was not great. It was late afternoon, and they only had a limited selection left. Fortunately, there were enough choices for us to pick out a few favorites this time. We ended up with a set of four donuts including maple, fresh lemon, and two dark chocolate sea salt ones. We brought them home, but they didn’t last until breakfast the next morning, instead we enjoyed them for dessert that evening.

They were delicious, and not overly sweet, with a dense cake like texture. I had the fresh lemon one and would highly recommend it. While we absolutely enjoyed the ones that we had picked, I’m going to try a little harder to get there on the earlier side next time as they have so many amazing flavors listed on their website that I would love to try. If only I were a morning person.

Holy Donut

Holy Donut

things to know
The Holy Donut 194 PARK AVENUE, Portland
(207) 874-7774
(207) 775-7776
Website The Holy Donut
Favorite ♥ Fresh Lemon Donut

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38 thoughts on “#atozchallenge | D is for Maine Potato Donuts from The Holy Donut

  1. Sheena-kay Graham says:

    Glazed donuts are especially tempting. I have not had a doughnut in a long time but after reading your post I might just go buy a few. My huge love is ice cream cake. I try to not buy one from the ice cream truck more than bi monthly or if very tempted, one a month. Theirs is tastier and richer than the ones at the supermarket.

    Blog: QueendSheena


    • Weekends in Maine says:

      Yes, I think everything in moderation. I could never give up the foods I love but some things are more occasional treats (like donuts). But, if you are splurging, I’m with you – go for the good stuff! Ice cream cakes are yummy too.


  2. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy says:

    First, I am still trying to get my mind around not getting donuts regularly. This is not something my mind comprehends, though my waistline would probably appreciate it. My waistline is, thankfully, quieter than my mind.

    Second, are they really made out of potatoes?


  3. Susan A Eames says:

    I’m not much of a doughnut eater, but potato doughnuts sound very Irish and I’m surprised I haven’t seen them here! 🙂
    (Did you see how some of us spell ‘doughnut’ differently to North Americans?)


  4. vendija723 says:

    I did not know Dunkin’ Donuts are a Maine company! I have a huge sweet tooth, but donuts are not my first choice. I did make homemade donuts with my big sister once, and the memory of their deliciousness has stayed with me for thirty years. The potato donuts sound wonderful.

    I live in the other Portland, but went to college in Vermont. One year my roommate and I went camping in Maine, in Acadia National Park, during spring break. I had a down sleeping bag, but hers was your basic sleepover bag, and she was miserably cold all night. We woke up in the morning to a couple inches of snow. Tossed the tent into the trunk and found a B&B to sleep at the next night! That’s my Maine story. 🙂

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  5. Weekends in Maine says:

    Dunkin Donuts is actually out of Massachusetts but have to support those neighboring states too! Yes, spring break in Maine is still iffy when it comes to camping weather. But, there are some beautiful B&Bs up in that area. Hope you had some time to explore.

    I want to visit the “other” Portland someday. It looks like a lot of fun. Every time I google something in Portland, it’s 50-50 whether I get hits for Portland, ME or Portland, OR. There’s nothing worse than finding something I want to do and realizing I’m in the wrong Portland. You guys seem to have a really strong blogging community too.


  6. dyannedillon says:

    Ohhh, I LOVE doughnuts! I always say when you die and go to Heaven, you get to eat doughnuts, pizza and ice cream whenever you want it!
    There’s a doughnut place in a city about an hour from here called Hurt’s Doughnuts that has these amazing doughnuts. One of my favorites is the German chocolate doughnut. They have cookies and cream doughnuts and ones with cereal on top (too much stuff for me, but still…). They have a maple and bacon one that sounds disgusting. It’s open 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and I hope we NEVER get one where I live or I wouldn’t be able to fit through a door anymore!


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