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Donut Works

The proof is in the pudding, or in this case, the donuts. At first glance, Donut Works is hardly the type of place to draw you in. It's in a strip mall, near a cigarette shop and a half-baked sporting goods store, and it has oh-so-brutal-in-the-morning fluorescent lighting. But after just one big bite of a maple bar, with its perfect mix of fluffy cake and sugary icing, those flickering ballasts will become your a.m. beacon. Five-and-a-half bucks gets you a mixed dozen in one of those pink boxes that scream "goodies!" (You know the ones.) The magnetic-letter menu boasts donuts, favorites, and fancies -- all for a buck or less. Chocolate, glazed, cream and jelly, danishes, muffins, fritters, éclairs, and cinnamon rolls -- all are fresh (sometimes still warm) and waiting to be washed down with pour-it-yourself coffee, hot chocolate, or cold milk. Croissants are on a par with those at a Paris boulangerie -- flaky, light, and buttery -- and you can get the ham-and-cheese variety heated. Feeling racy? Choose from eighteen varieties of Lotto games while you eat!

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