Britt’s Donut Shop
Carolina Beach, North Carolina
We’ve all been told that good things come to those who wait, and Britt’s Donut Shop is a perfect example of that. Everyone near Carolina Beach waits for Britt’s to open in the spring. This seasonal shop is an icon on the boardwalk and has been since 1939. If you’re looking for a bite of nostalgia, this is the place to take it because not much has changed. Britt’s offers hot, fresh glazed yeast doughnuts. That’s it. No sprinkles. No cream-filled. No crullers. No cake. But they don’t need to offer anything else. Just hop up on one of the few stools at the counter in the narrow shop, order one or six or a dozen or more, sip on some cold milk or soda, and enjoy an iconic summer experience.
When you visit Jeri-Lin Donuts, be prepared for one of those eye-rolling, taste-bud-overwhelming, ultimate-satisfaction experiences. Everything in this small family-operated business is made from scratch. Divine cinnamon rolls that make instant fans of everyone who tries them are paired with caramel-topped, light-as-air yeast doughnuts. Let owner Linda Musser put them together for the shop’s custom Smush, a unique combination that might sound odd but will leave you breathless.