As a resident of a westside suburb, I tend to stick to neighborhoods near me: Parma, Westlake, North Olmsted, Middleburg Heights, et cetera.
But the other day, when I saw that this one movie was playing at only one theater in Greater Cleveland, and that movie theater was all the way in Willoughby - a 35-minute car drive away from me - I decided to make a day of it and also get some food on the eastside.
Before seeing the movie in Willoughby, I got breakfast at a nearby spot in Eastlake, the much beloved donut shop Biagio's.
Sadly, the movie turned out to not be worth the 35-minute car drive.
The donuts, however? They were very much worth the trip.
Refusing to count calories, I got three donuts: a black raspberry jelly donut, a donut with an apple filling, and a classic glazed donut. Each donut was big and well worth the price ($1.50 per donut). Compare that to my local Dunkin', where a donut is only slightly cheaper - $1.39 - but also a bit smaller and, in my humble opinion, significantly less scrumptious.
First, I had the black raspberry jelly donut, and it was great. There was plenty of filling, and the slight tartness of the black raspberry jelly was a nice contrast against the powdered sugar and sweet dough.
Then I had the apple-filled donut, which was also delicious. The filling was sweet and had plenty of apple chunks.
Finally, I finished with the glazed donut, which was simple but executed oh so wonderfully. It practically melted in my mouth.
All of the donuts were soft and fluffy. No stale, dry donuts here! Also, none of the donuts were greasy, but you could taste the fact that they were freshly fried (unlike, cough, Dunkin').
Though I was disappointed by the movie, the deliciousness of the donuts definitely softened and sweetened my disappointment - and made me feel way better about how much gas I used for the trip, which made my wallet weep ever so slightly.
The only downside to Biagio's is that the shop doesn't accept credit cards. But I knew that beforehand and made sure to grab some cash before traveling to Eastlake. However, if you forget to bring cash, there is an ATM near the donut shop.
Biagio's Donut Shop & Pizzeria is located at 35523 Vine St, Eastlake, OH 44095.
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