The Best Boston Area Bakeries, Donut Shops,
Ice Cream Places and General Dessert Destinations
always regarded Boston as a sweet
destination and several Boston bakeries, cafes, donut shops and other
sweet tooth spots have taken that
description quite seriously. Whether an Italian pastry, a creative
tower of cupcakes or some novel donut and ice cream flavors like apple
cider or gingersnap molasses, Boston and its suburbs really "take the
cake" when it comes to yummy desserts:
Guarino Pastry Shop is located in Norwood -- the next town over from Walpole -- could be mistaken for a North End of Boston bakery. Located, at 865 Washington St., the whole scene is mouthwatering: Italian pasties, Italian and American cookies rum and specialty cakes, Cannoli, tiramisu and a large variety of breads have made Guarino's a staple in Southwest suburban Boston since way back when!
Now sinking out teeth into the Boston donut scene, let us start with Kane's, at 120 Lincoln Ave. in Saugus. The donuts are absolutely huge here at this well-known old-fashioned North Shore donut shop established in 1955. Sweetness, soft texture are prioritized in flavors like apple cider, black raspberry jam with whip cream, and the classic honey dip. Kane’s also experiments with different flavors, so be prepared for donuts you don't always see on the menu! Pure donut heaven here! Verna's, at 2344 Mass. Ave., in Cambridge is another donut shop gem -- a no-frills donut shop that seems stuck in time offering a great butter crunch and chocolate frosted, amongst the many other wonderful flavors. Then there's Linda's Donuts, at 247 Belmont St., in Belmont. I remember, as a kid, Linda's being a Sunday morning staple in our home with a great, soft melt-in-your-mouth donut -- Boston Creme and chocolate frosted are my favorites!
One more category: ice cream! The Boston area has many high end and traditional ice cream places, my favorites being Crescent Ridge in Sharon and Kimball Farm, a little bit farther out in Westford. Crescent Ridge, at 355 Bay Rd., is a classic ice cream stand with walk-up windows and a big field with cows. National Geographic's "An Ultimate Guide for Travelers" ranked Crescent Ridge Dairy Bar in Sharon, MA, in 2007, as the eighth best ice cream place in the world! The ice cream is thick and creamy, my favorite flavors being chocolate ripple, peppermint stick and mint chocolate chip. Kimball Farm, at at 400 Littleton Rd., is about an hour northwest of Boston and has, at this writing, the best tasting ice cream in the Boston area (my tastes do change, though). I love the gingersnap molasses, malted milk ball, German chocolate fudge, cherry vanilla chip, chocolate raspberry swirl and orange pineapple! Kimball Farm goes well beyond ice cream, however, with an outdoor seafood and grill dining area (featuring lobster rolls, burgers and fried seafood), two state-of-the-art mini golf courses, a country store with cafe (with baked goods and tea), batting ranges, arcades, bumper boats, a driving range, pitch and putt, and an animal display area.
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