Located on Morgan Ford Road, Plaza Pastries & Donuts is a neighborhood secret compared to the well-known donut shops all around it. Plaza Pastries & Donuts wasn't a stop for any motorcycling Food Network stars or Tour D'Onut cyclists. But it should top the list of anyone seeking a quality cruller. Try a cake donut with a layer of coconut as thick and unruly as Donald Trump's hair; a lightly glazed old-fashioned that looks like a crackling sun, golden and shiny; or apple or blueberry fritters, lighter than most in St. Louis and studded with real fruit bits. Donut flavors like these call for a coffee that can hold its own without being too rich and overwhelming. Northwest Coffee's Rocky Bay Blend has a nice, bold start; a nutty aroma; and a smooth finish. A combination of Guatemalan, Sumatran and Colombian beans, Rocky Bay Blend has the perfect balance - and drinkability - to help you work through a box of Plaza Pastries & Donuts' best.
Plaza Pastries & Donuts, 3182 Morgan Ford Road, Tower Grove South, 314.772.2328; Tues.to Fri., 6am to 6pm; Sat. and Sun., 6am to 2pm
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