Dubuque’s Favorite Donut Shop for 50 Years
Dubuquers have been loving Donut Boy since 1971. For me, this little Asbury Road donut shop has been a part of my existence for as long as I can remember.
It was one of the go-to family spots after church or delivering the Sunday paper with my old man. Sitting on those little counter stools was my happy place, reading the comics while devouring a Persian donut and drinking chocolate milk with my dad and brothers.
Thank god some things don't change because it seems folks are still enjoying their early morning meet-ups at one of Dubuque's classic local spots.
I chatted with the regulars and learned that they lay claim to the corner of the counter every morning at 5 am sharp. They come for the donuts, coffee, and primarily for camaraderie.
The donuts are fresh, the coffee is hot, and the conversation is light.
I might have gotten it from my dad, but I always believed we could all benefit from frequenting a friendly neighborhood donut shop.
I picked up a dozen to go for the crew at the radio station.
I've visited some big-city hipster donut shops in my day, but I'll take Dubuque's familiar little slice of donut heaven over any of them.
Taking a dozen donuts to the office is an exercise in self-control as these treats are tempting.
You can always order ahead so you won't have to be there at 5 am like the morning crew and me.
There's something about letting the person behind the counter surprise you with her picks.
There's also something special about Donut Boy. I appreciate that there are remnants still intact around town to spark warm memories of my Dubuque childhood.
Donut Boy is located at 1646 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. Open from 5 am to 12 noon daily.