For those who grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland, I have four very important words for you: Montgomery Donuts is back. At least it's my first exposure to it in years. While walking on a lunch break through the very dated Crystal City Shops--note to directors of 1970s-inspired movies who are looking for a ready-made shopping mall locale--I saw a sign that made me stop dead in my tracks: "Hot Montgomery Donuts." It was placed in front of a new restaurant called Slice and Dice.
What the ...? Is there any chance on earth ...? No, I shouldn't get my hopes up, I thought to myself. I'd been longing for MoDo donuts for years. The last time I had one was probably in 1988 at the Old Georgetown Road location in Bethesda.
I walked into Slice and Dice with tempered enthusiasm, just in case it was a false lead. A middle-aged gentleman greeted me as I approached the back of the shop and gestured toward the hot food counter. I approached the counter, behind which was a stand featuring several rows of donuts. I looked up at the menu looking for signs of affirmation. I read: Montgomery Donuts, Since 1946. I asked the lady at the counter if the donuts were indeed the same ones from Montgomery County, Maryland. She said, "Huh?" After I asked again, she pointed toward the gentleman who had greeted me initially. In one of the greatest strokes of luck, he turned out to be the man who bought Montgomery Donuts out of bankruptcy. I said, "Sir, I would like to shake your hand." We chatted for a couple of minutes, during which he confirmed that, yes, Slice and Dice--in, of all places, Crystal City, Virginia--is selling genuine Montgomery Donuts.
So, donut lovers, rejoice! Within one of the most depressing, outdated indoor malls on the planet exists a shining slice of gastronomic heaven. I ordered two glazed donuts--they do not sell my all-time favorite honeybun (at least not yet)--and they tasted fantastic. I was so euphoric, I forgot to ask the owner if he's selling them again in--doh!--Montgomery County! For now, I am simply comforted by the fact that they are being sold again somewhere--anywhere--on this earth.
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