More than 40 years ago, I attended UCSC. We had a finals-week ritual, of driving to a donut place in the middle of the night, where, in a kind of bleary-eyed, amphetamine-and-coffee- stoked fever, we would gorge on hot donuts just out of the fryer. There was this one donut: whole-wheat (possibly), spice-laden (certainly), with a batter that included applesauce (probably). Lightly glazed, just enough for a slight sugary crunch.
I haven't thought about those donuts in decades, but a conversation with my son at lunch today (as he munched on a Winchells and we discussed the merits of cake vs raised) summoned that donut from the mists of time.
Rather than writing a 2000+ page novel, I decided to search Google. Turned up a place called Ferrell's, which rings a bell. But the website states that the "Original" Ferrell's was founded in 1976, years after I left Santa Cruz. The place we went to, on a sort of highway, was an institution by the early 1970s.
Anyone know if the place I am thinking of still exists? And if so, is the glazed/cake/apple spice donut still available? I've eaten a lot of great food since my late teens. But this donut remains one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted.
Generally, I don't like donuts. And I was not happy at UCSC. But I'll make a special 2 a.m. detour for that donut, if it still exists.Edited: 25 October 2014, 05:14