The original coffee and donut morning routine is in the midst of a facelift and we are not complaining. Instead of the usual mundane flavors of chocolate, powdered and glazed, doughnut shops everywhere are kicking it up a notch with flavors like maple bacon and bourbon. Major cities boast about their upscale doughnut shops that defy the traditional donut-machine-making style like Chicago’s Glazed and Infused and Oregon’s Voodoo Doughnuts, and here in Boston, it is no different as we are all about our Union Square Donuts.

With two locations – one in Somerville and another in Brookline – Union Square Donuts has become the ideal place for morning commuters, out-of-towners, and weekend lovers. Named the Best Donuts in Boston 2017 by Boston Magazine, this “small team of donut slingers” are stirring up more than doughnut batter.

Their menu, a casual ratio of ninety-five percent doughnut to five percent of everything else, is broken into four categories: Original, Premium, Vegan, and Donut Holes. Each category is a humble tribute to unique flavors like the Belgian dark chocolate in the original, the brown butter hazelnut crunch in the premium, and the cranberry spice in the vegan. All within a four-dollar price range, indulging in a light, airy and pastry-like doughnut topped with sea salted bourbon caramel – a classic Union Square Donut – will have you visiting Brookline more than twice a week.

And not to worry. If you are not into the life-changing experience these doughnuts provide, then take a stroll to Union Square Donuts and try one of their breakfast sandwiches. Opting in for an egg and cheese – with bacon, sausage or maple glaze – or a smoked salmon sandwich is still #SundayFunday approved. Couple that smoked salmon sandwich with a hot serving of Counter Culture’s Hologram coffee, and you’ll be all set to venture out into the world of Sunday fun.

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