Where are all the Dunkin' Donuts?
Growing up in the greater Detroit area in the 1980s, there seemed to be a Dunkin' Donuts every two miles.
The slim white box with the pink and orange sides is a part of many of my childhood memories: tagging along as my parents helped my Aunt Deb move (something like 14 times in 10 years), driving there in the early morning hours to use the bathroom after my 3-year-old brother clogged ours with a box of tissues and sitting at the counter with my dad on one of those special "daddy/daughter" mornings washing a chocolate frosted down with a hot chocolate (kiddie cocaine).
My family moved to Wisconsin in 1989 and I was surprised by the lack of DDs in the greater Madison area. I suppose it was for the better, as the move to the Dairy State added new high-fat items to our diets like fish frys and cheese curds, so eliminating donuts only helped to keep our cholesterol a bit in line.
By the time I moved to Milwaukee I realized there were barely any in the area (at least on my commute). My husband claims there used to be a lot more, but all closed at about the same time a few years back. Now the only semi-convenient ones I know of are both downtown on Wisconsin Ave., which don't have drive-thrus. So it's always a gamble park illegally for 5 minutes between 7-9 a.m. to grab a coffee and Munchkins for the office.
Now I enjoy a Krispy Kreme donut also, but there are only two in metro Milwaukee. And I often enjoy the coffee at my local roasters, Stone Creek and Alterra, but sometimes I just need to go back to my roots for a medium coffee with cream and a chocolate frosted.
So DD, if you read this blog, I would like at least one more convenient drive-thru location added to my I-94 eastbound commute.