Mount Dora seemingly had everything -- a gazillion ethnic restaurants, a craft brewery, lively bars, burger joints, coffee houses and plenty of bakeries and sweets shops. However, there was one crave-worthy staple missing -- donuts. In late October, that hole was filled with the opening of King’s Donuts Deli on 19A just west of Eudora Road.
The new independent donut shop makes a variety of raised donuts and bars, plus cake donuts, fresh baked croissants, cinnamon rolls, fritters and muffins. Donuts are $1.20 while the fritters, bear claws and muffins are $2.50. For the best selection, patrons are encouraged to arrive early.
The few tables provide a place for patrons to enjoy treats inside, while the drive-through allows for a quick sugar-fix on the road.
King’s Donuts also serves a few breakfast offerings including biscuits and gravy, plus a variety of sizable breakfast sandwiches ($4.50) made to order on a choice of bagel, croissant or bread. For a quick lunch, ham, turkey or ‘deluxe’ sandwiches ($7.00-$8.25) are available.
The breakfast and lunch spot also whips up specialty beverages that include hot and cold coffee drinks, smoothies and boba teas. Bottled beverages are also available.
The eatery is closed on Mondays, but patrons can indulge Tuesday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekends from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
King's Donuts & Deli is located at 3301 C.R. 19A in Mount Dora. It is not affiliated with Clermont-based Donut King which has resumed selling its donuts again at Hometown Market in Eustis.
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ABOVE: Preliminary design of the pedestrian and golf cart bridge over Donnelly Street connecting the existing Waterman Village community to its new Lakeside Retirement Community.
Earlier this year, Mount Dora City Council approved a golf cart and pedestrian bridge that crosses Donnelly Street south of U.S. Highway 441. The overpass, which is now under construction, will connect the existing Waterman Village with the new section currently being built. The use of the bridge will be limited to the retirement community’s residents and allows them to avoid crossing busy Donnelly Street.
The bridge, funded by Waterman Village, will feature “Welcome to Mount Dora” signage across the span of the bridge. In June, Mount Dora Arts Commission recommended that it also include backlit metal art of a heron and leaves on the walls beneath the bridge span and that those elements be proportional to the bridge, and the “Welcome” signage.
During a May 11 town hall meeting, some Mount Dora residents voiced concern that the bridge would detract from the City’s scenic Donnelly Street entrance and create an eyesore or make it similar to The Villages entrance.
Waterman Village’s new community under construction on the east side of Donnelly Street, Lakeside at Waterman Village, will have almost 37 acres of duplexes, quadplexes, independent living and memory support units. Reservations for the units are now being accepted.