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Double Your Pleasure

Posted by Jim Botticelli  January 30, 2014 01:24 PM

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"Donuts. Is there anything they can't do?" ... Matt Groening, The Simpsons

The only thing they can't do is trim the waistline. For everyone who has done time in Allston as a student, vagabond, traveler or native, this indie donut hole, where Cambridge St and North Beacon split off in Union Square, is a well known landmark and has been around for longer than anyone seems to remember. We were unable to nail down the day it opened.

"If you're in the mood for a donut, .. go for the chocolate-glazed or something that has filling. When aiming for those flavors, Twin Donuts has never missed", reports Jake M at Foursquare.

"The number of times I went here while I lived in Union Square is pretty outrageous," confesses Carrie P out of the Windy City on Yelp. "Why..? Friendly staff, donuts are fresh, fast service and cheap prices. Not gourmet but worth popping in on a lazy morning or a quick drive-by on your way to work."

The classic store signage is a testament to Mid Century Modern sensibilities and belongs in the Dirty Old Boston Hall of Fame as a representative sample of local Googie Architecture.

One note of caution...It might be best to use the home facilities before visiting Twin Donuts.

"If you have to go .. you have to walk through the kitchen and down the sketchy stairs to the basement where there is no light in the room or bathroom", according to Neil A. in

Let's assume the light bulb has been changed. A visit to Allston without a stop at Twin Donuts is an incomplete DOB visit.

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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