Dubuquers have been loving Donut Boy since 1971. For me, this little Asbury Road donut shop has been a part of my existence for as long as I can remember.

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Photo Credit: Keith B./Townsquare
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It was one of the go-to family spots after church or delivering the Sunday paper with my old man. Sitting on those little counter stools was my happy place, reading the comics while devouring a Persian donut and drinking chocolate milk with my dad and brothers.

 

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Thank god some things don't change because it seems folks are still enjoying their early morning meet-ups at one of Dubuque's classic local spots.

 

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I chatted with the regulars and learned that they lay claim to the corner of the counter every morning at 5 am sharp. They come for the donuts, coffee, and primarily for camaraderie.

 

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Photo Credit: Keith B./Townsquare
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The donuts are fresh, the coffee is hot, and the conversation is light.

 

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Photo Credit: Keith B./Townsquare
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I might have gotten it from my dad, but I always believed we could all benefit from frequenting a friendly neighborhood donut shop.

 

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Photo Credit: Keith B./Townsquare
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I picked up a dozen to go for the crew at the radio station.

 

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Photo Credit: Keith B./Townsquare
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I've visited some big-city hipster donut shops in my day, but I'll take Dubuque's familiar little slice of donut heaven over any of them.

 

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Photo Credit: Keith B./Townsquare
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Taking a dozen donuts to the office is an exercise in self-control as these treats are tempting.

 

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Photo Credit: Keith B./Townsquare
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You can always order ahead so you won't have to be there at 5 am like the morning crew and me.

 

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Photo Credit: Keith B./Townsquare
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There's something about letting the person behind the counter surprise you with her picks.

 

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Photo Credit: Keith B./Townsquare
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There's also something special about Donut Boy. I appreciate that there are remnants still intact around town to spark warm memories of my Dubuque childhood.

 

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Donut Boy is located at 1646 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. Open from 5 am to 12 noon daily.

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