Food: Brother’s Brew Donuts
Brothers Brew donuts, paired with a black American cup of coffee, is Rockport’s Breakfast of Champions.
With a second-generation of the Brackett family now in charge, the place formerly known as The Coffee Shop, has become a Rockport institution. In the old days, the tight space had just one long, slender counter fronted by a handful of green, vinyl-covered chrome stools. The counter is still there, but Ross Brackett broke down the wall to the restaurant next door and remodeled, making it possible to enjoy your donut and coffee at an assortment of cute little painted tables.
He has expanded the donut repertoire, too. But the gold standard is still the “Plain”: crispy-brown and quilted on the outside with a yellow, cakey-crumb inside, and just a hint of mace. It’s like an old-fashioned piece of bundt cake, but fried and warm. Be sure to get there early — they go fast!
▶︎ Brothers Brew Coffee Shop, 27 Main Street, Rockport (978) 546 3775. Open from 7am – 4pm daily.