Located 13 miles southeast of Seattle, and straddled along the shore of Lake Washington is Renton, Washington. Nestled within this blossoming community which houses businesses such as an aerospace giant, technological businesses, and many more, sits a community known as the Highlands. Perched high upon a hill, this continuously popular area is seemingly overlooking the valley. In a classic location eastbound on Northeast 4th street sits a strip mall which houses a gas station, fresh produce business, framing shop, and welcoming you at the entrance is Chuck’s Donuts. Passerbys can easily peer into the large glass windows and view clientele relaxing and raising delicious donuts and beverages to their mouths.
In business for over 30 years, Chuck’s Donuts has changed ownership several times. Though the location is small,and seating is limited, the environment is comfortable and the atmosphere inviting. There is plenty of free parking at the entrance to the business. Upon entrance to the establishment a large glass window display greets you as well as the aroma presenting the delicious goods baked fresh daily for you.
The doors to Chuck’s open at 3:00am. Original recipes continue to be used. You will find Apple Fritters full of flavor, a variety of buttermilk donuts including Raspberry filled buttermilk bars with tremendous texture, cinnamon sugar old fashioned donuts, creme filled chocolate coated donuts,French Crullers, Bear Claws, glazed twist donuts, Maple Persian donuts which are (similar to a cinnamon roll and filled with maple.) The variety is endless, but the reputation of this business and their legendary basic Maple Bar is recognized county wide. The Maple Bar is unique because the dough is extremely soft, and the icing is whipped smooth creating a mousse like texture sans leaving a non-greasy taste within the mouth.
A great value for your dollar is an understatement here. Regular donuts cost .75, while jelly filled donuts are .85, and fritters are 1.25, a bag of mini-donut holes cost $5.00, a dozen old fashioned donuts $9.00, enjoying a small regular coffee and a Maple Bar is $1.85. These donuts sell out quickly, and are usually gone by early afternoon. In fact, if you wait too long, you will find the hand written note on the door greeting you, and clearly stating “no more donuts.” Chuck’s closes at 3:00pm daily and is closed on Sunday.
The business doesn’t offer a wide selection of coffee choices like some shops. In fact many might state that the coffee is average, but what is made available is top notch. Boba drinks are available (smooth drinks with chewy tapioca pieces at the bottom.) Free WIFI is also available.
While many donut facilities offer a variety of products, the quality provided by Chuck’s Donuts is top notch and a delightful donut heaven experience which is definitely worth a visit.