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The Fractured Prune, An Ocean City Donut Franchise

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I've been eagerly awaiting the opening of the new Dupont Circle Fractured Prune. The store was expected to open in August 2006, and I was wondering what was happening. I found on the MetroPrune website that they're now expecting to open in late October. And there's a Free Donut Night a-coming! Rockville Town Square is also getting one, as is Arlington. I've never been to one before, but I'm intrigued by the toppings.

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Yeah, as a confessed donut fiend I've eagerly awaited the coming of the Prune. Now, until recently I didn't know what they were about but all that mattered was that they had donuts, fresh and fried to order...how can that be bad. Having read up on them recently I see that they have an amazing amount of toppings and some different kinds of base donuts...I can't wait, I see that they are now hiring..Yea!!!

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I've been eagerly awaiting the opening of the new Dupont Circle Fractured Prune. The store was expected to open in August 2006, and I was wondering what was happening. I found on the MetroPrune website that they're now expecting to open in late October. And there's a Free Donut Night a-coming! Rockville Town Square is also getting one, as is Arlington. I've never been to one before, but I'm intrigued by the toppings.

Fractured Prune!! It's not a place for donut purists (whatever that means), but damn if they aren't good. I've really only ever been able to enjoy 2 at a sitting before succumbing to sugar overload, and they lose much of their charm after they've cooled down. Hopefully they'll have a seating area like the Rehoboth store so you can enjoy them piping hot.

Mmmmmm, peanut butter glazed donuts ....

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Man, these are some seriously good donuts. We stopped by the original Rehoboth location a couple of weekends ago. Fried to order, I had one caramel topped donut and one with berry glaze and nuts. Going to be bad news when this place is open in Dupont, as it's on my walk to work.

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The Fractured Prune has recently opened up shop in the restored Market House in downtown Annapolis. I haven't been there, but I have been told by one very well-educated and wordly teenager that she was totally being, like, serious that the maple glaze and bacon bits donut is, like, one of the best things she's ever eaten. :) [she also told me that they're giving out a free donut to each new customer.]

I stopped by the shop yesterday evening after the big homecoming parade went past - Baconcakes: bacon bits on warm maple glazed donut...pretty freaking good.

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Man, these are some seriously good donuts. We stopped by the original Rehoboth location a couple of weekends ago. Fried to order, I had one caramel topped donut and one with berry glaze and nuts. Going to be bad news when this place is open in Dupont, as it's on my walk to work.

We hit the Rehoboth location this past week. Three generations (ages 2 to 79) enjoyed the donuts. I found that one (mocha glaze with chocolate bits) was sufficient, but I could have had my arm twisted to "force" another one down.

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So, my father lives in Ocean Pines (just outside of Ocean City) and had his annual "Festival of the Callinectes Sapidus" this weekend (crab feast for those of you who aren't as weird as my Dad). I decided, after reading all about Fractured Prune on this board, that I needed to try the West Ocean City branch in order to properly prepare for the arrival of the Dupont Circle location.

Well, I walked out of there with 24 donuts. And I tried a bite of each one (for research purposes, of course). I've just now managed to hold still long enough to write about them (bit of a sugar overload goin' on here).

My absolute favorite was the "French Toast" donut -- maple glaze with cinnamon sugar. It was simple and not too overwhelming, and tasted just like real French Toast. I actually got yelled at for making off with the whole thing.

Other good ones included "O.C. Sand" (honey glaze and cinnamon sugar), which is their bestseller at this location; "Lemonade" (lemon glaze and powdered sugar); and one I made myself, peanut butter glaze and powdered sugar.

Donuts that were a bit too much for me were "Rolo" (caramel glaze and chocolate chips), "Black Forest" (raspberry glaze, chocolate chips and coconut) and "Morning Buzz" (mocha glaze and oreo cookies).

I think the running theme to my favs and second favs (I can't say I truly disliked any of them) was simplicity. Those that were just a glaze and a type of sugar were great -- you could taste the individual flavors and the actual donut. When the ingredients included chocolate or other toppings, those toppings tended to overwhelm the glaze flavor AND made the donuts kind of soggy. Plus, they really load on those toppings, so sometimes you're just tasting a mouthful of chocolate chips and nothing else. For the citrusy glazes, they were a little sweeter than I would have liked (would be nice to have something cut the sweetness just a bit) but they still were wonderful. The "Creamsicle" (orange glaze and powdered sugar) truly did taste like the creamsicles I ate as a kid.

While I'm all donut-ed out for now, I'm anxiously awaiting the Dupont Circle opening so I can try all the ones I missed.... :)

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A coworker brought in a dozen Krispy Kremes to the office on Monday, which got me thinking about The Fractured Prune. Last time I walked by, it looked like it could be awhile before they opened. I checked the website, which turned out to not be the local website, and it had coflicting info on their expected opening. So, I sent an email to find out if they are any closer to opening, and heard back from Helen immediately. I've also invited Helen to join our merry crew to keep us updated herself. :)

"Please visit our local web site at www.metroprune.com for local news, exact opening dates and the free donut evening. We are scheduled to open in a couple of weeks from today. The exact date should be posted the next week or so."

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From what I've heard, the donut shop is hoping for an opening just after Thanksgiving.
Their website has not been updated, but they are planning to open this coming weekend. Knowing DC they may be still waiting on some permits and approvals, but they are ready to go.

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"we are having our OPEN HOUSE night (free donuts and coffee) Friday December 1st. from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. Then Saturday we are open regular business hours."

And I'm going to miss the open house :P Guess I'll be stopping by next week, instead!

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"we are having our OPEN HOUSE night (free donuts and coffee) Friday December 1st. from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. Then Saturday we are open regular business hours."

And I'm going to miss the open house :P Guess I'll be stopping by next week, instead!

I feel a happy hour coming on.

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They've got food and drink during 4-8pm. Doesn't that qualify as a happy hour? If you must have alcohol (and we know you must jake :P ) you can walk over to FF after FP.

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Sunday morning at the Fractured Prune--decent crowd, surprising number of people not eating donuts.

Friendly staff, still working on finding a groove but that is to be expected this soon after opening.

Tasty donuts but I am a Krispy Kreme girl at heart. But a fun place to bring friends and family, especially with small kids.

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I don't know if I missed out on the true experience because I took my donuts home with me and ate them cold, but I bought a half-dozen this past Saturday and was thoroughly unimpressed. The donuts were nothing special themselves, and the toppings/glazes were too sweet/candy-like for my taste. More of a novelty for kids than a great donut shop in my opinion. Also, the bagels they sold tehre were terrible - dry and lacking "chewiness" (very much unlike the beautiful Ess-a-Bagels I bought on my visit to NYC last week).

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I don't know if I missed out on the true experience because I took my donuts home with me and ate them cold, but I bought a half-dozen this past Saturday and was thoroughly unimpressed. The donuts were nothing special themselves, and the toppings/glazes were too sweet/candy-like for my taste.
I too was unimpressed. I ate my donut there, piping hot, and found it sickeningly sweet. And I have quite a sweet tooth. Maybe a different topping combination would be less sweet (I went with their "signature" O.C. Sand - honey and cinnamon sugar - so I probably should've known it would be sweet), but I can't say I'll be hurrying back.

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I don't know if I missed out on the true experience because I took my donuts home with me and ate them cold, but I bought a half-dozen this past Saturday and was thoroughly unimpressed. The donuts were nothing special themselves, and the toppings/glazes were too sweet/candy-like for my taste. More of a novelty for kids than a great donut shop in my opinion. Also, the bagels they sold tehre were terrible - dry and lacking "chewiness" (very much unlike the beautiful Ess-a-Bagels I bought on my visit to NYC last week).
Welcome. I'm sorry your first post wasn't a positive one, but I am grateful for the calories I WON'T be ingesting. Thanks, and I hope we all will be hearing from you again.

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I finally made it down to the Prune for some donuts. I have to say I like em. To me, I didn't think that they were to sweet, just right is what I came away with. I, mean, to sweet? They're donuts! :D I find Krispy Kremes much sweeter than these. I thought they were novel and worth eating again when I get that craving. I particualy liked the lemonade, blueberry, strawberry cheesecake. I'm not a big cake donut fan usually, but when hot, these were light and fluffy and delish. Even after cooling, they were still softer than any other cake donuts I've ever eaten and didn't leave me gulping water. I like em, some don't so there's my two cents :P

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What's the price point for a donut? For a dozen?
$0.95 per donut, $5.20 per half dozen, and $8.95 per dozen.

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