Buckeye Donuts (Facebook)
1998 N. High St. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43201
Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Accepts cash and credit cards
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? N/N/N
Date of Visit: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.
IMPRESSIONS: I'm a terrible member of the Ohio State University community. Why? Because after 8+ years of teaching and studying at the University, I've never once been to Buckeye Donuts. I'm surprised they gave me my degree. Buckeye Donuts has been maintaining tradition for a scant 42 years, and it was my duty as an Ohio State student and Columbus resident to patronize the establishment.
Fortunately, I have remedied my misdeeds and paid them the first of hopefully many visits. Buckeye Donuts is located, as you would expect, right across from Ohio State's campus on the main drag of High Street.
It's a small family business that's been running since 1969. Jimmy Barouxis followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, and took over the business in 2001.
Aside from their pastries, Buckeye Donuts has a small menu of sandwiches, French toast, and the standard sides. Note two things in the picture above: the spelling of "Breakfast Spesial," and tater tots on the menu.
Buckeye Donuts is a good stop on any Columbus diner tour as well. Check out the curving counter and the tiny red stools.
FOOD: But of course, the real stars are the donuts. Students past, present, and future visit Buckeye Donuts for a taste of their apple fritters, Bismarks, Buckeyes (choc + peanut butter), longjohns, sprinkled, cake, glazed, and more. A donut is a cheap snack; perfect for the college student budget.
I ordered a mixed half dozen. Each one of these donuts was delicious. My personal favorites were the longjohns. These always bring back memories of getting donuts from a local grocery store growing up. To this day, whenever someone mentions getting donuts, this is the first thing that comes to mind. Always custard-filled.
They generally make two big batches each day. One early in the morning around 5:00 a.m., and a second smaller one roundabouts 7:00 or 8:00 p.m.
SERVICE: Service is very quick and friendly. They can pack up donuts to go for you, or you can have a seat and enjoy a pastry or a hot breakfast. While I visited, Jimmy let me poke around in the back, too.
Two guys were running the small kitchen, making egg sandwiches and French toast on the flattop.
Jimmy asked this gentleman - in Greek - how long he's been making donuts there. The reply, in Greek: 34 years.
He was working on a batch of cinnamon rolls.
Lots of donuts ready to go...
...ready for some glazing!
The best way to become someone's hero is to show up with a box of donuts. Buckeye Donuts can help you achieve that.
OVERALL: As I said, I think Buckeye Donuts is a must-stop for donuts in Columbus. They aren't my top favorite, and they certainly keep mostly to traditional styles. But it's got a unique Columbus flair to it, it's part of a long tradition at Ohio State, and it's always good to support a family business!
NOTE: There is another Buckeye Donuts on Columbus' south side, but it is only loosely connected with this one. This store is the original; the south side location is run by another part of the family.
-> my (614) Magazine write-up on donuts (including Buckeye Donuts)