Food

This Shop Has Been Making Great Old-School Doughnuts For 31 Years

They're only a buck each.
The Donut Shack offers nearly 60 varieties of doughnuts. Photo by Scott Suchman.

Walking into Donut Shack (497 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park) feels a little like going back in time: There’s a linoleum counter with swivel stools, wood paneling, and teenagers in aprons waiting to serve you. Bill Prevezanos and his wife, Stacey, took over the strip-mall shop in 1985, 20 years after Bill emigrated from Greece. As trendy $3-a-pop doughnut shops proliferate, his classic confections—the Honey-Dip Stick, Chocolate Frost, and Apple Crisp are among the most popular—shirk any gimmicks. “If I want bacon, I’ll eat bacon—I don’t want bacon on my doughnuts,” Prevezanos says. He works 15 to 18 hours a day (the shop is open 24-7), making up to 60 varieties by hand. Another old-time touch: They’re only a buck each.

Doughnuts on the drying rack. Photo by Scott Suchman.
Doughnuts on the drying rack. Photo by Scott Suchman.
Owner Bill Prevezanos
Owner Bill Prevezanos. Photo by Scott Suchman.
Regulars come by the Shack daily to get their fix. Photo by Scott Suchman.
Regulars come by the Shack daily to get their fix. Photo by Scott Suchman.

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Greta started as an editorial fellow in January 2016 and joined as a full-time staff member that August. She now works as a web producer and writer. She was previously an intern at Slate and National Geographic and graduated from the University of Missouri’s Journalism School. She lives in Adams Morgan.