If you’re ever in Texarkana, Texas and suddenly have the urge to go eat an awesome donut between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m., head on over to Oaklawn Village and check out Shorty’s!
I think I’m related loosely and probably by marriage to the guy who runs the place, but that doesn’t skew my review of their donuts.
This morning I got out of the house early, and because the guys at work have been bringing random things to share (like bags full of sausage biscuits or a platter of ham and some bread), I decided to bring some donuts to work. Shorty’s can be on my way to work if I make the right turns, so it was a no-brainer.
The picture you see is what’s left in the box now, at 10:14 a.m. The tiny chocolate donut is a farce. My coworker ate one of the real, wonderful chocolate donuts and attempted to replace it with one of the Hostess variety – and we all know Hostess donuts don’t even come close to the real thing.
What’s left is a maple nut donut (left, obviously) and a cinnamon roll.
Now for the memories. I grew up in this town, and since I’m loosely related to the owner, we attended the same little Presbyterian church. I’m not a big fan of church or organized religion, but I will say this – nothing motivates a kid to go to Sunday school without complaining like free Shorty’s donuts.
When I was in high school, I was vice-president of the National Honor Society, and one of our fundraisers was to sell Shorty’s butter rolls and cinnamon rolls for 50 cents apiece to folks before school in the mornings. There were always plenty left over, and I would go grab one during lunch. For some reason, the butter rolls are even more fun once they’ve cooled down and become even more gooey.
And the last memory – my sister and I used to go garage saling every Saturday, weather permitting. This was when my now 5-year-old niece Cheyenne was just a baby. We’d get up early, grab a newspaper, and get breakfast at Shorty’s – we might get donuts one week and sausage and scrambled eggs the next. While we ate, we’d circle the sales we wanted to check out that day. Good stuff.
I never realized how many memories I had of Shorty’s until I started writing this blog. Anyway, check it out if you’re ever in the area. It’s tiny, friendly and smells like donuts. What more could you want?
Shorty’s Southernmaid Donuts
98 Oaklawn Vlg
Texarkana, TX 75501
Here are some more photos of my most recent Shorty’s experience.