CARROLLWOOD — "Fun, funky, feel-good food." That is what is on the menu at So Nuts! Donuts & Deli, which recently opened in the Carrollwood Shopping Center.
So Nuts! is the vision of brothers Peter and David Burke. The two partnered with their father, Michael, and brought in longtime restaurant manager Tony Cacioppo to launch the business.
"We didn't just want a simple doughnut shop," David Burke said.
Instead, they created a combined doughnut shop and deli that serves up specialty items you may not find anywhere else.
The doughnut display case features selections ranging from traditional glazed varieties to unique options like the Orangutang (vanilla-glazed with a sprinkling of Tang) and the Grateful Dead (vanilla-glazed with a hypnotic red swirl and a parade of gummy bears).
Sandwiches run the gamut from a classic take on the reuben to more intriguing choices like the Thanksgiving All Year (turkey, corn bread stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy) and the Bacon Goober Burger (two quarter-pound beef patties topped with bacon and peanut butter).
Then there are state fair-inspired options that merge doughnut and sandwich to create combinations such as the Grilled Cheese Donut and the Glazed Donut Burger.
And what would a doughnut shop be without coffee? Small-batch, locally roasted coffee and frozen drinks are served in sizes labeled eenie, meenie, miney and mo.
Doughnuts are prepared on site daily. Deli sandwiches feature freshly sliced meats and the burgers are certified Angus beef. They are working with a local baker to offer gluten-free pastries in the future.
The Burke brothers admit that the menu is a work in progress. "There is a lot of R&D going on," Peter said. Even the customers are having fun chiming in with ideas for the next creative concoction.
So Nuts! Donuts & Deli is at 10019 N Dale Mabry Highway. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Catering and custom-ordered doughnuts are available upon request. Call (813) 962-5999.
TOWN 'N COUNTRY — After 30 years of serving slow-smoked barbecue and Southern hospitality, the Sonny's BBQ at 8106 W Hillsborough Ave. has closed its doors.
In a statement from Sonny's corporate headquarters, public relations manager Montana Smith said that like many Sonny's restaurants, the Hillsborough Avenue location was owned and operated by an independent franchisee.
"There are many reasons why a franchisee may choose to close a location, and the franchisee who owns and operates this store made the difficult decision to close its doors," Smith said.
For those craving Sonny's signature flavor, some nearby locations are at 15412 and 2551 N Dale Mabry Highway.
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