Zagat recently selected Union Square Donuts’ Boston Cream Pie doughnut to represent Massachusetts in its “50 States, 50 Donuts” post.
Here’s what Zagat had to say:
Massachusetts: Boston Cream Pie at Union Square Donuts
The Backstory: The Bay State's most iconic dessert is the Boston Cream Pie, created in 1856 by Armenian-French chef M. Sanzian at the Parker House Hotel, today the Omni Parker House and America's oldest continuously operating hotel. In 1996 it was deemed the official state dessert. Naturally, plenty of places have taken that pie and twisted it into donut form.
Where to Find: We're partial to the Boston Cream Pie donut served at Union Square Donuts in Somerville. Why? Because while donuts have a reputation for being junk food, the team here uses local New England products (like Cabot butter) and farm-fresh produce (freshly squeezed juices for flavor) to create gourmet, handmade donuts that have kept the still-new spot packed since it opened last year. They do more than justice to the Boston Cream Pie legacy, turning out a luscious take with homemade vanilla bean pastry cream and bittersweet chocolate fondant in a brioche donut.
Union Square Donuts, at 16 Bow St., is open Thursday-Friday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.See Zagat’s “50 States, 50 Donuts” >>