Forked path Solving readers’ dining-out dilemmas

Allison Smith sprinkles bacon on the maple and bacon doughnuts at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts.

Q: Do you know where I can get a bacon doughnut?

A: Neither bacon nor doughnuts are traditionally associated with willpower. Yet almost a decade after Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut cashed in on the nation’s newfound pork lust by applying bacon strips to their maple bars, Dunkin’ Donuts is still ruminating on the genre. Last year, the chain quietly tested maple bacon squares in Rhode Island and New Jersey stores; the doughnuts haven’t reappeared since.

So the answer to your question doesn’t involve drive-thrus. But the good news is Charleston’s locally owned bakeshops have you covered. Bacon doughnuts are a recurring special at Mercantile, while Charleston Donuts offers bacon as a “premium topping” for its customizable pastries: If your idea of a bacon doughnut involves caramel icing, chocolate sprinkles, crushed potato chips and pecans, I’d suggest taking your $2.30 to the Mount Pleasant shop. Otherwise, though, Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts on King Street is your best bet. Make sure to get there before they sell out.

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