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“a bit disappointed” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carol Lee Donuts

Carol Lee Donuts
Ranked #1 of 2 Dessert in Blacksburg
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Carol Lee Donuts is a retail take-out doughnut shop. Coffee,cappuccino,milk,and tea are available inside. Soda, water and juice are in a vending machine outside.
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“a bit disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Locals rave about their donuts, so we had to try some on our visit to town. Donuts are very light but definitely have a stale oil flavor--hard to describe--a bit mechanical, not pleasant.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Dayton_family_456
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English first
Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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78 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Donuts to Go”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

I decided to order a box of a half-dozen to get a good variety. I picked the Blueberry Cake, Toasted Coconut, Devil's Food Chocolate Iced, Chocolate Iced with Peanuts, Cinnamon Sugar, & Bavarian Creme filled for my six doughnuts. They are $.70 each individually and I believe it was just under $4.00 for a half-dozen.

After now having tried all six flavors, the Blueberry Cake & Toasted Coconut are my two favorites. There's nothing fancy about the blueberry cake, but this cake doughnut is extremely light and the berries tasted stronger than usual in most other blueberry doughnuts I've tried.

For a contrast, the Toasted Coconut was a glazed yeast doughnut but topped with shavings of toasted coconut. The coconut gives a unique texture and a sweet nutty flavor that works well with the yeast doughnut. I'm not a coffee drinker but this seemed like a doughnut that would pair perfectly with a cup of coffee.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FromBallparkstoBBQ
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Bristow, Virginia
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244 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Not a restaurant, but great donuts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

Simple, no frills donut shop. What I imagine they used to be like before I was around. Anyways, I always come here on trips to blacksburg to get a dozen for $6. Love the chocolate frosted with crushed peanuts on top!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BareTruth0827
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Really?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

The best "restaurant" in Blacksburg is a donut shop? Yes, their donuts are great, but, really, this is not a restaurant, it's a donut shop in an old gas station. We do have restaurants here. This is wrong.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mathtac
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Blacksburg, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“The Best Donuts in the World”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

No other doughnut comes close to Carol Lee Donuts! They are like potato chips - you can't eat just one. My favorites are plain glazed, maple glazed, blueberry cake, apple filled and cinnamon twist. When my family or I are in town this is a must and at least one dozen will appear on the kitchen table. I have taken friends, from out of town, to introduce them to a much beloved Blacksburg business and to the best donuts anywhere.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Leenin
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