posted on Oct, 9 2016 @ 08:03 AM
a reply to: mysterioustranger
In a bit of irony, many years ago there used to be one of the absolute best bakery/donut shop places on Earth in Delray! There was also a fantastic
old school (real deal) Italian pizza places there too. Both of them were these old hole-in-the-wall places most would never think to patronize (bad
area too), but they were fantastic. The pizza joint was owned by this old country Italian family. It was a kind of run down looking place on the
outside with a neon sign outside which just said "Pies" (that's it). They had two kinds of pizza, traditional cheese and cheese with pepperoni. You
could have any pizza you wanted just so long as long as it was one of those two! You ordered a "pie", or a "pie with pepperoni". It was off the
charts good too!
The bakery was called Delray Bakery as I recall. Back in the big steel days during the 60's and 70's it always looked like it was dusk outside in
Delray. A thick cloud of soot from Zug blocked out the sun most days, people drove with their headlights on. The air was thick with the smell of
coke, limestone and sulphur. Park your car, even for just a few minutes, and it would be covered with a layer of soot. The Delray Bakery was this
ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy place. They made the best donuts in the world, the old school kind that they put in a bakery box. By the time
you got them home the lard would have stained the box they were in. They had 3 kinds of donuts (not 50 like Dunkin donuts), plain cake (the crusty
kind), jelly filled and crème filled...and they were to die for!
One of the projects I worked on there (in the 80's) was replacing some of the old wooden steam lines under the streets with steel ones. I'd go in
that donut shop every morning and get donuts for the crew. The old gal who ran the place knew all the customers by name. When you walked in in the
morning she already had a box ready with your name on it, tied up with string and everything. I got a birthday cake for the wife there once and I can
honestly say it was the best cake I've ever had in my life (and my wife talks about it to this day)!
Don't know if they're still around or not (probably not), but the memories remain.