Tempe Bakery Offers Pork Buns, Pies for Pennies
We grew up in New York, where ethnic bakeries were practically on every corner. When Mom showed up with a white bakery box in hand, wrapped neatly with a red-and-white striped string bow, we knew we were in for a treat. Creamy cannoli with chocolate chips. Raspberry jelly-laced rainbow layer cookies. Black-and-whites. As Rachael Ray would say, "Yum-o."
Your sugar rush awaits at Donna's...
The original Donna's opened in Portland, Oregon about four years ago, and is still there today. Owner Tony Yu and his wife Donna relocated to Arizona last year, and the couple decided to open a sister branch of their beloved bake shop in Tempe. Since it quietly opened in August, the cafe has gained a loyal following among the local business crowd who pop by for their inexpensive breakfast and lunch sandwich specials.
Owner Tony Yu reluctantly gets in front of the camera. If taro or curry beef sounds too exotic, there's always this All-American bun.
|Get a coffee-flavored cake for the price of a grande latte.|
We were shocked at how reasonable the prices are at Donna's. Since the infamous "Cupcake Boom" swept Arizona a few years ago, Phoenicians have gotten used to paying $3 for a single cupcake at other local bakeries. Here, you can buy an entire bag of mini cupcakes for half that price.
Cake slices run as little as $1.29 and an entire swiss roll or coffee cake is less than six bucks. "We want to make high-quality products at an affordable price," says Yu. "In that way, you can get more people to come in the door, and more repeat customers." Hopefully our New Year's resolution for 2010 won't be diet-related, because this place could become a habit.