There was a hole in my donut repertoire. I understand that now. And if Dunkin' Donuts had never opened, I'm not sure I would have realized that I'm about a decade too late in visiting John's Space Age Donut Shop (8124 Floyd Street).
Thankfully, not much changes at the classic shop in Overland Park -- it opened in 1967 -- so I can only regret the time I have not spent eating its fried deliciousness.
This Saturday morning just before 8 a.m. I stepped inside John's for the first time. I found a pastry case with diner stools on either side and a menu board that's still hand-written. To the right, a half-dozen grown men were chatting and eating donuts off of white paper plates, school lunch milk boxes in their right hands. The father and daughter who had walked in before sat down to the left of the counter. She was still in her pajama pants, which of course, had a repeating graphic of donuts.
Donuts are 70 cents (75 cents to go) and donut holes are 25 cents. First, I try the apple fritter. It's moist and light with a little thread of cinnamon and a yeasty finish. Despite a promise to just take one bite, the fritter barely makes it home in the car.