A good, hearty diner breakfast is always a comfort, but throw in a mound of fresh "hot lil' doughnuts," and it's heaven. At the Skillet Licker Café, owner Karen Allred and her son, Curtis, offer the bite-sized doughnuts as one of the featured choices on their breakfast menu. They're made to order in the Lil' Orbits Automatic Mini Doughnuts Machine, Model SS1200, right next to the cash register. It's a cooking machine that kind of looks like a 1970s Mattel toy, but with a narrow trough of bubbling cooking oil. The dough hopper squeezes batter into the hot oil, and a little paddle propels each doughy puff forward to be plucked from the grease and dusted with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar and then sold with a plastic cup of sugary pink or chocolate frosting. Even after an omelet, bacon and toast, a single order of these beauties is never enough.