A few days ago, I awakened to pouring rain and thunder. Rather than sit around and mope, I decided I’d do what I do best when I’m literally “under the weather.” I’d go in search of something sweet. Doughnuts! That always cheers me up!
For quite a while, I’d been hearing some really good things about a doughnut shop (or is the word spelled, “donut?” I’m in a quandary about that!) in Surf City called the Fractured Prune. I had heard that they created fresh, made-to-order cake doughnuts with scrumptious toppings and served great coffee.
I had been to one of the famous “Duck Donuts” shops, (which originated on the Outer Banks of North Carolina), in Wilmington. It was wonderful and I had all kinds of hopes that Fractured Prune would be similar. Our Topsail cuisine needed a new, trendy selection of sweet goodies.
Doughnuts for Breakfast
I got into my car and drove with great anticipation in search of Fractured Prune. I know, I’m a grown up and I should know better than to have sweets for breakfasts, but you have to treat yourself when it’s raining at the beach, right?
Finding the little shop was not a problem. I could have found it blindfolded if I was being led by my nose. I smelled sweet goodness and coffee emanating from the little shop, drawing me in from the damp weather. Laughter and chatter were coming from the kitchen in the back, making me feel that Fractured Prune was a happy environment for its workers. If restaurant workers are happy, chances are that I’ll be happy when I eat their food!
For just a minute, I was the only one at the counter, giving me plenty of time to look at the menu board of favorites, glazes, and toppings .on the wall. There were doughnuts of every flavor, including the sweet/salty Bacon Bomb that seems to be popular now. On the side of the counter, there were numerous toppings that made these doughnuts glorious. I was going to have trouble deciding what to get. There was even a board on the side that listed the Topsail Island favorites.
Fractured Prune’s Story
A lady came out from the kitchen, all smiles and very friendly. She asked if she could help me and all of a sudden, I decided I’d let her order for me. I told her I wrote blogs for Treasure Realty and she introduced herself as the owner, Anne Bilderback. Anne and her husband Ethan, both Maryland natives, relocated to the Topsail Island area a few years ago in an effort to moved towards retirement. She said the one thing they would miss from their Maryland town was their favorite doughnut shop, Fractured Prune. After looking into some information on the company, they realized that Fractured Prune was a franchise. They would be able to bring their doughnuts with them. They could open one in Surf City, NC!
On March 2, 2016, The Fractured Prune opened in Surf City to rave reviews. I told Anne that in the Topsail Island area, we celebrate our chain and franchise stores and restaurants. We’re always thrilled to get new places to eat and shop.
As we talked, my doughnut was placed before me. Anne had ordered me an OC Sand, a wonderful, hot, made-to-order cake doughnut glazed with honey and topped with cinnamon. Each doughnut you order is made for you while you wait. Believe me, that piece of deliciousness is worth the wait, which for me was about a minute! Have a cup of coffee with your fried delicacy. Mmmm, Mmmm, good!
Fractured Prune could easily become my newest obsession or addiction! I believe that next time I will get the Banana Pudding, Salted Caramel or if I’m feeling really adventuresome, the Bacon Bomb. Hmmm… As I’m writing this, I wonder if I might have time to slip down to Surf City and get a few for later! Oh, and by the way, Anne and Ethan Bilderback, Duck Donuts has nothing on your Fractured Prune!
Fractured Prune is on the third block south of the traffic light in Surf City. The summer hours are 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. every day.
Fractured Prune Doughnuts:
303 S Topsail Dr. Surf City, NC 28445