If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast in the Orleans area, look no further than the “Hole in One” Donut Shop. As someone who takes breakfast pretty seriously—the most important meal of the day, after dessert!—you should listen when I say that I won’t go to Orleans without stopping at Hole in One.
Sunday, April 28, 2013. My boyfriend’s family owns a house on Cape Cod. It’s why I date him, really. He doesn’t like cheese and he watches too much football, but he’s got this house and it’s beautiful so I endure. To celebrate his birthday weekend, he decided to make a photography jaunt to the Cape. He had just bought a new camera, the weather was gorgeous, and the moon was full. His plan was to stand on the beach and photograph the consecutive sunset, moonrise, and sunset. To his credit, he did exactly that.
When he returned from the beach shortly after sunrise, we decided to start the day with breakfast. I surfed the web for ideas. He remembered having a great breakfast years before at a small kitchen in Orleans operated by a Jamaican family, but we found the location and the restaurant was gone. Instead, we decided to try Hole in One just up the street. My boyfriend said it was a donut shop, but they were in the process of renovating the building and we discovered a full breakfast menu.
I struggled to decide between the cinnamon swirl french toast (half order, $4.49) and the apple fritter french toast (full order, $5.99). Sometimes fortune intervenes: my boyfriend ordered the cinnamon swirl, relieving my anxiety.
The apple fritter was deliciously sweet and doughy. It didn’t pack a strong apple flavor, and was more like a french-toast version of fried dough. I loved it. I’m going to have trouble enjoying regular french toast from now on. My boyfriend enjoyed his as well. He had opted for a half order and regretted it. This is something we’ve discovered about breakfast restaurants: sizes vary. Sometimes the full size is overwhelming, and sometimes half order really does mean “half.” There isn’t usually a significant difference in price, so it’s a low stakes gamble, but still.
I ordered a side of sausage, which was another gamble. In my experience, breakfast sausages are either amazing (see Tomasso Trattoria) or close-your-eyes-and-swallow bad. Good news: Hole In One makes delicious sausages.
I liked the breakfast so much that I went back less than two weeks later without him. My friends Becca, Jodie, and Lena joined me in Orleans for the weekend to celebrate finishing our first crazy year as transfer students at Northeastern University. “Northeastern at the YMCA: Because nothing fosters bonding among 40+ female undergraduates like forcing them to scrimp with two grungy showers in a legit construction zone.” We drove up to down to the Cape late Thursday night, crashed in Orleans, and then awoke to begin our day with breakfast.
So here’s my confession: I ordered the apple fritter french toast a second time. I never do this. Nicole the Food Blogger invariably orders different items when returning to restaurants, so she can feature variety in her blog posts. But Hole in One’s apple fritter french toast was JUST. THAT. GOOD. I broke my rule. It was fantastic.
Lena got a parfait ($4.99) with french vanilla yogurt layered between strawberries, banana, and homemade granola. She said that the yogurt was excellent but the granola was the star of the dish.
In addition to a small bowl of fruit salad, Becca ordered the homemade raisin bread toast ($1.29) and loved it. “Light, sweet, and a little crunchy,” she said. (Yes, I wrote down her quote. I’m a journalism major.)
Jodie ordered the garden Benedict ($7.99): homemade focaccia bread topped with fresh spinach and mushrooms, sliced tomato, two poached eggs, and hollandaise, served with home fries. As breakfast dishes go, this was a heavier one, but Jodie said she liked it. The hollandaise sauce was silky and buttery, and the rosemary focaccia complemented well.
It was a great breakfast that launched a day of girl fun exploring Orleans, trekking to Provincetown, roaming the beaches, and blissfully forgetting all about college. And the next morning? That’s right. Back to Hole in One.
Jodie went with the corned beef hash & eggs ($8.29): slow-simmered whole corned beef briskets combined with potatoes and special seasonings, served with two over-easy eggs, toast, and home fries.
This was my first time trying corned beef hash, and I loved it. Jodie said as corned beef hash goes this was a tad on the dry side, but we both agreed that it worked. The beef was packed with flavor and not too salty. On my next visit, I might try it with poached eggs and potato pancakes.
Lena got the garden scramble ($6.99): two scrambled eggs with sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes, served with home fries and choice of toast—naturally, Lena ordered the homemade raisin bread toast after seeing Becca’s the day before. I didn’t try either the garden scramble or the toast, but Lena liked both.
Becca got a breakfast sandwich with scrambled egg whites, broccoli, and provolone cheese ($5.24). Simple and yummy!
I almost broke my rule again, but after much pondering, I selected the “Nanny’s Benedict,” potato pancakes topped with two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce ($7.99). This was partially because I love eggs Benedict, and partially because a woman who worked at Vintage in Vogue had told me that Hole in One’s potato pancakes were “to die for.” Immediately after ordering, I had pangs of fear: had I set myself up for disappointment by straying from my apple fritter french toast?
I needn’t have worried. From the first bite, the potato pancake earned a spot on my “Must Order” list. Absolutely ahMAYzinggg. Crispy with a mouthwatering potato flavor, like hearty mashed potatoes. My eggs were poached perfectly, and the hollandaise sauce was as good as it had been on Jodie’s garden Benedict the day before.
At the end of our visit, we finally tried a donut from Hole In One. I asked which was the most popular flavor: the sour cream donut. My curiosity got the better of me, and I ordered it.
In my head, donuts fall into two categories: “risen” donuts like you see at Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme, and “cakey” donuts like you see in many of the more artisanal donut shops. [My boyfriend says this distinction is donut versus doughnut.] Hole in One’s sour cream donut was definitely cakey. It was delicately sweet and plenty moist. Four girls, and none of us could taste any sour cream; it just tasted like a well-made cakey glazed donut. I’m looking forward to trying new flavors on future visits.
Three visits, three holes-in-one! I can’t recommend this little breakfast joint enough. Hole in One has another location in Eastham. My understanding is both locations have a bakery and café, but only Orleans offers full breakfast and lunch service. Enjoy your visit. And if you look up during your meal and spot a blonde who looks busy photographing her food before eating it, then you know the Girl Who Ate Boston is back for another yummy meal!
INFORMATION as of June 2013
Eastham Location (no breakfast service)
Address & Phone