As a college student, I always am looking for reasonably priced breakfast and lunch options. Nowadays, it is a challenge to eat a meal for under $5.
Luckily, I discovered locally owned and operated Benjamin’s Donut and Bakery.
Benjamin Lee and his wife, Linda Kim, founded the café in 2009 and now own three locations. Their hard-working and friendly daughter, Susie So, manages the three bakeries.
The family owns two in Amarillo at 7003 Bell St. and 1900 SE 34th St. and another in Hereford at 529 East First St.
Hours of operation are 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. They are closed Mondays.
“As long as the lights are on in the morning, even before the scheduled opening time, come on in,” said manager Susie So.
If you are in a rush for time, they have a convenient drive-through option.
The breakfast menu offers a range of fresh and made-from-scratch pigs-in-blankets, sausage egg and cheese biscuits, fruit-filled pastries, fresh doughnuts and scrumptious breakfast burritos.
They are far better than a traditional doughnut, offering unusual flavors such as red velvet, green tea, pina colada, Reese’s peanut butter, orange cream, strawberry and seasonal pumpkin. The best-selling flavor – and my personal favorite – is blueberry buttermilk. A must-try, exclusive flavor is bacon-n-maple.
They have an assortment of fillings for the puff-glazed doughnut such as cream cheese, white, strawberry and mocha cream and blueberry and cherry jam. The éclair fillings are lemon, Bavarian and raspberry
Occasionally offered on Saturdays are cereal-topped vanilla or chocolate cream doughnuts, making for a delicious, one-of-a-kind treat.
They serve fresh-brewed coffee, cappuccinos, chocolate, strawberry and regular flavored milk, energy drinks and a variety of fruit juices and sodas.
For lunch you can choose from a fresh, seasonal salad bar, juicy Angus beef burger, deli sandwiches on homemade croissants, chicken wrap in a jalapeno cheddar tortilla, meatloaf or a pulled pork sandwich on a made-from-scratch bun.
There are no student discounts, but the reasonable menu prices are well within a college student’s budget. Benjamin’s strives for a family-oriented, friendly and affordable environment and is more than willing to fill custom orders.
Not only is it an affordable establishment to grab a delicious, quick meal, it also offers free Wi-Fi Internet access, making it a great study place as well. You can find Benjamin’s Donut and Bakery on Yelp, Urban Spoon and Facebook.