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The North Fork is taking a bite out of life, thanks to neighbor in town, North Fork Doughnut Company, located in Mattituck and is conveniently located steps away from Love Lane.
Owners Jimmy Lyons and Kelly Briguccia started the company after a long love affair with the region. When the storefront became available in Mattituck, they knew it was time.
Briguccia’s passion for baking started early on, watching her late mother bake throughout her entire life. “My goal was to perfect her recipes and make her proud,” she said.
It’s the sweet life for this duo, arriving most days with the rising sun and selling 800 to 1000 doughnuts a day. The classic doughnut is considered to be “the cornerstone of all the offerings,” said Kelly, but it’s hard to resist the artisan-style flavors such as s’mores cake, toasted marshmallow, and dad’s root beer float.
If you’re looking for multiple flavors from the local area, NoFoDoCo has you covered. It has incorporated North Fork favorites like Magic Fountain ice cream sandwiched between two glazed doughnuts to create an enticing twist on the traditional ice cream sandwich. Try its “pick your own” strawberry fields or chocolate covered strawberry cake, with handpicked strawberries from Sang Lee Farms. It has even paired its doughnut sensations with Shinn Estate Vineyards’s red, white, and rosé wines.
“We try to keep everything as local as possible and anytime an opportunity presents itself to work with someone from the North Fork, or Long Island in general, we are happy to jump on that. You can definitely look forward to more local collaborations as we grow,” Briguccia explained.
Last month, North Fork Doughnut Company launched a doughnut flavor contest on Instagram that garnered several hundred entries from near and far. It was almost like a page out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as sugary dreams were turned into flavorful realities. The winner was a pink lemonade doughnut conceptualized by Erica Weiman. It’s a raspberry jelly-filled doughnut tossed in homemade lemon sugar, garnished with fresh local raspberries and house-made candied lemon zest.
“Our inspiration came from the desire to be creative on a daily basis, to have the ability to make something unique that everyone loves,” co-owner Jimmy Lyons explained.