Danville: Burke’s Bakery Is a Donut Landmark
There are likely few places in Kentucky to pick up a first rate donut with a better view out the front door than Danville’s Burke’s Bakery. Located in downtown Danville across Main Street from Kentucky’s historic Constitution Square, the bakery itself has been around so long that Isaac Shelby and my own ancestor James Garrard probably split a dozen glazed before heading over for constitutional debates.
Stopping by on the way through town on a recent morning, it was donuts that primarily was on my mind. During the mid-morning hours the shop was moderately busy, but absolutely bustling behind the counter. The display cases were stocked with baked goods of all kinds. I ordered a regular glazed and an ever-so-tempting crumble donut to go.
Regardless of how imaginative a donut shop gets, they need to do the basic glazed right. And Burke’s knows basic glazed. There’s is a traditional yeast donut that certainly earns its place as one of Kentucky’s must-haves. The Burke’s donut demands you chew it a little bit rather than simply melting in your mouth, but the donut surrenders quickly.
The crumble donut—which is quite crumbly, as the seat in my friend’s car can attest—was excellent. I was sorry I didn’t get one of the regular cake donuts to try. My friend Dave praised both the chocolate glazed and cake donuts he had.
But Burke’s is more than simply a donut shop. It’s a full service bakery with breads and special event cakes to take care of your other baked needs. I’ll be happy to return to try them out.
I did come face to face with a fresh tray of petits fours they call peanut butter creams. They called to me, so I took one to go and have later. White cake encased in, yes, creamy peanut butter icing, they are wonderful snack cakes, and offer a window into what Burke’s world of baking offers.
Burke’s Bakery is a central Kentucky bakery landmark, and understandably made The New York Times (now somewhat dated) Kentucky Doughnut Trail. If you find yourself in Danville a stop by Burke’s should be a high priority.
Burke’s Bakery & Delicatessen
121 W. Main Street
Monday – Friday: 7 AM – 6 PM
Saturday: 7 AM – 5 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 4 PM