For $4, today's side deal gets you a dozen donuts (up to a $9.35 value; prices vary depending on location) at LaMar's Donuts. This Groupon is valid at three of LaMar's Kansas City-area locations: Overland Park, Overland Park Edwards Campus, and Holmes Road.
Selecting a dozen doughy delights from LaMar's menu of more than 75 varieties requires careful consideration and intense soul-searching. Ray's Original Glazed, by tradition, should be included among cake donuts such as pumpkin, devil's food glazed, maple iced with sprinkles, and banana. Otherwise, pit a raised cinnamon-sugar donut's airy sweetness against the density of a chocolate-iced cake donut with M&M's. Whichever flavors you favor, they'll arrive warm, golden, and slightly crisp on the outside with an artful glaze that leaves fingertips sticky enough to do a decent Spider-Man impression on the nearest wall.
In the 50 years since Ray LaMar first figured out the magical incantation that transformed a bunch of high-quality ingredients into a delicious doughy ring in a converted Kansas City gas station, his recipes and franchises have exploded across six states like a gusher of raspberry jelly from an overstuffed Bizmark. Give friends, family, and coworkers something tastier to dunk in their morning coffee other than the usual commemorative basketball with today's side deal to LaMar's Donuts.
Ray Lamar hasn't spent decades perfecting his donuts. In fact, his namesake shops still use the same recipes that Ray developed in 1933—at the age of 17—when he got his first job working a donut fryer. World War II and a postwar career as a stockbroker interrupted Ray's donut-making pursuits, although he returned to his roots in 1960 when he founded the first LaMar's Donuts.
The shop went on to become a Kansas City icon, with crowds arriving well before 6 a.m. to line up outside the doors and taunt the roosters for sleeping in. Ray and his wife, Shannon, eventually decided to expand their business into a regional empire, and LaMar's Donuts currently boasts 27 franchised stores spread across six states.
Even with all of this growth, decades-old traditions still dictate how things are done. The workers prepare more than 75 different kinds of donuts, hand-making fresh batches of perennial favorites as well as recent inventions each and every morning. In addition to the original glazed creation that dates back to 1933, the menus can feature a variety of cake donuts with flavors such as red velvet, apple spice, and maple.
Since donuts and coffee go together as naturally as paper shredders and subpar report cards, the stores also prepare cappuccinos, mochas, and other coffee drinks. These are all made with handpicked beans that slowly roast inside Italian brick ovens.