Bacon is not without a sense of humor. Just as I declared myself ready to swear it off, the fatty links pull me back in. On the way out of Wichita yesterday morning, I stopped in at the Donut Whole (1720 East Douglas), where the best-selling of the 25 available varieties is "Maple Bacon."
"It's like a pancake breakfast with bacon," said the woman behind the counter. It was the first doughnut to go into my bag.
It was joined by the "Cinnamon Whole," the Donut Whole's take on a cinnamon roll, and a chocolate glazed. The cake doughnuts run between $1 and $1.50, and the size is akin to Fluffy Fresh, meaning that two doughnuts will leave you slightly too full but still glad you ate them.
I wasn't quite brave enough to order the "Bumblebee" (citrus glaze on chocolate), the "S'mores" or the "Homer J" (mixed berries and sprinkles). The flavors may be exotic, but the doughnuts are something a traditionalist could appreciate. The cake is moist and not greasy. My favorite was easily the maple bacon. The icing tastes a bit like caramelized syrup, while the bacon is a salty counterweight to the sugary frosting. I was not misled. It's a hand pancake.