A ‘greasy spoon’ is a small, cheap eatery usually specialising in home-cooked and fried food. We use the term in America for the roadside dinners that serve up fried eggs, grits and bacon – it fills your belly and clogs your arteries. The term ‘greasy spoon’ also encompasses the aesthetics of the eatery. Usually an unappealing exterior, with interior surfaces covered in a sheen of grease, and an aroma of fat in the air. It sounds unappealing, but greasy spoons can also be a gem to find; polish it down and delicious riches await.
What does this have to do with Greenacres Bakery? Well, the bakery sits in a row of dilapidated shops offering a spicy and varied array of cuisines: Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese, Japanese and Indian. None of the shops, including the bakery, were particularly appealing in appearance. Most looked shut, some permanently so. The bakery was worn down and had the smell of oil permeating out of the door, but I am fully aware of the value that can accompany a greasy spoon – so I was not daunted.
The woman in the shop was friendly. She was inquisitive about my day, astounded by Apple Pay and eager to serve well.
In the counters were a range of donuts of different sizes. They had mini donuts for $1.50, regular-sized for $2.50. All very reasonably priced.
Then I spied another donut, tucked away on the top shelf. For a mere $6 – which would still be cheaper than any donut in Melbourne – it was the largest donut I have ever seen. 18cm in diameter it would feed a family. It was the donut that had eaten all the other donuts. How could I not invest? The question was, could I manage to eat it on my own? Should I?
I didn’t have a chance to try. When I arrived home we had visitors, eager to dig into the fried good. The donut was divided into eight and shared around. Considering the difficulties and technicalities of making an 18cm diameter donut, Greenacres did ok. Its drawbacks came more from the size which affected aesthetics and texture, but the flavour was average. So maybe worth returning for a regular-sized donut another day.