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Nickel Diner: I Can Haz Bacon Donut?!

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It took two words to get me to try Downtown's Nickel Diner for breakfast: Bacon Donut.

I've watched my fair share of Food Network programming, and I've thumbed plenty of food-focused mags, so I've heard tell of this mysterious marriage between sweet fried pastry and the pork product worthy of its own food group. But those concoctions were in other cities, other bakeries. Not my town. Or so I thought.

The Nickel Diner occupies a somewhat unassuming piece of land on Main Street in the part of Downtown that's lower on the list of places due for gentrification. But more often than not, good food thrives well beyond the landscape of "commercial mixed use" construction, so grab some coins for the meter, take a deep breath, and head on in.