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Barrington bakery proclaimed best place in Illinois for doughnuts

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  • Sisters Kasia Mierzejewska, left, and Emilia Augustyn have been busy this week, ever since the popular website BuzzFeed declared Sunday that their bakery, The Heart of Europe Cafe in Barrington, served the best doughnuts in Illinois.

    Sisters Kasia Mierzejewska, left, and Emilia Augustyn have been busy this week, ever since the popular website BuzzFeed declared Sunday that their bakery, The Heart of Europe Cafe in Barrington, served the best doughnuts in Illinois.
    Courtesy of Kasia Mierzejewska

  • In recognition of their exemplary Spring Donuts, such as the Oreo and sprinkle topped one pictured here, The Heart of Europe Cafe in Barrington was singled out by BuzzFeed for being the best doughnut shop in Illinois.

    In recognition of their exemplary Spring Donuts, such as the Oreo and sprinkle topped one pictured here, The Heart of Europe Cafe in Barrington was singled out by BuzzFeed for being the best doughnut shop in Illinois.
    Courtesy of Kasia Mierzejewska

  • The Spring Donuts, which are also called chimney cakes because of their tall cylindrical shape, at The Heart of Europe Cafe in Barrington earned the store the honor of being named the best doughnut shop in the state by BuzzFeed.

    The Spring Donuts, which are also called chimney cakes because of their tall cylindrical shape, at The Heart of Europe Cafe in Barrington earned the store the honor of being named the best doughnut shop in the state by BuzzFeed.
    Courtesy of Kasia Mierzejewska

 
 

It's been a busy week for the two sisters who run The Heart of Europe Cafe in Barrington, after the popular website BuzzFeed said they serve the best doughnuts in Illinois.

Kasia Mierzejewska and Emilia Augustyn have been selling their made-to-order signature Spring Donuts -- also called chimney cakes because of their tall cylindrical shape -- like hot cakes ever since the rankings were published Sunday.

"It's only me and my sister, so you can imagine how much work it has been," Kasia Mierzejewska said cheerfully Thursday afternoon. "We ran out of Nutella completely and didn't have time to go to the store to buy more."

The sisters opened the shop last year after moving from Poland. Mierzejewska said they settled on Barrington because they liked the village's atmosphere.

"We used to live in Warsaw and we wanted to move to a village where we could have a community where people knew each other and supported each other," she said.

The siblings have served a lot of new customers this week, some coming from as far as downtown Chicago just to try their doughnuts.

Along with the doughnuts, the sisters sell sandwiches, coffee, tea and smoothies out of the bakery at 113 S. Cook St.

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