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Top 10 Donut Shops in America


Donuts (or doughnuts depending on what you fancy) have come a long way from the cliché of cops hanging out late night in a seedy, fluorescent-lit donut shop. They’ve been elevated beyond even the ubiquitous Dunkin’ Donuts or the cult-turned-chain Krispy Kreme to delicate, delicious and delectable bits of yeasty fried dough that can be as exquisitely gourmet or down home as you like. Here, we’ve merged Localicious and Foursquare info for the Top 10 Doughnut Shops in America.

10. Doughnut Vault – Chicago

Doughnut devotees stand in line 15-people deep to wait for flavors like chestnut, carrot cake, & maple-bourbon-bacon. The Ginger Stack is “oh so ginger-y” or the old-fashioned buttermilk “hits my cozy button” (Chicago Magazine). Closed Mondays.

9. Mighty-O Doughnuts – Seattle

Organic, “vegan doughnuts galore” (Seattle Times). But “don’t let ‘vegan’ scare you off”. Try nutty vanilla, Don King or (when in season) grasshopper. A must in Green Lake.

8. Sublime Doughnuts – Atlanta

This “Best of Atlanta” winner’s menu reads like a fantasy dessert menu: Oreo, A-town cream (glazed filled with vanilla cream and coated with chocolate) orange dream star (glazed topped with orange-infused frosting), Reese’s, fresh strawberry and cream and banana fritter, to name a few, where “toppings exceed the standards set by other bakers” (Creative Loafing).

7. Frost Doughnuts – Mill Creek, WA

Bacon Maple Bar is a signature offering and the Salted Caramel is “pretty awesome”. Chocolate lovers, rejoice: choose from malted milk chocolate mousse or Aztec chocolate. Specialties like Marcona Almond and Tart Cherry Bismarck take the cake, so to speak. Tip: “get there a little after opening for the full selection. They are not always ready at 6”.

6. Round Rock Donuts – Round Rock, TX

Patrons rave about the donut holes, and “if you’re craving chocolate, go for the brownie”. Or feed a crowd (or yourself for several days!) with a dinner-plate sized Texas Size Round Rock Donut, glazed or chocolate. Fruit or jalepeno kolaches will remind you of your great Aunt Bessie’s stories of the Old Country via the Rio Grande.

5. Randy’s Donuts – Inglewood, CA

Head for the iconic giant donut that sits atop this 24-hour donut oasis, just off the 405, and on your way coming or going from LAX. The fresh cinnamon crumb and coconut donuts, bear claws and cinnamon rolls are must-eats here.

4. Dynamo Donut & Coffee – San Francisco

The maple glazed bacon apple is the headliner here, and that, along with the strawberry Earl Grey have people thanking the higher powers above. Also highly recommended: spiced-chocolate doughnut (with a Four Barrel coffee) and and more exotics like Lemon Sichuan filled with lemon curd and Guinness molasses. Tip: nice patio in the back, dogs allowed.

3. Doughnut Plant, NYC

Hipsters on the Lower East Side and now in the Hotel Chelsea wait patiently in lines down the block for the fresh donuts to roll off the racks – waxing poetic for the Tres Leches – “a fiesta in your mouth” – to the Crème Brulee, Blackout or be-a-kid-again PB&J. Bonus: excellent chai and coffee, too.

2. Top Pot Doughnuts – Seattle

“This place makes our hearts beat faster. We get a maple chocolate doughnut with black coffee” (Metromix). And we can see why: glazed chocolate cake doughnuts are “awesome” as is the bullseye (“tasty”) and the old-fashioned glazed, Seattle Weekly’s Best Doughnut winner this year. Wash it all down with an Ovaltine latte.

1. Voodoo Doughnut – Portland, OR

A Portland landmark, this shop offers a kaleidoscope of flavors and toppings. Most popular might be the bacon maple bar, but you’ll have fun mixing it up with toppings like Coco Puffs, Cap’n Crunch, Froot Loops, bubble gum dust, and fun names like Miami Vice, Dubble Bubble and or Dirt (crushed Oreo cookies) and classic cake doughnuts and apple fritters. Have fun with the Voodoo Doll doughnut with a pretzel ‘stake’ through the heart. Tip: check out the menu on their website for detailed descriptions of each flavor.

2 Responses to “Top 10 Donut Shops in America”

  1. Keith S.

    December 14, 2011 · 7:00 pm

    The best donuts in all of Mount Vernon, WA/Skagit County, Snohomish County, Whatcom County is at Darren’s Donuts!!!

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