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The Donut Stop Serves the Best Donut in St. Louis

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The Donut Stop’s Cinnamon Glob was the only donut from St. Louis to be named on our ranking of America's 25 best

The Cinnamon Glob at The Donut Stop took the #19 spot on our list of the 25 best donuts in America.

What, exactly, is a donut? At The Daily Meal, we define a donut as an item that you would expect to see in a donut shop: the familiar ones we know and love (of both the raised and cake varieties), like crullers, apple fritters, and other donut-shop classics — you know them when you see them.

So, in order to assemble our most-recent ranking of the 25 best in the country, we more than doubled the number on the previous list from the year before. We stuck to strict criteria in looking for the best individual donuts in America: Freshness is key; are these legendary donuts — ones that inspire cultish devotion to the shop that sells them? We considered both plain glazed and extravagantly topped creations, but there needs to be a balance between all the components, be it bacon or blueberry jelly. Most importantly, these donuts need to be almost too good: fresh, soft, gooey, perfectly proportioned, and intended to leave you wanting just one more bite. There were over two dozen we believed deserved to be included on our list, and as it turns out, one can be found in St. Louis.

The Gateway to the West has no shortage of classic, old-fashioned donut shops, but one offering at the legendary Donut Stop, which looks exactly like a donut shop should, sets it apart from the pack: the Cinnamon Glob. True to its name, it’s a giant ball of fried dough that’s crisp on the outside and dense, buttery, and full of cinnamon on the inside. A true St. Louis culinary gem, and an absolute must-eat.

It’s so good, it made it to #19 on our national list, and since it’s the only one from the city to make our ranking, it’s also the title winner of the best donut in St. Louis.


2013: The Year of Strange Donuts

This could be a list of the best restaurants to open in 2013, or the best bakeries to open in 2013, or the White Castles with the comeliest patty-flippers of 2013, but it isn’t. It’s a list of one thing. It’s the single most earth-moving, soul-shattering, volcanic sea change to rock St. Louis since August Busch, Jr. clapped a Clydesdale to a beer wagon. It is, of course, the opening of Strange Donuts.

What does Strange Donuts do that other donuts shops don’t? Like, who died and made them king of the fryer? What is so special about them, other than a turquoise paint job, donuts that incorporate pizza and fried chicken, a line of quasi-drunkards out the door every Friday and Saturday night, and, in the manner of teenagers who actually use the word “totes” for “totally,” calling donuts “dones” with an ironic wink that totes jibes with the puerile sarcasm of the Snarky Generation?

Okay, here’s how it works. Strange Donuts is kind of a big deal. And it’s not a big deal because of the actual donuts (more on them in a minute). It’s a big deal because, like a pop song that captures a cultural moment just so, Strange Donuts has a way of squishing the zeitgeist into a cute, shiny, digestible unit. And injecting it with banana pudding. And calling it the Fat Elvis. But we digress.

The saga of the opening of Strange Donuts is familiar to many. They teased us and teased us and teased us with promises to open soon, and like a certain raven-haired temptress, yanked back the football every time.

And they didn’t just tease us with empty promises they made and served oddly flavored donuts at so many different social functions, it seemed at times like they were giving away donuts every week. Hardcore acolytes in the donut cult could follow Strange Donuts’ wizardry via Facebook and Twitter and show up at various parties and benefits to try the lads’ peanut butter-and-jelly donut, Mexican hot-chocolate donut, coffee-cake donut, lemon poppy seed donut (the “Shanghai Sally”), and on and on. They fried them up in the quasi-dormant kitchens of Monarch (thanks to the generosity of Monarch’s monarch, Jeff Orbin), just up Sutton Boulevard from where the Strangeness would eventually open, for real.

All these teases and samples practically had a carnal magnetism. Strange Donuts, when open, would be our Voodoo Doughnut, our Doughnut Plant, etc. – St. Louis’ first donut shop with a wide selection of weird flavors, where cooks would experiment with fried dough slathered in sweet frosting, nature’s perfect food. How would this Strange bunch push the art form? With tiramisu-flavored donuts? How ‘bout green tea? What would the fellas of Strange Donuts do with and to this divine foodstuff, this fried heroin of the bakery?

The hype was just tremendous, thanks largely to the branding skills of Strange co-owner Corey Smale, a former ad copywriter. But the donuts offered at the various local events varied in quality. The key-lime donuts handed out at a party at Kuva Coffee roasting house last summer were soggy with oil: not good. The PB&J donuts at the same event were tasty, but no revelation. The truth was, the guys at the Strange helm, Smale and Tyler Fenwick, were not donut bakers looking for a home, but young entrepreneurs who’d hit upon the fun idea of a donut shop. While it soon became clear that they were masters of hype, it also became obvious that they were not (yet) masters of donuts.

The real tsuris was just getting started. The Strange boys promised to open by certain dates but blew past them again and again.

“We were building a brand,” explained Smale, “but getting our contractors lined up was a different deal. There were permits and logistical issues, so much to deal with, and everything was getting scary. At the end of July I truly didn’t know what was going to happen. I’d just quit my job, I was building a house, and everything was stalled. Then Jason Bockman came in and he knew a lot more than I did about business. Now I focus on the creative end, and he focuses on the business end, and it’s a great relationship.”

Last summer and fall, a note or two even appeared on the shop-to-be’s Facebook page, expressing surprise that the author had driven to Maplewood to find the shop not yet open. The subtext was, this was a mistake any of us might have made – the hype was so damn big, how could the shop possibly not be open yet?

And then, on October 11, it actually happened – the joint opened for business. The opening of the shop was practically anti-climactic. How could the donuts (and the experience of buying them) possibly live up to the expectations?

Like so many experiences in life, Strange Donuts proved to be not so much about the thing itself, but about the currents and eddies of perception swirling around the thing.

The shop is a tiny marvel of design, with retro-cute slogans (“Open Late,” “Hot Coffee,” etc.) painted on the front windows and a shocking-blue color scheme. On the ceiling is a series of organic, wooden swales (right) that looks like prep work for the film Fantastic Voyage. The donuts themselves have cheeky names like “Grandma’s Kiss,” “Heath Ledger” (below, starring Heath Bar brickle bits), “Rainbow Pony,” “General Custard,” and “Fat Steve.” That last one is a riff on “Long John,” and comes in “black” (chocolate), “white” (vanilla), and “Latino” (caramel).

But the secret, the bubbling goop in the ritual cauldron at the center of the Strange Donut’s circle of warlocks, would prove to be what would happen at the shop from 9 p.m. to midnight every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. That’s when already-trendizoid Maplewood turns into a full-on mini-Manhattan with dudes and ladies lined up quite literally out the door for their donut fix.

For a growing group of sugar fiends, this is part of what makes a St. Louis weekend special. You go out with your buds to drink or go bowling or stick your tongues on the cold steel skin of the Arch or whatever floats your proverbial S.S. Admiral at this juncture of your existence, and you repair to Strange Donuts for late-night fortifications. Did they purposely make the shop so tiny that there would be a constant line out the door, and people would crow, “Ooh, Marge, lookie! Those donuts must be great, because they’re lining up for ‘em like they’re Cards/Cubs tickets!”?

Before a morsel of The Strangeness even crosses your lips, you have to admit, this is a fun scene. Even if you’re stone sober, when you’re waiting with friends and strangers at 11 p.m. for donuts, you’re having a good time. The colorful donuts visible through the shop window look like soldiers in the army of joy, glazed and ready to march into your face. You can’t wait, and yet the waiting becomes a fun part of the ritual.

What’s more, St. Louis is not a winter town. We don’t revel in the cold, like, say, the little league hockey-and-cocoa set in any number of Northern cities. We don’t have ski resorts. We have sledding on Art Hill and Joe Edwards’ fledgling Ice Carnival and otherwise we stay inside and wait out the cold.

In its first winter, Strange Donuts is effectively making winter cooler, if you will. Donuts, along with erotic entertainment and Yadier Molina’s autograph, are on the short list of things you’ll wait in the cold for. As you stamp your feet and freeze on the sidewalk of Sutton Boulevard, you begin to wonder if the donuts will really be worth it. And of course they are – because, in part, you spent all that time waiting. Paradoxically, it’s that very indignity that makes the donuts taste better.

And to sweeten the pot, Strange Donuts offers “the Stranger.” This experimental donut, a mash-up of sweet and savory, is available only in the evening. Past Strangers have included a popular chicken-and-waffle (above left), a cornbread donut with pork and black-eyed peas, a donut stuffed with a “hog burger” and topped with pimento Cheez Whiz , a brisket-and-gravy donut, and a pizza donut (above right) that required a precise 27 seconds in your home microwave to fulfill its taste potential. The Stranger costs five bucks for a single donut, and like a night at the carnival, the cash just flies out of your wallet.

The Stranger is a collaboration between Strange Donuts and various eateries of the moment – Sugarfire Smoke House, Pastaria, Quincy Street Bistro, Salume Beddu, Pi Pizzeria, etc. Everybody wants in on the act. The collaborations, at one per week, are coming fast and furious, and if you miss one it’s gone forever. Again, Smale knows how to drive demand.

So the weekends and the Strangers are too cool for school, but what about the quality of the regular donuts on the every-morning menu?

Your mileage may vary. Personally, I’m awfully fond of the “Toucan Party All Night Long” donut (above), for which the vanilla icing and Froot Loops turn into a cereal-and-milk-esque mix on the tongue. A friend praises the gooey butter donut (also above) to high heaven. I once had a fresh Bart’s Revenge (below) that melded the Butterfinger bits, chocolate icing and chocolate-cake donut superbly. I’m still galled that I missed some of the short-lived flavors in this Brigadoon of donut pleasures: carrot cake, Creamy Dream (Dreamsicle), and wasabi-pea (seriously!) come to mind. Other creations have been not-so-stellar and even sometimes tasted not-so-fresh.

The Strange Donut gang has been very upfront about the fact that they are still learning the art and craft of donut-making. Acceding to public demand, they doubled the size of the cake donut. They now make a vegan donut. Their huge roster of creative flavors continues to grow, they’ve debuted a branded flavor of coffee via Kuva, and they lengthened their afternoon hours ‘til 2 p.m. on weekdays so the lunch crowd can get in on the fun.

And their legend grows. The shop recently passed 10,000 likes on Facebook. To put that in perspective, Lemay’s Donut Stop, which makes superlative donuts and has been in operation since 1953, has about 2,000 likes. Pint Size Bakery and La Pâtisserie Chouquette are both just over 3,000. Ted Drewes has about 28,000. Local Stefani Pollack and her nationally renowned Cupcake Project page lap them all with around 32,000 likes.

Strange Donuts did it, well, with donuts, sure. But they did it just as effectively by teasing us with the promise of donuts. They did it by speaking to young people of “dones” and hawking aggro T-shirts (left) worthy of space in Juxtapoz magazine. They did it with a relentless assault via social media and an unparalleled hype machine. They did it with late hours on weekends in the revitalized Downtown Maplewood. And they did it with fun.

At that preview event at Kuva Coffee last June, the Strange Donut boys had a zonked-out character called “Shredder Dave” play the electric guitar in a closet. Last Halloween, Smale dressed up as a genuinely frightening “Rainbow Pony” and Bockman appeared as “Grandma’s Kiss.” These occasional stunts are part and parcel of the shop’s motto, “Stay Strange.” In a world of donut shops that come off as old-fashioned as a glazed cruller, Strange Donuts lets its freak flag fly, and truly, they’ve confounded expectations at every turn.

This is the sort of place you want to take out-of-towners. Then you get to hear them say, “I had no idea St. Louis was so cool.”


The Best Donut Shop in Every State (& D.C.)

There’s nothing like starting the day with a little sugar rush, right? In honor of National Donut Day, we’ve rounded up a list of the best donut shops in every state (plus D.C.). From off-the-wall artisan flavors to down-home classic styles, there’s something for everyone. Keep reading to get the scoop.

1. Alabama: The Heavenly Donut Company
Opened by a husband-wife duo in 2013, The Heavenly Donut Company has been serving up delicious bites at their brick-and-mortar store and two food trucks ever since. Try a classic maple glazed, a blueberry cake donut, or one of their rotating specials like a Nutella glazed donut.

4911 Cahaba River Rd., Ste. 105
Birmingham, AL
Online: theheavenlydonutco.com

2. Alaska: The Moose Is Loose
This hidden gem is well worth a visit if you ever find yourself in small-town Alaska. In addition to killer apple fritters and donuts, they’ve also got a sweet collection of kitschy Alaskan goods for your browsing pleasure (think moose pajamas and kids’ books).

3. Arizona: The Original Rainbow Donuts
Cherry fritters, anyone? This family-owned spot churns them out daily, along with classics like long johns, Boston creams and bear claws. If you’re feeling adventurous (or need a serious sugar fix), try the M&M-topped donut.

15834 N. Cave Creek Rd.
Phoenix, AZ

6245 E. Bell Rd. #115
Scottsdale, AZ

4. Arkansas: Mark’s Do-Nut Shop
No frills needed: this sweet mom-and-pop shop in North Little Rock serves up deliciously fluffy donuts that locals rave about. The menu is small, but anything you get will be a home run.

4015 Camp Robinson Rd.
North Little Rock, AR
Online: facebook.com/marksdonutshop

5. California: Donut Bar
This is not your typical donut shop! Donut Bar is famous for their artisan donuts with a menu that changes daily. The flavors include crème Brulee, Nutella, Twix, red velvet and peaches and cream, just to name a few.

631 B St.
San Diego, CA
Online: donutbar.com

6. Colorado: The Donut House
It’ll only take one bite to fall in love with the handmade donuts at this Colorado hot spot. Try an old-fashioned blueberry donut or a peanut butter brownie (a raised donut topped with peanut butter and brownie chunks).

3124 S. Parker Rd.
Aurora, CO

5 additional locations in Denver, Parker, Castle Rock and East Aurora
Online: thedonuthouse.com

7. Connecticut: Dixie Donuts
Locals rave about this Norwich gem, and we think you’ll be an instant fan, too. Chow down on a Boston cream, or try their specialty, inspired by Samoa Girl Scout cookies: a chocolate glazed donut topped with toasted coconut and caramel.

8. Delaware: Fractured Prune
At Fractured Prune, you can customize your own donut. Choose from 19 glazes (everything from strawberry to mocha) and 13 toppings (crumbled bacon, chocolate chips, sprinkles…) to make the perfect sweet treat.

20214 Coastal Hwy
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Online: fracturedprune.com

9. Florida: Leon’s Donuts
Whether you’re into maple bacon or classic cake donuts, you’re sure to find something to love at Leon’s. Light and fluffy donuts with friendly service—what more could you ask for?

10. Georgia: Sublime Doughnuts
You’ll be wowed by all the options at Sublime Doughnuts. Just to name a few, there’s the A-town (a Boston cream in the shape of an A), a white chocolate peach fritter and a Butterfinger variety—and that’s only the beginning. For a picture-perfect birthday treat, you can order a custom message spelled out in doughnuts (sign us up!).

Georgia Tech
535 10th St. NW
Atlanta, GA

North Druid Hills
2566 Briarcliff Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA

11. Hawaii: Leonard’s Bakery
Whether you’re a local or just visiting, Leonard’s Bakery is well worth a visit. Their specialty is the malasada, a Portuguese doughnut without a hole, coated in sugar and sometimes filled with custard, chocolate or coconut.

933 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, HI
Online: leonardshawaii.com

12. Idaho: Guru Donuts
Made with locally sourced ingredients, the donuts at this Boise spot are as tasty as they are inventive. The menu changes monthly, but highlights include the root beer float, the raspberry lemonade (it’s vegan!) and the Nutella chocolate chip.

928 W. Main St., Ste. 100
Boise, ID
Online: gurudonuts.com

10. Georgia: Sublime Doughnuts
You’ll be wowed by all the options at Sublime Doughnuts. Just to name a few, there’s the A-town (a Boston cream in the shape of an A), a white chocolate peach fritter and a Butterfinger variety—and that’s only the beginning. For a picture-perfect birthday treat, you can order a custom message spelled out in doughnuts (sign us up!).

Georgia Tech
535 10th St. NW
Atlanta, GA

North Druid Hills
2566 Briarcliff Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA

11. Hawaii: Leonard’s Bakery
Whether you’re a local or just visiting, Leonard’s Bakery is well worth a visit. Their specialty is the malasada, a Portuguese doughnut without a hole, coated in sugar and sometimes filled with custard, chocolate or coconut.

933 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, HI
Online: leonardshawaii.com

12. Idaho: Guru Donuts
Made with locally sourced ingredients, the donuts at this Boise spot are as tasty as they are inventive. The menu changes monthly, but highlights include the root beer float, the raspberry lemonade (it’s vegan!) and the Nutella chocolate chip.

928 W. Main St., Ste. 100
Boise, ID
Online: gurudonuts.com

13. Illinois: Doughnut Vault
Offering flavors from lemon poppy seed to root beer, Doughnut Vault has something for everyone. The tiny Franklin location is a grab-and-go spot for fritters and glazed donuts, while the Canal restaurant offers lots of seating and a selection of old-fashioned donuts. And don’t forget their van—give them a follow on Twitter to find out where they pop up.

111 N. Canal St.
Chicago, IL

401 N. Franklin St.
Chicago, IL

14. Indiana: Long’s Bakery
Since 1955, Long’s Bakery has been churning out drool-worthy doughnuts for super affordable prices. You can’t go wrong here, but locals love the chocolate glazed and the blueberry cake. Grab a dozen, and your day will definitely be off to a great start.

1453 N. Tremont St.
Indianapolis, IN
Online: facebook.com/longsbakery

15. Iowa: Ambrosia Donuts
Ambrosia Donuts is sure to be an instant hit with your crew, with their awesome selection of sweet treats. If you pick a Boston cream or long john, you can request the filling of your choice—yum!

106 SW State St., Ste. 101
Ankeny, IA
Online: ambrosiadonuts.com

16. Kansas: Varsity Donuts
Varsity Donuts started serving up fluffy donuts in Aggieville in 2011, and they’ve been a local favorite ever since. As you chow down on your donuts (try the blueberry opal or maple bacon), the littles can try out the ping pong table or play board games.

17. Kentucky: North Lime Coffee & Donuts
Made daily from scratch, you can’t go wrong with any of the selections at North Lime Coffee & Donuts. Each location has a different Donut of the Day so you can try inventive flavors like chocolate chip pancake, blueberry lemonade and oreo cheesecake.

575 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY

3101 Clays Mill Rd.
Lexington, KY

1228 S. 7th St.
Louisville, KY

18. Louisiana: Cafe du Monde
Established in 1862, Cafe du Monde has been serving up beignets (French-style donuts served piping hot and covered in powdered sugar) to locals and tourists alike ever since. Pair your beignets with a cup of their dark-roast coffee, spiced with chicory (chocolate milk and orange juice is available for the younger set).

800 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA

8 additional locations in the New Orleans metropolitan area
Online: cafedumonde.com

19. Maine: The Holy Donut
At The Holy Donut, their secret ingredient is something you might not expect: fresh Maine potatoes. The mashed potatoes give the donuts a moist, melt-in-your-mouth texture, and once you’ve tried flavors like triple berry glaze, dark chocolate sea salt and fresh lemon, you’ll be an instant convert to the church of Holy Donut.

7 Exchange St.
Portland, ME

20. Maryland: Krumpe’s Do-nuts
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to this cozy spot in western Maryland. Lines snake out the door to snag some of their trademark treats, like the peanut butter iced twists, chocolate cream filled and cinnamon cake donuts, all of which are worth the wait.

912 Maryland Ave.
Hagerstown, MD
Online: krumpesdonuts.com

21. Massachusetts: Union Square Donuts
At Union Square Donuts, everything is made from scratch daily so you can be sure you’re getting the freshest and best quality. Try the maple bacon made with Vermont maple syrup and thick cut bacon, or go for an egg and cheese sandwich that uses donut dough instead of bread.

409 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA

22. Michigan: New Palace Bakery
This Detroit spot offers pies, bread and cakes, but their signature item is the Polish pączki, a filled doughnut traditionally served on Fat Tuesday. At New Palace, you can get pączki all year long (phew!) with fillings ranging from raspberry to custard to caramel cream.

9833 Joseph Campau Street
Hamtramck, MI
Online: newpalacebakery.com

23. Minnesota: Moon Donuts & Cafe
Locals rave about this Minnesota gem with an incredible selection of donuts, from apricot filled to maple bacon and plain glazed. After just one bite you’ll understand why—and then go back for more.

505 State Hwy 25
Monticello, MN

9 State Hwy 55
Buffalo, MN

24. Mississippi: The Tatonut Shop
Located in historic Ocean Springs, the donuts at this sweet spot are made from potato flour, which helps them stay light and fluffy. Try the applesauce donut or the blueberry cake donut—delish!

1114 Government St.
Ocean Springs, MS
Online: tatonut.com

25. Missouri: The Donut Stop
Founded in 1953, The Donut Stop has been a south St. Louis favorite ever since. In addition to the classics like glazed donuts and long johns, they’ve got unique offerings like cinnamon globs (aka the cinnamon roll’s less refined cousin).

1101 Lemay Ferry Rd.
St. Louis, MO

3120 W. Clay Street
St. Charles, MO

26. Montana: Granny’s Gourmet Donuts
Dollar donuts, anyone? At this amazing shop, you’ll find an amazing selection of donuts that won’t break the bank. Try a melt-in-your-mouth Boston cream or a filled donut topped with fresh strawberries.

27. Nebraska: The Donut Stop
In addition to serving up delicious eats, The Donut Stop is also a fun hangout spot—they’ve got board games, and customers are encouraged to stick around and play. You’ll love the low prices and delicious donuts, all served up with a smile.

28. Nevada: Pink Box Doughnuts
At Pink Box Doughnuts, you’ll find classic flavors like apple fritters and old-fashioned alongside inventive creations like the Fat Elvis (a chocolate-topped donut filled with banana and peanut butter) and the Unicorn (a pink velvet cake donut with lots of sprinkles). A perfect break from the Strip!

7531 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV

10251 S. Eastern Ave.
Henderson, NV

3755 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV

29. New Hampshire: Brothers Donuts
Get your donut fix at this top New Hampshire spot, which serves up huge donuts of all kinds, from buttercrunch to honey dip to blueberry fritters. Be sure to get there early, as they often sell out!

30. New Jersey: Uncle Dood’s Donuts
At Uncle Dood’s Donuts, you’ll know you’re getting the best quality—the donuts are freshly made all day long, and iced and topped to order. Try the Vermont Swine (maple bacon), the Vanilla-O (vanilla icing and Oreo crumble) or the PBJ (filled with grape jelly and topped with peanut butter icing).

31. New Mexico: Whoo’s Donuts
This Santa Fe favorite is serving up seriously innovative donuts. There’s a chocolate toffee donut spiced with red chile and a blue corn blueberry lavender donut, plus more conventional flavors like lemon curd and berry jam filled varieties.

851 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM
Online: whoosdonuts.com

32. New York: Doughnut Plant
A New York staple, Doughnut Plant had its humble start in the basement of a Lower East Side tenement building in 1994. Now it’s home to tons of delicious creations like Doughseeds, doughnut holes that have a tasty filling inside. Try the vanilla bean doughnut filled with blackberry jam and you’ll become a forever fan.

Lower East Side
379 Grand St.
New York, NY

Chelsea Hotel
220 W. 23rd St.
New York, NY

Brooklyn
245 Flatbush Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

Queens
Falchi Building, 31-00 47th Avenue
Long Island City, Queens

33. North Carolina: Duck Donuts
Hailing from North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Duck Donuts has become a cult favorite. The donuts are customizable and made to order—you get to choose your own combination of icing, toppings and drizzle, so the possibilities are endless. With buckets (!) of coffee available for adults, this place is a little slice of heaven.

Additional locations in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia
Online: duckdonuts.com

34. North Dakota: Sandy’s Donuts
With more than 80 types of donuts on offer, it’s safe to say there’s something for everyone at Sandy’s Donuts. Go for a cherry Bismarck, a s’mores long john or a lemon poppyseed old-fashioned.

301 Main Ave. W.
West Fargo, ND

35. Ohio: Bill's Donut Shop
A Centerville tradition since 1960, Bill’s Donut Shop is a must-visit spot with lots of local flavor. You can’t go wrong with a butter twist, or a sour cream, or a blueberry cake donut. Might as well get one of each!

268 N. Main St.
Centerville, OH
Online: billsdonutshop.com

36. Oklahoma: Polar Donuts
After one bite, you’ll be hooked on the offerings at Polar Donuts. Some of the donuts have decidedly racy names (you’ll find out what we mean!), but we’re willing to distract the kiddos long enough to get our hands on the deliciousness.

1111 N. Meridian Ave., Ste. B
Oklahoma City, OK
Online: polardonuts.org

37. Oregon: Blue Star Donuts
Boasting a brioche-style dough and freshly made glazes and fillings in a variety of interesting flavors, this shop is the stuff donut dreams are made of. The Portland-born gem is rapidly expanding, with new locations popping up in Southern California. Pay a visit to try a tasty seasonal donut (think matcha green tea and Mexican hot chocolate), and keep an eye out for the vegan options, too.

0672 #2 SW Gaines St.
Portland, OR

Additional Portland-area locations in Downtown, North Portland, Southeast Portland, Northwest Portland and Beaverton
Online: bluestardonuts.com

38. Pennsylvania: Yum Yum Bake Shops
Yum Yum puts chain donut shops to shame, with delicious varieties like Chocolate Thunder (chocolate filling and chocolate icing) and White Lightning (whipped cream filling). Their raised donuts are super light and airy so your whole crew will gobble them up in no time.

500 W. Street Rd.
Warminster, PA

1461 W. Broad St.
Quakertown, PA

100 Bethlehem Pike
Colmar, PA

39. Rhode Island: Allie’s Donuts
This Rhode Island gem is totally worth the trip. The family-owned spot has been around since 1968, and for good reason, as the locals will tell you. Try anything with their whipped maple glaze, or you can never go wrong with a delicious sprinkle doughnut.

3661 Quaker Ln.
North Kingstown, RI
Online: facebook.com/alliesdonuts

40. South Carolina: Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts
At Glazed, everything is made in-house, from the dough to the fillings to the glaze, and they don’t use artificial flavorings or food coloring. The result is a rotating selection of drool-worthy flavors like raspberry buttercream, far east peach and sweet corn & blueberry.

481 King St.
Charleston, SC
Online: glazedgourmet.com

41. South Dakota: Flyboy Donuts
A visit to Flyboy Donuts is sure to be the highlight of your morning. Try a maple bacon long john or a Samoa donut—delish! You can also order letter-shaped donuts for birthdays or other special occasions.

5005 S. Western Ave. Ste. 190
Sioux Falls, SD
Online: flyboydonuts.com

42. Tennessee: Ralph’s Donut Shop
Amazing donuts, affordable prices and friendly faces—there’s not much more we can ask for in a donut shop. Locals love the butter twist, the red velvet and the enormous apple fritter. But be careful: it’s hard to stop at just one!

43. Texas: Hugs & Donuts
This Houston hot spot offers a solid mix of classic donuts and unique ideas. You’ll find cinnamon sugar cake donuts alongside fruity pebble crunch and green tea coconut. Plus, they offer a rotating selection of vegan cake donuts Friday through Sunday.

1901 N. Shepherd Dr., Ste. 4
Houston, TX
Online: hugsanddonuts.com

44. Utah: Roger's Bakery
A hidden gem tucked inside an unassuming supermarket, Roger’s Bakery is totally worth a visit. Try a maple bar or an apple fritter, and you’ll be an instant fan.

45. Vermont: Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts
Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts is about to become your favorite weekend haunt. This homey spot serves up delicious homemade donuts (we recommend the Boston cream and the honeydew cake donut) alongside breakfast sandwiches and coffee.

46. Virginia: Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee
At Sugar Shack, they’re all about using the freshest ingredients, making small batches of donuts throughout the day. See what all the fuss is about and try one of their rotating flavors, like sea salt caramel, red velvet cake and fresh strawberry.

1001 N. Lombardy St.
Richmond, VA

9 additional locations in Virginia and D.C.
Online: sugarshackdonuts.com

47. Washington: Top Pot Doughnuts
Top Pot does doughnuts the old-fashioned way, making them the perfect choice for breakfast purists. With everything from Bavarian creme to seasonal blueberry to feather boa (cake doughnuts topped with flavored icing and coconut flakes), you won’t be short on options. Psst—you can even order online ahead of time for pickup at their Western cafe.

Downtown Seattle
2124 5th Ave.
Seattle, Wa

Additional locations throughout western Washington and in Texas
Online: toppotdoughnuts.com

48. Washington D.C.: District Doughnut
When you visit District Doughnut, you know you’re going to get a high-quality product. Mastermind chef Christine Schaefer is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate who dreams up flavors like bananas foster creme brulee, Nutella cream and cherry blossom. Since the menu changes every season, repeat visits are a must!

749 8th St. SE
Washington D.C.

3327 Cady’s Alley NW
Washington D.C.

49. West Virginia: JR’s Donut Castle
Freshly made every day, the donuts at this cozy shop are always delicious. In addition to classic glazed donuts and apple fritters, you can try out their pepperoni rolls (a kid favorite!), bread, muffins and brownies.

3318 Emerson Ave.
Parkersburg, WV
Online: jrsdonutcastle.com

50. Wisconsin: Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts
As Milwaukee’s only craft doughnut shop, Holey Moley is a must-visit the next time you’re in the city. Chow down on a blood orange cake doughnut, a PBCB (peanut butter chocolate bacon) or a seasonal fruit fritter. If your family has dietary restrictions, there are also gluten-free and vegan options, so everyone wins.

316 N. Milwaukee St.
Milwaukee, WI

11340 W. Burleigh St.
Wauwatosa, WI

51. Wyoming: Cowboy Donuts
Inspired by weekly childhood visits to his local donut shop, Jason Hammond co-founded Cowboy Donuts in 2010. Today you can pick up a drool-worthy batch of donuts that your family will love, along with kolaches (a butter bread that’s filled with premium meats and cheeses).


Top 10 Best Places for Donuts

Los Angeles has donuts on just about every corner, but you can't beat this legendary stop near LAX. Look for the huge donut atop the building (a 1952 landmark). The buttermilk and crumb raised donuts are crowd-pleasers.805 West Manchester Avenue, Inglewood 310-645-4707 randys-donuts.com

At this counter in the Mission District, long lines form early for Four Barrel coffee (roasted nearby) and inventive donuts including lemon-Sichuan,
apricot-cardamom, and the excellent caramel de sel. 2760 24th Street 415-920-1978 dynamodonut.com

On weekends, donut disciples head to Thomas Keller's casual spot for pastry chef Richard Capizzi's treats, including jelly donuts with seasonal preserves and the brioche donut topped with chocolate mini balls. 6528 Washington Street 707-944-2253 bouchonbakery.com

Every donut at this South Side joint is made by hand. Purists will like the raised glazed donuts (available in a supersize version as well), while
cream-filled-center devotees must have the Boston cream. 8249 South Cottage Grove Avenue 773-723-1002


10 Best Places for Donuts Across the Country


Every culture has fried dough--German Berliners, Italian zeppole, French beignets, and Indian balushahi--but none can top the gut-busting pleasure of the American donut. It's the latest iconic food to undergo a renaissance here are our picks for the best classic and newfangled donut purveyors across the country.

Randy's Donuts
Los Angeles
Los Angeles has donuts on just about every corner, but you can't beat this legendary stop near LAX. Look for the huge donut atop the building (a 1952 landmark). The buttermilk and crumb raised donuts are crowd-pleasers. 805 West Manchester Avenue, Inglewood 310-645-4707 randys-donuts.com

Dynamo Donuts
San Francisco
At this counter in the Mission District, long lines form early for Four Barrel coffee (roasted nearby) and inventive donuts including lemon-Sichuan, apricot-cardamom, and the excellent caramel de sel. 2760 24th Street 415-920-1978 dynamodonut.com

Bouchon Bakery
Yountville, California
On weekends, donut disciples head to Thomas Keller's casual spot for pastry chef Richard Capizzi's treats, including jelly donuts with seasonal preserves and the brioche donut topped with chocolate mini balls. 6528 Washington Street 707-944-2253 bouchonbakery.com

Dat Donuts
Chicago
Every donut at this South Side joint is made by hand. Purists will like the raised glazed donuts (available in a supersize version as well), while cream-filled-center devotees must have the Boston cream. 8249 South Cottage Grove Avenue 773-723-1002


Try These: America’s Top 5 Donut Spots


Are you as excited as we are that National Donut Day is June 2? Thought so! Sweet, salty and totally fluffy, the donut revolution is in full force RN. And if you’re anything like us, a plain old donut spot won’t do when you’re craving your favorite sweet treat. This morning (or afternoon, or late night) must have is a staple in every city.

To celebrate National Donut Day, we’ve rounded up our top 5 favorite donut spots in America. Ready to sweeten up your life? Thought so!

BLUE STAR DONUTS (Los Angeles, Ca)
With locations in Portland and Los Angeles, Blue Star Donuts whips up some of the most delicious donuts in the game. Flavors like pistachio cream cheese and crème brulee mean there’s something for every mood and every personality. If you’re planning on making a trip to the location near you, be prepared for a line—these delectable treats are very in demand and always sell out!

THE DONUT STOP (St. Louis, MO)
The Donut Stop in St. Louis has been around for over 60 years, so you know these are good! With over 100 flavors to choose from, this local gem serves up everything from original glazed goodness to a treat called a cinnamon glob. We highly suggest you stop by if you’re around the area (or if you’re inclined to travel across the country for a donut, that is).

DOUGHNUT VAULT (Chicago, IL)
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect buttermilk donut, Doughnut Vault is the spot for you. They’re always jam-packed with customers, thanks to the fact that their fluffy creations range from old-fashioned basics to super sweet innovative specials. And while they have regulars on the menu every day, they switch things up consistently with special flavors.

PETER PAN DONUT & PASTRY SHOP (Brooklyn, NY)
While we can’t help but admit that our favorite feature of this shop is the employee uniforms, the donuts are pretty amazing, too. With the same prices they had over 60 years ago, donuts cost around a dollar each, and this old-school shop isn’t changing that anytime soon. And guess what? They’re SO GOOD.

WHOO’S DONUTS (Santa Fe, NM)
Based in Sante Fe, Whoo’s Donuts are not only beyond delicious, they sell out every day, too. And with flavors like maple bacon and chili brown sugar, these are some of the most innovative treats in the game. Do yourself a favor and stop by STAT.

Do you have a go-to donut spot? Share your favorite with us in the comment section below!


11 St. Louis Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives That Have Been or Should Be on the Show

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From prime St. Louis barbecue (a sticking point with the locals) to authentic Cajun-American food, this list of STL diners, drive-ins and dives is finger-lickin’ good.

If you’re looking for a new way to experience the restaurant scene in St. Louis, beyond the Clayton and Central West End usuals, look no further: these restaurants are serving up delicious original recipes in all types of dishes, perfect for a Guy Fieri-sized bite. While the first six STL restaurants have been featured on the show, we think there are five more with major DDD potential, so we included those, too.

Featured on the show:

1. The Shaved Duck

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Boasting the ideal combo of “good folk, fresh bbq and honest, soulful food,” the Shaved Duck is home to a variety of meats smoked all day long in wild cherry and hickory woods, sourced right from Perryville, Missouri. The meats are served up along with creative homemade sides, flatbreads and desserts for a hearty American meal.

Average plate: $13
Dishes to try: Slow Smoked Duck Breast, Chili Mac, Smothered Fries
theshavedduck.com

2. Sweetie Pie’s Kitchen

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A family establishment run by Mississippi natives Miss Robbie Montgomery and her son, Tim Norman, Sweetie Pie’s Kitchen dishes out made-from-scratch soul food. If you’re ever craving a real taste of the South in St. Louis, this is your place: true comfort food like fried chicken and meatloaf, always served up with a friendly smile.

Average plate: $11
Dishes to try: Fried Fish Dinner, Meatloaf, Peach Cobbler
sweetiepieskitchen.com

3. Iron Barley

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Known for delicious BBQ and from-scratch cast iron cooking, Iron Barley serves up traditional American food in a homey, family-friendly environment. To complement the wide variety of comfort food classics, Iron Barley offers a full menu of locally handcrafted brews.

Average plate: $13
Dishes to try: Oak Roasted Prime Rib, Pulled Pork Ravioli
ironbarley.com

4. Highway 61 Roadhouse

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The Highway 61 Roadhouse celebrates both the food and the music of the famous highway running from New Orleans to Memphis to St. Louis. Offering dishes from all three cities’ cuisines including shrimp and crawfish etoufeé from Louisiana, BBQ pulled pork spaghetti from Memphis and peppery spare ribs from St. Louis, the Roadhouse is American at its core.

Average plate: $16
Dish to try: “Cajasian” Potstickers, BBQ Spaghetti, Louisiana BBQ Shrimp
hwy61roadhouse.com

5. Dressel’s Public House

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A “locavore” take on the traditional pub, Dressel’s serves up farm-to-table pub fare as beautiful as it is mouthwatering. Known for a perfectly seasoned burger topped with aged cheddar and tomato-onion jam, Dressel’s has definitely elevated its food over the past few years to hold up to its selection of local beers.

Average plate: $20
Dishes to try: Burger, Fish and Chips, Truffled Grilled Cheese, Root Beer Glazed Rib Tips
dresselspublichouse.com

6. Anthonino’s Taverna

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Located in the heart of the Italian-American neighborhood of St. Louis, The Hill, Anthonino’s is an authentic neighborhood eatery serving a combination of unique and traditional pizzas, as well as indulgent pasta dishes. A few Greek items also made their way onto Anthonino’s menu including traditional Dolmathes and tzaziki sauce.

Average plate: $17
Dishes to try: Toasted Ravioli, Goat Cheese Pizza, Pasta Carbonara
anthoninos.com

[Should be] featured on the show:

7. The Kitchen Sink

The best place for authentic Creole, New Orleans style cooking in St. Louis, the Kitchen Sink also prides itself on its unique sandwiches, including the Special Ed (BBQ Brisket, red cabbage slaw, white cheddar cheese and Russian dressing) and the Cajun Gyro (blackened Gyro meat, sauteed peppers and onions, pepper jack and bleu cheese crumbles, tzatziki sauce). Check it out for a menu packed with delicious homemade Cajun-American food.

Average plate: $12
Dishes to try: The Special Ed (brisket sandwich), Seafood Gumbo, Sweet Fries
letseat.at/thekitchensink

8. Pappy’s Smokehouse

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Pappy’s does BBQ the old-fashioned way: slow-smoked meats (for 14 hours!) over sweet apple or cherry wood. Top them off with one of Pappy’s homemade barbecue sauces for sweet and juicy perfection, including Pappy’s original, Jane’s sweet sauce, Holly’s hot sauce and a special “Hoodoo” sauce.

Average plate: $13
Dishes to try: Pulled Pork Sandwich (or any smoked meat by the pound)
pappyssmokehouse.com

9. The Shack

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Perfect for a hearty breakfast like an omelette or biscuits and gravy, the Shack is a family friendly restaurant with a Southern twist. While the Shack does offer dinner on certain days of the week in the Frontenac location, the place is generally known for its stellar breakfast and lunch options – especially the overstuffed sandwiches.

Average plate: $10
Dishes to try: Big Crunch (french toast), Chicken in a Waffle, Cubano
shackstl.com

10. The Fountain on Locust

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With a hand-painted art deco interior surrounding the entire dining area, the Fountain on Locust is quite the sight to behold. Besides the retro vibes enhanced by the restaurant’s radio comedy serial, Soap Hospital, the menu makes the place a true diner: everything from salads to soups to sandwiches to entrees. But when you go, you really have to try one of the 25 different signature ice cream martinis, freshly blended and garnished to order.

Average plate: $9
Dishes to try: Signature Polish Dill Pickle Soup (trust us on this one), The Fountain Cuban Sandwich, Ice Cream Martini (any of the delicious flavors)
fountainonlocust.com/Welcome.html

11. Donut Drive-In

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Although newer, fancier donut shops are all the rage in St. Louis, the Donut Drive-In is home to old-fashioned fried dough deliciousness. For soft, fresh donuts in traditional flavors, for half the price of some of the craftier donut shops in the area, the Donut Drive-In is your place.


We bring our mini doughnut machine right to your venue so your guests can enjoy hot fresh doughnuts and an entertaining experience. We can even do custom flavors for your event.

We can also deliver doughnuts right to your location. For large orders, we can create a custom flavor option for your event. We provide plates and utensils. Please contact a local store to get more info.


Three Years of Doughnuts: Donut Stop Me Now

I thought it was time for an update on the doughnut chronicles! In the past year, I've experienced some INSANELY delicious doughnuts - from the London Fog filled doughnut at Glory Hole in Toronto to the Gooey Butter Cake Donut from Strange Donuts in St. Louis - doughnuts continue to be my mission in every city!

Posted June 3, 2016

What came first, the doughnut or the doughnut hole?

You would probably be inclined to answer doughnut, but in fact, the term "doughnut" was first used to refer to what we now know as doughnut holes. Doughnuts entered the American lexicon in 1809 in Washington Irving's History of New York:

If you're anything like me, you've struggled to decide whether or not you should type doughnut or donut. You've probably wondered why the heck there are even two different spellings to begin with. Same.

I did some research and the spelling "donut" first appeared in the late 1800s as a contraction of the original "doughnut." It wasn't until Dunkin Donuts was founded in 1950 that the alternate "donut" spelling became more popular.

Still, "doughnut" is the preferred spelling so I suppose I should stop being lazy and opt for all 8 letters when I'm writing about these delicious desserts.

Why the weird discussion? Because today is NATIONAL DOUGHNUT/DONUT DAY in the US and unlike many of our random food holidays, it turns out that this one has some historic importance. Actually, 75+ years of history!

National Doughnut Day began in 1938 as a campaign by the Salvation Army to remember those in their ranks who served doughnuts to American soldiers stationed in France during World War 1. Around 250 volunteers traveled to France to provide baked goods to Allied troops - doughnuts were an instant favorite (those Allied soldiers had good taste). These women who volunteered eventually became known as the "Doughnut Dollies."

In honor of this special holiday, go to one of the many chains participating with free donuts and other perks. And read on for a round up of the many doughnut shops I've reviewed. What are you waiting for? Start that doughnut bucket list today!


Watch the video: STL Donut Tour Episode 009 - Donut House (December 2022).