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Best Donut Shops in America

Best Donut Shops in America

Best Donut Shops in America

Donuts, or doughnuts, are as much a part of the American snacking culture as hot dogs and popcorn. Homer Simpsons’ sole existence would likely not be sustained without this popular pastry with a hole in it. Get rid of donut shops in America and you can declare that the terrorists have won.

In our never-ending mission to keep fun foods thriving in the country we have compiled a list of what in our opinion are some of the Best Donut Shops in America. It was tricky. We requested that our Followers on Twitter give us a heads-up about favorite spots in their cities in addition to doing our own extensive homework. We enthusiastically canvassed many “outside of the box” concept donuteries that unfortunately too often sacrificed taste for gourmet gimmicks. There was a lot of abuse of lavender flavorings which in our opinion better belongs in scented lotions and candles, not on top of sugary glaze and raised yeast. Keep the douche out of donut please – horrible pun intended (hopefully you didn’t get it). However more often than not we were pleasantly surprised with the unique flavor combinations that true pastry chefs and doughnut artisans created, so much that we did not mind the $3 to $6 price tags that accompanied each – Dunkin’ Donuts these offerings are not.

We are sure to have missed more than a few exceptional donut shops along the way so instead of getting upset please leave a Facebook comment below to let us know what spot in your neck of the woods we can visit to add to possibly add to this growing list. Until then, enjoy our take on the Best Donut Shops in America and be sure to add them to your traveling foodie itinerary when in any of these donut shops’ hometowns.

Marcus Maraih, Editor - Follow Marcus on Google

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Gourdoughs Donuts

1503 S.1st Street, Austin, TX

Gourdoughs Donuts

Alert the authorities because there is some serious abuse being done to donuts at Gourdough’s. The kind of abuse that will leave anyone that consumes their donuts in a sugar induced fetal position on the ground beside the bench where they ate their order from the Airstream trailer. The kind of abuse that leaves you scrubbing in the shower for hours trying to scrape off the calories. The kind of abuse that will wake you up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night wondering if it was all just a dream. And yet you would do it all over again.

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Glazed and Infused Chicago

813 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL

Glazed and Infused Chicago

In our opinion a couple of the best donut shops in America are located in Chicago. One of those is Glazed and Infused. Of course every reviewer to pass through the doors of one of their five Windy City establishments will play on the name of the original shop and proclaim that their donuts are perfectly glazed and infused with a burst of flavor in each bite. In this instance we cannot resist the very same cliched description. Please excuse our lack of originality here in describing this Chicago donut, or doughnut, shop.

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Doughnut Plant New York

379 Grand Street, New York, NY

Doughnut Plant New York

Rooted in a recipe passed down through generations, infused with inventiveness and entrepreneurial drive, the Doughnut Plant New York locations (we can’t speak for the Japanese franchises) combine to dole out some of the best donuts in America.

Every glaze that graces a Doughnut Plant doughnut creates a silky yet subtly crisp surface that when penetrated releases a flavor burst that makes it feel as if every bite is the first.

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Voodoo Doughnut

22nd SW 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR

Voodoo Doughnut

Say what you will, but no Best Donut Shops in America list could be complete without this famous addition. Sure, Voodoo Doughnut is nothing short of a tourist attraction in itself and for that reason you'll hear local hipster foodies complain that Voodoo Doughnut is overhyped and not as good as its counterparts in a town packed with hole in the middle pastries. We call B.S. 

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Do-Rite Donuts

50 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

Do-Rite Donuts

Refraining from the inflated prices and posh decor of many of the other nouveau donut shops in the country, Do-Rite Donuts does not skimp on experimentation with a variety of flavor combinations and rest assured the lab has returned with some expert offerings for donut enthusiasts. As a morning / early afternoon only shop Do-Rite Donuts serves fresh donuts every minute of their limited hours of operation. They only make a maximum of three dozen at a time to ensure the freshness that they are heralded for so no matter when you happen to pass through the entrance you will be served a beautiful round new born pastry.

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Dough Doughnuts Brooklyn

305 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Dough Doughnuts Brooklyn

The ultimate no-frills joint among the Best Donut Shops in America. Dough Doughnuts in Bed-Sty Brooklyn is not fancy but the donuts are considered by many in the media to be the best in the country. Dough is a yeast only donut maker (no cake here folks) and that mastery of one single process is likely what makes them the best of the yeast.

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