There has been three great food weaknesses in my life: the love of pizza, ice cream and donuts. Growing up in rural Southern New Jersey, there was a bakery in a small town called Elmer. In a small house, they made the best cream filled donuts in America. It was a puffy powered donut packed with homemade cream. Oh my God where they good. My siblings and I would just want to go back home just some we could get the cream donuts!
Food and Wine has picked the best donuts in America. Think I will put the below establishments on my bucket list!
Have a great coffee this morning and go get some donuts!
1. The Doughnut Vault; Chicago, IL
Gilt Bar owner Brendan Sodikoff started selling big, fresh doughnuts out of a brick storefront in the spring of 2011, and lines continue from early morning until the handful of flavors sell out. Outside, there’s a communal table for enjoying old-fashioned, chocolate-glazed and sometimes pistachio-covered rings, with $1 cups of coffee. thedoughnutvault.tumblr.com.
2. Doughnut Plant; New York, NY
At his new Chelsea location, Lower East Side doughnut pioneer Mark Israel masterminded a glazed oatmeal cake doughnut, sprinkled with the usual granola suspects like dried fruit bits, oats and seeds. doughnutplant.com.
3. Dynamo Donuts; San Francisco, CA
Owner Sara Spearin’s menu changes all the time, with inspired flavors like lemon-pistachio and “banana de leche,” filled with caramel-coated fruit. The bacon-maple doughnut, with smoky sautéed apples, is now available every day. dynamodonut.com.
4. Voodoo Doughnut; Portland, OR
The brainchild of two local Portlandia types, this cult doughnut shop specializes in wacky flavors and unexpected toppings—from Froot Loops to bubble-gum dust. Its namesake doughnut is a chocolate-frosted yeast variety that’s shaped like a voodoo doll, filled with raspberry jam and stabbed with a pretzel stake. voodoodoughnut.com.
5. Sublime Doughnuts; Atlanta, GA
“There is no better breakfast in the world than sweets-savant Kamal Grant’s Fresh Strawberry N Cream doughnut,” says Food & Wine editor in chief Dana Cowin. “Unless, of course, you want one of his 27 other flavors.” Grant uses stellar ingredients—such as the Callebaut chocolate in the icing on his A-Town Creams (like A-shaped Boston creams)—so it’s no wonder the Atlanta shop has gained such a following. sublimedoughnuts.com.
6. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop; Brooklyn, NY
A retro bakeshop with swivel stools, Peter Pan serves coffee and a vast array of handmade doughnuts, from sour cream to coconut cream. In summer, customers can design an ice cream sandwich with doughnut halves in place of the traditional cookies. One favorite combo: a red velvet doughnut with strawberry ice cream. 727 Manhattan Avenue.