A bagel with cream cheese or an english muffin with peanut butter are both perfectly satisfying breakfast choices. But when it comes to carbs in the morning, doughnuts take the cake. Any way you spell it, and any time of the day you have them, these sweet treats are undeniably delicious. Have a mouthwatering look at some of the best places to get your fresh-baked fix.
Voodoo Donuts (Portland, OR)
The, um, creme de la creme of gourmet doughnut shops. This Portland staple originated the maple bacon doughnut, and churns out batches of other unique varieties, including Mexican Hot Chocolate, Bubblegum, and Apple Fritter. For a kick of nostalgia, check out wacky toppings like Cap’n Crunch and Fruit Loops.
Doughnut Vault (Chicago, IL)
With specials every day of the week, The Doughnut Vault serves up pure ooey-gooey goodness on the North Side of Chicago. We’re talking Double Chocolate Yellow Cake, Roasted Almond Glazed, and White Chocolate Glazed. The store closes daily at 2PM, so dedicated doughnut aficionados can often be found in line at the crack of dawn to ensure that they snag their first choice.
Union Square Donuts (Somerville, MA)
You can have the best of both worlds at this small shop just outside of Boston. In addition to from-scratch, sugary treats like Creamsicle and Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch doughnuts, you can chow down on savory options like Bacon Cheddar Sage and Spinach Feta Red Onion. It’s only open Thursday thru Sunday, but that makes it a perfectly delicious reward at the end of a long workweek.
Dough (Brooklyn, NY)
The name is simple, but the flavors are anything but. Visit this cash-only joint in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood to dig into Cheesecake with Graham Crackers, grab a handful of Toasted Coconut doughnut holes, or feast on a Blood Orange Glazed doughnut. “Big” and “airy” are just a couple of the words that regulars use to describe the specialties at Dough.
Randy’s Donuts (Los Angeles, CA)
For more than 60 years, the donut shop with the iconic sign has been feeding locals and hungry travelers alike in its airport-adjacent location. You may recognize it from a number of movies and TV shows, but Randy’s hasn’t let the fame go to its head; you’ll still find all of the classic flavors here, including glazed, devil’s food and jelly.