America's Best Donuts
From age-old recipes to
unusual ingredients, here are the most delicious donuts around the country.
We’ve all been there.
That alarm clock goes off, the questionable outfit’s been picked, the dreary
commute commences, and we’re craving a small treat—something familiar and
delicious—before the workday begins. Enter: donuts.
It’s hard (but not
impossible) to go wrong with sweet, deep-fried dough. But there are some places
that just, well, do it better than others. They use unique ingredients.
They pile on never-before-seen toppings. Or they just serve up a hot, fresh donut
that melts in your mouth.
Let’s take a moment to
give some serious praise to the Dutch, who are largely credited with inventing donuts
in the 19th century. They started frying up balls of dough, but
there was a problem: cooking the treats all the way through, without burning
the outside. One solution? Fill the center with fruit or nuts. The other? Punch
a hole in the middle.
Of course, donuts really
began to take off in the mid 1900s, after Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts were
founded (1933 and 1950, respectively). Today, you can pretty much
get a donut no matter where you are. But if you have a choice, why settle for
cold, flavorless calories?
Instead, head to a place
like Bouchon Bakery, in Yountville, CA. Here, chef Thomas Keller, the
mastermind behind nearby French Laundry and New York’s Per Se, creates decadent
donut delights, using brioche as his bread base, which he then stuffs with such
ingredients as rich chocolate ganache or a lighter, in-season fruit
If you’re more of a
traditionalist, try Round Rock Donuts, in Round Rock, TX, where you can sample
honey-glazed donuts, fresh from the fryer (if you’re lucky). The bakery prepares
its donuts with the same tried-and-true recipe it’s used for more than 80
Some donuts have even
received kudos from celebrities, like Brooklyn’s Peter Pan Bakery, which was
recently given the approval of 30 Rock’s Tina Fey in Esquire magazine. We can’t, ahem, repeat her direct quote here (Google it if you’re
really that curious), but trust us when we say: she’s a fan. A big fan.
So whether you side with
the tried-and-true original donut type, or opt for the more adventurous pastry
concoctions, there’s a spot out there for you to get your fix. Check out our
list of America’s Best Donuts, but please, try not to drool on the