America: land of the free, home of the doughnut. From classic shops doling out traditional delicacies to newcomer artisan stores crafting flavors you could only dream of, get your glass of milk ready. Here are the best places to eat doughnuts in each of the 50 states (and D.C., of course).
The Best Doughnut Shop in Every Single State (Because We Had to Know)
No holes in this list...
California: Donut Bar
Sorry, L.A. and San Francisco, you’ll have to go to San Diego for the best doughnuts in the state (and quite possibly in the U.S.) Don’t let the killer line deter you… the best things in life are worth the wait, like the Donut Bar’s strawberry split doughnut.
631 B St., San Diego; 619-255-6360 or donutbar.com
Colorado: Glazed & Confuzed
With a name perfectly appropriate for Colorado, Glazed & Confuzed is a state-loved establishment. The pastries here go beyond baking--it’s art, and our favorite exhibit is the the root-beer-glazed doughnut stuffed with Bavarian cream.
2501 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010; 303-524-9637 or gcdonuts.com
Delaware: Duck Donuts
Duck Donuts was born in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but it quickly became a favorite in Delaware. If you’re feeling ambitious, opt for a doughnut sundae--freshly baked dough topped with ice cream and the works. Your diet can start tomorrow.
145 E. Main St., Newark; (302) 266-6000 or duckdonuts.com
Illinois: The Doughnut Vault
It’s small. It’s hipster. It’s cash only, and you will wait in a line that tests your doughnut-loving patience only to be re-affirmed with your first bite of chocolate glaze.
401 N. Franklin St., Chicago; (312) 285-2830 or doughnutvault.com
Iowa: Hurts Doughnuts
We’re considering buying a vacation home in Des Moines for easy access to one of the 70 types of oversized doughnuts.
5513 Mills Civic Pkwy Ste 105., Des Moines; 515-267-1671 or wannahurts.com
Kentucky: Nord's Bakery
Influenced by Louisville’s German heritage, Nord’s Bakery makes doughnuts that are slightly crispy on the outside and very fluffy on the inside. Get the signature maple bacon: a long yeast pastry with a thick coat of maple frosting and a strip of bacon on top.
2118 S. Preston St., Louisville; 502-634-0931 or nordsbakery.biz
Louisiana: District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew.
Come for the doughnuts, stay for the cheeseburger sliders. District’s menu offers seven flavors that rotate daily (hello, Monte Cristo doughnut), but it always offers the classics like chocolate glazed and cinnamon sugar.
2209 Magazine St, New Orleans; (504) 570-6945 or donutsandsliders.com
Maine: The Holy Donut
These doughnuts are made from roasted, hand-peeled sweet potatoes. They’re both quirky and delicious, which is exactly what you should expect when in Portland.
Multiple locations; theholydonut.com
Maryland: Fractured Prune
Fractured Prune has locations across the country, but the most notable is its Ocean City spot. The signature flavor, O.C. Sand, is a simple yet perfectly executed cinnamon sugar and honey glazed doughnut.
127th St., Ocean City; 410-250-4400 or fracturedprune.com
Massachusetts: Back Door Donuts
During the daytime, you may not see a single person enter Martha’s Vineyard Gourmet Café & Bakery. But drive into the town of Oak Bluffs any summer night and you’ll see at least 100 people waiting for hot apple fritters at the back door of this speakeasy-style doughnut joint.
1-11 Kennebec Ave., Oak Bluffs; 508-693-3688
Michigan: Hinkley Bakery
This family-owned shop clearly knows its doughnuts: it's been a local favorite for over 100 years. (Don't leave without a blueberry crescent.)
700 S. Blackstone St., Jackson; 517-782-1122 or yelp
Minnesota: Glam Doll Donuts
The doughnuts at this retro Minneapolis spot are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. Glam Doll is also a perfectly acceptable brunch option, thanks to its eggs Benedict and breakfast doughnut sandwich offerings.
2605 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-345-7064 or glamdolldonuts.com
With four locations in Jackson, Monroe’s is a local favorite. Don’t expect crazy flavors; rather, you’ll find solid takes on classic French crullers and Bavarian creams.
Multiple locations; monroesdonutsandbakery.com
Missouri: Donut Stop
The must-try item at this St. Louis institution is the cinnamon glob: a giant, dense ball of fried dough loaded with buttery cinnamon.
1101 Lemay Ferry Rd, St. Louis; (314) 631-3333 or thedonutstopinc.net
Montana: Granny's Gourmet Donuts
The kitschy decor, homey vibe and sweet smell of the fryer will take you back to grandma’s house as you bite into a strawberry-glazed doughnut finished with a dollop of jam.
3 Tai Lane, Bozeman; 406-922-0022 or facebook
New Hampshire: Muriel's
You could easily walk by this small storefront in Lebanon without even noticing it. A quintessential mom-and-pop shop, Muriel’s offers a small and simple yet consistently delicious selection of doughnuts including crullers, cinnamon, sugar and jelly-filled.
20 West St., Lebanon; 603-448-1508 or yelp
New Jersey: Uncle Dood's Donuts
Uncle Dood’s has gained a cult following in Jersey. Go for the unusual flavors like the “Bed-Rockin,” with vanilla frosting and Fruity Pebbles or the “Twixed,” covered with chocolate glaze, Nila wafers and caramel.
4 Robbins St., Toms River; 609-462-3517 or facebook
New York: Dough
Dough could easily compete for the title of best doughnuts in the world. And naturally, New Yorkers have no problem paying $27 for a dozen artisanal doughnuts when they come in mind-blowing flavors like dulce de leche with toasted almonds, hibiscus and chocolate chipotle. You know what, make that two dozen; we’ll take out a loan.
Multiple locations; doughdoughnuts.com
North Dakota: Sandy's Donuts
Play it safe with a delicious old-fashioned doughnut or try a more inventive flavor like double chocolate peanut butter or caramel with pecans.
Ohio: Bill's Donut Shop
A Centerville staple since 1967, Bill’s exterior is is easy to miss. But inside it’s a classic place that’s friendly and inviting. The old-fashioned sour-cream-filled doughnut is a longtime crowd favorite.
268 N. Main St., Centerville; 937-433-0002 or billsdonutshop.com
Oklahoma: Polar Donuts
You might blush while asking for the cherry jelly-filled “Camel Toe” or apple-filled fritter “Strong Pimp Hand,” but try not to overthink the names.
1111 N. Meridian Ave., Ste B Oklahoma City; 405-946-7448 or polardon
Oregon: Voodoo Doughnut
If there’s one thing you must do while in Portland, it’s take a trip to Voodoo Doughnut, where no creation is too outlandish. Case in point: “The Old Dirty Bastard,” a cholesterol-raising, decadent combination of chocolate, peanut butter and Oreos.
Pennsylvania: Federal Donuts
Three words: Fried Chicken Doughnut. Philly chef Michael Solomonov has perfected the art of sweet and savory with these legendary honey doughnuts served with crispy twice fried, chicken.
Multiple locations; federaldonuts.com
South Carolina: Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts
Charleston’s food scene is no joke, so you know that Glazed Gourmet, seated on Upper King St., is the real deal. Pay attention to the eccentric flavors like orange pistachio and the lavender-flavored “Purple Goat.”
South Dakota: Jerry's Cakes And Donuts
Tennessee: Fox's Donut Den
Donut Den’s red neon sign marks a Green Hills icon: Since 1973, the shop has been deep-frying apple fritters and chocolate old-fashioneds that draw in crowds. But you must try the famous Kolache--a sweet pastry filled with savory sausage and cheddar.
3900 Hillsboro Pike #2, Nashville; 615-385-1021 or facebook
Everything’s bigger in Texas…including the doughnuts. This Austin-based food truck sells its top-notch treats from a vintage trailer. The toppings include everything from jalapeño and grilled strawberries to fried chicken strips.
1503 S. First St., Austin; gourdoughs.com
Utah: Banbury Cross Donuts
Across the state, people recognize the iconic yellow box with a red rocking horse logo. The classic glazeds may be simple, but they’re the best quality doughnuts around.
705 S. 700 E., Salt Lake City; 801-537-1433
Vermont: Mrs. Murphy Donuts
You'll have to be quick to get your hands on one of these tasty treats (they sell out fast). This old-school coffee shop has got all the classics plus some more unusual picks like sour cream, chocolate chip and cookies and cream.
Virginia: Sugar Shack
Since the original Sugar Shack opened in Virginia, it’s gained a cult following and opened several new locations. Get adventurous with the famous chicken doughnut, a mouthwatering combo of fried chicken on a maple glazed pastry.
Multiple locations; sugarshackdonuts.com
Washington: Top Pot Doughnuts
This Seattle-based chain now has over a dozen locations all across Washington state. The menu always features the classics with a rotating list of seasonal specialties like the cherry blossom and pumpkin old-fashioned.
Washington, D.c.: Astro
Is there anything better in life than a crème brûlée doughnut served with a fried chicken wing? The answer is no. Why don’t you just head to the nation’s capital and try it for yourself.
1308 G Street NW; 202-809-5565 or astrodoughnuts.com
Wyoming: Cowboy Donuts
This Wild West-themed shop offers about 40 rotating flavors on any given day. Order something out-of-the-box, like a turtle doughnut made with chocolate icing, drizzled caramel and candied pecans.
1573 Dewar Dr., Rock Springs; 307-362-3400 or cowbo