It’s Donut Day! Yes, that means today is the day you’re allowed to indulge in fried dough covered with sugar. But as long as you’re going donut, go big donut. Here are some of the most ridiculously decadent donuts you can find in the United States.
In Texas, everything’s bigger. Round Rock Donuts in Round Rock, Texas is known to have the best donuts, but Gourdough’s Public House in Austin has the most interesting donuts. Gourdough’s is a full service restaurant with a donut focus. By focus, we mean there are donut appetizers, donut burgers, donut sandwiches, and, of course, donut desserts. To give you an idea of what they serve, The Dirty South is a donut topped with a potato pancake topped with chicken fried steak topped with cream gravy. If you think that sounds decadent, wait till you see what’s for dessert…
Down in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Mojo Donuts takes the cake as top donut shop – when you successfully combine donuts and marshmallows, you’ve secured your spot on the fried dough leaderboard. New on the menu this week: Mojo Moon Pie, Blackberry Mousse and Strawberry Shortcake. Decadent donut? Yes, please!
You have to get up pretty early in the morning if you want to try Bridgeport Bakery’s Maple Bacon Pretzel Doughnut — they sell out quickly — but there are other fried dough delights ready for you to indulge in. They are known for having some of the best paczki – a traditional Polish pastry similar to a jelly donut served on Fat Tuesday. That’s decadence I can do.
In New York City where they’re always on the cutting edge of pastry production, you can’t get a Tres Leches donut at Doughnut Plant. Somehow they’ve figured out how to fry dough and still have the ooziness of the delightful Mexican dessert. They’re so good, you don’t even care to ask how they do it; you just eat them. Rich, delicious and, of course, decadent.
Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts take donuts to a supernatural level. What sets them apart from other donut shops is they fuse two breakfasts – donuts and cereal – in one meal. The Loop Doughnut is a yeast doughnut glazed with vanilla frosting and sprinkled with Fruit Loops. The Captain My Captain Doughnut is the same doughnut topped with Cap’n Crunch rather than Fruit Loops. Doughnuts? Yes. Decadent? Sure.
Federal Donuts is hot in Philly with four locations and serving the Philadelphia Phillies fans at the ball park. Federal Donuts are fancy – Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Salted Tahina are among the donut options today. And this summer they are going divinely decadent with “Hot Donut Ice Cream Bombs.”
Bill’s Donut Shop has been in Centerville, Ohio for more than 50 years – which says something about the quality of the donuts. They make all the classic flavors daily – powdered sugar, glazed, chocolate cake – but Saveur Magazine named Bill’s Pretzel Donut as one of America’s Best Donuts of 2013. Top 50? I’ll take one.
Whether you’re in Texas or New York City, you’re never too far from a really good donut. Let the calendar dictate what you eat today and indulge. Happy Donut Day!