As far as we’re concerned, there’s no wrong way to eat a donut. Whether you like pillow-y yeast donuts or old-fashioned cake donuts, its hard to go wrong, but according to Yelp these are the absolute best donuts in every state. People are devoted to these shops for their superior donut recipes, variety of glazes and toppings and creative serving ideas. We’ve got our eyes on the donut ice cream sandwiches and sundaes in this roundup.
City Donut in Orange Beach
“YUM. This looks like your average donut shop, with glass cases holding yellow trays filled with different varieties of donuts. My kids loved the eclectic toppings — the fruity pebbles, Twix bars, crushed Oreos. The donuts really are delicious.” – Yelp user Beth K.
Froth & Forage Coffeehouse and Eatery in Anchorage
“Before you leave, get the made-to-order glazed donuts. My mouth is watering just thinking of them as I write this … they come in sets of two. Warm, soft and glazed to perfection.” – Yelp user Jeanee V.
Novel Ice Cream in Phoenix
“This place might have the best artisan ice creams and best glazed donuts I’ve ever had. The doughnut melt is a glazed donut with your choice of ice cream and toppings. I usually get the glazed donut bun with Cookie Monster ice cream and Oreo toppings. Love at first bite.” – Yelp user Angela T.
Smith Donuts Coffee & Smoothies in Fort Smith
“Best place to get donuts, hands down. Most places, a donut is a donut, but not here. There is something special about these. They’re super fresh and soft, even late in the day. You get to choose your filling and they fill it right in front of you with your choice of 4 to 5 different fillings.” – Yelp user Brooke H.
BJ Cinnamon in Folsom
“Best donuts in all the land! This place is always busy and I can understand why. Their donuts are fresh, and their croissants are amazing. Try getting the donut holes when they are still hot — they melt in your mouth!” – Yelp user Melodie L.
Sweet Coloradough in Glenwood Springs
“Really great donuts. They have creative options as well as the classics. Friendly service too. The friends I was with were a little turned off by the prices, but after tasting them admitted they were worth it.” – Yelp user Kyle D.
Neil’s Donuts and Bake Shop in Wallingford
“I’ve been going to Neil’s for about 10 years now. That’s a long time to sample other donut shops, and let me tell you, Neil’s is the best! I’ve never felt the need to stray from this deliciousness. Their donuts are so fresh and melt-in-your-mouth, that you’ll likely be ruined for all other donuts. Please try their vanilla cream donut, if you want to die and go to Heaven.” – Yelp user Maura G.
Sandy Pony Donuts in Bethany Beach
“Melt in your mouth donuts! The donuts come out hot and fresh and they have a large selection of flavors. If you’re craving a certain something, they definitely have it — Charlie Brown, Thin Mint, Misty Mint and Porky Pony are awesome.” – Yelp user Alessandra B.
Donut King in Minneola
“This place rules the donut world. A huge assortment of donuts, fritters, etc. Anything you could think of, large in size, and they melt in your mouth. Took donuts to go, of course.” – Yelp user Stephanie M.
Scream’n Nuts in Alpharetta
“The owners of this place are awesome, warm, and welcoming! They make all of their unique flavors (ice cream and donuts) in house! If your donut is topped with a cannoli, their baker made the cannoli (and the stuffing inside, as well). Everything here is worth coming back for time and time again.” – Yelp user Savanna D.
Donut Dynamite in Wailuku
“Get here early! They open at 7am and they post their menu on their Instagram page (@donutdynamite) usually around the time of opening. The menu changes daily so what donut you may have loved yesterday might not be there today. You might find a new favorite donut to love! ” – Yelp user Jen M.
Sweet Sensation Donuts in Meridian
“Absolutely the best donuts I’ve had in a VERY long time. So fresh and warm, the donuts have yet to make it to the freeway when I stop off to get my “Friday donuts.” The service is just as good as the donuts! Fresh donut hole samples and cheery dispositions make for a great start to any day.” – Yelp user Joseph N.
Country Donuts in Crystal Lake
“I am always on the prowl for a good donut. All across the country I am on a search and let me tell you something folks … I FOUND IT. It’s here. Country Donuts is honestly the best I’ve ever had. They aren’t crafty, hipster, fruity pebble- and pistachio-covered donuts dipped in other crazy crap, this is just a good donut that is made fresh and they’re open 24 hours a day. Now we’re talking.” – Yelp user Caleb L.
Long’s Bakery in Indianapolis
“We pulled up and were confused with the crowd. We thought it was for the gas station across the street. Nope, all the traffic was headed to Longs. From what I learned, this was everyday! We ordered a half dozen regular, a few chocolate, cinnamon and apple fries (no hole, flat donut). Yep, my eyes got the best of me. BUT, my stomach thanked me.” – Yelp user Emiel B.
Mahalo’s Coffee Co Mini Donuts & Catering in West Des Moines
“I ended up ordering two dozen donuts: bacon sunrise, blueberry beach, northshore sprinkles, s’more shoreline, coconut cove, and cinnamon lava. They are made fresh to order, and it did take a little time but it was worth it! I love that they’re small so I could try every flavor and not feel like I was killing my diet. My fave is definitely cinnamon lava. I can see why it’s their best seller!” – Yelp user Bettina M.
Mr D’s Donut Shop in Overland Park
“You’re not going to find better donuts in the area. The cake donuts are amazing and the blueberry donuts will make your head explode. The selection is almost never the same, so you always get to try new things. I knew I would be gaining a ton of weight after the first time I tried Mr. D’s, but I will never stop going.” – Yelp user Addison S.
Nord’s Bakery in Louisville
“Yes, there will be a line. No, don’t let that stop you. You’re only minutes away from the best donuts in Louisville. The bacon-maple long john is dabomb.com. Bonus: you’re getting your sweet and salty fix for dirt cheap. Do yourself a favor and start your morning at Nord’s Bakery.” – Yelp user Allison F.
District Donuts Sliders Brew in New Orleans
“Airbnb host bought us these donuts — a gift from the gods. We tried wedding cake, 5-spice, and pecan pie. Sadly, I don’t think I can ever taste a greater donut than the pecan pie. The other donuts were good too, but that pecan pie was outstanding! The cream was perfect and pecan on top added a great texture contrasted with a soft yeast donut.” – Yelp user Anhdao T.
The Holy Donut in Portland
“They could not have picked a better name for the shop … Holy Donut is right. I came to Maine a few weeks ago and didn’t know about this place until I saw a huge line forming outside of it and had to find out what all the commotion was about. I split a half dozen with my friend (6 donuts are NOT enough) of all flavors we wanted to try. We got coffee cake, cannoli, sweet potato, maple bacon, chocolate coconut, and Maine blueberry. I loved every single one of them from the bottom of my heart.” – Yelp user Amber K.
Glory Doughnuts in Frederick
“This is sugar heaven!! Fresh donuts that are generously sized and great coffee! What more could you want on a Sunday morning? We arrived at 9:30 and they had only been open 30 minutes and the donut supply was already running low. We tried the vanilla chai, maple bourbon, cinnamon twist, vanilla with sprinkles and a custard filled with hazelnut pieces.” – Yelp user Susan-Moni F.
The Donut Experiment Provincetown in Provincetown
“Easily the best donut shop I’ve ever been in. Lots of interesting options with which to make your donuts, allowing them to be savory, sweet, and everything in between. Prices are very reasonable too, especially considering the ability to customize the donut and the quality of the donut base. The store itself is chic, with great coffee diagrams and a modern vibe.” – Yelp user Richard E.
Avon Donuts Inc in Pontiac
“You can instantly smell the aroma of the donuts when you open the first door. They have so many varieties of donuts, and I would even go far as calling them gourmet. They were absolutely DELICIOUS and affordable! They were moist and the frosting was sugary heaven. If only this place was closer, I would go here often! Some of the donuts we got were Fruity Pebbles, Custard, Red Velvet, Nutty, Strawberry, Reese’s, Blueberry, and Cherry.” – Yelp user Kim N.
Milkjam Creamery in Minneapolis
“The flavors are unique and you probably haven’t seen them anywhere else. Most of the toppings are interesting and homemade, which is awesome! The Jam Buns are good but you have to eat them fast because the hot donut melts the ice cream. I like the Waka Flakes Flakes, Hard Knock Life and Cashew Ousside.” – Yelp user Ece K.
Fantasy Donuts in Biloxi
“A great sweet tooth favorite in the neighborhood. It’s a small, family-run business and as soon as you open the door you are a hit with the scent of fresh donuts. They also have breakfast sandwiches.” – Yelp user Maryana S.
Donut Drive-In in St. Louis
“This is donut paradise in STL. A wide array of traditional donuts all at your fingertips, but your finger should first point to the Apple Fritter — it’s heavenly. And if you’re lucky you’ll get a fresh, hot Apple Fritter that has just been fried up. Insert drool emoji here … If you want some wild and zany flavors you won’t find that here, but you will find delicious, fresh and affordable traditional donuts that you won’t be disappointed in.” – Yelp user Matthew S.
Granny’s Gourmet Donuts in Bozeman
“Hole in the wall donut place perfect for a snack before going to the Museum of the Rockies. They’re very kind to make more, but if you come too late in the day they do sell out. Maple pecan and strawberry are great. Nice touch for kids who want to sprinkle their own donuts.” – Yelp user LBear B.
Hurts Donuts in Lincoln
“They have one of the biggest selections of gourmet donuts that I have ever seen. The flavors are very unique. Some of the flavors that we got were chocolate Andes mint, cosmic brownie, and Oreo cheesecake donut. I will be back to try more!” – yelp user Michelle P.
Fractured Prune Doughnuts in Las Vegas
“Compared to all these crazy-fancy donut places that are popping up everywhere, they might look pretty simple. They only offer a cake donut and it’s only in circle form. No yeast donuts in funny shapes. But it doesn’t matter when that donut is fresh out of the fryer and is the softest, lightest, most magical thing! The toppings might seem simplistic too — no gummy bears, cookies or candy bars. But again, what is created is so perfect that you don’t need the bells and whistles.” – Yelp user Katie H.
White Mountain Cider in Glen
“I wish I’d found out about these frickin’ donuts sooner. Not only are they the best donuts, but they also cost you just a few bucks. I LOVE them. They also make delicious and inexpensive breakfast sandwiches and have a ton of cute, little New Hampshire-y snacks. I probably ate a years worth of donuts in just a few days as I knew I wouldn’t be back soon enough to eat one soon.” – Yelp user Julie H.
Purple Glaze Donuts in Asbury Park
“The staff are super friendly, and the donuts are out of this world. They are the lightest, fluffiest, and most delicious donuts I’ve ever had. The flavor combinations that they concoct are unique, fun, and tasty. I’ve been craving one ever since, and I plan to make it a beach day tradition. Whether you like fruit flavors or are a chocolate addict like me, you’ll find something awesome to suit your fancy there!” – Yelp user Mandee P.