10 donuts you must have for National Donut Day
A fresh, perfectly fried donut is a bite of fleeting beauty — and one that’s not easy to recreate at home. At least not without a lot of time, oil and a good extractor hood.
This is why it is better to rely on the experts. Places like Mojo Monkey have perfected their proprietary batter to extract incredible flavor, and the soon-to-be-developed cardigan turns pure nostalgia into the perfect cruller.
In honor of National Donut Day, we’ve put together a list of favorite donuts from across the metro area. And unlike some of those made-up holidays, this one dates back to 1938, when the Salvation Army marked the first Friday in June to honor the women — called Donut Lassies — who served this singular dish to soldiers during the war. world. I.
Monkey Mojo Donuts
This Friday-Sunday donut shop from chef/owner Lisa Clark somehow manages to fry raised cakes and donuts — both traditional and creatively flavored — all with the same care. Follow them on social networks for flavors of the week and place orders ahead of time to make sure you don’t miss a favourite. Donuts are available at the store or can be delivered. This year, just for National Donut Day, an enviable customer will receive free donuts for a year and the first 150 customers receive a free lemon donut.
1169 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-224-0142, mojomonkey.biz
Shortly after chef/owner Katy Gerdes launched Angel Food Bakery in downtown Minneapolis, it became a huge draw for early-morning workers craving a classic donut-coffee pairing. Since then demand has increased and now the shop is open in the atomic age chic of the Texa Tonka mall and there is a wonderful shop inside Terminal 1 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where travelers gather like butterflies in front of a glass flame at all hours of the day. Angel’s Food donuts are so popular they can even be shipped across the country via Goldbelly. Order a happy birthday message spelled out in a sweet fried pastry ($39).
8100 Minnetonka Boulevard, St. Louis Park, angelfoodmn.com
Bogart’s Donut Co.
Anne Rucker started countless glazed brown butter cravings when she started selling her donuts at a local farmers market. Now, there are groups of patient fans waiting outside his white brick store in south Minneapolis every day it’s open. The brown butter-glazed donut is irresistible, smothered in a toasty, just-sweet enough glaze that’s so popular she now sells it in jars. Rest assured, fans of sprinkles, chocolate and more can also find their proven favorite breakfast here. Order in advance online for an overview of the daily menu.
904 W. 36th St., MPs, 612-886-1670, bogartsdoughnutco.com
Downtown Minneapolis is about to get even tastier with the imminent opening of a second Cardigan Donuts at the IDS Center. The original drew long lines to its downtown location when it first opened. Throughout the pandemic, donut making has never stopped – they have also been delivered to the metro area – and now this shop is cemented in the minds and hearts of fans.
40 S. 7th St. in downtown, Mpls., 612-259-7804, cardigandonuts.com
Mel-O-Glaze Bakery’s white cardboard boxes are printed with the “Box of Bribes” logo, a perfect example of truth in packaging. With nearly 60 years of expertise in the frying arts, this South Minneapolis classic produces dozens of springy, springy, risen donuts generously dipped in a tub of sticky glaze. Bonus: there is also a gluten-free option.
4800 28th Av. S., deputies, 612-729-9316, meloglazebakery.com
The donut trap
Nothing says good times like an airy square of fried dough topped with crushed Oreos. Place weekend orders for those inflated squares of happiness online, track down the truck via social networks or stop by the area’s only fresh donut vending machine in the hallway between Blackstack Brewing and Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul. In addition to the traditional donuts, they also offer a few vegan varieties.
Located in a Minnetonka strip mall, YoYo Donuts always strikes a balance between classic treats and modern whimsy. Usually their products are available to order in advance, but this weekend the store is gearing up for its busiest of the year. So step in for a first-come, first-served selection of classic flavors. A bonus for donut allergy fans, this shop is completely nut-free.
5757 Sanibel Dr., Minnetonka, 952-960-1800, yoyodonuts.com
Food for Cubs
Whether it’s buying a roast or making an early morning stop, the local grocery chain has some of the freshest and tastiest classic donuts. While there are no breakfast cereal doodads on top, there are risen, glazed, and crumbly cake donuts made with a comforting consistency. This might not be where the snobs go, but we know a few who can’t resist a Cub donut.
Locations across the metropolitan area, cub.com
It takes a special plastic container to hold the Texas donut, a Hans Bakery legend. The $5.25 yeast-flavored, glazed, sprinkled donut is the equivalent of five normal donuts and can cover the entire face of kids who make it an after-school tradition.
1423 5th Avenue, Anoka, 763-421-4200, hans-bakery.com
Sure, it’s called Valley Pastries, but this place’s reputation since 1987 has been built entirely on donuts, donuts, and more donuts. Huge donut holes too. If you’re looking to branch out, there are cookies, fruit-filled danishes, and fried cinnamon rolls. But we love the raised baseball mitt-sized ring, covered in a thin, crackled frosting.
2570 Hillsboro Ave N., Golden Valley, 763-541-1535, valleypastries.com