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Where to Find the East Coast’s Best Donuts

happy national donut day
Written by Dhinesh Manuel

To celebrate National Donut Day this year, we’ve chomped our way across the East Coast to search out the top 5 donuts to satisfy your sweet tooth. So here they are — in all their sticky, cream-filled, glazed glory — in no particular order of preference.

Blackbird Doughnuts

Boston, MA

flickr creative commons: SoWa Boston

flickr creative commons: SoWa Boston

Don’t let their delicate looking toppings deceive you. With unique flavors like lemon honey yogurt and cold brew coconut, these donuts are pleasing not just to the eye but also to the palate. If you’re craving something a bit less decadent, then the raised-style vanilla glazed and the cinnamon-sugar cake donuts are sure to satisfy. Don’t forget to try their trademark blueberry white chocolate bismarck  – it’s out of this world!

District Doughnut and Coffee

Washington D.C.

district doughnut

If old school fried donuts bring back some childhood memories, then District Donut is that walk down memory lane. One bite of their famous Salted Dulche de Leche and you’ll be in fits of ecstasy. Equally fantastic are their summer-time specials like the Nutella S’mores and the heavenly Fluffernutter (a combination of peanut butter and marshmallow) —  sample them all and you’ll be crying tears of pure, sugary joy.

Federal Donuts

Philadelphia, PA

Pic by Michael Perisco

Michael Perisco

Along with their famous cake donuts, Federal also serves up offers up fried chicken (excellent on its own right, we think) and a choice of coffees. What more artery-clogging goodness could you want in the morning? As for our choice picks, the simple Cinnamon Brown Sugar and Cookies N Cream are consistently good, while the fancier Banana Cream Pie and Burnt Caramel take top marks for great texture and taste.

Dottie’s Diner

Woodbury, CT

happy national donut day

This humble institution that serves up diner staples may make you think that the donuts are just a side attraction. But the truth is that the donuts at Dottie’s are award-winning creations that are very very good! Just one bite into their cakey Chocolate or Cinnamon Sugar donuts will put you in a very blissful place indeed.

Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry Shop

Brooklyn, NY

flickr creative commons: Robyn Lee

flickr creative commons: Robyn Lee

This modest Brooklyn store has been serving customers since the 1950s, and their value-for-money goodies are certainly going to be around for a long time to come. We loved their Apple Crumb and Toasted Coconut, while their Blueberry and simple Chocolate were immensely satisfying as well. You can’t take a bite into the Big Apple without taking a bite into a Peter Pan donut — ’nuff said!

We can’t sugar-coat the fact that we may have missed some great donut makers on our list. Anyone you want to tell us about? Give them a shout out in the comments below!

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Dhinesh Manuel

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Musician, writer, travel junkie, dog lover, and database of useless information. I love to learn about new cultures, experience new cuisines, meet new people, and have a few laughs along the way!

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