A freshly cooked fresh doughnut is a moment of fleeting beauty that’s difficult to replicate at home. Not without a lot of effort, oil, and a decent range hood, at least.
That is why it is preferable to leave it to the professionals. Mojo Monkey has developed their own dough to squeeze out the excellent flavor, and Cardigan, which is going to grow, turns pure nostalgia into a flawless cruller.
We’ve compiled a list of favorite doughnuts from throughout the metro region in honor of National Doughnut Day. And, unlike other of those made-up festivals, this one dates back to 1938, when the Salvation Army commemorated the ladies known as Donut Lassies who served this unique cuisine to soldiers during World War I on the first Friday in June.
Mojo Monkey Donuts
Chef/owner Lisa Clark’s Friday-Sunday doughnut store manages to cook both cake and raised doughnuts — both classic and uniquely flavored — with equal care. Follow them on social media for updates on the week’s flavors, and place orders ahead of time to avoid missing out on a favorite. Doughnuts can be picked up or delivered from the shop. This year, on National Doughnut Day only, one lucky customer will win a year’s worth of complimentary doughnuts, and the first 150 customers will receive a free lemon doughnut drop.
1169 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-224-0142, mojomonkey. biz
Angel Food Bakery
Angel Food Bakery in downtown Minneapolis became a significant magnet for early morning employees desiring a classic doughnut and coffee combo soon after chef/owner Katy Gerdes opened it. Demand has risen since then, and the shop is now open within the atomic-aged chic of the Texa Tonka strip mall, as well as a beautiful shop inside Terminal 1 of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where visitors flock like moths to a glazed flame at all hours of the day. The doughnuts from Angel’s Food are so famous that they can even be sent across the country via Goldbelly. A Happy Birthday greeting spelled out in delicious fried dough ($39) can be ordered.
8100 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, angelfoodmn. com
Bogart's Doughnut Co.
When Anne Rucker started selling her doughnuts at a local farmers market, she sparked a wave of brown butter-glazed desires. Every day when her white brick business in south Minneapolis is open, there are clusters of patient fans waiting outside. The brown butter-glazed doughnut is tempting, with a toasted, just-sweet-enough frosting that has become so popular that it is now available in jars. Fans of sprinkles, chocolate, and other flavors may be confident that they’ll find their favorite morning delight here as well. To receive a sneak peek at the daily menu, place an order ahead of time online.
904 W. 36th St., Mpls., 612-886-1670, bogartsdoughnutco. com
With the planned debut of a second Cardigan Donuts at the IDS Center, downtown Minneapolis is about to get much better. When it initially opened, the original drew long queues to its City Center location. The doughnut-making never ceased during the epidemic — they were even distributed around the metro region — and today this store is firmly entrenched in the thoughts and hearts of devotees.
40 S. 7th St. in City Center, Mpls., 612-259-7804, cardigandonuts. com
Mel-O-Glaze Bakery’s white cardboard boxes are emblazoned with a “Box of Bribes” emblem, a shining example of truth in packaging. Hundreds of bouncy raised doughnuts are lavishly drowned in a cauldron of sticky glaze at this south Minneapolis landmark, which boasts nearly 60 years of deep-fried know-how. There’s also a gluten-free version.
4800 28th Av. S., Mpls., 612-729-9316, meloglazebakery .com
The Donut Trap
An airy square of fried dough topped with crumbled Oreos screams good times. Order these fluffy squares of ecstasy online for the weekend, follow the truck on social media for updates, or stop by the area’s only fresh-doughnut vending machine in the corridor between Blackstack Brewing and Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul. They have a few vegan options in addition to conventional doughnuts.
YoYo Donuts, which is located in a Minnetonka strip mall, always maintains a balance between classic delights and current whimsy. Normally, their products may be ordered ahead of time, but the company is expecting its biggest weekend of the year this weekend. So come in and choose from a variety of traditional flavors on a first-come, first-served basis. This business is completely nut-free, which is a plus for allergy sufferers.
5757 Sanibel Dr., Minnetonka, 952-960-1800, yoyodonuts .com
The neighborhood grocery store chain boasts some of the most consistently fresh and flavorful, traditional doughnuts around, whether you’re shopping for a roast or making a planned early morning trip. While there are no morning cereal doodads on top, the yeasted risen, glazed, and crumbly moist cake doughnuts are created with a reassuring consistency. We know a few people who can’t resist a Cub doughnut, even if it’s not where the snobs go.
Locations across the metro area, cub. com
The Texas doughnut, a Hans Bakery classic, requires a unique plastic container. The $5.25 yeast-raised, glazed, and sprinkle-topped doughnut may cover the whole faces of the kids who make it an after-school habit.
1423 5th Av., Anoka, 763-421-4200, hans-bakery .com
Sure, it’s named Valley Pastries, but this business has been known for doughnuts, doughnuts, and more doughnuts since 1987. Also, huge doughnut holes. There are cookies, fruit-filled Danish, and fried cinnamon buns if you want to stretch out. The baseball-mitt-sized elevated ring, swizzled with a delicate, crackly glaze, is our favorite.
2570 Hillsboro Av. N., Golden Valley, 763-541-1535, valleypastries .com