The doughnut seems like a fairly simple food as it is just a fried ring of dough. However, there is a lot of room for tweaks and nearly endless variations of glazes and toppings.
Doughnut shops and bakeries across the country have put their own spin on the classic sweet treat. Some prefer to pile them high with sugary toppings, while others serve mini doughnuts in a cup and cover them with whipped cream. Others inject bacon and cheddar cheese into the middle of the pastry.
Whatever the formula is, successful doughnut shops can go from just any other store to a unique and cherished part of the community. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed several rankings of the best doughnut shops by state to determine the overall best doughnut shop in every state.
The doughnut shops representing each state were as varied as the states themselves. Some, like Virginia’s Sugar Shack, have expanded to many locations across the state after years of popularity.
Other shops, like Back Door Donuts in Massachusetts, have just a single location where sweet-toothed residents can go to get the best breakfast treat their state has to offer.
Doughnut shops can sometimes take on the identity of the state they represent. Olsen Bake Shop in Nebraska offers a quintessential Midwest doughnut shop experience with the standard donut varieties like glazed, chocolate, and sprinkles at a reasonable price.
In Texas, where everything is bigger, Gourdough’s goes big on the toppings and options for customers. You can get doughnut burgers and doughnut sandwiches like Country Clucker and the Boss Hog, just to name a few.
In order to determine the best doughnut shop in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed existing lists of the best doughnut shops by state. Shops were ranked based on how many times they appeared on various lists. All shops on this list were ranked as the best doughnut shop in their respective state multiple times. In the case of a tie, the shop’s Yelp rating was used as a tiebreaker.