Top 10 donuts in the Twin Cities

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The rest of America may run on Dunkin', but we like our donuts local
For those of you who were in valiant pursuit of a better beach body this year, you're officially out of the woods with this most recent cold snap; for those of you who weren't, as you were. The season of indulgence kicks off somewhere right around now, and when it comes to treats, nothing satisfies quite like a donut: part cake, part fry, part pure, unadulterated sugar. You take it easy. We've taken the work out of scouting the best shops around town for your glazed, filled, or frosted needs -- from the classic to the experimental. Sit back and sink your teeth into our roundup of the Twin Cities' 10 best donuts.

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Emily Weiss
Mel-O-Glaze keeps it classic
10. Mel-O-Glaze, Plain raised glazed
4800 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis

Mel-O-Glaze has been a sugary pillar of the Keewaydin community for over 65 years, serving up crusty cake donuts, cinnamon-laced apple fritters, and jelly-filled Berliners in the few-frills family-run bakery. Though their pastry case is usually stocked with all kinds of goodies, the bakery is synonymous with the classic raised glazed donut, a tall and light yeasted donut with a thick, almost flaky layer of extra-sweet, ever-so-slightly lemony glaze. Serious sweet tooths may go for the one with the extra layer of chocolate frosting, but we purists appreciate the plain version.

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Courtesy Mojo Monkey Facebook page
A better brand of breakfast bar
9. Mojo Monkey, Maple bacon bar 
1169 W. Seventh St., St. Paul

Many bakeries do the salty-and-sweet thing well, and even more look for any opportunity to cash in on the never-dying bacon craze, but with a great ability to capture and combine pure flavors, Mojo Monkey's maple bacon bar is the best of all those bests. The not-too-thick and not-too-thin layer of frosting has intense maple flavor, and the bacon strips are chewy-crisp, just the way we like them at breakfast. Think of the bar as a portable pancake feast, but more pillowy and more sinful.

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Kelly Moritz
Serious cinnamon-sugar
8. The Lynn on Bryant, Buttermilk apple cider donut 
5003 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis

The crispy exterior of the Lynn on Bryant's buttermilk apple cider donut gives way to an interior cake that smacks of pure fall nostalgia. It's the kind of donut you can imagine hauling home by the bagful from your favorite U-pick orchard. Though it has buttermilk tang and cider goodness, it's the oh-so-crunchy, sugar-crusted exterior on this one that made us swoon.


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mutatioveritas
mutatioveritas

I am honestly a bit surprised to see Granny Donuts on the list here, particularly because it’s a formal review by people I would assume have some kind of foodie background. I have tried various donuts here on various occasions and have repeatedly found them to be overly greasy/oily. I'm left wondering if the oil in the fryer is at a proper temperature. You can usually see a sheen of oil on the outside of the raised donuts, which seems to confirm this. Anyone with a baking or cooking background could tell you that if the oil is not at the right temp, it'll soak into the batter/dough and that seems to be the case here. I decided to try the fritter after this review and ran into the same issue. It felt like oil was being wrung from a sponge. In the past the bag used for the donuts has been soaked through to translucence after just a couple minutes in the bag! Call me a snob but I tend to think a donut's moistness shouldn't come from excess grease! I'm surprised that this wasn't noticed by the authors, Kelly and Emily.

Meagan
Meagan

Granny's doughnuts heck yeah!

Jen Omlie
Jen Omlie

GLAM DOLL is by far the best!!!

Jarrett Allen
Jarrett Allen

all of these places sound great but the one thing that each donut place is missing until dunkin donuts returns are pink frosted donuts with sprinkles on top! raised donuts of course :D

Dan Kytola
Dan Kytola

Addtl entry: strawberry old fashioned from Sarah Jane's bakery NE. Best donut I've ever had....

Marlena Joy
Marlena Joy

Aw, no SugaRush for this list. I love them!

Amy Zajack
Amy Zajack

Bryan - have you tried all these?

Anna Jensen
Anna Jensen

Sun Street Breads has amazing morning treats too.

Ryan Huffman
Ryan Huffman

This article is from October, 2013. They should have waited until Bogarts opens to do an updated review.

Dan Green
Dan Green

Deffinently have #1 right. A bakers wife is sooo good!

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Recycling "articles" from October?

Septa Penta
Septa Penta

Glam Dolls will put you in the broke house.

Tom Grace
Tom Grace

uhh I used to live 2 houses down from Bakers Wife ... this was a Bad/good thing :P

ghchili
ghchili

Better than a Cronut: caramel croissant at Byerlys.

Gary Classen
Gary Classen

I guess my blueberry waffles will have to do.

Eagan McVegan
Eagan McVegan

Rainbow in Uptown has the best cheapest donuts

donutlover
donutlover

The donuts in Granny Donuts is okay, I suppose, but the horrible lady there soured me on any of their offerings.  Her attitude was almost as if I should be thankful that I was even allowed to be in her presence and have the opportunity to give her my money.  First and last visit done.  Their donuts were not worth being treated like shit.

Yess Yoga
Yess Yoga

Way to go Glam Doll Donuts! You are our favorite

Daniel Robbins
Daniel Robbins

Glam Doll is the most overrated donuts ever. If you like paying twenty bucks for a dozen interesting flavors on well-below sub par ( if not just plain bad) donuts, then it is for you.

Betty Baer Thomas
Betty Baer Thomas

Thanks for sharing Gail Pinola. Another shopping experience! And several of these bakery's are close to me.

Malik 'Mally' Watkins
Malik 'Mally' Watkins

Ummm Super America blueberry old fashioned didn't make the list?! I want a recall. Haha!

Mike Tesulov
Mike Tesulov

Garbage is in the eye or taste buds of the beholder, Kitty.

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