From Homer Simpson to the now-ubiquitous cronut, doughnuts have long occupied a special place in the heart of American popular culture. In recent years, however, this sweet, starchy treat has become a favorite of discerning foodies, with new shops popping up around the country, offering a selection of classic and reimagined flavors. Serving up doughnuts topped with everything from fried chicken and bacon, to Nutella and Cap’n Crunch, these are ten of the country’s best places to indulge.
THE HOLY DONUT
Where: Portland, Maine
Every bakery has its secret ingredient, and for Portland’s The Holy Donut, it’s potato. Owner Leigh Kellis uses Maine potatoes in all her doughnuts, with sweet potato, vegan, and gluten-free options rounding out the highly original menu. In addition to the sweet offerings, which include flavors like maple, coffee brandy, and dark-chocolate sea salt, Kellis also bakes an equally tempting bacon-cheddar-filled doughnut.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Portland Travel Guide