Nothing beats a doughnut, whether they're glazed, jelly-filled or dressed up in crushed Oreos or a crunchy strip of bacon. These beloved fried pastries took a humble back seat while perfectly crafted cupcakes have satisfied sweet savants across the country for the past several years. But as emporiums across the country continue to invent novelty confections, we can't help but think these gourmet delights are replacing cupcakes as the go-to sweet indulgence.
National Donut Day isn't until June 7 this year, but who says you can't start celebrating early? With that in mind, deciding where to delight in your next doughnut can be tricky. To help point you in the right direction, the editors of U.S. News Travel have scoured the country in search of the paramount places to find this holey pastry. After taking into account bakery reputation, menu variety and online reviews from die-hard doughnut-lovers, we believe that this delicious dozen represents the best of the best.
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Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
Admired by Tina Fey, Brooklynites and in-the-know out-of-towners, Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop is an unpretentious mom-and-pop shop that specializes in handmade doughnuts. Though the line is often long, devotees of this Brooklyn-based bakery say delicious variations — like cannoli cream and red velvet doughnuts — are worth the wait. And starting in May, you can once again order up another fan favorite: Peter Pan's ice cream doughnut sandwich. A seasonal offering, the sandwich is a cool antidote to summer's sticky humidity. If there's room, snag a spot alongside the regulars at the old-fashioned counter for some prime people-watching. You'll find Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop located on Manhattan Avenue, in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood.