Minnesota’s doughnut scene is home to some of the most original, tasty and delicious specialty places. Not only do Minnesotans, travelers and tourists have the opportunity to scavenge the lake-filled landscape, but they have plenty of eating options to choose from. Some of these venues have been around for a long time and some have just started. What they all have in common is that the doughnuts they serve are fresh, moist, flavorful and practically made from scratch. Visit one of these great locations and let your taste buds unfurl.
Mojo Monkey Donuts
1169 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Mojo Monkey Donuts is a specialty place that really cares about creating quality in every doughnut that is prepared. Lisa Clark, the self-starter and founder, believes there are no shortcuts to making original doughnuts. Her revolutionary approach into making them is simple: make them from scratch. The menu is filled with sweet delicacies of doughnuts (cake, raised, cruller, fritter, bull’s eye, etc.) that all have a unique texture, taste and are filled with goodies. The secret lies in how the dough is infused with original ingredients and these exquisite doughnuts are nothing short of amazing.
YoYo Donuts & Coffee Bar
5757 Sanibel Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55343
YoYo Donuts & Coffee Bar is one of the most iconic and signature places in Minnesota. Located just north of Highway 62 in Minnetonka, this family-based and independently owned business has been around since the 1950s. Born out of a small town in South Dakota, the venue offers a unique blend of doughnuts baked from scratch. One of the household favorites is the maple glazed doughnuts that are topped with 100 percent applewood smoked bacon. All of the freshly prepared doughnuts contain no preservatives or dough extenders; they simply contain one of the most addicting and original recipes.
PJ Murphy’s Bakery
1279 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
PJ Murphy’s Bakery has serviced the community in the Twin Cities for well over 80 years. This family-based business brings a nice sizeable menu filled with original sweet and delicious goodies. PJ is considered a phenomenal doughnut haven since it has a large variety of doughnuts (buttercream raised doughnut, chocolate raised, maple frosted cinnamon, etc.) that are beautifully decorated and can prepare fresh sweeties to meet truly what the customer needs and wants. The service is great, staff friendly and the price is just right.
712 University Ave., Suite B2
St. Paul, MN 55104
SugaRush is St. Paul’s proud Frogtown bakery, which has been in business for well over five years now. This family-owned and operated shop prides itself on serving the freshest and most flavorful doughnuts in the Twin Cities area. The business is well known to bake original and classic doughnuts from scratch. It has a complete menu of choices for doughnuts that come in a variety of flavors, variety of mixtures of sweets and decorated with a old-school touch. Look no further and stop by at this friendly neighborhood location that will unleash your sweet taste buds.
1555 S. Robert St.
St. Paul, MN 55118
Granny’s Donuts is another great family-owned business serving delightful and appetizing doughnuts. With over two decades in business along with a beautifully decorated 1970’s interior, the shop has found a cozy home in the city of St. Paul. It has just about every kind of variety of freshly cooked doughnuts from its famous cake doughnuts that are sizzled with a soft touch to the apple fritters that are fried at the precise amount. Anytime is a good time to grab a well-earned snack. Don’t forget to bring cash since its the only form of payment Granny’s accepts.
Anthony Carranza is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota related to tech, social media, news, and local happenings around the Twin Cities. His work can be found at Examiner.com.