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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Donut Shops

March 20, 2013 10:38 AM

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(credit: Glam Doll Donuts Facebook Page)

(credit: Glam Doll Donuts Facebook Page)

Twin Cities food critic for Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares her picks for the top 5 Donut Shops in the Twin Cities.

(credit: A Baker's Wife Facebook page)

(credit: A Baker’s Wife Facebook page)

A Baker’s Wife
4200 28th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 729-6898
http://www.facebook.com/aBakersWife

A Baker’s Wife is the “great cake donut” according to Dara. It’s in an area of South Minneapolis that’s the old-school donut district near Lake and Hiawatha. The owner used to be the head baker at the Milford Plaza in New York City and comes from an old style of baking. Their cake donuts are about 45 cents each and have the classic donut taste that Dara thinks is the best she’s had.

(credit: Mel O Glaze Twitter Page)

(credit: Mel O Glaze Twitter Page)

Mel O Glaze Bakery
4800 28th Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 729-9316
https://twitter.com/meloglaze

Not far from A Baker’s Wife is another classic south Minneapolis Bakery, Mel O Glaze. What Mel O Glaze does well is the yeast raised and glazed donut. It’s an American classic that was popularized again by Crispy Creme but Mel O Glaze has been making them for more than five decades. Doughy, buoyant and collapsing when you bite into them, it’s hard not to love the raised and glazed!

(credit: YoYo Donuts website)

(credit: YoYo Donuts website)

Yo Yo Donuts and Coffee Bar
5757 Sanibel Drive
Minnetonka, MN
(952) 960-1800
http://yoyodonuts.com/

Yo Yo Donuts was kind of Minnesota’s first in the “New Wave” of fancy donut shops. They have the creative, kooky kinds of donuts. Things like a Smore’s Donut with a Marshmallow toasted and tucked into the hole. Or a Worms and Dirt Donut with gummy worms circling Oreo Crumbs. It’s fanciful and fun, not to mention delicious!

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Mojo Monkey Donuts
1169 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN
(651) 224-0142
http://mojomonkey.biz/

The Minnesota Pastry Chef’s donut place is Mojo Monkey. From the Chocolate Ganache to the Mango Curd to the Key Lime, everything here is made from scratch as you’d find in some of Minnesota’s fanciest restaurants. Fresh, vibrant and done with only the best ingredients makes Mojo Monkey a donut lovers must!

(credit: Glam Doll Donunts Website)

(credit: Glam Doll Donunts Website)

Glam Doll Donuts
2605 Nicollet Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 345-7064
http://www.glamdolldonuts.com//

The new kid on the donut shop block is Glam Doll. And the style, theme and look is all about Glam Doll. With a 1940’s vibe and pinups everywhere, Glam Doll does donuts with a flair. Started by two best friends from Burnsville, Teresa Fox and Arwyn Birch are serious about their donuts. They make everything from scratch and aren’t afraid to be adventurous. From simple raspberry fillings to donuts with peanut butter and sriracha (a spicy Southeast Asian sauce), these ladies make donuts like you haven’t had before!

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