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.
A Baker’s Wife
4200 28th Ave. S.
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.
Mel O Glaze Bakery
4800 28th Ave S.
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!
Yo Yo Donuts and Coffee Bar
5757 Sanibel Drive
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!
Mojo Monkey Donuts
1169 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN
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!
Glam Doll Donuts
2605 Nicollet Ave. S.
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!