2605 Nicollet Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
The Glam Doll take on the donut leans ever so slightly to a doughier, chewier bite. The store’s glamor pin up inspired titles strike a perfect balance of nostalgia and disregard for the current fashion of healthier eating. The Glam Doll patron comes to indulge in a rich, gooey escape. It is almost possible to see who is playing at First Ave that night by checking out their Instagram feed displaying custom designs for headlining acts. Glam Doll’s esoteric offerings paradoxically appeal to all, because they’re just that good.
404 Fire Monument Road
Hinckley, MN 55037
Anyone traveling regularly on 35W knows of this required rest stop. The chocolate frosted donut provides the added sugar kick to finish the home stretch to Duluth or the lake cabin for the weekend. Make sure you grab a box for anyone you’re coming to visit to start the vacation off on the right foot. Wear your sweatpants if you are eating at the adjacent restaurant, because you won’t leave the building without some kind of sugar fix.
5757 Sanibel Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Yo Yo’s emphasis on a blend of wheat flour, barley flour, potato flour, and special spices is what sets them apart from the competition. A first glance of the display case shows an obvious affliction of candy store aesthetics and Willy Wonka magic making. As the French say, you eat with your eyes first, and Yo Yo brings home the maple glazed bacon in this department. Literally: It offers an applewood smoked bacon and maple glazed donut.
1423 5th Ave.
Anoka, MN 55303
Hans’ “History in the Baking” was started in 1973 by German immigrants Hans and Traudy Birkner. The clean, straightforward design of their brand recalls a simpler time and tradition. Hans provides all the classic donut offerings, but the pièce de ré·sis·tance is the Texas Doughnut. Almost big enough to fit over your head, and maybe it should, it measures just over a foot across. You will definitely want to mess with the Texas Doughnut, forget Minnesota nice. Get there early on the weekend or you might find yourself waiting in line outside the door.
904 W. 36th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
The brown butter glazed doughnut is emblematic of their slogan, “Classic Doughnuts made even better.” Limited batches are handmade everyday and are Kosher certified. Check their twitter feed to see what is available daily. Bogart’s offers online ordering (24 hours in advance) for those patrons that know what they want, when they want it. But then again, who doesn’t want a doughnut?