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6 Places to Take a Bite Out of National Doughnut Day

by Matthew Wexler
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday June 5, 2020
6 Places to Take a Bite Out of National Doughnut Day
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Do we need a National Doughnut Day? No. But are we glad that it exists? Absolutely. Here are six places to take a bite out of our new favorite annual celebration.

Blackbird Doughnuts, Boston
With seven locations throughout Boston, Blackbird Doughnuts is Beantown's best pick for pillowy-fresh doughnuts that stick with tradition for classic flavor combinations like vanilla glazed and chocolate sprinkle.

Birdies, Los Angeles
Many Angelinos may be calorie-counting for that next film or TV audition (you know what they say about the camera putting on 20 pounds), but for those looking for a splurge, head downtown to Birdies. Chef Jason Harley offers plenty of indulgences, such as Birdies Original Fried Chicken Sandwich, but the sweet treats reign supreme. Triple dark chocolate or the Horchata twist with dulce de leche will have you screaming, "Take two!"

Doughnut Plant, New York City
NYC's Doughnut Plant celebrates this self-proclaimed holiday by partnering with Feed Our Hospitals to provide meals (and occasional sweets) to frontline workers. Doughnut Plant offers eight different doughnut styles, including gluten-free, sourdough and vegan — they'll even ship nationwide. Our favorite choice of the month is the Pride doughnut, a triangle-shaped yeast doughnut with raspberry glaze and rainbow stripes.

The Salty Donut, Miami
For those who like a bit of salty with their sweet, look no further than Salty Donuts yeasty confections. A simple vanilla bean cake donut gets a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt for a savory crunch while the maple + bacon brioche doughnut is finished with a pure maple syrup glaze, candied Proper Sausage bacon and a porter reduction from local brewery J. Wakefield.

Little Lucys, Austin
Austin's food truck scene is good for more than breakfast tacos. Track down Little Lucys' pretty-in-pink truck and you'll discover that size isn't everything. Choose from more than two dozen toppings, sugar flavors (all named after dogs) and dips. Top-sellers include the Schnauzer (pistachio, lavender and vanilla), the Pekinese (peanut butter and banana) and the Dalmation (chocolate and hazelnut).

Half and Half Doughnut Co., Seattle
Michael Klebeck, one of the co-founders of Top Pot, another terrific Seattle doughnut shop, has opened a new shop with a focus on sourcing ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. The seasonal menu includes fritters, bombs and filled, old-fashioned and a few wildcards like twists and cronuts (a mash-up of a croissant and a doughnut). If you have to pick just one, go for the blueberry fritter.

Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Senior Editor of Travel, Lifestyle, Health & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.

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