What Phoenix Needs: A Funky Doughnut Shop

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​Given the cultural similarities between Phoenix and L.A., it's surprising that the Valley of the Sun isn't already smothered in doughnuts.

In La La Land, it seems like there's a doughnut shop on every corner, in every strip mall, in neighborhoods both hip and low-rent. How that city manages to sustain such a high level of fried dough consumption and still have such a huge population of good-looking model and actor types is beyond me -- are all the writers holed up at home doing the eating? Perhaps. I know I'd join them.

And what of those funky doughnut shops around the country that I keep reading about, the Voodoo Doughnuts of the world? The snack shop sneaks into every food TV show that hits up its hometown of Portland, Oregon, and by now I feel starved for a jelly-filled "Voodoo Doll", a bacon maple bar, or a doughnut topped with Froot Loops.

Meanwhile, Atlanta's Sublime Doughnuts makes letter-shaped doughnuts so you can spell out greetings like "happy birthday." Not to mention, they have chocolate-banana fritters served "Elvis-style" (I'm intrigued -- aren't you?) and chocolate ganache beignets with drunken cherries. And New York's Doughnut Plant does a creme brulee doughnut, complete with crunchy glaze and custard filling.

Any takers? Phoenix is hungry . . .


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Barb
Barb

just in portland over the weekend and had the maple bacon bar as well as the spicy mexican chocolate donut at Voodoo. must say, all the hype aside, they were quite good.

guest
guest

we do need a voo doo. they are 24/7, and taste amazing, not to mention vegan. there's even a photo booth inside! heaven. oh portland, how i love thee...

Guest
Guest

I always though it would be cool to open some kind of bakery shop, but if you started something like VD, everyone would say, oh jeez, they're just copying them! I do love me some Bosa though.

Barbara Swichtenberg
Barbara Swichtenberg

I'd settle for a regular donut shop. Even Dunkin Donuts never has any donuts made and when they do it's 3 kinds. I have literally driven around and could not find a donut in the downtown Phoenix area anywhere, including 3 DDs. The only place you can get one is stale at a grocery store with a bakery. Ridiculous.

Chris Cardinal
Chris Cardinal

I think a slick Donut Shop could do well somewhere with a decent concentration of people, like Mill Ave. Having been to Donut Plant in New York, I'll just say this: the donuts are absolutely absurdly amazing.

Doggy Donuts San Fran
Doggy Donuts San Fran

Rainbow Donuts are wonderful...take them home and spread all the crap on them yourself that Voodoo Donuts does for larger $s.

guest
guest

bosa donuts doesn't even compare to voodoo donuts in portland. we totally need something along those lines!

Not a fruit or a nut
Not a fruit or a nut

California = Land of fruits and nuts!

Phoenix has what it already needs... good donuts. BOSA DONUTS is the best!

Guest
Guest

what are the cultural similarities between Phoenix and LA? I just moved here after 24 years in LA and I'm not seeing many similarities.

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