10 Favorite (Restaurant) Doughnuts in Greater Phoenix
Homer Simpson sold his soul to the devil for one, 30 Rock's Liz Lemon loves putting them in the microwave, and on the first Friday of June each year, we celebrate their very existence. It's the doughnut. While readily available at bakeries and shops, snatching one up at a Valley restaurant is a bit more tricky. That's why we created this list of 10 of our fritter-wth-the-food favorites -- in case you get a hankerin'.
Maple Bacon Doughnut from The Oink Cafe
Laura Hahnefeld Glazed maple bacon doughnut from The Oink Cafe.
Calling bullshit on the Baconpocalypse, this new breakfast and lunch spot in Paradise Valley puts America's meat candy in and on just about every dish on the menu -- including a most excellent doughnut. Called the glazed maple bacon and meaning every word of it, this fork-necessary fritter arrives warm, moist, and cake-y with a sweet maple flavor that mixes nicely with a generous topping of crispy, salty bacon pieces. Some of the servers might tell you it won the New Times best doughnut award of 2012 (they're wrong; that distinction went to the last restaurant on this list), but we'll forgive them, since this place will also put bacon in your coffee.
Also called malasadas, these deep-fried treats, popular in Hawaii because of Portuguese immigrants who brought them when they came to work on the island's plantations, are doughnuts sans the hole. Available at two of the three eateries owned by DJ Fernandes, they're crunchy on outside, fluffy on the inside, and topped with granulated sugar for a sweet, yeasty, and pleasingly greasy bite.
Bomboloni from Cowboy Ciao
The rest of the world may call them "Italian filled doughnuts," but at Peter Kasperski's go-to restaurant in Old Town, they're also referred to as a "fancy doughnut situation." And why not? Dressed up with a filling of tart berry jam, a dusting of sugar, and a side of delectable creme fraiche dipping sauce, these light-as-air treats, served fresh and warm, are decidedly decadent.
Bunuelos Cubanos from Mimita's Cuban Cafe
Doughnuts with a twist? If they're bunuelos Cubanos, you can be sure of it. Served up at this friendly Cuban eatery in Chandler, the fried dough, containing cassava, is stretched and twisted into a figure eight then covered in a lusciously light anise syrup for a wonderfully sweet, licorice-like flavor that goes beautifully with a shot of café Cubano.