10 Favorite (Restaurant) Doughnuts in Greater Phoenix

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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'.

Laura Hahnefeld
Glazed maple bacon doughnut from The Oink Cafe.
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.

Portuguese Doughnuts from Astor House and Vovomeena

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.

Location Info

The Oink Cafe

4326 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


1515 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Astor House: Coronado 'Cue & Southern Speakeasy

2243 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Cowboy Ciao Wine Bar & Grill

7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mimita's Cuban Cafe

1950 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Amuse Bouche Gourmet Bistro & Catering

17058 W. Bell Road, Surprise, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pomegranate Cafe

4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Parlor Pizzeria

1916 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Fu-Fu Cuisine

3633 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tacos Atoyac - CLOSED

1830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Bink

36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Country Velador
Country Velador

Thanks for the mention! The doughnuts right now at Cowboy Ciao are lemon with lemon chiffon ice cream, crème anglaise, and blueberry balsamic compote. But hurry! They are coming off the menu next week and being replaced with Fry Bread with honey semifreddo.

Michael Uzmann
Michael Uzmann

Davanti's new Brunch Donuts are great, as are those at JoBot.


JoBot and Davanti deserve your attention.

Sharon Ely Forsmo
Sharon Ely Forsmo

Karl's donuts (7th ave and Dunlap) are the best. No fru fru just awesomeness for cheap.

Barb Walters Harris
Barb Walters Harris

we had the most perfect glazed donut yesterday in San Diego at Rose Donuts...oh yum.

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