10 Best Doughnuts in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Chow Bella

Katie Johnson
Whether it's a bad breakup, a morning board meeting, or a late night of drinking, there are moments when doughnuts simply call to us. Try as we might, when this deep-fried fusion of sugar and dough speaks our name, nothing else will do -- not muffins, not croissants, and sure as hell not bagels. So when self-restraint breaks down and your inner child tells you to live a little, where do you go and what do you get?

We have a few suggestions. Here are Chow Bella's 10 (okay, 11) favorite doughnuts in metro Phoenix.

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Katie Johnson

Apple fritter and lemon basil fredo at Karl's Quality Bakery

At this Sunnyslope staple, the early bird gets the eclair. Karl's Quality Bakery is much more than a doughnut shop, offering cakes, tarts, macarons, and "FreDo"s, which is its take on the popular cronut. With an eclectic selection of fresh baked pastries, Karl's is quickly bombarded by morning commuters and neighborhood regulars. But the frenzy of first come, first served sweets is well worth the 6 a.m. wake-up. And stuck between a croissant and a hard place, we simply can't pick just one favorite at Karl's. So here is the tie -- the frisbee-size apple fritter with small chunks of real apple and the lemon basil cronut -- er, fredo. Bring a friend or break the pastries in half; whatever you do, don't make us choose.

Katie Johnson
Banana fritters at Nami

We were hesitant to try the hippie doughnuts from an establishment that specializes in offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free baked goods -- because come on, a healthy doughnut? That just sounds like an oxymoron. But thanks to the banana fritters at Nami, our eyes (and our mouths) have been opened. These mini fritters bring it with the banana flavor and are usually sold by the pair, because as we found out, you can't eat just one.

Location Info

Karl's Quality Bakery

111 E Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


2014 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General


40 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Rainbow Donuts

1347 E Mcdowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

LaMar's Donuts

2340 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Bink's Midtown

2320 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


1515 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Great Wall Cuisine

5057 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Parlor Pizzeria

1916 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

BoSa Donuts

3722 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Just because doughnuts are vegan doesn't make them healthy. Also, hippie doughnut? Really? No. I'd put vegan baked goods up against any 'traditional' cookies, doughnuts, whatever and guarantee in many cases they are not only just as good but better. 


Are there no decent donuts over here on the west side???


i also recommend the buttermilk bar at Bosa

Nicki Polett
Nicki Polett

where's that cronut from? i don't see it on the list.

Matt Gainey
Matt Gainey

Best include Rainbow Donuts, all hail apple fritters!

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