Gourmet Doughnuts Across the Country

Perhaps the thought of doughnuts reminds you of your childhood: an exciting early-morning treat that was rewarded only occasionally. Or maybe, with a bit of dread, you think of work—specifically, that assortment box that has been picked over, your favorite flavor gone. Today, however, the humble doughnut has undergone a glamorous makeover, and is rolling onto dessert menus across the country. From fine restaurants to diners, here are some eateries that offer gourmet spins on a dessert that was once only synonymous with breakfast.

Alla Spina’s Donut Bread Pudding, Philadelphia ($8)

Italian for “on the tap,” Alla Spina was recently named one of Bon Appétit magazine’s 50 Best New Restaurants. Showcasing a slew of local and Italian beers, this gastropub also dishes up signature Italian food. A perfect spot for weekend indulgence, Alla Spina promises a sweet time with their decadent donut bread pudding. allaspinaphilly.com

Longman & Eagle’s Warm Gruyère Donuts, Chicago ($9)

Places that feature gourmet doughnuts on their menu also offer some of the best drink selections: Witness Wine Enthusiast Magazine naming Longman & Eagle one of their top 100 restaurants of 2012. Naturally, wherever there is wine, there is cheese, which is why they created the perfect melt-in-your-mouth delectable that is suitable for any wine pairing: Warm Gruyère Donuts. This one-of-a-kind dessert features a fig jam, hazelnut mascarpone and drizzles of wild-flower honey. Known for their regional American fare (from farm to table), Longman & Eagle treat you with not only one of the best desserts in town but also the freshest products. longmanandeagle.com

Nickel Diner’s Red Velvet Doughnut, Los Angeles ($2.75)

Resembling a classic American diner, this popular establishment serves modern American comfort food with a healthy side of nostalgia. Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this hotspot is renowned for their doughnuts, which come in five unique flavors: Red Velvet, Irish Car Bomb, Strawberry Crumb, Maple Bacon and Nutella. A word of warning: These delicacies usually get bought up by noon, so it’s best you indulge your sweet tooth in a morning dessert. nickeldiner.com

Traif’s Bacon Doughnuts, New York ($7)

Yiddish for “non-kosher,” the Jewish-owned Traif has an ironic motto: “Celebrating pork, shellfish and globally inspired food.” A Williamsburg staple, this soul-food spot loves pork so much that even their dessert features crumbles of bacon. A perfect balance between sweet and salty, the bacon doughnuts are coated with a dulce de leche glaze and served with coffee ice cream. Responsible for waking cravings, this signature dish is sure to have you coming back for more. traifny.com



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  1. i just got really hungry!! Sugar rush Friday all the way. x

    Amanda Aug 31 / 3:45 pm

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