We Heart STL: Hole-Hearted Fun
St. Louis is lining up round the corner for these top doughnut shops.
Craziest Concept: Strange Donuts
Peanut butter and Fruit Loops? Roast beef? Inside-out cinnamon roll? Crab rangoon? Carrot cake? Chicken and waffle? Bacon and maple? Lovers of the Strange eagerly line up to sample old and new concoctions from this buzzy bakery, where the latest innovation is a heart-filled charity component: Strange Cares. Multiple locations, strangedonuts.com.
Most Buzz: World's Fair Donuts
They’ve been building buzz for decades—and even with the recent nod from USA Today, this tiny storefront maintains that it doesn’t need newfangled tech like credit cards. Buttermilk cake doughnuts are the biggest draw, but no worries if they’re sold out: The long johns, twists and pies are all winners. Southwest Garden, 314.776.9975.
Best-Kept Secret: Eddie's Southtown Donuts
After nine years of quietly stealing doughnut-lovers’ hearts, it’s high time these chocolate cakes and caramel long johns spoke up for themselves. And first thing in the morning, they positively sing. South Hampton, 314.832.1200.
Best Classics: John's Donuts
Because it satisfies cravings all night long—its clientele ranges from late-night partyers to early-bird risers—this shop doesn’t need to do anything fancy with its cinnamon twists and airy glazed doughnuts. For the best retro flavor, go with the Old-Fashioned doughnut and a milk chaser. Kosciusko, 314.241.3360.
Worth the Hunt: Vincent Van Doughnut
They’re still the best doughnuts on wheels in town, but to find them in the same place every week (or day, if you’re that devoted), come by the new shop— early, because they sell out within hours. Clayton, 314.899.9500.