12 Midwest Bakeries That Will Make You Rethink Doughnuts



Last summer was all about the cronut (croissant/doughnut). This year we’ve heard tales of the wonut (waffle/doughnut). But the classic doughnut itself is back in the spotlight as bakeries around the country craft imaginative incarnations of the breakfast favorite. Like the cupcake revolution before, doughnut makers are pushing the boundaries. From boozy creations to savory collaborations, we’ve got 12 spots across the Midwest guaranteed to make you rethink the doughnut.



The Doughnut Vault

  • 401 ½ N. Franklin St.
    Chicago, IL 60654
  • Website

We’ll look for any excuse to nab a birthday cake doughnut from this Chicago bakery (every day is somebody’s birthday, right?). But if you can’t find a reason to pick one up, there are always flavors such as dreamsicle and smokin’ hot chocolate coconut-glazed: perfect for no reason at all.

Fritz Pastry

  • 1408 W. Diversey Pkwy.
    Chicago, IL 60614
  • Website

It may not look real, but that hot pink coloring on Fritz’s prickly pear and cinnamon sugar vanilla doughnut is all natural. The Chicago spot serves up distinct square-shaped pastries topped with a doughnut hole, and have stocked up on vegan and soy-free options to make them a one-stop shop for breakfast, brunch and of course, doughnuts.

Glazed and Infused

  • Five locations throughout Chicago
  • Website

This summer, Glazed and Infused made Chicagoans forget about the cronut when they came out with their doughnut ice cream sandwiches. The dessert-savvy makers consistently roll out tasty creations such as spiced buttermilk with vanilla bean glaze and crunchy PB&J that makes their five Chicago locations hard to pass up.


Topped Doughnuts

  • 129 N. Ankeny Blvd.
    Ankeny, IA 50023
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Here’s an excuse to head to Ankeny, Iowa. The tiramisu doughnut: a yeast-raised treat dipped in coffee icing, filled with coffee and mascarpone crème, drizzled with chocolate and dusted with cocoa. Need we say more?


Glam Doll Donuts

  • 2605 Nicollet Ave.
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
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Teresa Fox tops her from-scratch creations with everything from sriracha and peanut butter (yes, those are on the same doughnut) to provolone and muenster. Recently, Glam Doll teamed up with the Twin Cities based bitters company, Bittercube, on a line of boozy doughnut creations. Think of combinations such as blackstrap bitters, bourbon and ginger beer, as well as cognac and orange bitters bubble sugar. Drink—we mean eat—up.

Mojo Monkey Donuts

  • 1169 W. 7th St.
    St. Paul, MN 55102
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Every week Lisa Clark cranks out about 5,000 doughnuts, including flavors such as mango and organic coconut, key lime and chocolate with pistachio. She starts baking at 7 p.m. to get ready for the morning rush, and it’s paid off. In 2013, the St. Paul owner won the “Emerging Women Business Owner of the Year” award.

Yoyo Donuts & Coffee Bar

  • 5757 Sanibel Dr.
    Minnetonka, MN 55343
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Got food allergies? Then YoYo may be your new go-to spot. They’re completely peanut and tree nut free, and don’t use preservatives in their dough mix. Instead, they use a special combination of potato flour, wheat flour and barley flour (plus a little extra spice) to give their doughnuts a unique flavor and texture. It’s also the only donut shop we found where you can fill up on Chicago-style hot dogs and homemade chili dogs—if you’re still hungry that is.


Strange Donuts

  • 2709 Sutton Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63143
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These game changing “dones” transcend your average sugary breakfast treat to explore uncharted savory territory. The St. Louis bakery often collaborates with local chefs to make mind-blowing creations like “The Pregame,” a doughnut with spicy buffalo chicken, Dorito chips and ranch dressing; or the “Mai Pho King Done,” a Pho broth-filled pastry topped with hoisin glaze, herbs, carrots, peanuts and sriracha. 

World’s Fair Doughnuts

  • 1904 S. Vandeventer Ave.
    St. Louis, MO 6311
  • 314-776-9975
  • Website (Yelp)

This little mom-and-pop shop doesn’t have a website, Facebook page or even a computer on its premises. But what it does have is old-fashioned buttermilk donuts, fried pies and a sour cream cake doughnut that’s caught the attention of the Food Network and the New York Times.


The Doughnut Hole

  • 350 Canopy St., Ste. 120
    Lincoln, NE 68508
  • Website

Brothers Nate and Lucas Gingery left a life of modeling in New York City to open a doughnut shop in Lincoln, Neb. After eating their way through Brooklyn and Manhattan, the pair decided doughnuts made with fresh and natural ingredients impressed them most, and now source local ingredients for their creations. 


Jack Frost Donuts

  • 4960 Pearl Rd.
    Cleveland, OH 44109
  • Website

This spot is known for its extravagant toppings and sugary works of art. Think Easter doughnuts piled high with Peeps, coconut shavings for grass and jelly bean Easter eggs.


Greenbush Bakery

  • 1305 Regent St.
    Madison, WI 53715
  • 608-257-1151

Greenbush Bakery is open late, and faithful customers insist the doughnuts there are “to die for.” The Madison bakery serves up caramel-stuffed donuts, maple cream-filled donuts and an apple fritter bigger than your iPhone.