Happy National Doughnut Day: Eat Your Way Through These Doughnut Havens
In a city booming with fried decadence, there’s still something so special about doughnuts.
So what better way than to eat all the fried moments on this gorgeous "holiday." Plus, for a Friday? It's time to get wild.
Boasting two locations in the Mission and the Marina, Dynamo Donut sticks true to their name: expect huge flavor with every bite, and you might need to grab a small carton of milk before you head that way. Order the Chocolate Rose: ($3.00) a chocolate base topped with glazed rose water and a lemon zest for added kick in the pants. // 2760 24th Street, and 110 Yacht Road (Kiosk on the SF Bay Trail)
If a 2 a.m. donut run either sober or drunk does not ring a bell, try and recall the fact that you most likely walked away with about two dozen donut holes for $2. All Star Donuts is a serious classic and a multiple location staple that has both Inner Richmond and Inner Sunset residents feeling the fried goodness. Pro tip: the multiple locations are cash only so be prepared to be in and out. // Multiple locations; inner Richmond and Sunset.
Donut Savant offers a classic donut with a variety of twists. Try one of their classics such as cinnamon, vanilla glaze, lemon, and key lime pie or mix your own flavor magic. Just don’t forget to grab a Salted Maple ($1.00), a standard maple doughnut laced with a biting salted flavor in the glaze. // 1934 Broadway, Oakland
Yum Yum Donuts
For our South Bay/San Jose readers, donuts can be sought not too far from home. Yum Yum Donuts on Meridian is a late night stop after a Friday night out. And when we mean late, we mean LATE. This spot is open 24 hours—never let your sweet tooth go hungry again. The flavors and selection change daily, thought (of course) classics like glazed and twists will be continually served, find yourself devouring flavors such as Honey Maple, Glazed Horchata, and more! // 1090 Meridian Ave, San Jose.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse offers a unique experience that no customer is likely to forget. Illuminated by bright neon lights, thousands of people stop by everyday for their infamous Cruffin ($4.00), which comes in a wide array of flavors such as strawberry custard, caramel banana, and passionfruit. Trust us, all of them are good. // 1042 Larkin St, Lower Nob Hill
A San Francisco all-star, Bob’s Donuts is the forefather of donut production. All classically made, each batch of donuts is glazed every hour on the hour starting at 8 a.m. and going until 1 a.m. Prices range from 25 cents to $3.00 dollars. so be prepared to go home with a smorgasbord of sweet treats. For adventurous types, we recommend taking on the The Big Kahuna, the Belly Buster, the Scale Breaker, whatever you want to call it, it's the BIG ONE ($9.95), this donut (the size of a small child) has to be consumed on site within 2 minutes of your order. If you devour the sweet pastry fast enough, then you’ll be nominated into the hall of Bob’s Champions and gifted with a 10 dollar waiver, a prize worth 4 bags of donuts. It’s a win-win situation. // 1621 Polk St, Nob Hill, bobsdonutssf.com
Nothing can quite beat the warmth of a family operated business, Fillmore Bakeshop located on the cusp of Japantown is home to perfectly fried dough’s. Specializing in the contemporary European-American style of baking, Fillmore marries sweet and savory in the utterly perfect Doughnut-Croissant ($2.50), with flakey, buttery layers of dough fried with a simple home-made glaze. // 1890 Fillmore St, Japantown
// Feature photo by Marisa Morton.