Now that summer is a distant memory and it’s just about sweater weather, comfort food is making a comeback. We all have our splurges, and doughnuts are mine. I remember back to my childhood when my dad would bring home a dozen doughnuts on a Sunday morning, most likely from Dunks (were there even other choices back then?). Over the last few decades, my taste in Boston doughnuts has evolved, and I have been sharing that passion with my son.
Unfortunately, I think I have become a doughnut snob. No longer do Munchkins do it for me.
My son and I have developed an oh-so-sophisticated taste for exquisite doughnuts. And oh, have we been spoiled. It’s not hard to find gourmet “boutique” doughnuts in the greater Boston area. Here are a few of our favorites:
As I write this, my mouth waters for one of their maple bacon doughnuts. Bonus: They also deliver and ship if you don’t live close by either location!
These are, quite possibly, the best doughnuts in the universe. There is nothing ordinary about their doughnuts, which change seasonally and include drool-worthy flavors like chai apple cider, brown butter hazelnut crunch, and concord grape. They offer a great selection of vegan doughnut as well.
In the mood for a sophisticated take on the Munchkin? Look no further than MassHole. The perfect bite-sized treats — that kids of all ages will love — each have their own Boston-themed name. Flavors change weekly and include options like New-berry Street (rich chocolate-cake doughnut hole topped with vanilla bean glaze, Nutella, and blackberries) and Mama’s Lil Mass Hole (old-fashioned poppy seed cake doughnut topped with vanilla bean butter glaze and rainbow sprinkles). Order ahead for a quick and easy pickup.
If old-school doughnut joints are more your style, I highly recommend Gail Ann’s for classic flavors (their honey dipped is the best!) from a wonderful family business. (As a side note, they have a wonderful Greek lemon soup seasonally.)
These doughnuts at this woman-owned business are made from scratch each morning to make sure you get the freshest, most delicious treat every single day. Their glazes and fillings are made from scratch, too! Their 10 flavors change each month, along with a new doughnut cake and specials. Favorites include their signature Blackbird (vanilla cake with vanilla glaze), pumpkin cake, maple braid, and berry crumble.
This old-school shop doughnut shop just outside of Boston knows how to perfect classics like honey dipped, Boston cream, and lemon glazed. Everything at this spot is consistently delicious and affordable — they’ve even been awarded a coveted Best of Boston award!
This full-service breakfast and lunch spot has a great doughnut counter! Kids will love the PB & Fluff doughnut, the strawberry frosted, and the Nutella frosted.
No matter where you go, a great doughnut is a wonderful way to enjoy the cooler weather!