The Ultimate Deep-Fried Treat
by Laurel D’Agenais
Donuts. They are our beloved sweet treats on the run. They’re a quick breakfast, a guilty pleasure, a workplace snack and a family favorite. There is no beating the delectable taste of deep-fried dough. Whether they’re twisted, round or square, these deep-fried snacks keep us reaching for more.
Cafe Du Monde
New Orleans, Louisiana
Located in the French Quarter on Decatur Street, Cafe Du Monde is America’s oldest donut paradise and the most famous. Since 1862, Cafe Du Monde has been serving up its French-style, puffy square creations called beignets. How did this French pastry make its way to New Orleans? There are several stories out there, including one that credits the Ursuline Nuns of France for making the beignet a culinary fixture of New Orleans.
On Lincoln Avenue in Saugus, MA, you’ll find a quaint little donut shop known as Kane’s Donuts, where everyone is family. Since 1955, Kane’s donuts have been made the old-fashioned way — by hand. Each piece of dough is hand cut then fried in oil. Kane’s is also famous for its giant, 32-ounce cinnamon roll.
Even in the health-conscious city of Los Angeles, this donut shop still thrives. All you need to look for is a sign — a 50-foot donut that’s as famous as any Hollywood landmark. Randy’s Donuts was established in the 1950s and has been a fixture in the community ever since. Located just down the street from Los Angeles International Airport, pilots in the old days used to look for the donut as a cue of when to land their planes.
If you think potatoes and donuts don’t mix — think again. At Spudnuts, donuts are made from potato flour and then deep-fried to perfection. In addition to the spudnut, they make a traditional cake flour donut called a spuddy. Health-conscious individuals need not despair; Spudnut also makes spuffins — a healthy, muffin-like treat. Confused yet? No matter what you order, you are bound to enjoy it (just don’t call it a “donut”).
At Voodoo Doughnut, each donut is magic. From bubble gum to peanut-butter-filled donuts, each donut is bound to cast a spell on your taste buds. Devoted patrons flock to Voodoo Doughnut 24/7 to get their wacky donut fix. What’s the most popular item on the menu? According to the owner, the Bacon Maple Bar reigns supreme. It’s a combination of pancake, bacon and maple syrup flavor. Would you like some donuts and a wedding? The owners of Voodoo Doughnut are Universal Life ministers. Of course, the donuts and coffee are included in the wedding price
Top Pot Doughnuts
If you like to eat your donuts in style, head over to Top Pot Doughnuts in Seattle. The modern architecture coupled with a cool, inviting atmosphere keeps folks coming back for more. Top Pot serves up old-fashioned donuts with a modern flair including the “Pink Feather Boa.” The frosting may be pretty, but the donut that outsells them all is Top Pot’s plain, old-fashioned donut. Who knew donuts could be so chic?
New York, NY
Nestled within the hustle and bustle of Manhattan is a donut shop like no other. The Doughnut Plant takes donuts to a different level with fillings like pomegranate and meyer lemon. Made from all-natural ingredients, each square-shaped donut is custom-filled to perfection. Next time you are in the Big Apple, take a detour to the Doughnut Plant and sample some of the freshest ingredients ever stuffed into a square of fried dough.