The Eight Best Doughnut Shops in St. Louis

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Sarah Rusnak
A World's Fair donut
In far too many cities, there are plenty of places to get doughnuts, but only one name to know: Dunkin'. St. Louis is not one of those places. Here, from the many independent doughnut shops, are some of our favorites:

Eddie's Southtown Donuts (4701 South Kingshighway Boulevard; 314-832-1200)
Eddie's Southtown Donuts on Kingshighway opens early, and early really is the best, if not only, time to pop in and pick up a fresh, warm doughnut of just about any variety. The closer you can get there to 5 in the morning, the tastier your treats will be, whether you choose a light, delicate glazed, a crumbly cake, an iced long john or a perfectly spiced and braided cinnamon twist. Eddie's also fries up more than just dough, with their gooey-filled fruit pies and creamy cheese pockets. Eddie's even takes special orders, and if you call ahead you can get your doughnuts brought out to your car; isn't that sweet?

Donut Stop (1101 Lemay Ferry Road, Lemay; 314-631-3333)
The "Cinnamon Glob" at the Donut Stop on Lemay Ferry Road might not sound like the most appetizing pastry. In fact, the large, shiny brown-and-tan lump might not look too appetizing either. But where the eyes may deceive, the taste buds will thank you. Not a glazed doughnut and not a cinnamon bun, the folks at the Donut Stop combine the best of both in this large ball of sweetness, with a slightly crispy outside and dense and buttery inside. If something a little different doesn't entice you, worry not, as the glazed doughnuts at the Donut Stop are picture-, and taste-, perfect examples of the treat. Just ask the connoisseurs of Bon Appétit, who named the spot one of the top ten best places for doughnuts in 2010.

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Chrissy Wilmes
An apple fritter and cream-filled toasted coconut donut from Donut House.
Donut House (8500 Morganford Road; 314-638-5828)
For your consideration: doughnuts for dinner. While this may seem a little unorthodox, at Donut House, guests can enjoy doughnuts for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime in between. The friendly staff serves up a wide variety of doughy goodness 24 hours a day, so when that craving hits, and the only cure is an apple fritter or perhaps just a simple glazed goody, Donut House is there to sate the need. Their doughnuts are light and airy, never spongy, and with hardly any hint of frying. The dough is just sweet enough so that each bite combines with the glaze or icing to create a satisfying and never-too-saccharine treat. If for some barely conceivable reason doughnuts aren't your thing, Donut House also offers delicately crafted cream horns and toothsome little Danishes.

Mini Donuts, etc. (730 Carroll Street; 314-622-4180)
Shopping at Soulard Farmers' Market on a Saturday morning is as much a St. Louis institution as thin pizza, birds on a bat and the number "far." Nothing pairs better with a stroll around the stalls than one arm full of groceries and the other with a little paper bag from Donut Man Stan's Mini Donuts, Etc. You can pop those warm little buggers into your mouth while mentally debating whose tomatoes look best today or while sitting at the tables near Ninth Street and savor the sweetness of a treat whose creation you watched. At Mini Donuts, Etc., those itty bity rings aren't waiting for you on racks. Rather they float along in a hot oil bath while you watch them transform from batter into plump, golden delights then take a rest, only to be put in your bag on their way to your mouth, most likely before they are cool enough to do so. The aroma of these delicious fried morsels takes over your senses before you get to much of the market's produce, and a bag of them in your hand will ensure that you're not buying food on an empty stomach. Those unfortunate enough to not frequent Soulard on Saturdays just might be lucky enough to find Donut Man Stan's scrumptious little bites out amongst the rest of our town somewhere; he also caters parties and events thrown by those with a most refined sweet tooth.


Location Info

Eddie's Southtown Donuts

4701 S. Kingshighway St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

The Donut House - CLOSED

8500 Morgan Ford Road, St Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Soulard Farmers' Market

730 Carroll St, St. Louis, MO

Category: General

St. Louis Hills Donut Shop

6917 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

World's Fair Doughnuts

1940 S. Vandeventer Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

John Donut Co.

1618 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

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11 comments
jodie13
jodie13

thank goodness st louis hills donuts made it. they are hands down the best anywhere in south city. all eddies has going for it is big donuts and donut drive is just average, worlds fair was the  worst, stale donuts ive ever had....worse than schnucks. st louis hills may not do anything fancy but my word their dough is PERFECT. its delicate and soooo soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. plus, i love that they are normal size donuts, when you have an awesome product you dont need to giant size it in order to attract people.

Heather Girone
Heather Girone

No Heaven Scent from out in O'Fallon??? or Mario's in St. Peters?

Hadise365
Hadise365

OLD TOWN IS THE GREATEST!!!!!!

Kate
Kate

I have long wondered which, if any, of these "best doughnut" places actually make their own dough, fillings, glazes, and other components. I've been baking and cooking most of my life, and it almost always seems to me that most bakery yeast doughnuts taste the same. (Easy for me to say, since I prefer cake/"old fashioned"/buttermilk doughnuts. I taste slight differences in those from different bakeries, but then, I'm much happier to eat that type.) I also realize that major portions of many, if not most, doughnuts, come out of huge pails. There's a time and a place for that, for sure.

So, Gut Check, which shops sport homemade?

Revgood
Revgood

I guess "St. Louis" includes only that portion of the city south of I-64/40. Surely there are good donut shops north of that corridor. Did all those tasters send out to taste them ever venture north of Market Street?

MelShedd
MelShedd

I would have appreciated from North County donut shops - we now have Old Town Donuts and Kelly's Donuts!  Give them a try!  

jodie13
jodie13

@Kate i can assure you st louis hills makes their own dough.

Itsagr8lyf
Itsagr8lyf

 Mini Donuts, Etc. on Saturdays only at Soulard Farmers Market since 1979 are as close to homemade cake donuts you can get. You can see them mix their special batter which sets for 10 minutes before poured into the hopper of their special mini donut machine and you can watch them being made fresh if you wish. You can even ask for the donuts which just come out of the machine if you want. Come early if you don't want to wait in a long line. Or you can stroll through the market where you can get great deals on produce, meats, etc.

jodie13
jodie13

@MelShedd, lamars used to win all the time. pipe down.

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