A Blind Taste Test of 5 Doughnuts Including Strange, World's Fair and, Yes, Schnucks

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Doughnuts are having a moment in St. Louis. From the crazy collaborations at Strange Donuts to the old-fashioned breakfast pastries at World's Fair, they've come along way from cops in coffee shops. Everyone has a favorite, but we decided to put some of the city's best doughnuts to the test -- a taste test, that is.

See also: First Look: Pharaoh's Donut's Traditional Doughnuts Downtown

It had to be blind, of course, so we rounded up plain, glazed doughnuts from Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard; 314-932-5851), World's Fair Donuts (1940 South Vandeventer Avenue; 314-776-9975), Pharaoh's Donuts (200 North Seventh Street), a control doughnut from Schnucks and Donut Drive-In (6525 Chippewa Street; 314-645-7714).

A few caveats. It should be noted that these were not 5 a.m., straight-from-the-fryer doughnuts, which does make a difference. We usually say "no thanks" to Krispy Kremes, but how can you resist one hot off the conveyor belt? We should also note that World's Fair was out of its normal, ring glazed doughnuts so we opted for the glazed twist, which was the next closest thing.

RFT staff members tried samples of the five different doughnuts, identified only by number and ranked them. Votes were then tabulated. Tastes were, of course, varied, but there was a clear winner:

1. Pharaoh's Donuts
2. Donut Drive-In
3. Schnucks
4. Strange Donuts
5. World's Fair Donuts

Newly reopened Pharaoh's Donuts ($1.70 for two glazed) came in first place, with 30 out of 35 points. Second place went to Donut Drive-In ($1.57 for two), followed by (surprise!) Schnucks ($1.50 for two). Strange Donuts ($2 for two) and World's Fair ($1.18 for two) rounded out the bottom two.

One taste tester couldn't believe her own picks. "I knew I liked Pharaoh, but I didn't know I liked them that much!" she said. "Also, bummer, I always thought World's Fair were my favorite. Life changing!"

Do you think your favorite could stand up to a blind taste test? Were you surprised by the results? And whose doughnuts should we pit against one another in round 2?

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. E-mail the author at nancy.stiles@riverfronttimes.com or follow her on Twitter.




Location Info

Strange Donuts

2709 Sutton Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

World's Fair Doughnuts

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

Category: Restaurant

Schnucks-Richmond Heights

6600 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO

Category: General

Donut Drive-In

6525 Chippewa St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant


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97 comments
Sue Gianino
Sue Gianino

Looks like I have a quest next STL visit!

Jeff Sortor
Jeff Sortor

Nothing beats the cinnamon blobs and fritters at Donut Stop on Lemay Ferry Rd.

britnard
britnard

Ex cop donut shop on telegraph

Lisa Otke
Lisa Otke

Best St. Louis donuts are from John Donuts on S. Broadway just east of the Soulard Farmers Market...

magusjaru
magusjaru

I work at donut stop fried over 300 lbs of donuts today and still almost ran out towards the end id take a fresh fried donut than some qt or dunkin any day


Suzanne Caston Topham
Suzanne Caston Topham

Schnucks actually does have really good doughnuts, back when I used to indulge, that is. Have not had a doughnut in probably 10 years minimum. :( But World's Fair is to die for. Probably the last doughnut I had.

Tom Spitz
Tom Spitz

"I'll have a glazed donut only." ~ Worlds most boring person.

Jared Silverman
Jared Silverman

World fair is amazing, you can't just judge them on a glazed donut... How about the fact that it's been run by the same people for umpteen years, or that you can get a can of Pepsi and two donuts for a buck fiddy?!

Maryanne Dersch
Maryanne Dersch

Plaza Donuts off morganford and eddie's Southtown deserve a taste test.

Laura Bryant-Muehlhauser
Laura Bryant-Muehlhauser

LOVE Schnucks donuts! Their custard donuts are the best! No matter where you bite in first, there is always custard! Not like the other places where you don't see custard until the third bite!! Shnucks #1 for me!!

Diane Haller
Diane Haller

You didn't include QT...a late night favorite because that's the only place I can usually find them at 1am!

Gina Angel
Gina Angel

Shop n save doughnuts are terrible. Walmart needs to stop making them too.

Mike O'Connell
Mike O'Connell

I don't see Old Town Donuts anywhere here. *crosses arms*

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Invalid test. The Donut Stop at Lemay & Telegraph wasn't included.

hklemmons
hklemmons

Re: the Ballpark Village having a dress attire :)

I think it's great., if people would actually start dressing like they had class rather than they were getting ready for bed , Maybe? This would not have to happen??? Use taste people:)

gina.samm.68
gina.samm.68

Someone already said it, but you missed Donut Stop in Lemay.

Ashley Haynes
Ashley Haynes

I can tell a worlds fair donut any day!!! Any time!!! lol

Mimi Le Yu
Mimi Le Yu

Donuts are gross. I know, I know, that makes me a commie.

Alicia Miklich-England
Alicia Miklich-England

Am I the only one that's perfectly happy with the donuts at quiktrip? Gas, coffee, donut, good to go.

Ginny Dell Frey
Ginny Dell Frey

The blueberry cake donut from World's' Fair is hands down the best donut ever.

Jeff Noble
Jeff Noble

Vincent van donut are the best surprised strange did so well

Tony Range
Tony Range

John's Donuts in Soulard the absolute best in the Mid West hands down!

jbrookstheatre
jbrookstheatre

Old Town and Eddie's if you do an Apple Fritter competition. Because APPLE FRITTERS.

Karan Grosch Kunz
Karan Grosch Kunz

Schnucks has the best jelly donuts. They use real rasphberry jelly ....not a filling.

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