Donuts in MSP
Today, I stopped by the Franklin Street Bakery because I had heard that they had good donuts. Unfortunately, the yeast donut I tried was not particularly good. Is there anywhere in the twin cities that has stellar donuts? In particular I am looking for a good cake donut, a good maple donut, a good glazed yeast donut and a good apple fritter. The fritter is the most important but I am craving donuts in general and don't know where to go.
I'm not a donut person but people rave about the donuts at A Baker's Wife (42nd St and 28th Ave I think). I once had a fritter from Mel-o-Glaze bakery on Minnehaha Pkwy and it was too sweet for me but most things are so I'm no judge!
The cinnamon-sugar cake donuts from "A Baker's Wife" (28th Ave and 42nd St in So Mpls)-- especially when they are still warm.....ooh man! The best IMHO. and only 42 cents!!! They are (obviously) my fave, but I am looking forward to other suggestions.
Mel-o-Glaze has the best donuts I've found, but I think they've gone downhill in the past several years. I agree with katebauer about the sweetness of Mel-o-Glaze's fritters, but that's a plus in my book. (I have a spot in my heart for Krispy Kreme donuts as well.) Will have to try A Baker's Wife. Sometimes Wuollet's has good raised donuts but I've found them to be inconsistent.
A Baker's Wife's Pastry Shop
4200 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Mel-O-Glaze Bakery & Donut Shop
4800 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417
2447 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
3608 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Back my prime doughnut-eating days (I've had to cut back, alas, after Cupcake opened close to me), I loved the cake doughnuts from A Baker's Wife and the glazed doughnuts from Mel-o-Glaze.
If you only go to one, try A Baker's Wife - everything they do is excellent. Mel-o-Glaze only has a few things, and their strength is the glazed doughnuts.
Me, I'm on a quest for a good apple cider cake doughnut. The best I've found so far is at the Milwaukee Public Market (from the apple guy who had a stand outside last summer). But that's a long way to go just for a doughnut.
During apple picking season, Minnetonka Orchards makes great apple cider mini-doughnuts. Perhaps they're so good because they're so fresh, but I like them.
They've now started charging for admission on the weekends and I think they've gotten to be pretty expensive, but it's a great way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon.
(My attempt to add a places link did not work. The search function brought up the correct location, but when the actual link was added to my post, it ended up pointing to a location in LaCrescent, MN which is about 100 miles away from the location of Minnetonka Orchards.)
The St Paul Farmer's Market has an apple orchard stand that does a brisk trade in apple cider cake donuts...and they are very good. Good enough, in fact, to be my favorite donut in the Twin Cities so far. I keep trying places that have been rated by City Pages as the best donut shop or bakery or whatever and they have all been very disappointing. The scene makes Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme look darn good, sadly. I went to the Roseville Bakery exactly once and I will never be back-I didn't see at all how it differed from the baked goods at the Rainbow Foods next door, which are almost certainly concocted from large buckets of premixed batters, frostings and glazes.
I am a big fan of the cake donut, So I would Suggest the Donut hut In Little Canada (Little Canada Rd 2 blocks E of Rice Street in Little Canada) and the Roseville Bakery (1147 Larpenteur Ave W)
I have never been disappointed by either of their donuts