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Happy National Doughnut Day!!

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Your favorite local doughnut is...?

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  1. Well, you didn't specify a local area, so despite the NoVA name, my favorite local donut is easily from Donut Shack in Severna Park. I celebrated there this morning with a Dutch Crumb and a Chocolate Iced (cake). Their donuts really are phenomenal, well worth the stop if you're in the area.

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    1. re: Jason1

      Milan Bakery/Miss Donuts in Falls Church is very good.

    2. You can get free donuts today at Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts (my personal choice).

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      1. re: Elyssa

        Yes on the free Krispy Kreme. I called some local Dunkin Donuts and you might need to buy a beverage to get your donut at some shops.

        1. re: NoVA

          I got a free donut at Dunkies today. But I also purchased a medium coffee. So I'm not sure if it was free free, or free with a drink.

        2. As a longtime Montgomery County resident, I lament the absence of the truly best doughnut place in Washington for many years - Montgomery Doughnuts. This regional chain went bust about 10 years ago, but I still feel that they made the very best apple fritter (a.k.a. "chop suey") and the very best Boston Cream donuts that I've ever had.

          As sadly, the days of the great Giant Food bakery donuts have passed, as well. The Euro-conglomerate that bought Giant years ago decided to blow up their big regional bakery in Silver Spring and since then they get most of their product from H&S Bakery. They don't even have donuts anymore. (Some stores sell the loose Krispy Kremes.)

          Currently, my favorite donuts in the Washington area are from Shoppers Food Warehouse. If you haven't tried one, I'd heartily recommend it. Their variety, flavor, freshness, low price, and SIZE will blow you away.

          Krispy Kreme is in a league of its own. The real attraction here are the hot raised glazed. Everything else is average.

          Fractured Prune is nice, but there are very few stores, they only make cake donuts, and they're a bit too sweet, in my opinion.

          Dunkin Donuts?? No comment.

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          1. re: Sean D

            I'll second the SFW donuts as a good value. They are indeed HUGE.

            1. re: Sean D

              This is probably sacrilege to say, but I bought some HUGE donuts from Shopper's Food Warehouse last weekend and I liked them just as much as Krispy Kreme. I'm not even that huge a donut fan, and then it's usually from Krispy Kreme, but these weren't half bad and I had a sudden craving. Not on the KK level, but definitely worth the "2 for $1.09" price I paid, and definitely very fresh. Did I mention they were about the size of my entire hand? LOL.

              I got the Boston Creme and Lemon-filled ones, by the way. I usually expect supermarket donuts to be super sugary, but these were nice and didn't give me a toothache like most filled donuts, especially those douse with powdered sugar!

              1. re: Sean D

                just let you know...there is a casual dining restaurant called "Slice N Dice" in Arlington VA, They serve Montgomery Donuts. Join the "Slice N Dice" Facebook group for more info.

                AK

              2. OK, replying to my own post here, but Bagel Deli & Donut in Falls Church on W. Broad has a really nice glazed donut. Very dense and satisfying. I've had the glazed devil's food too, good but smaller and a little less hearty. Go for the Donuts and the service - the owner (I think) is a sweet woman.

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                1. re: NoVA

                  Montgomery Donuts. Now that's a memory. Someone needs to open a place like that maybe with a modern twist like premo coffee and wi-fi.

                2. I lament the passing of the Colorado Kitchen. I loved her doughnuts. I also really like the Fractured Prune (Rehoboth Beach is the only one I've been to) - if I'm there at a slow time I ask them to use half the glaze that they usually use. When I've been to Krispie Kreme in the south and the "Doughnuts Hot Now" sign is flashing, it means just that. If consumed within seconds after emerging from the fryer, I really like them - even if the sugar gives me a toothache. At the Krispy Kreme at Dupont Circle, they never turn off the "Doughnuts Hot Now" sign, so it has no meaning.

                  1. If you happen to be in the York PA area, they have a wonderful store called Maple Donuts. 100% better than DD's (which I call Dinky Do-NOTs) and reminiscent of the lamented Montgomery Donut (except even better). Also, my hubby had a donut at Starbucks that he raved about, but have no idea where they're made.

                    1. Where can I buy the pastry known as "chop suey" (basically fried dough) in Washington, DC?

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                      1. re: nlaverda

                        Not in DC, but if you're ever near Annapolis, the Donut Shack in Severna Park makes a good Chop Suey.