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Nov 10, 2013 05:38 PM

Where are the donuts?

There seems not to be a donut culture here in the cities. I have lived all over the country and most locations have donuts and a culture of donuts and donut shops. What is going on in the twin cities? I don't get it. Please hounders, I need my fix, and I don't know where to go. I have been to grandmas in West St. Paul and they are really good, but its such a trek. Any ideas of good donuts closer to the core cities?

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  1. There isn't a huge donut culture here, compared to places like LA. Dunkin Donuts doesn't have a presence here. Krispy Kreme tried several years ago and couldn't make it work. (Part of KK's problem was that they let their quality slide by selling old stale donuts at every gas station in town.)

    Most bakeries (of which we have many fine ones) will make some donuts, and there are a few old-school dedicated ones, like Mel-O-Glaze Donuts in Minneapolis. (Which I highly recommend, by the way.)

    The recent "craft donut" craze has caught on here in a small way, and there are a handful of places specializing in gourmet-ish, hipster donuts. Glam Doll Donuts in Minneapolis is an obvious contender, as is Mojo Monkey in St. Paul, and YoYo Donuts in Minnetonka.

    1. A Bakers Wife
      4200 28th Avenue S.
      Minneapolis MN 55406

      I'm more fond of cake donuts rather than yeasted. The cinnamon sugar donuts here are my favorite over all other places.

      Mojo Monkey, Glam Doll, Mello Glaze all suffer in comparison because A Bakers Wife does exactly what I like so very very well.

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      1. re: KTFoley

        Love them too, though I get the plain cake. They are great, especially fresh out of the fryer.

      2. My go-to place for donuts is Puffy Cream. Bad news for you, they are in Eagan.

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        1. re: ChillyDog

          When I worked in Eagan, Puffy Cream was our donut go-to. They were very good, especially the giant fritter-type.

          1. re: ChillyDog

            +1 on Puffy Cream

            Always a hit at my Eagan-based employer.

          2. I've been around the Twin Cities for years. There used to be a donut culture equal to most areas but I think this metro area took to the bagel trend and coffee shop scone and muffins hard and donuts went by the wayside.

            Donuts in general are not as prevalent as in the past almost everywhere. However, when we travel to Texas I am still amazed how many independent donut shops exist there.

            1. I like YoYo Donuts and Granny Donuts; one is more modern and the other is classic/basic.

              Glam Doll Donuts is only so-so - more style than substance.

              I have periodically visited A Baker's Wife over the years, and it seems to be getting dustier and just isn't clean or appealing.

              Mojo Monkey does a good job with trendier donuts.

              We did have Donut Cooperative, whose owner actually won one of those donut competition things on Food/Cooking (?) Channel, but the business just didn't make it. Their donuts were pretty terrible the two times I went there, actually.

              We just don't have much in the way of a donut culture in the Twin Cities, but it's much better than it used to be!