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Detroit Doughnut Guide: Find Your Fried Dough Bliss

From fritters to crullers and in between

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Raised, jelly filled, old fashioned, and cake. Most doughnut shops serve an assortment, but not all doughnut shops offer a superior product. Metro Detroit's top destinations are a mixture of that classic Americana vibe and more updated takes. For sweetness and a bit of established history head to Dutch Girl on Woodward or another 24-hour essential, Dearborn's Donutville U.S.A. Don't miss out on the potato doughnuts at Rose's Fine Foods and find a daily dose of creativity at spots like Donut Bar in Southfield.

From an early morning snack with coffee to a late-night craving, here, now is a freshly fried guide to 15 excellent shops and restaurants serving up their take on sweet dough in metro Detroit.

Where's your favorite spot for a fried dough fix? Let us know in the comments TwitterFacebook, or community forums. Eater map points are organized geographically and never ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Donut Villa

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5875 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 849-4752
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Other shops may receive more hype but Southwest residents turn to this doughnut haven for a sweet fried treat. Try the "Original Nicklenut," Donut Villa's take on the doughnut hole.

2. Dutch Girl Donuts

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19000 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 368-3020
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Palmer Park institution Dutch Girl is open 24-hours Monday through Friday with sweet glazed treats to serve doughnut cravings. Since opening in 1947, the family-owned business has hardly changed the way they make their doughnuts from the equipment down to their flour. Dutch Girl now accepts plastic for a minimum purchase.

3. Rose's Fine Foods

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10551 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 309-7947
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Rose's Fine Foods doughnuts are in a category all their own. Not only are they super fresh, but they're also not too sweet and appear to be made with whole wheat flour that takes the flavor in a new and exciting direction. The featured doughnuts change daily, but are often topped with fresh raspberries or soaked in some sort of honey mixture. Don't eat here without ordering one.

4. The Family Donut Shop

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11300 Conant St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 368-9214
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When Anthony Bourdain traveled to Detroit in 2009 he stopped by The Family Donut Shop for a bite. Find cheap, fresh doughnuts here as well as the non-doughnut, savory favorite — burek.

5. Beignets 2 Go

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This on-the-move beignet truck serves New Orleans-style fritters and cronets, their take on the cronut. Topped with powdered sugar and drizzled with everything from chocolate to raspberry sauce they're a sure ticket to doughnut bliss.

6. Apple Fritter Donut Shop

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741 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 545-7295
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Just as the name implies this Ferndale fried dough emporium offers a display case filled with fritters as well as other cake, old fashioned, raised, filled, and cruller options. We like the walnut-topped fritter and the nutty glazed doughnut, a yeast doughnut covered in peanuts.

7. Donut Cutter

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28173 Woodward Ave
Berkley, MI 48072
(248) 542-4653
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A loyal legion of fans travel to this cash-only Berkley shop for their fix. Made fresh with a variety of toppings from cereal to sprinkles, the menu even features a giant birthday cake doughnut that feeds up to 20 people. Still customers swear by the fritters.

8. New Palace Bakery

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9833 Joseph Campau St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 875-1334
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This Paczki Day favorite offers doughnuts year-round alongside strudel, pies, breads, and other pastries.

9. Elias Donuts

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19231 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48223
(313) 535-0070
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This 30-plus year-old Detroit shop features giant glazed doughnuts and year-round paczki. They also serve a larger menu with sandwiches and shakes. Elias is open round the clock, seven days a week.

10. One-Eyed Betty's

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175 W Troy St
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 806-6633
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One-Eyed Betty's popular weekend brunch menu features plates of fresh-out-of-the-fryer doughnuts. Mix and match powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, maple bacon, and peanut butter sriracha doughnuts and dipping sauce.

11. Donutville USA

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14829 Ford Rd
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 582-0350
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A bite of Americana in Dearborn, this shop specializes in classic fried pastry including cherry fritters, honey dipped doughnuts, and more. Feed your cravings, all day long. Donutville is open 24/7.

12. Dilla's Delights

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242 John R St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 915-2216
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Herman Hayes, uncle of the late local hip hop legend J Dilla, paid tribute to his nephew by founding Dilla's Delights, a small-scale organic doughnut business. Find Uncle Herm's creations — Aaliyah lemon filled, Brewster's banana pudding, and beyond — at his pint-sized shop in downtown Detroit's The Ashley building.

13. Daily Dozen

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13599 E 9 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48089
(248) 439-0068
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This metro Detroit doughnut chain now sports locations in Warren and Royal Oak. Hit up either shop for a dose of scratch-made doughnut creativity. Keep things simple with flavors like maple crunch or indulge in a lemon meringue crueller

14. Avon Donuts

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45324 Woodward Ave
Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 333-2121
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This family-owned establishment in Pontiac keeps things fresh with a rotation of clever toppings and flavors such as fruity pebbles, strawberry shortcake, and bacon.

15. Donut Bar

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29039 Southfield Rd
Southfield, MI 48076
A relative newcomer, Southfield's Donut Bar is fast becoming a favorite among fried dough lovers. The doughnuts here go beyond the typical glazed and raised, with flavors like creme brulee, banana split, and s'mores, which features a roasted marshmallow on top. Be aware, the shop occasionally sells out of popular flavors and prices are a bit higher than your average fix.

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1. Donut Villa

5875 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
Other shops may receive more hype but Southwest residents turn to this doughnut haven for a sweet fried treat. Try the "Original Nicklenut," Donut Villa's take on the doughnut hole.
5875 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

2. Dutch Girl Donuts

19000 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203
Palmer Park institution Dutch Girl is open 24-hours Monday through Friday with sweet glazed treats to serve doughnut cravings. Since opening in 1947, the family-owned business has hardly changed the way they make their doughnuts from the equipment down to their flour. Dutch Girl now accepts plastic for a minimum purchase.
19000 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48203

3. Rose's Fine Foods

10551 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214
Rose's Fine Foods doughnuts are in a category all their own. Not only are they super fresh, but they're also not too sweet and appear to be made with whole wheat flour that takes the flavor in a new and exciting direction. The featured doughnuts change daily, but are often topped with fresh raspberries or soaked in some sort of honey mixture. Don't eat here without ordering one.
10551 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

4. The Family Donut Shop

11300 Conant St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
When Anthony Bourdain traveled to Detroit in 2009 he stopped by The Family Donut Shop for a bite. Find cheap, fresh doughnuts here as well as the non-doughnut, savory favorite — burek.
11300 Conant St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

5. Beignets 2 Go

Detroit, MI 48207
This on-the-move beignet truck serves New Orleans-style fritters and cronets, their take on the cronut. Topped with powdered sugar and drizzled with everything from chocolate to raspberry sauce they're a sure ticket to doughnut bliss.

6. Apple Fritter Donut Shop

741 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
Just as the name implies this Ferndale fried dough emporium offers a display case filled with fritters as well as other cake, old fashioned, raised, filled, and cruller options. We like the walnut-topped fritter and the nutty glazed doughnut, a yeast doughnut covered in peanuts.
741 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

7. Donut Cutter

28173 Woodward Ave, Berkley, MI 48072
A loyal legion of fans travel to this cash-only Berkley shop for their fix. Made fresh with a variety of toppings from cereal to sprinkles, the menu even features a giant birthday cake doughnut that feeds up to 20 people. Still customers swear by the fritters.
28173 Woodward Ave
Berkley, MI 48072

8. New Palace Bakery

9833 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
This Paczki Day favorite offers doughnuts year-round alongside strudel, pies, breads, and other pastries.
9833 Joseph Campau St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

9. Elias Donuts

19231 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223
This 30-plus year-old Detroit shop features giant glazed doughnuts and year-round paczki. They also serve a larger menu with sandwiches and shakes. Elias is open round the clock, seven days a week.
19231 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48223

10. One-Eyed Betty's

175 W Troy St, Ferndale, MI 48220
One-Eyed Betty's popular weekend brunch menu features plates of fresh-out-of-the-fryer doughnuts. Mix and match powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, maple bacon, and peanut butter sriracha doughnuts and dipping sauce.
175 W Troy St
Ferndale, MI 48220

11. Donutville USA

14829 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126
A bite of Americana in Dearborn, this shop specializes in classic fried pastry including cherry fritters, honey dipped doughnuts, and more. Feed your cravings, all day long. Donutville is open 24/7.
14829 Ford Rd
Dearborn, MI 48126

12. Dilla's Delights

242 John R St, Detroit, MI 48226
Herman Hayes, uncle of the late local hip hop legend J Dilla, paid tribute to his nephew by founding Dilla's Delights, a small-scale organic doughnut business. Find Uncle Herm's creations — Aaliyah lemon filled, Brewster's banana pudding, and beyond — at his pint-sized shop in downtown Detroit's The Ashley building.
242 John R St
Detroit, MI 48226

13. Daily Dozen

13599 E 9 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48089
This metro Detroit doughnut chain now sports locations in Warren and Royal Oak. Hit up either shop for a dose of scratch-made doughnut creativity. Keep things simple with flavors like maple crunch or indulge in a lemon meringue crueller
13599 E 9 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48089

14. Avon Donuts

45324 Woodward Ave, Pontiac, MI 48341
This family-owned establishment in Pontiac keeps things fresh with a rotation of clever toppings and flavors such as fruity pebbles, strawberry shortcake, and bacon.
45324 Woodward Ave
Pontiac, MI 48341

15. Donut Bar

29039 Southfield Rd, Southfield, MI 48076
A relative newcomer, Southfield's Donut Bar is fast becoming a favorite among fried dough lovers. The doughnuts here go beyond the typical glazed and raised, with flavors like creme brulee, banana split, and s'mores, which features a roasted marshmallow on top. Be aware, the shop occasionally sells out of popular flavors and prices are a bit higher than your average fix.
29039 Southfield Rd
Southfield, MI 48076

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