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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Donut Villa

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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.

Dutch Girl Donuts

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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.

Rose's Fine Foods

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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.

The Family Donut Shop

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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.

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.

Apple Fritter Donut Shop

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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.

Donut Cutter

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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.

New Palace Bakery

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This Paczki Day favorite offers doughnuts year-round alongside strudel, pies, breads, and other pastries.

Elias Donuts

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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.

One-Eyed Betty's

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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.

Donutville USA

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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.

Dilla's Delights

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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.

Daily Dozen

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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

Avon Donuts

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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.

Donut Bar

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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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Donut Villa

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.

Dutch Girl Donuts

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.

Rose's Fine Foods

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.

The Family Donut Shop

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.

Beignets 2 Go

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.

Apple Fritter Donut Shop

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.

Donut Cutter

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.

New Palace Bakery

This Paczki Day favorite offers doughnuts year-round alongside strudel, pies, breads, and other pastries.

Elias Donuts

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.

One-Eyed Betty's

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.

Donutville USA

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.

Dilla's Delights

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.

Daily Dozen

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

Avon Donuts

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.

Donut Bar

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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