There is a place in Northern Minnesota. It is in Grand Marais. My grandfather introduced me to it as a high schooler and I have been going there ever since. World’s Best Donuts.World’s Best Donuts, Grand Marais, MN.You will not find a better donut anywhere on the planet. I don’t even eat donuts the entire year, until I go up there. They are extremely crisp on the outside, tender and flaky on the inside. A dozen costs something like 5 bucks. If you ever go there, prepare to wait in line.
In Chicago, I have not found a donut shop that is even close. I quit looking years ago. Dunkin’ Donuts are horrible. Lou Mitchell’s has some nice pastries, but both those and their donuts are super expensive.
The other thing I have noticed about Donut shops is their coffee always tastes like crap. What gives? Can’t they make a decent pot of coffee? It’s always watery and tasteless. Krispy Kreme has some of the worst coffee in the world. I also am not a fan of Dunkin Donuts coffee. McDonald’s now has better coffee than DD. Update: World’s Best Donuts upgraded their coffee, it’s a lot better now! last visit was May 2010
With all this crap that has come out about cholesterol in the last 30 years, I think that donuts have really gone downhill. Everyone cooks them in weird oils trying to make them healthy for you. Yes, eating dough fried in this monounsaturated oil is going to keep you out of the chest cutter’s operating room. Ha! The best way to cook them is to just use lard from a pig. Leaf Lard. Open Kettle Leaf Lard-Ready to Use! 2 or 4 lb The stuff is really expensive! But it’s worth it when you are talkin’ donuts.
In case I am not there when my wife passes away, she has made a request. On her death bed, she wants a dozen from World’s Best. Sugar and Cinnamon please, with maybe one Plain thrown in the bag. She will eat the entire dozen and then head down the path to heaven.