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These Right Here Are the 11 Best Donuts in America

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It’s National Donut Day, a holiday observed by arguing about the proper spelling of “doughnut” on Twitter. To determine once and for all who makes the most delectable treats around, I studied 10 lists ranking the best do[ugh]nuts in America, as selected by Bon Appétit, Saveur, USA Today, Food & Wine, The Daily Meal, Thrillist, Travel + Leisure, U.S. News & World Report, Maxim, and Business Insider.

In doing so, I a) entered an insulin-induced fugue state and moaned aloud, to the revulsion of my coworkers and b) kept track of which donut shops were ranked on multiple lists. Though there was a five-way tie for sixth place and a three-way tie for third, a clear winner emerged — then again, on National Donut Day, aren’t we all winners?

6. Café du Monde – New Orleans, LA

Mentioned on five lists.

Beignets

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Try the beignets (that’s all they serve, anyway).

6. Doughnut Vault – Chicago, IL

Mentioned on five lists.

Doughnut Vault

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Try the chestnut glazed.

6. Bob’s Donut and Pastry Shop – San Francisco, CA

Mentioned on five lists.

Bob's Donut

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Try the apple fritter.

6. Top Pot Doughnuts – Seattle, WA

Mentioned on five lists.

Top Pot

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Try the pink feather boa.

6. Stan’s Doughnuts – Los Angeles, CA

Mentioned on five lists.

Stan's Donuts

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Try the peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip donut.

3. Bouchon Bakery – Yountville, CA

Mentioned on six lists.

bouchon

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Try the chocolate ganache brioche.

3. Dynamo Donut – San Francisco, CA

Mentioned on six lists.

Dynamo

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Try the bacon maple apple donut.

3. Round Rock Donuts – Round Rock, TX

Mentioned on six lists.

Round Rock

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Try the glazed Round Rock donut, which costs only 59 cents.

2. Voodoo Doughnut – Portland, OR

Mentioned on eight lists.

Voodoo

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Try the bacon maple bar and the Portland cream.

1. Doughnut Plant – New York, NY

Mentioned on 10 lists.

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Try the tres leches and the peanut butter glazed with blackberry jam filling.