Where to Find the Best Donuts Around KC
Photo: Ashley Deck
Doughnuts are the newest sweet celebrity (bye bye cupcakes) and their yeasty goodness has many moods from gooey filings with a Fruity Pebbles cereal glaze to adult versions with a hint of alcohol and of course, because we do live in K.C. — barbecue doughnuts. Here’s what’s making us happy right now.
Doughnuts and cocktails? This sleek Westport hangout elevates the breakfast staple with a sophisticated, adult twist. From a cranberry and brandy ring to an Oreo-stuffed option, you can find whatever you crave. The lounge also offers “noduts”: more savory selections, including one topped with Q39 burnt ends.
4117 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo., doughnutlounge.com
FLUFFY FRESH DONUTS
When the product is often sold out before 8 a.m., you know it’s good. Early birds can enjoy these luscious cake doughnuts, offered in a range of flavors purists will appreciate — Bavarian cream, chocolate, cinnamon and more. With menu items under a dollar, this family-owned shop embraces the classics. It’s clearly working: Doors have been open since 1959.
10123 State Line Road, Kansas City, Mo., fluffyfreshdonuts.com
HANA’S DONUT COMPANY
Just look into the pastry case and your mouth will water. Red velvet, eggnog, wedding cake and other unique tastes abound, mingling alongside apple fritters and beloved mini cinnamon rolls. The neighborhood favorite keeps a high KC profile, teaming up with Boulevard Brewing Company for beer and doughnut pairings and hipster coffeehouse, Oddly Correct.
2131 S 34th St., Kansas City, Kan., @HanasDonuts
The rainbow storefront says it all: these doughnuts are fun. The business dubs itself a “laboratory,” calling on customers to experiment with different icings, drizzles and toppings. Hungry visitors can also rely on perfected recipes, like the Fruit Puff — decorated with Fruity Pebbles — or the Sweet Bacon O’ Mine, complete with crisp bacon bits.
1009 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo.
KC DONUT CO.
Its slogan is “heaven by the dozen,” promising clients a doughnut paradise. You can personalize this divine dozen with coconut, M&M and German chocolate cake concoctions. The eatery also boasts Long Johns as big as your arm.
2014 E Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kan.
This Mardi-Gras-inspired café ditches the American doughnut for its French counterpart, a fluffy fritter with your choice of filling. Choose between sea salt caramel, tiramisu, Brie cheese and a slew of other options. Then, devour these treats alongside a cup of coffee. Creole creations like blue crab and spicy salmon kick it up for a snack that’s not dessert, but just as delicious.
307 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., beignetkc.com