Friday, June 3, 2016

The Best Donuts in DC!

Happy National Donut Day!!! In honor of today's "holiday" I'm excited to share the best donuts in the DC area (#IMO).
I’ve just got a thing for donuts you guys. Always have, always will. My birthday cake one year was even a giant pink donut cake with multicolored sprinkles. So naturally, when we moved to DC one thing we sought out was the best donuts in town. And today my friends, not only am I showing you my top donut places in the DC area, but also sharing a GIANT donut taste test we did with my family this past weekend at the lake. So fun!
First up, District Dooughnuts. This was the clear winner amongst everyone, especially the snickerdoodle donut. My favorite (which may have not made it to the taste test ;)) was the salted caramel donut. Food & Wine magazine agrees, as they voted it one of the best donuts in America
Cotton couldn't contain himself during this photoshoot, he wanted a donut so bad!

{TWO} SUGAR SHACK
Next, the RVA favorite, Sugar Shack, came in close second with their crazy yummy variety.
{THREE} ASTRO FRIED CHICKEN & DONUTS
Astro Fried Chicken & Donuts was a winner purely for their amazing fried chicken that is served on a fresh unglazed donut with Sriracha mayo. You have to eat these fresh, so just the donuts were included in the taste test. The donuts themselves were actually not favored by anyone.
{FOUR} SHOPPERS
Finally, we have Shoppers colossal donuts which were impressive merely because of size. Yes, Shoppers is a grocery store, but the selection is insane and if the donuts were super fresh, I could see how they could be good. I was recommended there for the cronut which ended up being a disappointment, that is, if I happened to grab the right donut.
For comparisons sake, the normal sized brown butter District Donut on the left and the colossal "cronut" from Shoppers on the right. 

{FIVE} HONORABLE MENTIONS
Honorable mentions that we just weren’t able to get to in this taste test were GBD’s donuts which Ryan and I have had before and were decent, not something I would seek out. Mama’s Donut Bites are small, round and delish, served hot off a food truck. Their apple cider donuts were so yummy in the fall.
Here’s how the taste test went down, have you ever seen so many donuts?!
Sully and Nonna had a good time taste testing! Isn't Sully's Lilly shift so cute?! You can get it here + Mama match here
I gotta say, RVA still holds the trophy for best donut selection if you ask me (hello, Mrs. Yoders, Westham Pastry and Country Style donuts).

What are your favorite donut spots in DC or in your city?! 

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