I don't care how you spell it, there's one thing we can all agree on – they are goooood. From El Cerrito to Downtown Oakland to San Francisco, here are our favorite Bay Area donuts (and doughnuts!):
Donut Savant in Uptown Oakland The donuts are almost too cute to eat. They are mini, which means you'll want to try all of them. Go ahead, treat yourself to that salted maple cron't – their croissant/donut hybrid – you'll be glad you did.
Donut Time on San Pablo in El Cerrito I found this place on a whim, and it's just so cute I think it deserves a special mention. Nothing frilly here, just good ol' fashion goodness. Grab a glazed and sit in their spacious back booth on a rainy day.
Pepples Donut Farm on San Pablo You have probably had one of Pepples' donuts at one of our favorite coffee shops, but there's no better place to eat a Pepples donut than the real deal. With flavors like lemon poppyseed, matcha green tea, and orange creamsicle, you can't just try one. Plus they are vegan, which makes them healthy, right?
Sweet Belly in Uptown Oakland Do you like your donuts with a side of ice cream? Or your ice cream with a side of donuts? Lucky you, you won't have to choose. Sweet Belly offers soft serve ice cream with a donut on top, or you can just get single donuts piping hot. Mini donuts fresh out of the fryer are so cute and yummy – and you get to choose it's dip and topping.
Bob's Donuts in SF's Nob Hill Yes, it's in San Francisco, but if you are ever in need of a donut the size of your face, Bob's Donuts is where it's at. Their 10-inch glazed donut is not only big, it's good too. You have to go, just so you can say you went. We always take our out of town guests to Bob's; we've decided it's actually cooler than the traditional Golden Gate Bridge crossing for visitors!
Dynamo Donuts in the SF Marina Another San Francisco favorite, but if you go here, you can actually see the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy your maple bacon donut with a view, they serve a pretty good cup of coffee too.
And sometimes you just want a dozen warm, glazed, sticky, pink box of doughnuts without all the frills. That's where your friendly neighborhood joint comes in. You know the one that always throws in the extra munchkins, only takes cash, and is open 24 hours? Yes, that one. Here are the ones we've taste tested, approved, and keep going back to – Colonial Donuts, Dream Fluff Donuts, Happy Donuts, and King Pin Donuts – but we know there are so. many. more.
Tell us, where do you get your donut fix? Or is it doughnut?
[Photo Credit: Anna Azimi]