Slideshow: America's Best Doughnuts

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Slideshow: America's Best Doughnuts

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop

Brooklyn, N.Y.
For some delicious confections and a welcoming diner atmosphere, head to Brooklyn's Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop. Admirers of this NYC institution say the doughnut ice cream sandwiches are irresistible on a hot summer's day, while the red velvet doughnuts delight year-round. Find out more about:
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Voodoo Doughnut

Voodoo Doughnut

Portland, Ore.
Tang juice mix, bubblegum dust and cayenne pepper are just a few of the uncommon ingredients you'll find sprinkled on top Voodoo Doughnuts. While this Oregon-based sweet stop does tout more traditional offerings, Voodoo's inventive menu items are its claim to fame. Find out more about:
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Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop

Brooklyn, N.Y.
For some delicious confections and a welcoming diner atmosphere, head to Brooklyn's Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop. Admirers of this NYC institution say the doughnut ice cream sandwiches are irresistible on a hot summer's day, while the red velvet doughnuts delight year-round. Find out more about:
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Voodoo Doughnut

Portland, Ore.
Tang juice mix, bubblegum dust and cayenne pepper are just a few of the uncommon ingredients you'll find sprinkled on top Voodoo Doughnuts. While this Oregon-based sweet stop does tout more traditional offerings, Voodoo's inventive menu items are its claim to fame. Find out more about:
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Nord's Bakery

Louisville, Ky.
Nord's claim to fame is its Maple Bacon Doughnut: Coated in a thick layer of maple icing and topped with a crispy strip of bacon, this fried delicacy is not for the faint of heart. Set your alarm early if you want to get your hands on one of these mouthwatering morsels — they go fast. Find out more about:
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Top Pot Doughnuts

Seattle, Wash.
Not only do doughnut enthusiasts heap praise on Top Pot's handmade confections (especially the old fashioned variety), they also rave about the coffee — a bold proclamation in a city known for its love of the brew. Find out more about:
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Doughnut Vault

Chicago, Ill.
The Doughnut Vault couples $1 coffee with fresh, toasty doughnuts, drawing Chicago dessert fanatics in droves. This gourmet doughnut distributor frequently sees lines snaking around the corner. Arrive early to snag one of the store's signatures, like the Lemon Poppy Seed Old Fashioned or Original Chocolate Glazed doughnuts. Find out more about:
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Stan's Doughnuts

Los Angeles, Calif.
A fixture in Los Angeles's Westwood neighborhood since 1965, Stan's Doughnuts is one of the oldest shops on our list. While Stan's still sells its old fashioned buttermilk doughnuts, the Peanut Butter and Fresh Banana with Chocolate Chips version is as revered. Find out more about:
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Federal Donuts

Philadelphia, Pa.
Federal Donuts specializes in three things: coffee, doughnuts and chicken. While the thought of delighting in twice-fried chicken with a side of doughnut may cause some skepticism, admirers of this Philly eatery say the unusual duo is worth sampling.  Find out more about:
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Gourdough's

Austin, Texas
While most doughnut emporiums close their doors by midday, Gourdough's continues creating its sugary concoctions long past sunset, delighting night owls and dessert-junkies well into the wee hours of the morning. Gourdough's legendary "Big. Fat. Donuts." are available until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Find out more about:
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Dynamo Donuts

San Francisco, Calif.
Dynamo Donuts offers a rotating selection of seven to 10 handmade flavors, but the Bacon Maple Apple is the standout. This beloved classic boasts a permanent spot on Dynamo's menu and comes with crispy bits of bacon, sautéed apples and a maple glaze finish. Find out more about:
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Doughnut Plant

New York City, N.Y.
Using his grandfather's original doughnut recipe, Doughnut Plant owner Mark Isreal introduced Manhattanites to the filled Square Doughnut. These mouthwatering treats are stuffed with homemade jams, creams and custards. Find out more about:
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Round Rock Donuts

Round Rock, Texas
Round Rock Donuts has catered to the sweet toothed since 1926. While other gourmet distributors on this list entice customers with unconventional flavor pairings, Round Rock sticks to its age-old recipe: handmade, yeast doughnuts with little flair but big taste. Read More:
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Sublime Doughnuts

Atlanta, Ga.
Sublime doesn't make you choose between doughnuts or ice cream — their "doughnut burgers" combine the best of both desserts. The bakers slice a freshly made doughnut in half and then fill in the middle with a scoop of ice cream. Beat the Atlanta heat with the Oreo Ice Cream Burger or the Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Burger. Find out more about:
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