Anyone who’s ever worked in an office knows that the best days are the ones on which the boss (or editor, hint, hint) brings doughnuts for the staff. It’s such a universally loved moment, that there’s an entire day dedicated to those pastries of puff, those rings of righteousness, those fried circles of joy.
THAT DAY IS TODAY.
That’s right, it’s the official National Doughnut Day. And, as we all know, doughnut vs. donut isn’t the only debate to be had in the doughnut world. We asked around the Southern Living offices for everyone’s favorite doughnut/donut joint. Here’s what we came up with:
Erin Street, Deputy Editor, Travel
“Julie Darling Donuts: Located in Chattanooga’s North Shore neighborhood, Julie Darling Donuts features a rotating menu of specialties, including the banana pudding donuts, red velvet and their legendary pancakes and bacon donut. Could there be a more perfect breakfast? If you’re feeling super decadent go for the donut sundae. ”
Travis M. Andrews, Associate Editor, Travel
“Blue Dot Donuts: The donut store in New Orleans recently opened a second location on Tchoupitoulas. Not surprising since the shop (opened by cops!) serves the best rings I’ve ever had. Try the maple bacon long john. Or, if you don’t feel like moving the rest of the day, the ice-cream sandwich with doughnuts replacing chocolate wafters.”
Melody Kitchens, Editorial Fellow
“Urban Standard: This coffee joint is my favorite in Birmingham by far, and they have the most incredible blueberry cardamom donut. It’s baked with whole blueberries, and that cardamom spice gives it the best extra kick.”
Hannah Hayes, Assistant Food Editor
“Buttermilk Drop Bakery: Recently I had too much fun in New Orleans, and one of the highlights was the buttermilk drops at Buttermilk Drop Bakery. The original shop isn’t exactly on the beaten tourist path, and there isn’t much seating, but there’s heart, soul, and sugar and that’s all that matters. You might recognize the man behind the counter from his role in Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
Susan Alison, Copy Chief
“Donut Hole Bakery Café: Because the Santa Rosa Beach bakery has a gazillion doughnut flavor choices (red velvet, please), plus an amazing Mexican omelet and the fluffiest sourdough French toast, and isn’t everything just a little healthier—at least for the soul—at the beach?”
Tell us: What’s your favorite doughnut shop in the South?