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Best doughnuts

Nevin Martell  |  Updated 02/03/2014

Our fingers are sticky, we've loosened our belts a few notches and our eyes are glazed over. We have tasted and retasted, scored and rescored more than 250 doughnuts weighing more than 50 pounds, all in a quest to crown Washington's best.


Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken

Washington, DC

Former Fiola pastry chef Jason Gehring turns out a rotating menu of gorgeous gourmet doughnuts (plus fried chicken) with inventive flavor combinations. The Creme brulee doughnut, which combines a torched sugar top, fluffy doughnut and custard filling, was the top place finisher in the Food section's search for the best doughnut in D.C.



Washington, DC

Neighborhood Restaurant Group's executive pastry chef, Tiffany MacIsaac, makes inspired doughnuts (while chef/husband Kyle Bailey focuses on the fried chicken). MacIsaac stopped making the Food section's favorite doughnut from the first round of the Dozen Weeks of Doughnuts competition, the lemon poppy fritter, but the chocolate-pudding-filled yeasted became runner-up. It includes as many elements as a restaurant dessert: deeply flavored pudding and frosting, soft fried dough, crunchy cocoa crispies.


Fractured Prune Donut Shoppe

Frederick, MD

Choose from 32 signature cake doughnuts, all fried to order, at this regional chain (with 10 other locations in the mid-Atlantic), or play mix-and-match with a dozen glazes, half a dozen toppings and several sugars. The French toast is one of the signatures, a moist and springy bangle meant to evoke, well, you know.


Nothing But Donuts

Washington, DC

Owner Yune Choi showcases up to 50 kinds of classic doughnuts every day in the subterranean food court at Union Station. The Dinosaur glazed weighs nearly three-quarters of a pound and measures 8 inches across.



Washington, DC

Part deli and part bakery, WTF is the companion piece to Woodward Table, and it's where the counters brim with pastry chef Beverly Bates's deftly executed breads and confections. The Berliner, which made the top of our Food's best doughnuts list, is sprinkled with powdered sugar and filled with house-made mixed-berry jam.


Breads Unlimited

Bethesda, MD

This bakery opened back in 1949 at Georgia Ave. in the District before moving out to a Bethesda strip mall in 1981.


Miller Farms

Clinton, MD

This family-run farm has been under cultivation since the late 19th century. The market opened in the late 1960s, but the bakery didn't debut until spring 2007. Shelley Miller oversees the doughnut operation, which offers cake doughnuts Mondays through Saturdays.



Arlington , VA

When the oak-fired oven isn't going at full bore, pastry chef Chris Deutsch takes over the kitchen space at this Neapolitan pizzeria. There he whips up goodies for his Hot Hot Bakery food cart, which he operates Tuesdays through Fridays in Arlington, and also sells doughnuts at the pizza shop.


Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

Arlington, VA

This corner bakery in Arlington has been offering a broad selection of baked goods -- including some trip-worthy European breads -- since 1975. The apricot-filled doughnut is a cut above the shop's others.


Raulin's Bakery

Beltsville, MD

Blink and you might miss this sliver of a bakery tucked away in an nondescript shopping plaza.


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