Perhaps you've never heard of National Doughnut Day, but it is here! National Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday of June every year.
Doughnuts are a delicious, often indulgent treat. So what are 2 reasons you would feel good about going to eat doughnuts? One: You rode your bicycle to the shop. And two: It's a patriotic holiday!
The Salvation Army in Chicago originally created this event in 1938 to honor those who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.
So in celebration of National Doughnut Day, here are the must-have doughnuts in 5 of the best cities for cycling.
Live in one of these cities? Share this with your cycling buddy and grab one of these famous cakes!
“At the core of the mini-chain are yeasted doughnuts, inflated to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day–balloon proportions this shy of over-proofing, then sprinkled and glazed with toppers like cocoa nibs and passion fruit while cooling to room temp. Dough’s beautifully glossy magenta-pink hibiscus doughnuts are one of the city’s iconic foods, and because they are found at any number of coffee shops, they’re instantly recognizable. Despite the availability, it’s worth a trip to Chelsea, where staff set out cauldrons of warm doughnut holes throughout the day.”
"I’ll just go ahead and say it. Do-rite Donuts is Chicago’s best doughnut shop. I don’t care what you say. If you think otherwise, you’re wrong. Period. Do-rite keeps it real with their super soft yeast raised doughnuts, and their rich buttermilk old fashions. One of my favorites is for sure the blueberry crumb cake that’s injected with pockets of fresh blueberry jam and rolled in crunchy cake crumbs but the doughnut to get here is the cinnamon crunch yeast doughnut. It’s got cinnamon swirled throughout the buttery dough so every bite tastes just like a cinnamon roll with a crunchy exterior. It is to die for! And in the event you prefer cake, it comes in a buttermilk old fashion version. Oh, and did I mention they do fried chicken?"
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
"I was almost at my blissful destination when a mouthwatering aroma made me stop in my tracks. It was a magical blend of sweet icing glaze and fried chicken. My stomach began grumbling in protest as I thought you don’t need chicken or doughnuts for lunch! My willpower crumbled like the perfect coating on the fried chicken sandwich that I now insatiably craved.
The mainstay flavors are vanilla bean glazed, maple bacon with crumbled bacon garnish, PB&J and my personal favorite crème brulee. The monthly rotating flavors are as whimsical as they are delicious and currently include nutella, hibiscus lemon, salted caramel with crushed peanut garnish and birthday cake."
"It’s hard to even tell if Donut Queen is open. The small, rundown space is cluttered with empty shelves and there are no tables or even a register in sight. What are on display, though, are the collosal apple fritters, about the size of a small child. As delicious as they are -- crispy and sugary on the outside, fluffy on the inside with big chunks of apple -- it’s a challenge to get through the whole thing. But at $2 for the best apple fritter in town it’s worth the challenge... or you can always just split one with a friend (or two). "
"With a menu of quirkily delicious flavors like Orange Cinnadough and chocolate-bacon, and the hair-raisingly strong Cuvée espresso shots made to order, Sunset Valley newbie Bougie’s certainly lives up to the name. But there's nothing fussy about their mission: elevating the classic coffee-and-a-donut combo to an art form. Our go-to is the Homer -- strawberry-frosted with rainbow sprinkles -- with an iced Americano on the side."