Munich, Germany: Café Frischhut
Munich’s Viktualienmarkt is a culinary gem and arguably the most famed and historic food source of the city. The Viktualienmarkt, a grand market open daily, comprises a great and diverse range of stands, some selling bread spreads, others fresh vegetables from the Bavarian countryside, honeys, fresh squeezed juices, and even straw animals as souvenirs. Just across from the Viktualienmarkt are several clusters of restaurants. One of them is Café Frischhut.
Café Frischhut lures in visitors with a window display of their various distinctly Bavarian donuts: they have krapfen, the traditional circular jam-filled donut, and they also offer stritzl, a long bar of fried donut batter. (I recommend getting the stritzl for sharing and because of its fantastic name.) Other creatively labelled alternatives include “ausgezogene,” which translates to “drawn out,” or the “rohrnudel,” literally a “yeast roll.”
After ordering, the donuts are taken fresh from the frying oil: sizzling, piping hot, and crispy on the outside. I’m sure they would be even more incredible in cold weather, but I’m contented with biting into a crispy, golden brown exterior to discover warm, grainy peach jam oozing through a fluffy cloud of donut dough. “Zucker?” the cheerful Bavarian lady asks, holding a newly fried donut over a bag of white coating sugar. I’m not sure who could say no. by Marie Louise James
Warsaw, Poland: A. Blikle
Blikle donuts can be found everywhere in Warsaw. Their historic “cukiernia,” the Polish term for “confectionery” but translating more literally to “sugar store,” is on one of the main shopping streets in Poland: Nowy Swiat. Smaller Blikle cafés are also stationed as delicious pick-me-ups for travellers in Warsaw’s main train station and airport. Blikle’s signature donut is glazed, topped with candied fruits, and filled with rose petal jam. Consider rose jam as raspberry’s cooler cousin: heightened in flavor, aromatic, and, of course, much more extraordinary. While other Polish donut stores sell rose-filled donuts, Blikle is a pioneer in design, as the candied orange topping has become a trademark of Blikle’s rose-jam donuts. While the rose donut was my favorite, other flavors, such as plum jam, were just as delicious and beautiful in design, featuring iced pastel purple stripes or, more simply and rustically, a dusting of powdered sugar. by Marie Louise James
New York, NY: Krispy Kreme
Nestled under the bustling streets of New York in Penn Station is one of many locations of Krispy Kreme. Known for its infamous plethora of flavored donuts, this chain never ceases to impress. Krispy Kreme takes on the same prices as other giants such as Dunkin Donuts, but with much better quality to make a more delicious donut. Next time you feel like taking a day trip to the city, grab some breakfast along the way at Krispy Kreme—try, say, a Boston cream donut—and you won’t be disappointed. by Grace McGuirk
Ocean City, NJ: The Fractured Prune
If you aren’t already drawn to Ocean City, NJ by the vast beaches and boardwalk attractions, the many unique fried food hubs on the island offer you an even greater reason to visit! Located on 34th street, just a block from the beach, the Fractured Prune Donut Shoppe is not your ordinary donut destination. Inside the 60s styled store, customers choose from over 20 original flavors with quirky names like “O.C. Sand” and “Morning Buzz.” The open layout allows customers to see their donuts fried, hand-dipped, and finally decorated. For those who aren’t afraid to get messy, the “Caramel Kiss,” dipped in caramel and topped with chocolate chips, is the best flavor - enjoy hot, as the toppings melt into the perfect chocolatey treat. by Evelyn Bentch
Philadelphia, PA: Beiler's, Undrgrnd, and Federal Donuts
The donut was allegedly invented by Pennsylvania Dutch settlers. Working in the major city in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, I thought that I would be able to find a pretty tasty one.
The first donut I tried was at Beiler’s in the Reading Terminal Market’s Dutch corner (1). It was cheap (about $1), and the dough was light, airy, and flavorful but not too sweet. While the line was definitely long, especially around 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the price and flavor definitely made the wait worth it.
The second two donuts I tried were the “Homer” (2) and the “420” (3) at the Undrgrnd donut truck. The truck changes location every day, so I had to look online to check their schedule, but I thought it was fun to have to walk to Love Park at 8 a.m. to go find them. The donuts were $2 apiece and loaded with toppings. They were heavy, oily, and very sweet.
The last donut I had was at Federal Donuts (4). Their donuts are more gourmet and more expensive, with the “eclair” costing $2.50. It was good but not worth the expense. by Caroline Smith
San Diego: Hotel Cronuts
These scrumptious Raspberry Cronuts were created when croissant met raspberry donut. Found at a hotel breakfast buffet in San Diego, California, the outside layer is covered with baker’s sugar and a raspberry glaze, drizzled with vanilla icing and topped off with a dried raspberry, while the inside contains flaky, light croissant. This fun treat makes for a perfect sweet bite, especially for one of Spork’s favorite meals, brunch! by Annie Dobler