Miamians Line Up for Artisanal Desserts at The Salty Donut in Wynwood

Miamians Line Up for Artisanal Desserts at The Salty Donut in Wynwood
  • Miami's The Salty Donut shop pours Chicago's Intelligentsia Coffee while serving up maple bacon desserts.

  • Hand-crafted, artisanal donuts fit in with the art scene found near Wynwood Walls.

The Salty Donut began as a mission to bring handcrafted, artisanal doughnuts to Miami. Owners Andy Rodriguez and Amanda Pizarro traveled across the country for these desserts and wondered why Miami didn’t have them.

“We realized that Miami is usually at the tail end of a lot of gastronomic trends and we just really wanted to do something that was for our city. Bring a little bit of culture that we didn’t have from other places around the country to our city...because I feel like Wynwood is part of the town, part of Miami that’s most accepting to kind of different things,” Rodriguez said.

Prior to having their storefront, “Salty,” as it is affectionately known, was trying to keep up with their customers' insatiable demands from a pop-up truck. Even now that they have been able to move into their storefront, The Salty Donut regularly has lines stretching down the street and often sells out of doughnuts before the business day is done — not surprising, due to its widely varied consumer base.

“I think we’ve got kids [who] are super trendy and kinda fashion-forward. I think we’ve got, you know, grandmas and grandpas that are 80 years old that come in and get our doughnuts,” Rodriguez added.

With quirky items like the pancetta, cheddar, and cornbread cake doughnuts and classics like the traditional glazed buttermilk, Salty offers a treat for every flavor profile. The menu is thanks in part to veteran pastry chef and The Salty Donut Executive Pastry Chef Max Santiago. With his 20 years of experience, Chef Santiago can change his menu regularly.

“Whenever anyone asks me, ‘You do just doughnuts?’ I don’t do just doughnuts, I do desserts,” he said.

And those desserts are just as pleasing to the eye as they are to the stomach. As customers walk in to satisfy their doughnut craving, many can’t help but stop to snap a shot for Instagram or Facebook.

Watch this episode of REACH Miami to see what all the fuss is about at The Salty Donut.

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The Votes Are In, America’s Favorite Donut Shop is…

They’re hot, doughy, glazed and sprinkled. Whether you like a brioche or yummy yeast, no one can deny the appeal of a quality donut. But are some donuts better than others? According to Foodable Labs data, there are some clear leaders of the pack; some of which you may have heard of before.

Winner! District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew

According to data from January through July of this year, District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew has a 95.6 consumer sentiment rating out of 100! Previously featured on Foodable’s Fast Casual Nation, this spot is a must-stop.

So what makes this fast casual number one with consumers? Well, first of all, District hand makes their donuts all day in small batches, so they’re always fresh. Donuts from District are categorized as either regular, fancy, or EXTRA fancy. With incredibly imaginative donut flavors like Vietnamese Iced Coffee, Kolache, and Ginger Mint Julep, customers never get bored. And with more than a hundred varieties, District’s donut menu changes daily!

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While the name may lead you to believe you can grab a brewski at the shop, the “brew” in District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew actually refers to coffee. It makes sense considering their claim to fame is coffee’s best friend. But donut fret, District is BYOB.

Stop in for some donuts, but be sure to grab a taste of the incredible sliders and coffee they've got available too.

Voodoo Doughnut


Coming in at number two is a veteran of the most loved donut ranking. Voodoo Doughnut has long been known for their crazy creations and lengthy lines. It’s important that you notice the spelling here. Voodoo has made it part of their mission to return the lexicon to the spelling of DOUGHNUT.

Started in Portland by Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon, Voodoo combines art, science and a little bit of know-how to serve up their crave-able doughnuts. The Portland-based shop offers fun flavors like Grape Ape, Tangfastic and the legendary (and copyrighted) Maple Bacon Bar as well as an array of tasty vegan doughnuts.

Voodoo was last year’s winner; it will be interesting to see how these top brands duke it out.

Donut Byte Labs

Some appeal of the donut craze has been the massive size of the treats, some can be as big as your head! But at Donut Byte Labs, they’re trying something a little different.


Ranked at n. 3, Donut Byte Labs has only been open since 2015, but have since grown an impressive following. Customers across America sing its praises on review sites which reflect, clearly, in our sentiment data.

Donut Byte Labs serves only mini-donuts, all fried up by their donut robot, which is housed in their permanently established food truck. Once the donuts come off the line, they are cooled and hand decorated before being gobbled up by eager customers.

From their truck, they churn out mini cake donuts in classic flavors as well as in “advanced” flavors like Burnside Cream, Milk and Honey, and Lemon Drop.

And what were the favorite donuts from all shops across the country?

Who will wear next year’s donut crown? Stay tuned to Foodable for that and more eye-opening (and mouthwatering) data.