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!
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.
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.