Best of Boston

BEST Doughnuts

2016 BEST Doughnuts

Blackbird Doughnuts


These raised specimens—in varieties like cookies and cream, “everything” bagel, and sesame sriracha—would be easy to dismiss as too hip for their own good. Except that they’re insanely delicious. And the true test for any serious doughnut aficionado is what… read more»

2015 BEST Doughnuts

Union Square Donuts


Card-carrying Bostonians that we are, we couldn’t really get behind the whole Boston-cream doughnut thing—until we tried the version at Union Square Donuts, with its thick layer of dark ganache frosting and custardy vanilla-laced center. The shop also specializes in… read more»

2009 BEST Doughnuts

Kane’s Donuts


Fluffy, not too sweet, never greasy—these were the criteria by which old-school favorite Kane’s earned its nod. Stars include the fluffy honey-dipped and the insanely moist buttercrunch cake, dubbed by one taster as ‘the best I’ve ever had.’ read more»

2008 BEST Doughnuts



Considering how Rachael Ray was caught drinking the wrong coffee off-camera, we’re thinking her handlers should keep her away from Verna’s and its totally yum-o cake doughnuts. read more»

1999 BEST Doughnuts

Gail Ann Coffee Shop


Practice makes perfect, and Gail Ann has been baking more than 20 varieties of fresh doughnuts daily for 45 years, since the shop was opened by its French immigrant founder. Still independently owned, it’s a rare counterpoint to the conglomerate… read more»

1998 BEST Doughnuts

Lori-Ann’s Donut Shop


Famous in Charlestown for its tasty pastries, Lori-Ann’s serves up a wide selection of the doughy goodies made on the premises daily. The shop is also a rare survivor: Fully two-thirds of the doughnut shops listed in Greater Boston have… read more»

1996 BEST Doughnuts

Anna’s Handcut Donuts

West Roxbury

Most days, the place looks like a precinct station, so you know the doughnuts must be good. read more»

1995 BEST Doughnuts

Ziggy’s Donuts


The second generation of Ziggy’s family is now carrying on his tradition of making hand-cut doughnuts that are simply terrific, whether they be classic cakes, yeast-raised, plain, honey-dipped, or jelly. Get there early in the day—pickings are slim after 11… read more»

1994 BEST Doughnuts, Filled

Japonaise Bakery Cafe


The best filled doughnut in Beantown is the an doughnight. It’s light and puffy and filled with sweet red-bean paste.. Beats the canned-filling variety hands down. read more»

1990 BEST Doughnuts

Mike’s Donuts


We’d crawl all the way to Everett for crullers at Mike’s. read more»