We dream of the day when indie gourmet donut shops are as plentiful as Dunkins in this city, but until then we’ll have to keep catching them where we can: food trucks, far-flung shops and pop-up markets.
This hard-working little Sodo bakery just off Michigan Street serves doughnuts and pastry of unparalleled quality. Guess that's what happens when you do it for as long as they have. Don't miss the Fruity Pebbles-topped glazed yeast.
915 E. Michigan St.
Damned good, obviously. The family-owned food truck recently made the leap to brick-and-mortar inside a Chevron station (with a drive-through window; they also offer delivery) wayyyy out west on Colonial. They're still frying up small-batch classics like lemon-blueberry and coconut cream.
16131 W. Colonial Drive, Oakland
If you really want a drive, check out their Clermont store, but the Donut King closest to us, on Howell Branch in Winter Park, is far enough. Classics like Boston cream, coconut flake and powdered-sugar jelly sit in the case with more outré flavors like maple-bacon, Oreo and Heath Bar.
3716 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park
Donuts to Go
DTG does great things with fruit, as evidenced by their Key lime, apple pie and strawberry cheescake doughnuts, but purists swear by their square-cut glazed yeast version. And yes, they do cronuts.
1414 W. First St., Sanford
The moist, light, fluffy cake doughnuts served from the little pink truck will make a believer out of raised-yeast doughnut loyalists. Try the blueberry dip or the vanilla crack and see.
Intersection of 441 and Wolf Branch Road, Mount Dora
Little Blue Donut Co.
The truck roams mainly in the Windermere/Winter Garden/Lake Nona wilds, but can also be found at some Daily City Food Truck Bazaars and Tasty Tuesday events. The peanut-butter cup, Samoa (like the Girl Scout cookie) and salted caramel doughnuts will make your heart – and your fillings – sing.
Doughnut obsessive Liz Doerr stopped reviewing dunkers and started making her own, turning her Orlandough blog into a craft doughnut biz by the same name. Find her at the College Park Farmers Market on Saturdays or order by email.