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Last modified on February 14th, 2019 at 11:19 am
Although the first Friday of every June is National Doughnut Day, you don’t need an excuse to embrace the selection of donuts in Tucson.
Options range from the classic pink-frosted and sprinkled doughnut that Homer Simpson drools over to more recent favorites such as the maple-bacon glazed doughnut.
The most charming of the bunch, this doughnut shop has been around for over 15 years. The owner, Po, is super friendly, and they have a core group of customers. Alvernon Donut Shop is the South Central Tucson doughnut dive.
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Amy’s Donuts sells fresh, vibrant doughnuts with toppings that seem limitless. Going big? Choose your own or opt for a frosted dozen (or half dozen) box. What fun!
For more information, visit amysdonuts.com.
Batch offers doughnut-centric desserts such as the Creme Brulee and El Churro. While the Congress location doesn’t make it easy to grab a dozen the way to work, the patio provides top-notch people-watching.
For more information, visit batchtucson.com.
Located near Golf Links and Kolb, this doughnut shop features a drive-thru and really cranks out some doughnuts. It’s hard to know if they’re always as busy as they were on the Friday I visited but the drive-thru line was longer than at a Starbucks.
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If you’ve been confused as to whether King Donut is the same as Donut King, I’m here to assure you, yes, they are the same place. Although, for the record, their sign clearly says “King Donut” with the “King” on top of donut.
For more information, visit King Donut on Yelp.
While assortments of donuts are available here, you’ll find yourself returning for the assortment of Mexican pastries available, such as the piernas or galletas. Tortillas, tamales, and menudo are also available to bring home.
For more information, visit laestrellabakeryincaz.com.
Though we don’t consult PETA on where we should eat, they ranked Le Cave’s as one of the top six vegan-friendly doughnut shops in the nation.
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Ensuring you’ll never spell it right, the illegitimate sister to New York City baker Dominique Ansel’s Cronut® is only available in Tucson at one place. And that’s Prep & Pastry.
More info at prepandpastry.com.
Located just west of the freeway on St. Mary’s is Queen Donuts. There is no relationship between Queen Donuts and King Donut. Although, someone should open up a Prince Donut and Jester Donut just to add confusion to this Illuminati-like underground doughnut conspiracy.
For more information, visit Queen Donuts on Yelp.
Located inside the casino near the Bingo Hall, Sweetscape offers a variety of sweets and treats including doughnuts, gelato, pastries, desserts, shakes, floats, sundaes, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee beverages.
Over 15 varieties of freshly-made yeast and cake doughnuts are available in the bakeshop of Casino Del Sol, prepared by executive pastry chef Gina Skelton.
For more information, visit casinodelsol.com.
This is a fun little doughnut dive on the Southwest corner of Speedway and Kolb. Rather than a bell that goes off when the door opens, there’s a voice that happily and robotically greets you. It was also named the best doughnut shop in Arizona by Thrillist back in 2015.
For more information, visit Young Donuts on Yelp.
Where are your favorite doughnuts in town? Let us know in the comments.
[This article was originally written on June 3, 2016, and most recently updated on February 14, 2019]