Doughnuts never go out of style, but lately there’s been more interest in them and more options around New Orleans to sample, from classic shops to newcomers with signature styles. Here’s an overview of five great shops offering different approaches across different neighborhoods.
3305 Jefferson Highway, (504) 828-2811; lovebakersdozen.com
This traditional neighborhood doughnut shop has all the standards but also mixes things up with frosting synced to holiday colors, tied in with popular movies (dinosaurs have been on the march lately) or whipped up in custom themes for birthday doughnuts. There’s a fun, lighthearted approach, though Bakers Dozen takes its name seriously — order a dozen donuts, and you get 13.
Blue Dot Donuts
4301 Canal St., (504) 218-4866; bluedotdonuts.com
The original Blue Dot in Mid-City has been popular from day one and for good reason. It’s a small operation with high quality and evident freshness across the selection, and plenty of distinctive specialties between the standards, like the maple bacon Long John studded with enough crumbled bacon to fill out a breakfast platter.
2209 Magazine St., (504) 570-6945; donutsandsliders.com
The doughnuts here are like creatively modern cakes in miniature, done to the tune of root beer float, Vietnamese iced coffee, wedding cake or pumpkin cheesecake. There are regular glazed and chocolate frosted, too, but it’s more fun to try one of the truly unique creations here. While you’re at it, try the nitro cold brew coffee served on tap.
Freret Street Po-boys & Donut Shop
4701 Freret St., (504) 872-9676; freretstreetpoboys.com
Amid the diversity of dining options along Freret Street, this corner cafe zeros in on the bedrock pleasures of Creole pot cooking and po-boys, and adds a dose of old-school doughnuts for good measure. Nothing fancy, it simply hits the spot (though for something different, see what the neighboring High Hat Cafe does with this shop’s glazed doughnut, searing it on the griddle and topping it with ice cream for its “grillswith” dessert).
Joe’s Cafe Coffee & Donuts
5957 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, (504) 328-1234; 2691 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, (504) 309-1547
Full-service diner meets full-fledged doughnut shop at these two West Bank finds. While the griddle stays busy with short orders, the doughnut counter offers a tantalizing array of options, from buttermilk drops to giant, plate-sized frosted doughnuts. Bonus: The Lapalco location is open 24/7.
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