July 20, 2017

Pastry Crawl: Best Doughnuts in Miami

If you've been following along with me for any length of time, you know that I have a huge sweet tooth and that doughnuts are my bakery item of choice. I research local doughnut shops before I travel and won't eat a Dunkin' doughnut unless I must (read: have a doughnut craving that needs satiating)— yeah, I love them a hole lot.

I thought it would be fun to round up my doughnut favorites here in Miami. Since I have only a few months left in the 305, I'd like to do a few posts featuring my favorite spots and restaurants (check out some of my favorite brunch spots here!), and what better way to kick off the series with my favorite glazed treat?

Brown butter and salt cake doughnut

+ The Salty Donut

The Salty Donut is pretty much a Miami institution at this point. And for good reason. The brown butter and salt cake doughnut is no short of life-changing and is in my top five favorite doughnuts. Their tres leche is supposed to be really good, but I can't (yet) confirm. They also regularly add seasonal doughnuts to their menu and create limited-edition doughnuts to benefit local charities. Located in the heart of Wynwood, Salty Donut serves Intelligentsia coffee (yum), so head over for a box and an iced latte and make a day of it.

Order: A half-dozen. Make sure to get one (or two) brown butter and salt cake, a guava-cheese, a tres leche, and one of whatever the seasonal doughnut is.

S'mores red velvet cake and Abuelita

+ Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken

Of the shops mentioned in this post, Mojo is the one that I visit the most. I sort of want to be able to say that I've tried every doughnut they sell... is that bad? They have a huge selection, from cereal flavors to other dessert-inspired doughnuts, so there's something for everyone (including the chicken-lover). Mojo doesn't really do "simple," so if topping-loaded doughnuts aren't your thing, try to get there early to snag a red velvet cake 'nut, sadly their only cake variety.

Irish coffee and French cruller
Their doughnuts are also particularly sweet because they glaze each before adding the toppings, which I think makes them even yummier, but again, that might not be your thing. Mojo is famous for their maple bacon and Deco Delight (I'm honestly not sure what it is, but it appears to be covered in berries, chocolate, and almonds. How bad can it be?) doughnuts, and the newest menu addition, the Abuelita, an arroz con leche doughnut drizzled with dulce de leche and covered in cinnamon sugar, has proven to be quite popular.

Funfetti and Death by Chocolate
Order: A half-dozen. Make sure to include a red velvet s'mores cake, an Irish coffee, and an Abuelita.

Classic Honeybee

+ Honeybee Doughnuts

I seem to be the only one who isn't head-over-heels for Honeybee. I've been a couple of times, and I like that their doughnuts are light and not too dense. The fresh whipped cream is yummy, too, but I don't think their doughnuts— at least the ones I've had— are anything really special. Worth a trip if you're in the area? Yes, but I'd go for just one or two, as they're on the pricy side. Bonus: they serve Miami favorite Panther coffee.

Order: The signature Honeybee, a raised doughnut filled with fresh whipped cream and local honey

Cherry pie

+ Federal Donuts

I have yet to try their new Wynwood location, but you know it's on my list. I've been to the one in Philly, and I still remember how good it was, even though my visit was over three years ago now. They offer gourmet doughnuts on rotation and the rest are freshly made that day. You can't really go wrong.

Order: The cherry pie doughnut and whatever is fresh

+ Velvet Creme

Velvet Creme has apparently been a Miami icon since 1947 but hasn't had a storefront in some time, though you can still get their doughnuts from their mobile stores. I don't know why that is, but I do know that I tried their doughnuts last summer when boxes of dozens were brought into work. And? Not so great. I only ate two it because they were free and not terrible. Will I try Velvet Creme again when they open up their brick-and-mortar store? Yep.

Tradiontal honey cake

+ Dandee Donuts

Ok, Dandee is technically not in Miami, so I'll be upfront about it (it drives me crazy when articles include spots around South Florida when they promise Miami spots— West Palm is two hours from here, fam). They have a couple of locations, and the one closest to Miami is the one in Hollywood. I was expecting a small selection of old-fashioned doughnuts, but I was very wrong. They do have a (delicious) assortment of old-fashioned doughnuts, but they have some more specialty-type ones, too, on their Dunkin'-style wall of doughnuts.

Order: A dozen. These wallet-friendly doughnuts are super easy to stock up on, but make sure you include a traditional honey cake in your box.

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  1. You are always making me hungry with the doughnut pictures! It is just not fair for one city to have so many options! I loved this post and I'll definitely be pinning it for any potential future Miami trips!

    Madison // Mads Maybe

    1. Haha I get that a lot! I'm so happy that we have so many doughnuts to choose from down here. Definitely let me know when/if you plan a trip to Miami because I have so many (mostly food, if I'm being honest) recs.

  2. Ahhh I needed this post back in March when I went to Miami! Until my next trip...


    1. Definitely let me know if you visit again and want any recommendations!


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