The best donut shops — and flavors — every Daytonian should try

Glazed doughnuts from Bear Creek Donuts in Miamisburg.

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Glazed doughnuts from Bear Creek Donuts in Miamisburg.

Here are the best locally-owned donut shops around town and their most popular flavors in honor of this second, unofficial National Donut Day of 2021.

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🍩Bill’s Donuts

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Bill's Donut Shop sprinkled doughnuts ready for customers on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Centerville. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Bill's Donut Shop sprinkled doughnuts ready for customers on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Centerville.    TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Bill's Donut Shop sprinkled doughnuts ready for customers on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Centerville. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

268 N Main St., Centerville

Payment options: Cash, credit cards, checks

Hours: Open 24 hours.

937-433-0002 | billsdonutshop.com

Bill’s really needs no introduction. Recognized as one of the top 50 donut shops in the U.S. by Saveur Magazine and THE best donut shop in Dayton, according to voters in the Dayton.com Best of Dayton contest. Bill’s is a Dayton institution even though it moved to its current Centerville location in 1979. Three years ago, its devil’s food cake donut’s decadence earned it a spot on the Huffington Post’s “Best Donuts in America” list.

Owners Jim Elam and Lisa Tucker strive to keep the same ambiance that they experienced working for their parents since the store opened in 1960, and work to be involved in the local Centerville community.

Must-try flavors: Classic old-fashioned sour cream

🍩American Classic Donuts

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American Classic Donuts in Dayton. Staff photo: Marshall Gorby

American Classic Donuts in Dayton.

Staff photo: Marshall Gorby

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American Classic Donuts in Dayton. Staff photo: Marshall Gorby

4214 Linden Ave., Dayton

Payment: Cash and checks

Hours: Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

937-252-5426 | Facebook

The former “anti-Krispy Kreme” store on Linden Avenue offers a great variety of homemade donuts just off of Highway 35 and Woodman Drive, and is a well-deserved pit stop on any road trip going in and out of the city. Originally a Krispy Kreme franchise, it’s been family-owned since 1988, and offers wholesale products to several community members.

Must-try flavors: You’re missing out if you don’t grab a peanut butter-filled donut or an apple fritter over a half-foot in diameter on your cheat day.

🍩Donut Palace

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A collection of donuts made from Donut Palace's new chocolate yeast glazed donut batter.

Credit: Sarah Franks

A collection of donuts made from Donut Palace's new chocolate yeast glazed donut batter.

Credit: Sarah Franks

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A collection of donuts made from Donut Palace's new chocolate yeast glazed donut batter.

Credit: Sarah Franks

Credit: Sarah Franks

5115 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights and 5264 Salem Ave, Trotwood

Payments: Cash, credit cards, checks

Trotwood hours: 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

Huber Heights hours: 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., seven days a week.

937-802-5648 and 937-715-4576 | Facebook

Since 1971, the Donut Palace has combined your classic donut shop with a sit-down diner. The choices are overwhelming. Whether you’re into donut holes, peanut butter glazed and powdered buns, cream-filled eclairs or apple fritters, the Donut Palace has what you need. And at Valentine’s Day they have the perfect gift: heart-shaped donuts.

Must-try flavors: The lemon cream donut and pastries including cream horns, danishes and pecan rolls.

🍩Stan the Donut Man

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Stan the Donut Man on National Doughnut Day. Staff photo by Marshall Gorby

Stan the Donut Man on National Doughnut Day. Staff photo by Marshall Gorby

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Stan the Donut Man on National Doughnut Day. Staff photo by Marshall Gorby

1441 Wilmington Ave., Dayton

Payment: Cash, credit (except for American Express), checks

Hours: Call store to verify hours

937-293-1080

For over 50 years, Stan the Donut Man has been serving up homemade donuts on Wilmington Ave. Their Reese’s Delight donut — with a Reese’s peanut butter cup in the center — and their maple-bacon doughnuts are particularly worth the time.

Must-try flavors: The Davy Crockett, a donut that looks like a pretzel and is rolled with cinnamon.

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🍩Jim’s Donut Shop

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Jim’s Donuts in Vandalia. Staff photo by Marshall Gorby

Jim’s Donuts in Vandalia. Staff photo by Marshall Gorby

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Jim’s Donuts in Vandalia. Staff photo by Marshall Gorby

122 E. National Road, Vandalia

Payment: Cash or Checks

Hours: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

937-898-4222 | Facebook

Open since the 1950s, Jim’s has some of the biggest apple fritters around and their blueberry cake donuts are always huge hits. Grab a large coffee, one of those bad boys and savor it while making new friends around Jim’s wrapped countertop.

There’s something for everyone at Jim’s with 22 cake donuts alone and 40 varieties in all, plus glazed croissants and cream horns.

Must-try flavors: Apple fritters and blueberry cake donuts.

🍩Evans Bakery

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Pączki doughnuts from Evans Bakery.

Credit: Ashley Bethard/ STAFF

Pączki doughnuts from Evans Bakery.

Credit: Ashley Bethard/ STAFF

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Pączki doughnuts from Evans Bakery.

Credit: Ashley Bethard/ STAFF

Credit: Ashley Bethard/ STAFF

700 Troy St., Dayton

Payment: Cash and credit cards

Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

937-228-4151 | Facebook

Co-owner Jennifer Evans’ family has run the neighborhood bakery since 1969, and since 2012 she and partner Matthew Tepper have continued to provide some of the longtime favorites, along with new products created in-house from scratch all the time. They even deliver to businesses in downtown Dayton! Try the butterscotch cake doughnuts or the glazed — not iced! — strawberry creme-filled donuts.

Must-try flavors: A classic glazed donut is always a good choice but for those looking to try something a bit more unique should taste the raspberry rosebud — a glazed donut with a raspberry swirl.

🍩Ashley’s Pastry Shop

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Doughnuts from Ashley's Pastry Shop.

Credit: Ashley's Pastry Shop Facebook

Doughnuts from Ashley's Pastry Shop.

Credit: Ashley's Pastry Shop Facebook

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Doughnuts from Ashley's Pastry Shop.

Credit: Ashley's Pastry Shop Facebook

Credit: Ashley's Pastry Shop Facebook

21 Park Ave., Oakwood

Payment: Cash and checks

Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

937-293-1719 | ashleyspastries.com

For 34 years, Theresa Hammons has been providing the Oakwood community with a full-service bakery at Ashley’s, and she knows the value of a perfectly fresh donut. Every day, donuts are the last product her bakers work on ahead of the work day, so they’re light, fluffy and delicious as soon as the store opens.

If you remember the manic “cronut” phase a few years ago when foodies around the world “discovered” the glorious merge of a donut and croissant, note that Theresa has been making them for over a dozen years in her store. Who’d have thought Dayton would be ahead of the culinary curve? That deep-fried and glazed croissant is a must-try at Ashley’s, along with the glazed pretzel donut.

Must-try donuts: The cronut, of course, as well as the red velvet donut topped with cream cheese icing and the apple fritter, fried to a golden brown and topped with sweet glaze.

🍩 Duck Donuts

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Duck Donuts' maple glazed bacon donut. ALEXIS LARSEN / CONTRIBUTED

Duck Donuts' maple glazed bacon donut. ALEXIS LARSEN / CONTRIBUTED

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Duck Donuts' maple glazed bacon donut. ALEXIS LARSEN / CONTRIBUTED

1200 Brown St., Dayton

Hours: Open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

937-951-2618 | Website

These donuts are made to order. Duck Donuts starts with their signature vanilla cake donut and then the rest is up to you. You can leave it bare or add powdered sugar, glaze, or icing in numerous flavors. Then pick your topping — maybe you like rainbow sprinkles or chopped bacon. Finally, choose your drizzle. It could be hot fudge, marshmallow, salted caramel or raspberry. There are no limits to flavor combinations.

Must-try donuts: You can’t go wrong with bacon or lemon raspberry.

🍩Bear Creek

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Bear Creek Donuts.

Bear Creek Donuts.

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Bear Creek Donuts.

80 S. Main St., Miamisburg

Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 6 a.m. to noon and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

937-247-5095 | Facebook

Get custom and classic donuts and gourmet coffee at Bear Creek, which offers fresh donuts made daily. Choose from the classics or enjoy local favorites such as the marshmallow donut, Fruity Pebbles, or s’mores.

Must-try donuts: Apple fritters and yeast rings (sprinkled with Oreo, Fruity Pebbles or maple bacon).

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🍩Donut Haus

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Some of the offerings of The Donut Haus in Springboro. Staff photo by Mark Fisher

Some of the offerings of The Donut Haus in Springboro. Staff photo by Mark Fisher

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Some of the offerings of The Donut Haus in Springboro. Staff photo by Mark Fisher

305 W. Central Ave., Springboro

Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 5:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

937-748-0380 | Facebook

For over three decades, the Donut Haus Bakery has been an instrumental part of Springboro history. Every morning long before the sun comes up, the bakers are working away making dozens of local favorites. Ranging from a classic sour creme, glazed, to the oversized apple cinnamon fritter, people love a Donut Haus Donut.

Recently the business has switched ownership to long-time baker Ryan Tripp and family who also operates Bear Creek Donuts in Miamisburg. Offering wholesale all over southwest Dayton, employing dozens of employees, and open seven days a week. The Donut Haus Bakery extends an invitation to you to continue a tradition that has spanned over many generations.

Must-try donuts: Apple fritters and sour cream doughnuts.

🍩Hole N One Donuts

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Luke Lawrence, 19, is shooting for Oct. 15 to open his new Hole N One doughnut shop on West Alex Bell Rd. Lawrence has been working in the doughnut business since he was 14 years old. After high school, Lawrence attended Sinclair College. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

Luke Lawrence, 19, is shooting for Oct. 15 to open his new Hole N One doughnut shop on West Alex Bell Rd. Lawrence has been working in the doughnut business since he was 14 years old. After high school, Lawrence attended Sinclair College. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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Luke Lawrence, 19, is shooting for Oct. 15 to open his new Hole N One doughnut shop on West Alex Bell Rd. Lawrence has been working in the doughnut business since he was 14 years old. After high school, Lawrence attended Sinclair College. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

2739 W Alex Bell Rd., Moraine

Hours: 6 a.m. to about 3 or 4 p.m. daily

937-938-6328 | Facebook

Luke Lawrence, a 19-year-old avid golfer from Springboro, launched Hole N One Donuts at 2739 W. Alex Bell Road in Moraine in October. The 1,000 square-foot establishment offers a wide variety of doughnuts in addition to muffins, cookies, turnovers and other baked goods. Limited seating of about four to five tables will be available inside the shop.

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