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

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Bill's Donuts in Centerville is the reigning donut king in Best of Dayton's 2018 contest.

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Here are the best locally-owned doughnut shops around town and their most popular flavors in honor of this second, unofficial National Doughnut Day of 2020.

🍩1. Bill’s Donuts

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

268 N Main St., Centerville 937-433-0002 | billsdonutshop.com

Payment options: Cash, credit cards, checks

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. Two years ago, its devil’s food cake donut’s decadence earned it a spot on the Huffington Post’s “Best Donuts in America” list.

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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

Current status: Open 24 hours a day. Open at half-capacity and some of the booths have been moved around to help ensure social distancing.

🍩2. American Classic Donuts

American Classic Donuts in Dayton, National Doughnut Day on June 5, 2020.

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American Classic Donuts in Dayton, National Doughnut Day on June 5, 2020. Staff photo: Marshall Gorby

4214 Linden Ave., Dayton

937-252-5426 | Facebook

Payment: Cash and checks

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. 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.

Current status: Open for carryout and delivery

🍩3. Donut Palace

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Credit: Vivienne Machi, Staff Writer

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

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

Payments: Cash, credit cards, checks

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

Current status: Open and offering carryout/delivery

🍩4. Stan the Donut Man

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

1441 Wilmington Ave., Dayton

937-293-1080

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

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.

Current status: Carryout only from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

🍩5. Jim’s Donut Shop

Jim’s Donuts in Vandalia on National Doughnut Day, June 5, 2020.   Staff photo by Marshall Gorby
Jim’s Donuts in Vandalia on National Doughnut Day, June 5, 2020. Staff photo by Marshall Gorby

122 E. National Road, Vandalia

937-898-4222 | Facebook

Payment: Cash or Checks

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

Current status: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Only three customers can be in the store at a time.

🍩6. Evans Bakery

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Credit: Vivienne Machi, Staff Writer

700 Troy St., Dayton

937-228-4151 | Facebook

Payment: Cash and credit cards

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.

Current status: Open and masks are required. Only two customers can be in the store at the same time. The bakery recommends calling ahead for curbside pickup.

🍩7. Ashley’s Pastry Shop

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Credit: Ashley's Pastry Shop Facebook

21 Park Ave., Oakwood

937-293-1719 | ashleyspastries.com

Payment: Cash and checks

For 33 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.

Current status: Ashley's is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with three guests in the store at a time (one family is considered one guest). Masks aren't required but staff will be wearing masks.

🍩 8. Duck Donuts

Duck donuts maple glazed bacon donut won best dessert at BaconFest. ALEXIS LARSEN / CONTRIBUTED
Duck donuts maple glazed bacon donut won best dessert at BaconFest. ALEXIS LARSEN / CONTRIBUTED

1200 Brown St., Dayton

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

Current status: Duck Donuts is open 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for carry-out only. Social distancing rules apply and the store has limited capacity, so ordering online is recommended.

🍩9. Bear Creek

Happy National Donut Day! Here's a look behind-the-scenes of the donut making process at Bear Creek Donuts in Miamisburg and The Donut Haus Bakery in Springboro. Top sellers at Bear Creek Donuts are apple fritters and yeast rings (sprinkled with Oreo, Fruity Pebbles or maple bacon). Apple fritters and sour cream donuts are the top sellers at The Donut Haus Bakery. National Donut Day was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor their Salvation Army Donut Lassies aka Donut Girls, volunteers who made fresh donuts during World War I for American soldiers serving in France. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Happy National Donut Day! Here's a look behind-the-scenes of the donut making process at Bear Creek Donuts in Miamisburg and The Donut Haus Bakery in Springboro. Top sellers at Bear Creek Donuts are apple fritters and yeast rings (sprinkled with Oreo, Fruity Pebbles or maple bacon). Apple fritters and sour cream donuts are the top sellers at The Donut Haus Bakery. National Donut Day was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor their Salvation Army Donut Lassies aka Donut Girls, volunteers who made fresh donuts during World War I for American soldiers serving in France. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

80 S. Main St., Miamisburg

937-247-5095 | Website

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)

Current status: Thursdays and Fridays 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call-ahead orders are appreciated.

🍩10. Donut Haus

Happy National Donut Day! Here's a look behind-the-scenes of the donut making process at Bear Creek Donuts in Miamisburg and The Donut Haus Bakery in Springboro. Top sellers at Bear Creek Donuts are apple fritters and yeast rings (sprinkled with Oreo, Fruity Pebbles or maple bacon). Apple fritters and sour cream donuts are the top sellers at The Donut Haus Bakery. National Donut Day was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor their Salvation Army Donut Lassies aka Donut Girls, volunteers who made fresh donuts during World War I for American soldiers serving in France. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Happy National Donut Day! Here's a look behind-the-scenes of the donut making process at Bear Creek Donuts in Miamisburg and The Donut Haus Bakery in Springboro. Top sellers at Bear Creek Donuts are apple fritters and yeast rings (sprinkled with Oreo, Fruity Pebbles or maple bacon). Apple fritters and sour cream donuts are the top sellers at The Donut Haus Bakery. National Donut Day was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor their Salvation Army Donut Lassies aka Donut Girls, volunteers who made fresh donuts during World War I for American soldiers serving in France. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

305 W. Central Ave., Springboro

937-748-0380 | Website

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

Current status: Thursdays and Fridays 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call ahead orders are appreciated.

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