Baah Ben, all of these surveys, like most things, are subjective and therefore are attuned to the surveyor's tastes. They clearly love the Doughnut Plant, but just love others better. I'd be willing to try all of the places on the list (if I could afford to travel that much, sigh!) As ayersian
and Tony Bad
witnessed firsthand, I do in fact worship the Doughnut Plant. I've always been a yeast doughnut man and While I do like cake doughnuts, they run a somewhat close second for me. Yeasts remind me of the fried dough I used to make and eat at fairs and carnivals growing up. Although these doughnuts aren't greasy, it's really about the soft, pillowy, slightly chewy texture for me. If the crispy exterior/creamy interior of a cake doughnut is your ideal, then the Doughnut Plant will definitely be a letdown. Mark Isreal does make cake doughnuts, but they don't have those contrasting textures. He does make some very righteous churros though. If you're coming into the city for some eats and you know ahead of time, drop me a line and I'd love to meet up for a bit of Roadfood! Chris
) and I had a really good discussion about this last year and I think we both pretty much agreed that the Plant's strength lies in the glazes and fillings. As, TTM said, these are not cheap. Not the kind where you'd pick up a dozen on a Sunday morning to read with your copy of the Times. They'd set you back between $20-$30. I think all of the Dean & Deluca locations carry them, but the selection is minimal and it really is best to get them at the source. Not just for the full monty, but for me, the least amount of time from the fryer to my mouth is my motto! They are good after a few hours, but still warm? Indescribable! The Plant is closed on Mondays and sorry to say, as many times as I have gone there, I have forgotten more than once and been Travelin'-Manned
I was kind of hoping to see Dottie's in Woodbury, CT on the list though. That was the very first cake doughnut that I ever loved! I totally see the appeal of those contrasting outer/inner textures now. There is a Daylight Donuts right next to Voss Bar-B-Q in Yorkville, NY and just down the street is Holland Farms Creamery and Bakery which I saw on a previous thread as part of another best doughnuts list. I've never really had one kind of doughnut in my head as "traditional". I've tried cake, yeast, bismarcks, long johns, crullers, twists, rings and many others. They really do come in many shapes, sizes and textures.