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The Ten Best Doughnuts in Miami

Doughnuts could be the most democratic of all foods. These pastries come in all different shapes, sizes, and flavors. Some are filled with custard or booze. Others are vegan or gluten-free.

The age-old treat, said to be invented in the mid-1800s, represents a feeling of childhood to many. But in 2016, the treat has transformed into an Instagram-worthy culinary delicacy, with restaurants and shops adding their own inventive twist on the ring-shaped bite.

Like cupcakes and cake pops before it, the doughnut craze is sweeping the nation. From Portland, Oregon's Voodoo Doughnuts to New York's Doughnut Plant (not to mention Dominique Ansel's doughnut/croissant love child, the cronut), the great citizens of the United States have gotten used to setting their alarm clocks a few minutes early to allow time to queue up for the circular treats.

Alas, for years, doughnut shops in Miami have been few and far between, with many locals defaulting to Krispy Kreme, Dunkin' Donuts, or supermarket shelves to get their fix. Finally, the Magic City caught up with yet another gastronomic trend. 

Buckle up, Miami, because the craze is crashing like a sugar-fueled freight train into our fair city. In the past few months, the local doughnut scene has evolved. From the Salty Donut's wildly popular weekend pop-up in Wynwood to the resurrection of Velvet Creme in Little River, doughnuts are back and trendier than ever in the 305. 

Miami isn't quite the doughnut capital yet. Though there are some fine shops selling everything from guava creme to Nutella varieties, we still have to get our doughnut fix wherever we can find it. That could mean following a food truck, waiting in line in the rain for an hour, or paying dearly at a fancy restaurant for a bowl of chef-driven doughnut holes smothered in banana sauce. We hope to live in a Miami where there's a doughnut shop in every neighborhood. Until that day, here are the top ten places to get your sugar rush right now.

10. Krispy Kreme
For a long time, Krispy Kreme was one of the only places in Miami to get a quality doughnut. The shop opened way back in 1937 and has remained relevant over the decdes. Each location can produce up to 3 million doughnuts per day, totaling more than a billion a year, which probably explains why our city never felt the need to add more doughnut shops. Krispy Kreme's glazed doughnut remains a bestseller, but there are 30 varieties of others to choose from, including powdered cinnamon cake, strawberry iced, and cookies 'n' kreme. Doughnuts start at 99 cents.

9. Chez BonBon at Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel
From afar, Chez BonBon's doughnuts, lined side-by-side and boasting different frosting and topping finishes, look like works of art. The doughnuts, among other treats sold in the lobby-level pastry shop at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, are handmade and crafted using fresh ingredients without preservatives. Created by executive pastry chef Simon Bregardis, chocolate, Nutella, cinnamon sugar, and strawberry doughnuts are sold daily for $2.95 each. 

8. Vegan Maple Bacon Donut at Choices Café
Doughnuts come in myriad iterations, like vanilla, chocolate, or plain glazed. Now there are vegan doughnuts too. Choices Organic Café offers freshly baked maple "bacon" doughnuts for $5.50 each. They're vegan and soy- and gluten-free, and the bacon comes from a tree instead of a pig. Choices' Lori Zito says she wanted to offer a healthy version of a doughnut and started playing around with recipes at home. The faux bacon — coconut tossed in liquid smoke and organic maple syrup — is what makes this doughnut a real treat.

7. Thai Donuts at NaiYaRa
The Sunset Harbour eatery by Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, better known as Chef Bee, is a mix of Thai street fare and Japanese specialties. On the menu are Chef Bee's beloved Thai donuts ($8). A special dollop of batter is fried, adding a crisp crunch on the outside while keeping a soft, doughy inside. Banana sauce is drizzled on top for hit of natural sweetness.

6. Passionfruit Doughnuts at Driftwood Room
Be it for breakfast or dinner, passionfruit doughnuts are on the menu at Driftwood Room. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli's Miami Beach eatery offers the doughnuts made to order. Topped with white sugar and served with a side of vanilla cream, they come warm and ooze passionfruit custard. They're served in sets of three ($12) and will have you fighting fellow eaters for the last bite.

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