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The Ten Best Doughnuts in Miami

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5. Dandee Donuts (102 N. 28th Ave., Hollywood)
Though it might be a bit out of the way, Dandee Donuts is worth the drive to Broward. The Hollywood doughnut factory offers more than 50 varieties, which are all baked in-house daily. Flavors include apple 'n' spice, maple bacon bomb, glazed twist, double chocolate, and cherry crunch. A full-service menu is available too, with breakfast sandwiches, omelets, salads, sandwiches, pizza, and pastries. Only $3.59 gets you a cup of coffee and two donuts, making for an affordable caffeine and sugar fix anytime.

4. Doughnuts at Beaker & Gray
The newly opened Wynwood restaurant and bar, helmed by chef Brian Nasajon and bartender Ben Potts, offers a variety of bites. Before you eat your way through the menu, make sure to leave room for the mini carrot cake doughnuts ($10 per order). The bite-size nuggets come in sets of six, accompanied by an orange sauce for your dipping pleasure. Though they look crunchy on the outside, their center is warm and doughy, just the way a doughnut hole should be.

3. Mojo Donuts (7906 Pines Blvd., Hollywood)
For a long time, Mojo Donuts was one of South Florida's only craft doughnut shops. Housed in a little strip mall in Pembroke Pines, these doughnuts have enough mojo to make up for Miami's lacking scene. Varieties change daily, but mango 'n' cheese, guava 'n' cheese, maple bacon, red velvet, cinnamon cake, blueberry, raspberry glazed, classic glazed "Mojo rising," chocolate 'n' strawberry, Boston cream, and key lime are regulars. These freshly baked treats range from $1.09 to $1.75 each, and a dozen costs $12.99. Pair one (or two or six) with coffee, tea, or a latte, also served in-house.

2. Velvet Creme
The iconic doughnut shop had been a Miami staple for more than 50 years until a family illness crippled the business in 2000. Robert Taylor, along with partners Jorge Rios and daughter Krista Rios, decided to revive the beloved brand created by Jim Hadler, Taylor's brother-in-law. This February, Velvet Creme will reopen at 8291 NE Second Ave. in Little River. In the meantime, find its doughnuts via the Velvet Creme food truck around town (starting at $1 per doughnut). Traditional flavors like glazed and chocolate are favorites, but look out for exotics like guava and key lime. Regulars swear by the Round John, a creme-filled, chocolate-frosted doughnut. The doughnuts are also available frozen to be shipped worldwide. 

1. The Salty Donut
Though the Salty Donut will open a brick-and-mortar inside the new Wynwood Arcade building later this spring, hundreds of patrons line up across the street every weekend in a small courtyard (29 NW 24th St.) for its pop-up. As Miami's first artisanal doughnut shop, the Salty Donut has seen unimaginable success, tapping into the hearts and stomachs of Miami's young and old. About 1,200 doughnuts are produced daily Friday through Sunday, but the pop-up usually sells out in less than four hours. The shop offers sweet varieties like traditional glazed buttermilk, savory ones like maple bacon, gluten-free versions, and even alcohol-infused treats like mimosa-style or spiked doughnut holes (prices vary). Though the pop-up opens at 11 a.m., plan to be there by 10:30 because the line is known to grow once Miami wakes up.

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