Friday June 4th is National Donut Day and there is only one way to celebrate this holiday: by grabbing a donut (or two) from a favorite local donut shop. We listed a few here for you to check out today or any day because honestly, when is it ever a bad time to grab a coffee and a donut?
The Donut Shoppe
Donut Shoppe section by TOTC contributing writer Jessica Harrison
New Orleans may have its Beignets, but Arlington has donuts. I love donuts and when I heard that Arlington, a suburb of Jacksonville, had some of the best donuts – anywhere – ever, I had to see for myself.
Going by on my way to work, it was dark and the sun had not even come up, but from down the street I could see activity, cars and lights and figured that something good had to be happening there.
I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING BEIGNETS AT CAFÉ DU MONDE, AMAGWINYA IN SOUTH AFRICA, AND MANY OF THE NEW GLAMOUR DOUGHNUTS IN AND AROUND JACKSONVILLE AND OTHER CITIES IN THE US.
But nothing really compares to the simple – yet truly delicious – American donut of when I grew up. I got a mix for the office and chose a blueberry cake donut for myself. It was truly sublime and had fresh blueberries in it!!
So needless to say, my skepticism is gone and I will drive again to Arlington to get more of these amazing donuts, at amazing prices, with wonderful service – often!
Hints for those who have not yet been –The menu at The Donut Shoppe consists of donuts – cake and glazed, éclairs, and fritters and coffee – that’s it. You want eggs, and more, head somewhere else. Come early, there is parking in the back, but why wait? Come with cash – the prices are almost too low for me – did I say that?? But they only accept cash, no credit or debit cards here.
Get an assortment and try them all – they are truly amazing and you will be back. So whether you are from Jacksonville, or just passing through Northeast Florida, a native or a visitor, make your way to The Donut Shoppe, locally owned and operated at 1534 University Blvd N. Jacksonville, FL 32211
Local donut shop, Good Dough serves up house made donuts made with local ingredients on their signature raised doughnut brioche style yeast dough. Their menu offers a variety of fun, unique flavors such as the Molly Ringwald, Key Lime Cheesecake and Nutella S’mores. They also partnered with local coffee company, Vagabond Coffee Company. So you know you can get a great cup of joe with donut. You can visit their shop or order online at their website here.
Cinotti’s Bakery is a Beaches bakery that never disappoints! Cinotti’s offers hand decorated cookies, cakes, cupcakes and donuts. It is our go-to place for seasonal donuts. Their pumpkin donuts can not be missed in the fall. The variety of flavors, colors and sizes of the goodies displayed in their bake cases when you walk into the shop is enough to send those with a sweet tooth into seventh heaven!
The Mini Bar
The Mini Bar is a local spot with two locations and a drive thru. They serve their signature donuts ⅓ of the size of regular donuts. This means you can try a variety of their 19 signature flavors such as fruity pebbles, samoa, pop tart and maple bacon at one time. Every weekend they have a new featured flavor available for that weekend only so you can always try something new. They partner with another local favorite, Bold Bean coffee, and have an extensive menu of coffee drinks. You can order online here or check out their catering services.
Shipley Do-Nuts opened it’s Jacksonville location in December and we’re really glad they did! They serve 60 different varieties of donuts and pastries at their Jacksonville shop. They have a variety of flavors which include chocolate or vanilla frosting, classic sugar glaze, and cinnamon sugar. Something notable to try is their Texas style kolaches, a filled donut style sweet pastry.
The Donut Shoppe:
1534 University Blvd N. Jacksonville, FL 32211
1636 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207
1523 Penman Rd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
1300 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville Beach Fl. 32250
10618 Deerwood Park Blvd. Jacksonville Fl. 32256
Drive Thru: 1262 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville Beach Fl. 32250
12667 Beach Blvd Ste 101, Jacksonville, FL 32246