The top ten doughnuts in Denver

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Philip Poston
Doughnuts from Glazed and Confuzed.
Today is National Donut Day. But lately, it's seemed like every day is doughnut day in Denver, with Dunkin' Donuts outposts opening all over town, and a Voodoo Doughnut -- the first out-of-state location for that Oregon based chain -- drawing the crowds on Colfax. And next week Glazed and Confuzed, the town's popular mobile sugar-rush purveyor, will finally open a brick-and-mortar store at 5301 Leetsdale Drive. To celebrate, it will be handing out free doughnut holes to anyone who shows up today for a sneak peek.

In honor of this sweet, sweet holiday, we're rolling out our list of the ten best doughnuts in Denver.

See also: Reader says Voodoo Doughnut line a heard of pathetic hipsters

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Philip Poston
Doughnuts from Glazed and Confused.
10) Glazed and Confuzed
Josh Schwab, "doughnut artist" and owner of Glazed and Confuzed, has a penchant for the more inventive fried treat. Utilizing an equal balance of traditional method and imagination, and using fresh, local ingredients, Schwab creates such heart-stoppers as a maple bacon doughnut topped with hand-cured bacon, and a root beer float: a handmade root beer glaze atop a Bavarian cream-stuffed doughnut. For the last few years, he's sold his doughnuts at the City Park and Cherry Creek farmers' markets, as well as coffeeshops around town. But starting on June 13, you'll be able to buy them at the new brick-and-mortar location.

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Philip Poston
Bombolini at Il Posto.
9) Il Posto
2011 East 17th Avenue
On top of serving simple, delicious Milanese-inspired cuisine, Il Posto answers the doughnut call with a decidedly Italian twist: its bombolini. These delicate drop doughnuts are sugared and served with creme Anglaise and pickled blueberries. 

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Philip Poston
Doughnuts at Amerigo Delicatus.
8) Amerigo Delicatus
2449 Larimer Street
Amerigo Delicatus is a welcome addition to the RiNo neighborhood -- and not just because of its thoughtful plates of Italian comfort food and deli-style sandwiches. Every day, it prepares buttermilk doughnuts in-house, finishing them with a light dusting of granulated sugar.

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Philip Poston
The array of doughnuts at Walton Donuts.
7) Walton Donuts
6603 Leetsdale Drive
Walton Donuts has only been open since 2004, but it has the old soul of a lived-in doughnut stop. Customers can pop in for simple, no-nonsense options like the basic cake doughnut (perfect for coffee-dipping), iced doughnuts with toppings ranging from peanuts to coconut and sprinkles, and cinnamon rolls and maple-topped twists.

Keep reading for more of Denver's best doughnuts.

Location Info

Il Posto

2011 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Amerigo Delicatus Restaurant and Market

2449 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Walton Donuts

6603 Leetsdale Drive, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Jelly

600 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Lucile's Creole Cafe

275 S. Logan St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Voodoo Doughnut

1520 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Donut Maker

9625 E. Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village, CO

Category: Restaurant

Glazed and Confused

5301 Leetsdale Drive, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Donut House

3124 South Parker Road, Aurora, CO

Category: General

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49 comments
Dayman Posey
Dayman Posey

Voodoo is for hipsters The ladies are grumpy and the donuts are stale Fk that

Marc Khan
Marc Khan

Queen Soopers sells them with the bacon and cereal already on top! They aren't about to be cornered out of the doughnut game.

Jodie Wilson
Jodie Wilson

You just posted this two weeks ago on the actual National Doughnut Day. Why the repost?

Deloris Evans
Deloris Evans

Voodoo doughnuts are awesome! Get a bucket for $8! Can't beat that!

Bobbi Chappell
Bobbi Chappell

Looks like diabetes! But also really good, damn...

Ossama Hussein
Ossama Hussein

i havent had voodoo, but the pics of the jelly filled look like the ones in new orleans. every jelly filled doughnut should weigh like a lb and almost fall apart from the jelly goodness

Brian Caldwell
Brian Caldwell

King Soopers man??? Really??? Not the same. At all. One of the lightest, fluffiest raised yeast donuts in the metro area comes from Yummy's on Wadsworth. Great donuts, they just lack all the crazy candy/cereal/etc toppings.

John Paul Rojas
John Paul Rojas

Truthfully. Go and get King Soopers donuts. Just as good, way cheaper and not pretentious. I dare anyone to do a blind taste test. It's sugar and fried dough with more sugar! Go home and put some fresh bacon on that shit! And who doesn't have cereal?

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

Lamars is the best. Voodoo is overrated and only popular because it's trendy.

Kihm Beyer
Kihm Beyer

Today is donut day? Why the hell aren't I notified about these things?

Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson

Does anyone know where to get kolaches in Colorado since Kalache Factory shut down?

Liz Dickson
Liz Dickson

Hunter Dickson..want a nutella donut bday cake this year?

Kay Dirling
Kay Dirling

That one on the right reminds me of the Simpsons. "A Jolly Rancher is not a sprinkle, Mr. Simpson."

Meghan Kellie
Meghan Kellie

Glazed & Confused are not good! And terribly overpriced!

Debbie Parker
Debbie Parker

Glazed and confused, please open your Leetsdale store!

Blake Bryant
Blake Bryant

"American Donut" in lakewood is AMAZBALLS!!!

Brandon Towns
Brandon Towns

The free ones my co-workers bring to the office. Couldn't care less about where they are from, but 90% of the time it is Lamar's.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

I didn't ask for my Crueller to be glazed with pseudo-patriotic drivel.

Jodie Wilson
Jodie Wilson

National Doughnut Day has patriotic origins, btw: National Doughnut Day, the first Friday of June, is more than a celebration of our love for the fried confections. The day actually has its roots in America's war history. During World War I, about 250 Salvation Army officers went to Europe to comfort U.S. troops. They talked to soldiers and helped them write letters home. They also made and served doughnuts along the frontline trenches. "It brought a sense of calm and a bit of home into the chaos of war," Busroe said. Soon the Salvation Army helpers, many of them women, became known as "doughnut girls." They reprised their duties of serving doughnuts during World War II. The Salvation Army established the first National Doughnut Day in 1938 in Chicago, as a way to raise money for social service ministries during the Depression, Busroe said. Since then, the day has become a national celebration of the sweet treats and the people who served them to our soldiers in battle.

Luis Posada
Luis Posada

Today is the anniversary of D-Day, a little more important than donuts.

Julia Dube
Julia Dube

Lamar's lemon-filled. NOTHING LIKE IT, ANYWHERE.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

I don't know why anyone even bothered to research and write this article.  Just ask any cop for the top ten.

Nick Pollard
Nick Pollard

And this is why our waistline is growing.....

Dustin Hoeft
Dustin Hoeft

Let me guess more publicity for overrated voodoo

Rockpile Ranter
Rockpile Ranter

Didn't see Lamar's in the top ten. So I know this list is BS.

eefette
eefette

I went to the Donut Maker right after it was voted "Best of" this year and I was super disappointed.  I got a dozen donuts that were nothing special.  I would even go as far as to say that several of them were dry and stale.  I will not return.

bigchefdad
bigchefdad

Hey Meghan I'm josh the owner of glazed and confuzed. I do appreciate your feedback and sorry you didn't like our doughnuts but please understand why we price them they way we do. We are the only doughnut company in Denver that is using either organic or local ingredients whenever possible. Good ingredients come with a bigger price. We never use anything out of a can and our doughnuts are made fresh everyday by hand (not from a bag). Their is a ton of other options out there and we do encourage you to find a donut that better suits you but please realize you do pay a little bit more for quality. Thanks for your comment and maybe one day we will make a doughnut you may like

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

Are you saying it's not possible to reflect on the sacrifices of WW II soldiers while simultaneously eating a doughnut, which by the way, were given away by volunteers to soldiers during WW I? Doughnut Day has been around since 1938.

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