Anyone with a serious sweet tooth will tell you that donuts are not just reserved for breakfast. Glazed, frosted, flakey, or cakey, you really can’t go wrong when satisfying your craving for this delicious treat. Whether you’re trying to grab a quick snack in the city or willing to drive a bit to try a new spot, there are plenty of options in and around Pittsburgh that won’t disappoint. And now the entire list of best damn donuts around are in one list. You’re welcome!
Peace, Love & Little Donuts
Stop by Peace, Love & Little Donuts for an out-of-this-world treat. With four locations throughout Pittsburgh, there’s no reason to miss out on these hot, freshly made donuts. Serving little donuts in the morning and mini donuts after 11 am, Little Donuts packs big flavor into a small package. Specialty donuts like the Maple Bacon Mini and the Funkadelic Raspberry Lemonade are big hits, perfect for — as their slogan indicates — “feeding your inner hippie.”
Grandview Bakery and Sweet Shop
There’s no shortage of sweet treats at the Grandview Bakery in Mount Washington. This traditional, full-service bakery will whip you up a delicious, fresh pastry with new flavors added regularly to keep you on your toes. Your taste buds are sure to find a new favorite pastry amongst the wide selection of apple fritters, cake donuts, crullers, donut holes, and specialty donuts. Grab one — or a dozen, and satisfy your dessert desires.
In the Burgh, you can’t think about pastries without Prantl’s Bakery coming to mind. This Pittsburgh-famous, traditional bakery creates German-influenced baked goodies that will keep you coming back for more. Old-school style donuts are hand-flipped with chopsticks and range from the classic cake donut to light-as-air pastries made with Danish dough. Combine some of your favorite Prantl’s flavors into one treat by adding a butter cream icing or custard filling.
If you’re in the mood to sit down for a relaxing brunch, e2 is the spot to check out. This Italian restaurant offers a cash-only brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with an impressive menu of specialty donuts. Venture out of your comfort zone and into the flavor zone; try a chocolate pistachio or lemon rosemary donut, berry white doughnut, or beignet. This spot is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Oakmont Bakery is another establishment that is well-respected on the pastry scene. The traditional-style bakery offers endless delicious decisions to satisfy your sweet tooth, using the finest and freshest ingredients. With over 30 types of donuts, you really can’t go wrong no matter what you decide to try, but the maple bacon, doughsant (donut and croissant hybrid), or long johns are all fool-proof choices. Oakmont Bakery is Pittsburgh-famous for a reason.
Bella Christie & Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique
Sweet and sassy is the trademark of Bella Christie & Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique, located in Lawrenceville and Aspinwall. Owned by sisters and named after their daughters, this adorable shop offers comfort-oriented classic pastries with an elegant and sassy twist. Stop by for a specialty donut such as the cinnaster, doughboy square, maple bacon, or classic glazed variety. Kosher and mini options ensure there’s a pastry for everyone’s taste.
Valencia Donut Co.
Take a little trip to Valencia Donut Co. and see what all the fuss is about. Whether you’re on the go or stopping to smell the coffee by dining in, you won’t be disappointed by the offerings of this shop. The warm, fresh cake donuts are made to order so you can customize your order with whatever icing or toppings you want. Be sure to ask about special seasonal offerings to pair with your fresh cup of joe.
Big Daddy’s Donuts in Crafton is open 24/7 to satisfy your hunger at all hours of the day. Stop in for a late night snack or start the day off on the right bite with a freshly baked pastry. You’ll love the creative topping options and variety of flavors to wake up your taste buds. Get ‘em while they’re hot and try the classic glazed, toasted-coconut, or Crafton Angel, which has sweetened cream filling and is dusted with powdered sugar.
Mac’s Donut Shop
Creative and delicious specialty donuts are the signature at Mac’s Donut Shop. Be prepared to be wowed by the cannoli donut, a pastry inspired by the classic Italian dessert with a cannoli cream filling and topped with crumbled shell for extra crunch. Show your Pittsburgh pride by ordering a Steeler’s donut during football season, or grab atasty, straightforward classic treat. You’ll definitely be coming back for more.
Freedom Farms Donut Shop
If you’re looking for a donut CSA (community supported agriculture) program, then look no further than Freedom Farms Donut Shop. You can receive a dozen donuts for 26 weeks at a time, which is basically any donut lover’s dream come true. Stop in for an indulgent treat and order a fresh pastry that is crafted from scratch and topped with candy, nuts, or sprinkles. Add this place to your regular breakfast or dessert rotation.
Gluten-Free Goat Bakery
Dietary restrictions shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a delicious donut, that’s where Gluten-Free Goat Bakery comes in. These indulgent snacks won’t make you feel guilty afterward; they’re all gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, and mostly organic. Sold all over town in health-conscious coffee shops and cafes such as Dobra Tea House and Amazing Café, it won’t be too hard to track down one of these baked goods. Specialty flavors like the lemon basil sugar or apple cider donut will taste too good to be good for you.
Not only does the Grand Concourse host an amazing brunch, it is also home to a donut machine. The magical device pops out hot, fresh pastries that are sure to make an impression on even the most donut-savvy diners. Dip your donut in sugar for an extra sweet experience and don’t be shy to go up for seconds or thirds. This may even inspire you to invest in a donut machine for yourself so you and your family can indulge at home.
Better-Maid Donut Company
Stop in bright and early at the Better-Maid Donut Company to ensure you get a donut before they sell out. The lines out the door don’t lie—people are hooked after one bite of these delicious pastries. Grab some donut holes for the family or snag a full-sized treat for yourself, there’s a plethora of choices to satisfy all taste buds. Better-Maid is certainly worth setting an early morning alarm.
This gem on the North Side tends to fly under the radar. In the age of the Internet, the fact that they don’t have a website might have something to do with that fact. But the locals know this place is the perfect combination of dough and heaven. And those who know are so passionate about it, that they’ll shout about Schorr’s from the mountain top. (or troll us on Twitter.) So we went, and we agree…a donut doesn’t get much better than this.
Oram’s Donut Shop
When it comes to old-fashioned donuts, Oram’s takes the cake. They’ve been in the business of making donuts for almost 80 years. Which means they were making old-fashioned donuts back when they were just fashioned. One bite of their ginormous cinnamon roll is sure to win you over. If not, you’d better try the Original Crème filled donut will do the trick. Just be sure to get there early, because they will sell out!