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The 5 best donuts in Denver, these are

With more holes than the Broncos defense (so many!), the five best donuts in Mile High can be found everywhere from much-loved breakfast joints, to Mexican seafood spots, to pop-up restaurants only around for a limited amount of time, to this roundup you're about to read.

Rebecca Feder
Rioja
LoDo
The Must-Get Donut: Eric's House Made
LoDo is usually filled with dicks late at night, but for gourmet balls, you'll need to get to this standout resto from Top Chef Master Jennifer Jasinski at a reasonable hour. These hole-less doughnuts are filled with lemon curd mascarpone filling, rolled in sugar, and served with a side of blueberry compote.
Adam Larkey
Glazed and Confuzed
Kaladi Brothers Coffee Saturday mornings; Weathervane Cafe Sunday mornings
The Must-Get Donut: Puffynutz
This half-croissant/half-doughnut is the only one of its kind in Denver, and it was dreamed up by a 'nut-focused kitchen that routinely whips up crazy concoctions, like a root beer float in donut form.
Ian Kleinman
The Inventing Room
Pretty much anywhere
The Must-Get Donut: PB&J
Ian Kleinman isn't just a genius baker, he's a molecular gastronomist who turns cooking into a chemistry experiment that wouldn't make Skyler want to drown herself in a shallow pool! His donuts change all the time, but we love the PB&J, where a burnt peanut butter marshmallow is paired with a grape “caviar” (a doctored version of grape jelly), which has a Pop Rocks-like effect when bitten into.
Rebecca Feder
Jelly Cafe
Capitol Hill
The Must-Get Donut: Maple Bacon Glazed
The always-bustling Cap Hill and DU locations of the breakfast-obsessed Jelly Cafe offer eight flavors of donut holes, but the maple-glazeds sprinkled with real pieces of bacon are the standout. Get all the flavors and experience a sugar high that's much less expensive than Denver's most popular way to get high (i.e. really high-end Pixy Sticks).
Rebecca Feder
Lola
Highland
The Must-Get Donut: The Sugar Donut
Not the first thing you'd expect to find at a Mexican seafood resto (the first thing would be seafood), the Sugar Donuts are miniature bites of awesome rolled in granulated sugar and served with a cup of house-made cinnamon whipped cream for dipping. It's served aside a dulce de leche cream to lend that perfect amount of sweet.
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1. Jelly Cafe 600 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

The original Jelly location with the same creative & delicious eats for breakfast and lunch, like salmon eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast with banana & cream cheese, and a bunch of kinds of donut holes!

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2. Lola 1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO 80211

This go-to Mexican spot sports sweeping city views, table-side guac, and other traditional Mexican fare, and a daily 4-6p happy hour (Mondays are happy hour all night!) featuring $4 sangria. Step things up with a Fuego Verde cocktail (Corazon blanco, muddled jalapeno, agave).

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3. Rioja 1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

Brought to you by Top Chef Master Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja serves up inventive Mediterranean cuisine to LoDo patrons all day long. Take a walk on the wild side and try the Spanish Octopus Farfalle, or appeal to your inner kid with Eric's House Made Donuts for brunch.

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4. Kaladi Brothers Coffee 1730 East Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210

Kaladi Brothers' University storefront offers the freshest possible taste of their original brews. Go for the super-strong lattes anytime, and come back on Saturday morning, when they feature Glazed and Confuzed's awesomely experimental doughnuts.

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5. Weathervane Cafe 1725 E 17th Ave , Denver, CO 80218

Because what goes better with coffee than some vintage threads? Serving up no-fuss premium beans with tasty sammies like their ham & berry chèvre concoction, The Weathervane now houses the Vaux Vintage label on the 2nd floor.

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