The finest donuts in New Orleans

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When it comes to deep fried desserts, New Orleans is of course most famous for our beignets. And for good reason: our beignets are incredible. However, as righteous as it is to get down and dirty with the powdered sugar at Cafe du Monde and Morning Call, there are still plenty of bakeries in town specializing in traditional donuts, and these are the best places to get them...

Yelp user John C.
1. Blue Dot Donuts
What you're getting: Okay, so it’s a very old and tired cliche that cops love donuts. But stereotypes, as they say, exist for a reason. Case in point: Mid-City’s Blue Dot Donuts, which was opened by three active N.O.P.D. officers in 2011. With specialties like their Bacon Maple Long John, a Red Velvet with cream cheese donut, and giant apple fritters, you’d do yourself a favor by surrendering to these lawmen.
Buttermilk Drop Cafe / Andy Cook
2. Buttermilk Drop Cafe
What you're getting: Actor Dwight Henry made a splash on the Hollywood scene in a powerful turn as the father in the film Beasts of the Southern Wild. What people were surprised to learn, however, is that the man made -- and still makes -- some of the best damned donuts in New Orleans, particularly the crush-worthy namesake Buttermilk Drops.
Upper 9 Doughnut Company
3. Upper 9 Doughnut Company
Every Saturday at Tracey's Bar
What you're getting: Started as a pop-up between the short hours of 9a and 1130a on Saturday mornings at Tracey’s Bar, you have to be an early bird to get some of these beauties, featuring gourmet flavor combos and seasonal produce (the strawberry shortcake version is out of this world). Bonus: Pastry chef/genius behind Upper 9’s flavors, Melissa Haggerty, prefers being known as a “donut mistress”.
Urban Spoon / Craig Zeller
4. Daddy’s Donuts
What you're getting: Sometimes, when it comes to the best things in life, it’s best to keep secrets secret. George “Daddy” Carlton comes from a donut family (his father operated three local bakeries), and takes his work seriously. His inimitable chocolate shells are a masterpiece, and Daddy’s famous apple fritter exists because of a heavily guarded, clandestine family recipe.

Yelp user Pope C.
5. Baker’s Dozen Cafe
What you're getting: If the red light’s on, you know there’s going to be some hot donut action inside the Baker’s Dozen. Best still, the name isn’t a lie -- after selecting 12 of the 30 different varieties available (which should include their melt-in-your-mouth apple fritters), they’ll throw in an extra one on the house. Or as we say in New Orleans, lagniappe.
Tastee McKenzie's
6. Tastee McKenzie’s
What you're getting: People who grew up in New Orleans seriously mourned the passing of McKenzie’s bakery, who made our favorite king cakes and had that TV jingle that was impossible to scour from your head once it was in there (“Oh! McKenzieeeees!”). Fortunately, local chain Tastee Donuts took over the sadly deceased McKenzie’s and bought all of their recipes, including one for buttermilk drops that rival even Mr. Henry's.
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1. Buttermilk Drop Cafe 1781 N Dorgenois St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Operated by actor Dwight Henry, the Buttermilk Drop Cafe serves a a wide variety of breakfast sandwiches, breakfast platters, and donuts, specializing in their namesake 'nut, the Buttermilk Drop.

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2. Daddy's Donuts 2051 Caton St, New Orleans, LA 70122

Daddy's stems from three family-owned bakeries and they continue the tradition of churning out delicious donuts and pastries, the best of which might be their tasty apple fritter.

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3. Tastee McKenzie's 901 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Tastee McKenzie's has been a staple in the New Orleans pastries scene for awhile now, earning their fame through their fresh-made donuts, especially their buttermilk drops.

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4. Baker’s Dozen Cafe 3305 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, LA 70121

Baker's Dozen is famous around the NOLA area for having some of the freshest donuts and pastries around, and if they have the red light on, that means they literally just finished a batch that is ready for your enjoyment.

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5. Tracey's Bar 2604 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Established in 1949, Tracey's is an Irish Channel favorite, slinging booze, po-boys, and gourmet soups, in front of 20 televisions, as well as housing the Upper 9 Doughnut Company every Saturday.

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6. Blue Dot Donuts 4301 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Originally opened by three NOLA police officers (and now with multiple locations), Blue Dot is famous for its Bacon Maple Long Johns, PB&J donut, Red Velvet w/ Cream Cheese donut, and its gigantic apple fritters.

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