Did you know it’s National Doughnut Day? Established in 1938, National Doughnut Day is observed every first Friday in June. And it has patriotic roots: During World War I, the Salvation Army thought it would brighten the day of enlisted men to have access to fresh baked goods. This usually meant doughnuts, since they were easy enough to prepare under difficult circumstances, such as in abandoned buildings near the front lines.
Twenty years later, in honor of the veterans and the “Doughnut Dollies” who served them, the Salvation Army declared a national holiday. Nearly 80 years later, doughnuts come in many shapes and sizes, some of them “artisanal” and others satisfyingly traditional. And many of them are DARTable!
Here are a few DARTable spots to help you celebrate National Doughnut Day.
Glazed Donut Works (2644 Elm St., near Deep Ellum Station). At this industrial-chic shop in the heart of Deep Ellum, exotic donuts are displayed in glass cases like fine jewelry. They’re fresh, of course, and they reward the adventurous: Try the grilled cheese donut, which is sliced and grilled with mild cheddar. Bacon is optional. As if!
Krispy Kreme (5118 Greenville Ave., near Lovers Lane Station). You want donuts? You got’em. They’re fresh, they’re famous, and there’s lots and lots of them – and today, the iconic national doughnut meisters are giving away one free doughnut to each customer. Yep, you can take any doughnut you want – but will you be able to resist the simple goodness of the “hot now” glazed doughnuts?
Maple Donuts (5321 Maple Ave. near Southwest Medical District/Parkland and Inwood/Love Field stations). This unassuming doughnut emporium is a hidden gem that excels not only in traditional doughnuts – try the cake variety – but in breakfast croissants and other morning nibbles. The excellent prices and proximity to DART Rail are icing on the – well, you get the idea.
Southern Maid Donuts (937 W. Davis St., on the D-Link). Great doughnuts, kolaches, breakfast tacos and a hometown atmosphere make this a standout in Oak Cliff. If you’re looking for a good old down-to-earth donut shop, you need look no more.