October is National Doughnut Month, and nothing washes down pillow-y puffs of fried perfection better than a cup of coffee. But for such a perfect match, many doughnut shops tend to focus more on the quality of their doughnuts than their coffee. Thankfully, a growing number of doughnut houses are upping the ante. Here are eight spots across the country serving coffee that’s as good as the doughnuts.
Located just blocks from the beaches of Lake Michigan, this family-run bakery was originally built in 1907 and has long been a favorite for locals and out-of-towners alike for their classic glazed doughnuts, Boston creams and locally roasted coffee from Leelanau. 404 Main St., Frankfort, Michigan; 231-352-4611;crescent-bakery.com.
New York City doughnut devotees queue up at this Lower East Side bakery for fryer-fresh doughnuts made from a 1930s recipe first developed by owner Mark Isreal’s late grandfather. Isreal has since updated the pillow-y puffs to include jelly-filed squares (dosed with housemade jams) and the crackly, cream-filled crème brulee. And the coffee? Intelligentsia roasts the DPNYC—a mix of mostly Latin American beans—especially for Doughnut Plant and their trusty La Marzocco espresso machine. 379 Grand St., New York City; 212-505-1493; doughnutplant.com
Dutch Monkey Doughnuts
n 2007, classically trained chefs Arpana Satyu and Martin Burge packed their New York City knives and headed for Cumming, Georgia—population, nearing 5,500. Together, the doughnut-loving duo opened Dutch Monkey Doughnuts offering everything from the classic yeast-raised glazed to their namesake filled with a banana-studded custard and topped with decadent dark chocolate, all served alongside latte art-bedecked Counter Culture espresso drinks. 3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming, GA; dutchmonkeydoughnuts.com
Dynamo Donuts and Coffee
This Mission District sweet spot serves their deliciously inventive doughnuts (including the Strawberry Earl Grey, Blueberry Cornmeal and the Bitter Queen with candied grapefruit, elderflower glaze and Campari sugar) alongside coffee from Four Barrel, roasted just one BART stop away. 2760 24th St., San Francisco; 415-920-1978; dynamodonut.com
Mighty-O goes all organic with their doughnuts, and the result is pure deliciousness. The flavors are all pretty traditional, and the style is classic cake doughnut—they even have mini O’s. And the coffee? Also organic, of course, and roasted locally by Stumptown and Caffe Vita. 2110 N 55th St., Seattle; 206-547-0335; mightyo.com
The name at this Atlanta doughnut shop says it all. Kamal Grant first got a taste of the doughnut life when, at 14 years old, a Dunkin Donuts employee spoke during career day. From then on he had visions of living the sweet life, and after turns in the Navy and with the Culinary Institute of America he opened up shop near Georgia Tech offering his signature A-Town Cream alongside the more outlandish Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and fresh French-pressed coffee from Atlanta Coffee Roasters. 535 10th St. NW, Atlanta; 404-897-1801; sublimedoghnuts.com
The Doughnut Vault
Amid the exposed brick, glimmering chandelier and thumping hip hop, you’ll find steaming cups of freshly French-pressed Metropolis coffee for a mere buck and delightfully addictive doughnuts like classic chocolate, buttermilk and vanilla and rotating daily specials like mocha-glazed and chestnut. 401 1/2 N. Franklin St., Chicago; thedoughnutvault.tumblr.com
YoYo Donuts & Coffee Bar
A Clover coffee brewer in suburban Minnesota? Sounds too good to be true, but this Minnetonkan café does coffee and doughnuts right with single-origin coffees from local Dogwood Coffee Co. and espresso blends made on their faithful La Marzocco 2-group all served alongside traditional (and some less-traditional) yeast and cake doughnuts, like their lemon-filled long john, sour cream old fashioned and the popular maple bacon bar. 5757 Sanibel Dr., Minnetonka, MN; 952-960-1800; yoyodonuts.com