By Janelle Sheetz
Who doesn’t love a delicious, fresh donut? Whether you want one for breakfast or just a sweet snack, traditional glazed or something more creative, baked or fried, Pittsburgh has plenty of bakeries serving up awesome donuts. Here are five of the best.
Peace, Love, and Little Donuts
2018 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
With multiple locations in the Pittsburgh area, Peace, Love, and Little Donuts is a must-stop for donut lovers, and it’s probably Pittsburgh’s most well-known donut shops. Their unique donuts feature Groovy toppings like cinnamon, powdered sugar, or honey glazed; Far Out frostings like vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry; and finally, their Funkadelic donuts offer feature more exciting topics like maple bacon, s’mores, or cherry cheesecake. With so many flavor combinations, Peace, Love, and Little Donuts has something for everyone, and those outside of Pittsburgh can enjoy the donuts, too, with locations in Ohio, West Virginia, Florida, and more.
Better-Maid Donut Company
1178 Steuben St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
If you want to snag a Better-Maid donut, make sure you get there early–the lines outside the beloved drive-through shop in the West End are long, and the freshly made cake and glazed donuts often sell out. Get there too late in the morning, and the selection is limited. And the prices are just as good as the donuts, with everything priced very reasonably.
5525 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Prantl’s prides themselves on making their donuts “the old-fashioned way,” flipping them with chopsticks — and they offer cake donuts, raised donuts, and even donuts made with Danish dough. You can get classic toppings like glaze or icing and fillings like fruit, cream icing, or custard. To make ordering even easier, go online and then pick the donuts up in the bakery.
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1419 Potomac Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Potomac Bakery offers up delicious classic donuts, from traditional glazed and jelly-filled to flavors like coconut and maple. And at 70 cents each or $8.40 for a dozen, the prices are just as great. And with two locations — Dormont and Mt. Lebanon — it’s even easier to get your fill.
Gluten Free Goat
4905 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 1600
Those sticking to a gluten-free diet don’t have to miss out on delicious donuts. Gluten Free Goat, as the name suggests, provides gluten-free donuts, including for special order by the dozen. Flavors include apple cider, lavender lemon, chocolate orange cardamom, pumpkin spice, and matcha rosewater, plus custom flavors available on request.
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