Doughnut Day: Best Doughnuts in Fairfield County & Beyond

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Friday June 6 is National Donut Day! Yes, it's an actual holiday... it started in 1938 and has been celebrated on the first Friday in June ever since.  Back then, making doughnuts proved a complicated ordeal, with people resorting to wine bottles as rolling pins and metal tins as cutting edges.  Today, however, several CT restaurants have made doughnuts an art form.

As a Stamford resident, I constantly heard people talk about the legendary donuts at the Lakeside Diner.  Their rounds are neither ornate nor revolutionary.  Instead, the old-fashioned donuts taste just like something Grandma would have pulled out of the oven.  The classic cake recipe has a dusting of granulated sugar that pleases children and adults alike.

On the other side of the spectrum, Orangeside of New Haven eschews tradition and bakes up SQUARE donuts.  It started out as an exercise in frugality; traditional round cutters proved expensive and the square shaped reduced the amount of scrap dough.  However, the original design became an instant hit, even recognized by Saveur Magazine as one of the top 50 donuts in the United States.

And there’s a HOLE lot more fun to be had!  From Beach Donuts in Old Lyme to Zeppoleme in Port Chester, many other cafes and eateries are serving up baked goods sure to make National Donut Day memorable.

Best Doughnuts in Fairfield County & Beyond

Coffee An' Donuts, Westport

Lakeside Diner, Stamford

Beach Donuts, Old Lyme

Darien Doughnut, Darien

Orangeside, New Haven

Zeppoleme, Port Chester

Lorca, Stamford

Stew Leonard's, Norwalk, Danbury, Newington, Yonkers