Glazed & Confused: Reviewing Local Donut Shops

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Disclaimer: reading these reviews will leave you with a watering mouth and a craving for donuts. Your tastebuds will thank you later when you indulge in this sweet snack.

Donut Drive-In

Passing by the Donut Drive-In, the aroma fills the inside of your car and the flashing “DONUTS” light is telling you to forget the diet and get a treat. My first thought when I bit into their famous apple fritter was, “holy crap, that is a damn good donut.”

Not only were the donuts exceptionally delicious, but the atmosphere and service was also outstanding. For a small, quaint donut joint, they had it all.

One donut is only 97 cents. They were full of everlasting flavor and had just the right amount of crunch to them. You heard it here first folks, you cannot buy donuts this good or for this price anywhere else in the St. Louis area.

World’s Fair Donuts

Since 1944, World’s Fair Donuts has been a popular destination for St. Louisans to grab their favorite morning snack. The one-stop shop is busiest during the morning and goes through a few hundred glazed donuts daily.

The owner said their most popular donut was the original glazed, because “when you think of a donut, you think of a glazed donut.” Of course I tried it, and it was delicious. The glaze was the perfect amount of sweet and the donut had a perfect balance of soft and flakey.

Not only did World’s Fair Donuts have top-notch donuts, but they also treat you like family when you walk in. The current owners have run the shop for almost 42 years and they do not plan to stop anytime soon. They are still using the original register, so be sure to take cash since they don’t accept credit cards.

Vincent Van Doughnut

Vincent Van Doughnut is one hopping place, considering I went on a Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. and they were already sold out! I went back during the week and had a lot more success — I was able to try their ginormous maple bacon donut. It’s one of their best-sellers, but for me, it was on the lower end of the totem pole. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t blow me away.

The donuts are on the pricier side, costing $4 each. However, the atmosphere of the shop felt very homey with warm, amber lights hanging from the ceiling. The small wooden tables lining the shop encourage customers to take a seat and enjoy their donut.

The business began by attending food truck festivals, but once the donuts started selling like crazy, the owners decided to find a permanent home in Clayton. It’s safe to say this place is worth trying, but you might want to get there early just in case.

Story By Shelby Culli

Photo By Crystal French

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