An assortment of donuts from The Donut Palace in Ellisville.
Like little spheres of chewy, crunchy, tender, sweet and spicy bliss, few treats have the ability to tantalize the senses like the donut. So if your family is looking for the best place to snag a few of these tasty morsels, check out our best bets for local donut shops.
Donut Drive-In | South City Looking for a side of history with that glazed? Check out Donut Drive-In, a cash-and-carry donut stand located near Watson and Chippewa in South City. Featured on the Food Network, this Route 66 bakery is sure to be a hit with little fans of Radiator Springs. They open at 5 a.m. daily; Sunday through Tuesday they're open until 2 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays until 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays until midnight. Donut Drive-In is at 6525 Chippewa St., St. Louis, Mo., 63109. Call 314-645-7714.
Heaven Scent Bakery | O'Fallon, Mo. Whether your family is looking for a donut on the go or a place to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, Heaven Scent Bakery, located at 1133 Bryan Rd., O'Fallon, 63366, is the perfect choice. This bakery offers plenty of seating as well as a 24-hour drive-thru. For a fun twist on a lunchbox staple, try the P.B.J., a strawberry-filled doughnut topped with peanut butter icing. Heaven Scent Bakery is at 1133 Bryan Road, O'Fallon, Mo., 63366. Call 636-240-8311.
Andrea's Gluten Free Bakery | Chesterfield If your family needs gluten-free or peanut-free, Andrea's Gluten Free Bakery, can deliver. Although donuts aren't on the menu, you will find a variety of other breakfast pastries that are free of nuts and glutens but full of flavor, including muffins and a St. Louis star, the gooey butter cake. Andrea's Gluten Free Bakery is at 759 Spirit of St. Louis Blvd., Chesterfield, Mo., 63005. Call 636-536-9953.
Schulte's Bakery | Washington In Franklin County, be sure to pick up a chocolate long john or a giant cinnamon roll at Schulte's Bakery. Locals love this family-owned business, which has been a Washington institution for more than 50 years. Schulte's Bakery is at 1100 W. Fifth St., Washington, Mo., 63090. Call 636-239-2300.
The Donut Palace | Ellisville If you want to be treated like royalty, check out The Donut Palace of Ellisville, located at 37 Clarkson Rd., Ellisville, 63011. Described as the "Cheers" of local donut shops, The Donut Palace prides itself on making every customer feel like family (if your family knew how to make a world-class chocolate frosted, chocolate cake donut). The Donut Palace is at 37 Clarkson Road, Ellisville, Mo., 63011. Call 636-527-2227.
Old Town Donuts | Florissant and Cottleville For a more adventurous selection, stop by Old Town Donuts, located at 508 New Florissant Rd., Florissant, 63031, and 3941 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., Cottleville, 63376.Old Town offers a long list of classics as well as a few creative daily flavors, like brownie glazed, pina colada and almond amaretto. Old Town Donuts is at 508 New Florissant Road, Florissant, Mo., 63031 and 3941 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, Mo., 63376. Call 314-831-0907 (Florissant) or 636-447-0907 (Cottleville).
Duke Bakery | Alton and Granite City For a tasty treat in Illinois, check out Duke Bakery, which is located at 819 Henry St., Alton, IL, 62002, and 3202 Nameoki Rd., Granite City, IL, 62040 (note: the Godfrey location is not open at this time). This family-owned bakery has a variety of donuts, as well as holiday treats like the popular hot cross bun. Duke Bakery is at 819 Henry St., Alton, Ill., 62002 and 3202 Nameoki Road, Granite City, Ill., 62040 (the Godgrey location is currently closed). Call 618-462-2922.
Cafe Ventana | Midtown If you're looking for a more cultured donut, check out the fancy little French donuts at Cafe Ventana, near the St. Louis University campus. Purchase these authentic, fresh, made-from-scratch beignets dusted with powdered sugar or, for an even more indulgent breakfast, filled with dark chocolate. Cafe Ventana is at 3919 W. Pine Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63108. Call 314-531-7500.
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