Best Donuts in Cleveland Ohio

“OOOHHHH….DOOOONUUUUTS!” This phrase coined by that great American father, husband and Springfield legend Homer Simpson sums up Cleveland’s perspective on breakfast mainstay that is donuts. I would better a baker’s dozen that Homer Simpson is the most passionate donut lover on earth. Contrary to popular belief and American pop culture folklore, police officers do not comprise the largest group of donut lovers. Regardless of demographic, Americans love donuts and Cleveland is no different. Glazed, chocolate, jelly and countless variations of this morning pastry are equally consumed with glee daily in the C-Town. When deciding on what to bring to morning meetings managers try to be healthy and bring bagels and cream cheese. However, 3 days later, countless lunch rooms and refrigerators remained jam-packed with wheat bagels and jalapeno cream cheese tubs. Donuts on the other hand rarely make it thru lunch. Many diets crash and burn when free glazed donuts are presented for breakfast at the weekly staff meeting.

Abby has been bugging me to lose weight and eat better for years. Most days I do ok and even when pizza is ordered, I have been able to show restraint. All of the self control dissipates when management brings in several dozens of donuts into the conference room. Even if I had a nice breakfast smoothie on the way in, 3-5 donuts mysteriously ends up on my desk. These lapses has cost me extra time in the gym. The Cleveland Leader had to sneak me this assignment and I had to take Ubers in secret in order to find the best places to find donuts. There is nothing like having a tasty donut and a big cup of coffee. These places have great donuts, coffee and several squad cars in the parking lot at all hours of the day. If we missed your favorite donut joint send me an email and I will put it in the next article…even if it is not donut-related. Just don’t tell Abby!

Jack Frost Donuts

Baking up over 200 different varieties of donuts daily, you are bound to find the one you love here.  Some notables and my personal favorites include the Fruit Loops, Skittles and Root Beer Floats.

You can find their “Every Batch From Scratch” at:

4960 Pearl Road, Cleveland, OH 44109


Amy Joy Donuts

A Lyndhurst and Mayfield Heights fixture for many years, Amy Joy has some of the area’s best donuts and customers all over the area continue to rave about the donuts and coffee. Great service, fresh ingredients and huge fritters are some of the reasons Amy Joy has been able to thrive in the Cleveland market in spite of the dominance of Dunkin Donuts here.

5211 Mayfield Rd Lyndhurst OH 44124

Presti’s Bakery

Little Italy in Cleveland has a golden reputation for food. Presti’s Bakery has been serving this community since 1903 and is one of the oldest establishments in Cleveland. A full service baker, Presti’s has a wide selection of pastries. Sweets, cakes, bread as well as a cafe and deli. That being said, their donuts, brownies, danishes, cinnamon rolls and muffins rival anyone in town.

12101 Mayfield Rd Cleveland, OH 44106

Becker’s Donuts, Bakery and Cakes

Another Legendary Cleveland Family in the restaursnt business, Becker’s has been serving Cleveland since 1946. At one time the Becker Family has over a dozen locations. Their sustained longevity is due to never straying away from the original family recipes, quality in ingredients, excellent service and of course superior baked goods. You can stop in and grab a dozen donuts, have them cater your event for your business, church or organization.

22088 Lorain Rd Fairview Park, OH 44126


Lakewood has a well-earned reputation for having a large collection of eclectic businesses, restaurants and clubs that push the envelope no matter the genre. Brewnuts is another manifestation of this tradition of being nontraditional Lakewood seems to have a knack for doing. Who would have thought donuts and beer would work? If there are two things that Clevelanders love passionately, donuts and beer can be 1 and 1A. To have them under one roof is a stroke of genius. Brewnuts specializes in craft beer based donuts, meaning their donuts are made with beer. My body was pleasantly confused when I had my first one. Ironically, you can enjoy a cup of Phoenix Coffee (another Cleveland-based company) along with your brewnuts, which goes to show you that when you enter Lakewood, you must be prepared to experience anything and everything.

6501 Detroit Rd Cleveland, OH 44102

Dunkin Donuts

“Got to make the Donuts!” We all remember the iconic commercial from one of America’s most beloved brands. Dunkin Donuts has been making breakfast that much sweeter since 1950. In addition to serving fantastic donuts, their coffee has been a staple of the business and is sold worldwide. So even if you cannot make it in for some glazed donuts, you can still enjoy their coffee. Dunkin also has an imnpressive menu that includes breakfast sandwiches wraps and smoothies. Many items are health-conscious so even if you are trying to avoid donuts altogether, Dunkin Donuts has plenty of options that will not violate your diet. With locations throughout Cleveland, there is sure to be a location near you.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Chris Rock in his legendary comedy special Never Scared jokingly stated that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts had crack in them because they were too good. Now I have never tried crack and never intend to. However, after I tried my first Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut hot off the line, I was instantly hooked. I am not privy to the recipe but whatever is in it is highly addictive. In the mid to late 1990s Krispy Kreme experienced exponential growth and they have been able to remain a major player in the donut business. In addition to have arguably the best glazed donut in the universe, Krispy Kreme has an impresive line of coffee drinks and smoothies. Communities across the country partner with Krispy Kreme every year in fundraising that has helped many organizations accomplish their goals in service to the cities they serve. You can find Krispy Kreme locations all over the country in stand alon locations as well as gas stations and in your favorite grocery store

6907 Pearl Rd Cleveland, OH 44130

Mike & Abby Sweeney


Mike & Abby Sweeney are our resident foodies. Their thought process on food is "to give everything a chance." Matt loves craft beers, Italian food, and any play on bar bites. Abby is into wine, cheese, and anything Asian. Together they form a dynamic duo eager to weigh in on any new restaurant!


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Mike & Abby Sweeney

Mike & Abby Sweeney are our resident foodies. Their thought process on food is "to give everything a chance." Matt loves craft beers, Italian food, and any play on bar bites. Abby is into wine, cheese, and anything Asian. Together they form a dynamic duo eager to weigh in on any new restaurant!

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