Here’s a history lesson: doughnut was shortened to donut in the early 1900s in America, and the spelling was popularized by Dunkin’ Donuts. Internationally, these sweet treats are spelled doughnut, but it’s mainly in the U.S. that you will find the abbreviated version. Regardless of your spelling preference, these doughy rings are universally loved. So, if you ever find yourself craving doughnuts, step away from the supermarket bakery and check out one of these amazing Sacramento locations.
Open Monday through Saturday from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marie’s is the place to be for an early morning (or late night) doughnut fix. Its chocolate glazed doughnuts are the stuff of legends, and its apple fritters cannot be beat. If you ask nicely, Marie’s will fill any doughnut you want with your filling of choice. While its doughnuts are out of this world, its coffee is a little lacking, so grab a cup of coffee from Freeport Bakery to sip on while you wait in line, and make sure to bring the green, as this is a cash-only establishment.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Doughbot is the mecca of slightly unusual, but oh-so-good doughnuts. Whether you are in the mood for bacon maple, s’mores, creme brulee or one of the many vegan options, Doughbot has something for every craving. For those who like to stay current, Doughbot’s Facebook is updated daily to let patrons know when doughnuts are going in the oven, what the daily specials are and, more importantly, when they sell out.
360 Florin Road
Sacramento, CA 95831
Open daily from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., Manley Donuts is one of the staples of the Pocket-Greenhaven area. If you are in the mood for something a little different, try the blueberry cinnamon roll butterfly doughnut. However, the maple bars and bear claws are above the rest. This establishment is cash only, so prepare to bring about a dollar for each doughnut you want to eat, and as it is with every good doughnut, you never want to eat just one.
1001 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 300
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Open Monday through Saturday from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m., City Donuts is the best place to find doughnuts in West Sacramento. Not only are the doughnuts exceptionally fluffy, but there isn’t an additional charge for the larger doughnuts, like bear claws, like there is at other establishments. If you find yourself unsure of what to order, try the buttermilk or old fashioned doughnuts, as City Donuts really excels at the classics. City Donuts does accept credit cards, but there is a minimum charge, so plan on getting more than one doughnut or dig around your car for change, as each doughnut costs around 80 cents.
Java Time Donuts
7811 Laguna Blvd., Suite 150
Elk Grove, CA 95758
www.facebook.com/Java-Time-DonutsJava Time Donuts not only has a wonderful selection of doughnuts to choose from, but unlike many of its competitors, doughnuts are not relegated to breakfast. The best thing about Java Time Donuts is that it offers both traditional and creative options, so patrons can either order maple bars, or maple bacon bars or even one of the 24-inch doughnuts, if you give enough notice. If you want to try something a little different, order the cream puffs, which are some of the best that Sacramento has to offer.
Megan Bowyer is a freelance writer in search of the best food and drinks that Sacramento has to offer. You can find her at any number of dive bars or trendy restaurants; just look for the short blonde feeding the jukebox. Her work can be found at “Examiner.com“