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The Top 10 Donut Shops in St Louis

The Top 10 Donut Shops in St. Louis

Donuts or Doughnuts—These are the Best – Top 10 Donut Shops in St Louis

St. Louis, MO/May 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Whether it’s plain cake or chocolate-iced with sprinkles, a great doughnut is delicious—really, really delicious. Americans love doughnuts.  We eat more than 10 billion of these irresistible, fried confections in all their myriad of styles.  From crullers to creme filled, it seems there’s a doughnut flavor for every palate.  They are the perfect accompaniment to coffee or milk, and a fresh mixed-dozen is a welcome sight in the office break room.  Whether you spell it “doughnut” or “donut,” there’s no denying the appeal of these sweet treats.

St. Louis has lots of great places to buy doughnuts.  We wanted to know where to go to get the very best doughnuts in town.  So, we checked the customer reviews and found some of the highest scores we’ve seen in any top 10 list.  Maybe that’s indicative of St. Louis’ love of doughnuts in general.  Maybe it’s a sign that we have some of the best doughnut makers in the country right here.

That’s certainly true of St. Louis’ favorite doughnut shop.  According to customer reviews, the very best doughnuts can be found at The Donut Stop in Lemay.  Local doughnut fans and national food critics agree that this little shop makes some of the best doughnuts anywhere.  The Donut Stop was named one of America’s Best Donut shops by Food & Wine, and their legendary Cinnamon Glob was recognized as one of the 25 best doughnuts in the U.S. by The Daily Meal.  This is an old-fashioned doughnut shop at it’s best—glass cases filled with a seemingly endless variety of doughnuts, plus creme horns, fritters, and fried pies.  The yumminess is overwhelming, but then they’ve been making doughnuts in this shop since 1953.

There are lots of great doughnuts and great doughnut shops on our list of St. Louis’ Top 10.  So not only is there a doughnut for every appetite, it seems there’s a great place to get one in every neighborhood.  Here are the top 10 doughnut shops in St. Louis:

1. The Donut Stop (4.81 stars/85 reviews) Lemay, 1101 Lemay Ferry Road, Saint Louis, MO 63125, (314) 631-3333.
2. Tony’s Donuts (4.68 stars/59 reviews) Maryland Heights, 12218 McKelvey Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043, (314) 739-1388.
3. Old Town Donut Shop (4.67 stars/218 reviews) Florissant, 510 North New Florissant Road, Florissant, MO 63031, (314) 831-0907.
4. Pharoah’s Donuts (4.66 stars/145 reviews) Downtown, 200 North 7th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 351-0285.
5. Donut Drive-In (4.54 stars/224 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 6525 Chippewa Street, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 645-7714.
6. Sweet Spot Cafe (4.53 stars/64 reviews) St. Ann, 3586 Adie Road, Saint Ann, MO 63074, (314) 770-9977.
7. John’s Donut (4.50 stars/109 reviews) Kosciusko, 1618 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 241-3360.
8. Mario’s Donuts & Cafe (4.40 stars/129 reviews) St. Charles, 2786 Muegge Road, Saint Charles, MO 63303, (636) 447-4515.
9. World’s Fair Donuts (4.34 stars/245 reviews) Southwest Garden District, 1904 South Vandeventer Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 776-9975.
10. Vincent Van Doughnut (4.20 stars/132 reviews) Clayton, 40 North Central Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63105, (314) 899-9500.

The following doughnut shops had terrific scores, but not quite enough reviews (minimum 50) to make the top 10. Still, they are worth your attention when you want a great doughnut. Honorable Mentions go to:

St. Louis Hills Donut Shop (4.73 stars/48 reviews) Saint Louis Hills, 6917 Hampton Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 481-6050.
Drew’s Donut Stop (4.72 stars/29 reviews) Arnold, 1600 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, MO 63010, (636) 548-8607.
Donuts and More (4.67 stars/27 reviews) St. Charles County, 810 O’Fallon Road, Weldon Spring, MO 63304, (636) 329-9535.

An Old World Experience – Missouri Baking Company

Missouri Baking Company, St. Louis, MO

Sweeten Your Holidays at the Missouri Baking Company

St. Louis, MO/December 17, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) The Missouri Baking Company is not just a bakery; it is literally an institution on the “Hill.”  Back in September it took the #1 spot on our Top 10 Best Bakery list.  There aren’t many establishments that can say they’ve been in business almost 100 years and have been passed down from generation to generation.

The shop was founded by the three Gambaro brother’s in 1923.  Their sons and daughters grew up working in the bakery a long side the family and eventually took over the business.  Ninety-three years later, this family legacy is still impressing customers from near and far.

Missouri Baking Company has a way of taking each and every visitor back to their childhood days.  The original freezer and the old-fashioned cabinets, and the rows of tables with heavenly baked items, bring you back to the olden days…a time when all things seemed so much more innocent and life was so much simpler.

And with Christmas right around the corner and dreams of sugar plums dancing in our heads…it’s the perfect place to make a visit to for some traditional Italian Christmas cookies and other delectable treats.  The magnificent aroma of freshly baked goods reaches your senses the minute you step through the front door.

You’ll find counter after counter of the most superb looking sweet treats and warm loaves of bread.  It’s a gold mine for someone looking to buy something delicious for a holiday party or perhaps to give as a gift.  Keep in mind when you visit that you won’t find anything artificial tasting here.  Everything is made from scratch.

There are way too many goodies to name them all but to me a few stands out above the rest.  Of course, there’s the 2015 award winning Gooey Butter Cake that melts in your mouth.  The Ricotta or Italian Cream Cannoli’s are heavenly, the Tiramisu to die for, and the fabulous Italian butter cookies are gloriously rich and sinfully good.  One sweet is simply better than the next, which means you can’t go wrong on anything you purchase.

There are also four kinds of biscotti, and additional cookies such as Chocolate Drops, delicate Shortbreads, Nut-Based Crunchy Squares, and Amaretto Macaroons.  A few of the items might sound foreign to some but if you haven’t tried them, then you should.  One is the Cuccidati made with figs, raisins, pine nuts, chocolate chips and orange zest.

Another is the Panetone bread, pronounced with the correct Italian emphasis, Pan-e-tone-a. I only know about it because I’m Italian and grew up having it at my Nona’s home every Christmas.  It’s a sweet yeast bread of Milanese origin, considered a Christmas classic for Italians everywhere.  What could be more festive than a tall, puffy, round bread studded with raisins and candied citron?  Especially our version… soaked in rum.

For an Old World experience and some of the best confectioneries that will ever cross your lips, make time for a holiday visit to Missouri Baking Company.

Missouri Baking Company (on The Hill)

2027 Edwards

St. St. Louis, MO

Phone: (314) 773-6566

Hours: Sun 7:30am-12pm

Tue-Fri 7am-5:30pm

Sat 7am-5pm


Picture courtesy of Carrie Nenonen


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Lizzie Bob's

Offering Sweets from Scratch to Go!

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL: (STLRestaurant.News) – Sweet-toothed residents in the metro-east now have a new, daily source of scratch-made goodies!  After a year of baking custom cakes and sweets, Lizzie Bob’s Sweets From Scratch has opened a storefront bakery at 823 Lincoln Highway, #102 in Fairview Heights.  Lizzie Bob’s owner Elizabeth Toepfer’s has been baking and designing cakes for more than 15 years.  For the last year her company Lizzie Bob’s Sweets From Scratch has been supplying custom cakes and treats on a special order basis.  So when she opened the new bakery, she had one goal in mind: make it easier for customers to get her sweets from scratch every day.  And customers who already know and love her delectable treats are celebrating.  Soon others will discover the carefully crafted, scrumptiousness of Lizzie Bob’s baked goods.

The new bakery officially opened Tuesday, November 15th with customers coming in before the sun was fully up.  If you missed the grand opening, you can still check out the new bakery any Tuesday – Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  You’ll find a daily selection of scratch-made baked goods including cupcakes, pies, brownies, scones, cheesecake, cookies, cannoli, pizzelle (those delicate Italian waffle cookies), gooey butter cake, rice Krispy treats.  Plus there’s homemade bread, rolls, soups, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and even dog treats!  This month’s special is Lizzie Bob’s fresh baked, personal-sized Streusel Apple Pie!  As in her special order business, everything at the new bakery is made fresh and from scratch.

When Toepfer says she makes her goodies from scratch, she means everything—right down to the cake flour, which she makes herself!  She also makes her own modeling chocolates and all of her butter cream frostings (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon, orange, and raspberry!)  As if that wasn’t enough, she makes all her own whipped cream frostings in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.  Toepfer says her husband and kids act as taste testers and quality control inspectors as she experiments with new creations.

A self-proclaimed “science nerd,” Toepfer enjoys developing new ingredients and new recipes for her bakery.  Right now she says she’s working on creating her own vanilla extract and flavor emulsions.  And in response to customer requests, she’s developing a line of diabetic sweets.  In creating her sweet treats, Toepfer is guided by her own desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  That’s led her to use only fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs in her cooking and baking.

Besides the daily selection in the new shop, Lizzie Bob’s continues to offer dessert table catering for special events including weddings, showers, birthday parties, office parties, anniversaries, grand openings, etc.  They’ll create custom themed cakes, cupcakes and cookies.  Orders can be placed online, by phone at (618) 334-4917, or in person at the shop.  You can even arrange to have them deliver and set up!

Oh, and Lizzie Bob’s also does pie—really, really good pie.  But get your Thanksgiving order in while there’s still time!  If you want something wonderful right away, now you don’t have to wait!  Now you can pop into Lizzie Bob’s Bakery and get a scratch-made sweet fix today!

Contact Information:

Lizzie Bob’s Bakery
Owner: Elizabeth Toepfer
823 Lincoln Hwy #102
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
(618) 589-3770
[email protected]


Pint Size Bakery & Coffee Honored by STL Mayor

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Every fall, as the weather turns chilly, I find my own thoughts tend to drift to one idea…warm cookies.  Or if I’m anywhere near Lindenwood Park in South St. Louis, I dream of a warm brookie (a brownie with a chocolate chip cookie baked into the top).  There’s no place better to get that sweet combination of fudgy, buttery love than at Pint Size Bakery & Coffee, 3133 Watson Road, where they’re made every day, all day long.  You can smell the baking as you walk in the neighborhood.  The lines are sometimes all the way out the door—a situation much improved since they moved to their new, bigger location at Watson and Arsenal six-months ago!

Now, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and the St. Louis Development Corporation are recognizing the goodness of this fresh bakery by naming Pint Size Bakery and Coffee as the 2016 Neighborhood Business of the Year for the city’s 23rd Ward.  The honor was bestowed at the Mayor’s 2016 Business Celebration Luncheon last week.  This honor won’t be a surprise to Lindenwood Park residents.  They’ve grown accustomed to the neighborhood pride and sense of civic responsibility of bakery owners Christy Augustin and Nancy Boehm.  They’re frequently involved in activities that promote Lindenwood Park and improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.

Bakery founder Christy Augustin says she and husband Matt always envisioned a shop dedicated to serving the neighborhood.  One look at the original shop (3825 Watson Road) and it’s easy to see why this well-loved bakery had to move to a bigger shop!

Pint Size Bakery is well known for their dedication to baking the old fashioned way, using milk and cream from local, pasture-raised cows; eggs from small family farms; real butter; cane sugar and unbleached flour.  This is the quintessential small batch bakery.  Their motto is also their business model: small batch, from scratch, fresh daily.  That means every morning they bake fresh muffins, cookies, scones, etc.  If they sell a lot of cookies, they bake more.  By keeping the batches small, and baking throughout the day, they’re able to ensure that customers get the freshest baked goods available in St. Louis.  It also ups your chances of scoring warm cookies or scones any time they’re open—which isn’t every day.  Pint Size Bakery & Coffee is closed on Sundays and Mondays. They’re open Tuesday – Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Customer reviews just rave about this bakery, consistently giving them 4.5 stars since they first opened in 2012.  And their customers can’t get enough of the bakery’s salted caramel croissants (a Saturday-only special) and homemade oatmeal cream pies—like the Little Debbie snack cakes, only so much better.  They’re also well loved for some specialty items unique to Pint Size Bakery, like their savory scones and muffins.  Imagine the buttery, delicate texture of a fresh scone laced with the flavors of bacon, Asiago cheese and just enough kale that you can tell yourself it’s healthy!  Or maybe you’d prefer a sweet and savory fusion, like the sweet potato & caramelized onion.  Have a muffin, if you prefer, like the BLT (that’s local bacon, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cheese & fresh herbs).  Oh sure, you can get sweets too!  They have scrumptious tea cookies, cup cakes, Lil’ bundts (like the spice cake filled with pumpkin butter and iced with cream cheese glaze), tiny tarts, cakes, and pies too.  They’re now taking orders for Thanksgiving pies!

Pint Size Bakery and Coffee serve Kaldi’s brewed coffee and espresso drinks.  That’s more of that dedication to locally and sustainably sourced products.  Their milk and cream comes from Rolling Leaf Farms in Edwardsville.  And all of their syrups are made in house, meaning their vanilla bean latte may just be the freshest anywhere.

As amazingly fresh and tasty as the food is, the real standout at Pint Size Bakery is the friendly service.  Their warm hospitality is well known by customers, and well loved.  One customer review even suggested that the Pint Size Bakery staff should offer a course in friendly service!  Kind of makes you feel warm all over…like a warm brookie and a honey spiced cup of Kaldi’s coffee with cream.

Contact Information:

Pint Size Bakery & Coffee
Owners: Christy Augustin & Nancy Boehm
3133 Watson Road (at Arsenal Street)
Lindenwood Park Neighborhood
Saint Louis, MO 63139
(314) 645-7142


Old Town Donuts

Making Fresh Donuts for Nearly 50 Years – Old Town Donuts

FLORISSANT, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) — Fall is in full swing in the St. Louis area. Baseball season is over.  The leaves are turning.  The smell of pumpkin spice is in the air!  And nowhere is that more true than at Old Town Donuts!  Both the original Florissant shop (508 South New Florissant Rd.) and the Cottleville store (3941 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.) are serving up a seasonal favorite: pumpkin spice cake donuts.  And their regular customers will tell you, no matter when you go to Old Town, the donuts are always fresh.

Old Town Donuts has been a fixture in Old Town Florissant since it was founded in 1968.  After nearly 50 years, this family business is still going strong.  That let them open a second shop in 2014, in Cottleville.  Despite competition from national chains, they’re still the number one donut shop in Florissant.  In fact, the shop is frequently listed among top tens around St. Louis.

In September 2016, theCultureTrip.com listed Old Town Donuts as one of the top ten restaurants in Florissant.  That’s the same month they made the STLResaurant.News list of Top 10 Bakeries in St. Louis.  (They were number two!)  That list was based on reviews of 63 bakeries and pastry shops around the metro area.  In 116 reviews, Old Town Donuts had a 5 Star rating.

A look at the way they make their donuts, and it’s not hard to see why.  Their donuts are all made by hand.  At the original Florissant location, they’re making donuts 24-hours a day, seven days a week, so the donuts are always fresh.  All of the fillings, toppings and flavorings are made right there in the shop too.  With adventurous combinations, like caramel-bacon long johns, and tried-and-true favorites, like hand rolled cinnamon rolls or gigantic apple fritters, they’ve got a fresh choice for everyone, even your dog!  That’s right.  Bring your four-legged friend up to the shop, and they’ll give it a free donut hole!

The Cottleville shop is open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The Florissant shop is open 24-hours a day, and they’re making fresh donuts right this minute.  Both shops offer quantity discounts for churches, schools, offices, etc.  Besides donuts, they also make muffins, cookies, pastries and bagels.

Contact information:

Old Town Donuts

Original Florissant Location:
508 New Florissant Rd.
Florissant, MO 63031
Phone: (314) 831-0907
Open 24 Hours

Cottleville Location:
3941 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.
Cottleville, MO 63376
next to St. Charles Community College
Phone: (636) 447-0907
Open Daily 5am-9pm


Nathaniel Reid Bakery

Kirkwood Scores the Nathaniel Reid Bakery

KIRKWOOD, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) It may have taken ten years to get to the point of opening his very own bakery that bears his name, but for Nathaniel Reid, it’s been a lifelong- dream come true, no matter how long it took to get here.  The Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood made its debut on August 1st.

The 36 year old Reid, a Farmington native returned to St. Louis in 2013.  By then he was already a star.  After graduating from the highly acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, he went on to win the U.S. Pastry Competition and was named Pastry Chef of the Year in New York City in 2010.  Then in 2012, he was recognized as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine.  And he’s never looked back since.

Reid specializes in contemporary bakery creations with a European finesse.  He wears many different hats, operating as a pastry chef, consultant, and educator.  He most recently served as pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.  Before that he held positions at prestigious places like the St. Regis Hotel, a Forbes Five-star and AAA Five-Diamond resort in California, and with Michelin Three-Star Joël Robuchon Restaurant at The Mansion Hotel (MGM Grand) and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, both in Las Vegas.

But his success never distracted him from his dream to open his own bakery.  The Nathaniel Reid Bakery is co-owned with his pastry chef wife, Lee Lee. It’s not a huge shop but quaint and comfy and plenty big enough to sit and delight in any one of Reid’s decadent creations.  It’s like being in a jewelry store looking at the most unique and beautiful gems.

There’s sinful chocolate cake with a layer of raspberry filling, and a mousse filled with raspberry tea and garnished with white chocolate & raspberry glaze, a cinnamon bun made of brioche dough with butter, brown sugar, and pecans—then topped with even more butter, brown sugar, and pecans, a signature, a twice-baked chocolate croissant cut in half, stuffed with homemade almond paste and chocolate topped with almonds and baked again.

So whether you’re in for one of Nathaniel’s signature breakfast pastries, tarts or a fresh croissant with your morning coffee, a salad and sandwich for lunch, perhaps a homemade chocolate bar for a snack, or that to-die-for layered yogurt cake with apricot-passion fruit filling topped with white chocolate for a party, there’s simply no way to go wrong.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact information:

Nathaniel Reid Bakery

11243 Manchester Road

St. Louis, MO 63122

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Phone: 314-858-1019

Email:[email protected]


California Do-Nuts Co

California Do-Nuts Co. Owner Says She Can’t Reopen

ST, LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) California Do-Nuts Co. – A long empty hole in the south St. Louis donut scene will remain unfilled.  The anticipated reopening of the California Do-Nut Company at 2924 South Jefferson Avenue has been cancelled.  Aspiring restaurateur Felinna Love had bought the long-shuttered Benton Park neighborhood donut shop in 2015 with plans to renovate the building and reopen it this year.  But Love has announced on the company’s Facebook page that “unforeseen circumstances” are forcing her to abandon her plans to reopen the shop.

According to Love, some of the issues are related to the renovations of the building that has housed the shop since it first opened in 1948.  Other issues, like the death of her father, have taken Love away from the St. Louis area.  She said it was “heart-aching to admit” that she wouldn’t be reopening the store.

Love had tried to raise cash for renovations and equipment using crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, but refunded the donations after raising less than $5,000 of her $45,000 and $15,000 targets.

It’s unclear what will happen to the boarded up brick storefront now.  Years of neglect have left it in need of major repairs. Love is already auctioning off the commercial kitchen gear she’d purchased for the store, even putting a link to the auction site on Facebook.

Despite the disappointment, Love says she’s grateful for all the support she’s received from the neighborhood and the city, and she’s “confident that many sweet things lie ahead for Benton Park, the South-side, and St. Louis as a whole.”


Top 10 Bakeries


ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Top 10 Bakeries: do you know anybody that does not like baked desserts?  I don’t!  I know its my biggest weakness.  However, I tend to enjoy the junk baked goods like Little Debbie products.  Swiss Cake Rolls to be more specific.  However, don’t worry.  There are much better alternatives than store bought 20 year old baked desserts for your enjoyment.  Also there is nothing wrong with the taste of a Hostess Honey Bun, but some of the bakeries listed might not agree.

Missouri Baking Company, our #1 rated position has been in business since 1924 according to their Facebook page.  That is an impressive number.  Almost 100 years old and in the same family.  Can’t find those family traditions on every street corner.  Congratulations to Missouri Baking Company.  Keep up whatever it is that you’ve been doing for almost 100 years.

Our Top 10 Bakeries in St. Louis, MO are:

  1. Missouri Baking Company – rated #1 out of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 342 reviews resulting in a 5 Star rating
  2. Old Town Donut Shop – rated @2 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 116 reviews resulting in a 5 Star rating
  3. Piccione Pastry – #3 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 73 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  4. Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe – #4 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 142 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  5. Donut Drive In – #5 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 55 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  6. World Fair Donut – #6 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 46 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  7. The Cup – #7 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 28 reviews resulting in a 5 Star rating
  8. La Patisserie Chouquette – #8 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 27 resulting in 5 Star rating
  9. Pharaohs Donuts – #9 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 14 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  10. Nothing Bundt Cakes – #10 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 12 reviews resulting in a 5 Star rating



Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons Expands St. Louis Locations

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop (TH) this week announced they plan to expand their holding in St. Louis in 2017.  The store stated that three new locations and possibly adding up to seven more restaurants and kiosks in 2017 is definitely on the horizon for the Midwestern metropolis.  A Canadian entity with a passion for coffee production and service, Tim Hortons first Illinois location opened in O’Fallon on Friday.  The shop was opened by Show Me Hospitality, a franchisee for the Canadian quick-service chain that sells coffee, donuts, sandwiches, and soup.

The O’Fallon location, at 450 Regency Park Drive near Interstate 64 and north Green Mount Roud, will have a 24-hour drive-thru.  The establishment is a 2,500 square-foot restaurant and shares a space with a 1,000-square-foot Reliance Bank branch, which also opened this past Friday.

No strangers to opening TH chained restaurant, Show Me Hospitality has opened four TH’s in the St. Louis area since June 2015.

Contributing Editor: Alexandra R. Fasulo