Who doesn’t love doughnuts? They come in almost every flavor imaginable and are a great pick-me-up – or meal – at any time of day.
However, no one wants to settle for just any old doughnut. Luckily, central Ohio has some great local bakeries and doughnut shops that will satisfy your sweet tooth. I asked NBC4 viewers what their favorite shops were, and here’s what they said:
Where: 47 N. Bridge St., Chillicothe
Not to be confused with the Krispy Kreme chain, this Chillicothe shop came in at No. 1 this year among NBC4 viewers. Crispie Creme has handcrafted their own doughnuts fresh every day since 1929. Some customers even make sure to stock up when they come to visit from out of state.
Where: 4061 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus
Coming in a close second among NBC4 viewers is Resch’s Bakery. They have been in business for more than a century, with Wilhelm and Frank Resch starting their bakery after immigrating to America and learning the trade at Berkey’s Bakery. Aside from doughnuts, Resch’s also makes wedding cakes, birthday cakes, cupcakes and more.
Where: 2622 Maple Ave., Zanesville
Donald’s Donuts is Zanesville’s best-kept secret. Customers say that the little shop puts every other doughnut to shame. Donald Warne started the bakery in 1960 and now the second generation of the Warne family is carrying on the tradition of making amazing doughnuts. Pro tip: The apple fritters are a fan favorite.
Where: 601 N. Broad St., Lancaster
Live in the Lancaster area? Then you probably already know about Donut World. If you don’t, it’s time to stop by the family owned and operated shop! The doughnuts are huge, homemade and delicious. You won’t be disappointed.
Where: 127 W. Main St., Circleville
Lindsey’s in Circleville is legendary for their pumpkin doughnuts and the giant pumpkin pie made for the Circleville Pumpkin Show every year, but this shop is a great stop year-round. They’ve been in business for more than 50 years. Pro tip: if you’re going to check them out, make sure to leave home with time to spare. People come from all over to grab one of these delicious treats.
Where: 6 S. State St., Westerville
Schneider’s has been serving Westerville for more than 64 years. A perennial winner of various regional awards, they have more than 15 varieties of donuts for you to choose from. Schneider’s also makes cakes, muffins, brownies, rolls, buns, pies and more, and all their treats are hand crafted and served fresh every day. Pro-tip: They also deliver through DoorDash.
Where: 1998 N. High St., Columbus
Looking for a 24-hour donut shop with an extensive donut menu? Check out Buckeye Donuts! They have 31 varieties of donuts on the menu and you can stop by day or night. They also have a food truck, so you can still get your fix even if you can’t make it to the campus area. Try the Maple Bacon Long John.
Where: 445 S. Jefferson Ave., Plain City
Located in Plain City, Der Dutchman is known for Amish home-style cooking, and that extends to their selection of pastries. With more than 10 varieties of doughnuts on their bakery menu, you’ll be sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Where: 4543 Scioto Darby Road, Hilliard
Lil Donut Factory is a family owned and operated shop in Hilliard that offers hand-rolled, hand-cut, fresh doughnuts daily. They opened up shop in 2009, and just a few years ago, they teamed up with a coffee roaster to offer their own roasted coffee every morning. With anywhere from 30 to 35 doughnuts on the menu, you’ll be sure to find your new favorite sweet treat. Lil Donut Factory also has plans in the works to open a second location soon. Pro tip: You will want to hit this shop up early in the morning, as they sell out fast.
Where: 3118 Southwest Blvd., Grove City
6689 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg
175 S. 30th St., Newark
With two locations in the Columbus metro area and one in Newark, Jolly Pirate is a favorite among Central Ohio doughnut lovers. With a huge selection, you’ll always be able to find a doughnut variety that you love. They also sell muffins, cookies, coffee and sandwiches.