If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m a fan of donuts. I have a crazy sweet tooth, so I’ll take any excuse to eat cake for breakfast. Over the years, I’ve sampled donuts all over Lexington, and have decided to share my knowledge with you via a guide to the Lexington donut scene. A little disclaimer here – I tend to prefer cake donuts over the traditional yeast, so may be a little biased 😉
185 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY, 40503 or 814 Euclid Ave, Lexington, KY, 40502
A longstanding favorite in Lexington with two locations in Chevy Chase and Southland. Donut Days serves all your typical donuts – yeast, cake, creme-filled. I would say they have a very traditional taste – if you like a plain ole glazed donut, this is a great bet.
Best for: the apple fritter is legit.
3325 Lexington Rd, Versailles, KY 40383
Okay, so maybe not technically in Lexington, but it’s close. A donut shop inside a gas station is certainly a novelty and if you’re headed out of town on the Bluegrass Parkway, to the airport, or Keeneland-bound, it’s super convenient! Doughdaddy’s has all sorts of cake, yeast and filled donuts. These are a more old-fashioned style of donut.
Best for: flavored cake donuts – blueberry is my fav! The sour cream is great too.
180 Pasadena Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
This is more of an honorable mention, because Dutch’s doesn’t make traditional donuts. BUT they have a DONUT MUFFIN and it’s so good – surprisingly moist for a muffin. They also make beignets on Saturdays, which are pretty much donuts, right?!
Best for: aforementioned donut muffin.
726 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40502
I grew up going to Magee’s every Saturday morning, so it definitely holds a soft spot in my heart. I now live in walking distance of the bakery, which is dangerous. Magee’s offers pretty much all kinds of donuts – cake, glazed, creme-filled, jelly-filled, long johns. I can personally vouch for trying every kind over the years, and I would say overall Magee’s excels in all categories. Their glazed donut is light and airy, much more yeasty than deep-fried. Their chocolate icing is rich and their cake donuts seriously taste like cake.
Best for: It’s hard for me to pick one.. I’d have to say creme-filled. The cream is like their buttercream icing; sweet and rich without tasting artificial. Also their cake donuts are too good to not mention!
3070 Lakecrest Cir, Lexington, KY 40513
A newcomer to the Lexington donut scene, Met specializes in mini donuts. They’ve recently added full size donuts, and usually run a special on the weekend, which is often a donut slider! I like Met if you can’t decide what flavor you’re in the mood for – go for a couple mini donuts! You choose what flavor donut you want (old fashioned or the flavor of the day), pick a sugared coating or glaze, topping like sprinkles, candy and bacon, and lastly a drizzle with flavors like caramel, key lime, peanut butter and more.
Best for: feeding a crowd with mini donuts and fun flavors.
575 N Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508 or 3101 Clays Mill Rd, Lexington, KY 40503
North Lime is known for crazy flavor combinations, like a fried chicken donut. There are two locations – downtown and Clays Mill. They offer cake and glazed donuts, but I prefer their glazed. Their glazed donuts are square, which creates these extra crispy corners. So yum. For those with dietary restrictions – North Lime does vegan and gluten free donuts occasionally!
Best for: crazy flavors and glazed.
760 Winchester Rd, Lexington, KY 40505
Spalding’s is pretty old school. First of all, it’s cash only (I learned from experience.) The glazed donuts are super light, in a you can definitely tell they are deep-fried kind of way, almost like a much more delicious version of Krispy Kreme. Their creme-filled and chocolate-glazed are pretty tasty as well.
Best for: original glazed, yes please.
There you go! Hope you’re inspired to try some new donuts out. Did I miss your favorite local spot? Please let me know in the comments below – I’m always looking for a new place to try out.
Biscuits (or donuts) and blessings,