Two Connecticut donut shops list the best places for donuts in the US

Not all donuts are equal, or should I spell it donut? We have many national retailers serving generic sugar stacks in Connecticut, but we also have a few local donut masters who shouted “Enough! I can make a better dozen,” and did.

Hold your head up high, we’ve got (at least) two local Connecticut donut masters who have landed some of the best of the best the USA has to offer when it comes to donuts. According to’s list of the best places for donuts in the United States, Neil’s Donuts in Wallingford and Middletown and Stamford’s Lakeside Diner serve up some of the best donuts in all of the United States of America.

Let me start by saying, good for them both to have chosen the right side in the donut versus donut spelling debate. Does the rest of the country really appreciate the “ugh” in their doughnut?

It was my sister Carla and her husband Karl who introduced me to the wonders of Neil’s Donuts of Wallingford & Middletown. They brought back a dozen on a Sunday in 2010 and opened my eyes to what I had missed. Neil’s donuts are amazing. Key Lime, Vanilla French Cruller and Maple Bacon are my favorites. Neil’s sells so many of them, so fast, there’s no way you’ll buy a stale donut. I still moan when I see the queue at the door as I pull up but wow what a dedicated and hard working group of staff. They release a top quality product every day. If you haven’t tried them, go for it, seriously, Neil lives up to all the hype. also chose Stamford’s Lakeside Diner donuts as one of the best in the United States. I haven’t tried them, but they look delicious. Long Ridge Road, here I come.

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