It's hard to find someone that won't give in to enjoying a good, fluffy doughnut.
With it being one of the most classic comfort food items around, people are always going to be wondering where they can find themselves that delicious treat. For those looking for that savory doughnut in southeast Minnesota, here are the five best locations in our region to find it, according to Google ratings and reviews.
1. Bloedow's Bakery
Opened since 1924, Bloedow's Bakery has been a staple of the Winona community going on for almost a century. Located at 451 East Broadway Street in Winona, this bakery has lines forming at the crack of dawn no matter the weather and has its customers declaring them to have the best doughnuts in Minnesota.
With a 4.8 rating out of 803 reviews, Bloedow's Bakery is the No. 1 spot in southeast Minnesota to grab a doughnut.
"You guys, seriously, even in the winter there is a line down the block for this place. I hadn't visited in probably 20 years and when visiting my Dad we decided to go stand in line for a dozen of the most perfectly made, fresh doughnuts. OH MY GOODNESS, were they good, and just as I remembered them from when I was young. This place has been in business for years and held strong even during the pandemic. If you are in Winona, you MUST stop by. Get there early to get your pick!"
"Best doughnuts that it ever had and it's been a couple years since I've had them when we come out to visit now we live here it's such a treat definitely a staple in Winona for any occasion."
"Best doughnuts in Minnesota. Staff is awesome! Right now suggest ordering ahead; the line was out the front door & down the block and didn't diminish in the hour or so I was downtown today."
2. Otto's Bakery & Coffee Shop
While it's not going on a near a century in business, Otto's Bakery and Coffee Shop has made its mark in Byron since it arrived in the town.
The family-owned and operated bakery since 1972 offers a wide variety of fresh doughnuts and pastries for customers to enjoy time and time again at 513 Frontage Road Northwest in Byron.
Otto's Bakery and Coffee Shop has a 4.8 rating out of 144 reviews.
"Small town bakery perfection! You can taste the love in every bite."
"I can't give them enough praise. It's very hard to find a place that makes doughnuts in-house. They do it well."
"Large variety. Excellent doughnuts. Pleasant service. The doughnut holes are things of wonder."
3. Emily's Bakery & Deli
While one bakery on this list is close to reaching 100 years of being in business, Emily's Bakery and Deli in Hastings has been in business for now 115 years dating back to 1906.
While it's been through a few name changes over the past century, it's still held the reputation of offering a wide assortment of homemade doughnuts and pastries and continues to show why it's a landmark spot in Hastings.
Located at 1212 Vermillion Street, Emily's Bakery has a 4.6 rating out of 304 reviews.
"Excellent local bakery! Don't just think about stopping in, just do it! Their doughnuts are amazing, just get there early to get the best selection or order ahead of time. Oh and don't forget to try the garlic and cheese breadsticks."
"Best doughnut shop within 15 miles of River Falls."
"Small town bakery that we all wish we had nearby! People come from hours away to enjoy."
4. Hi Quality Bakery
A bakery that lives up to its name, Hi Quality Bakery located at 121 4th Street North in Cannon Falls completes our doughy, comfort food tour of Southeast Minnesota.
The old-fashioned bakery that's been open for 70 years is known similarly for its historic recipes that haven't changed since it originally opened. While ownership has changed throughout the years, people's love for the bakery clearly has not.
Hi Quality Bakery sports a 4.6 rating out of 175 reviews.
"They have the best bread and doughnuts around!!"
"Love their old-fashioned doughnuts, crispy but soft inside...mmmm good."
"The name says it all. They produce marvelous goodies of the highest quality, and the people behind the counter work just as hard to get you what you want with a smile."
5. Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop
Located right in the middle of downtown Red Wing, Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop on 410 West 3rd Street offers countless flavors and doughnut styles that have people making multiple trips a day to the bakery.
Hanisch's Bakery and Coffee Shop has developed a loyal and passionate customer base that shows in the ratings and reviews, earning a 4.5 rating out of 655 reviews.
"This has the best-tasting doughnuts I've ever had! They have a wide variety of treats to choose from, with reasonable prices to boot! I recommend you get there early (within an hour of them opening shop) so the wait isn't long. Wait any longer and there'll be a line out the door."
"We got doughnuts here before dinner, and we ended up rushing back before they closed to get more after dinner (they were that good!). Every single doughnut we tried was amazing, I don’t think you can make a wrong decision. We get doughnuts about once a week around the twin cities, and these won hands down. We also got a few cookies that were delicious. The prices can’t be beaten, and the treats are great."
"Amazing doughnuts and baked goods and their breakfast is tasty too! There's a reason they're the Best in Minnesota!"