You really can’t go wrong with a food trail; they combine the thrill and adventure of a road trip with the deliciousness of some sweet or savory treat. There are incredible food trails all over the country – from a salsa trail in New Mexico to a cheese trail in Wisconsin, America is filled with opportunities for flavorful fun. I wanted the Garden State to get in on the edible action, so I’ve crafted a food trail that almost anyone can enjoy. Since most of us spend at least some time at the shore, our New Jersey Donut Trail focuses on eateries along the coast. Here’s the route:
Duck Donuts - 1275 NJ-35, Middletown
Duck Donuts is a newer addition to the New Jersey donut scene and it's already making waves. Donuts are served fresh and made-to-order. Choose from nearly a dozen coatings (powdered sugar, chocolate icing, maple icing...), add your toppings (sprinkles, oreos, bacon pieces...) and finish off with a drizzle (hot fudge, blackberry, salted caramel...). Create the donut of your dreams and grab a cup of coffee while you're here. Donut holes and donut hole platters are also available.
Broad Street Dough Co. - 2005 NJ-35, Oakhurst
Welcome to donut heaven, tucked away in a strip mall. These donuts are also made fresh to order and their custom creations are out of this world. With over 20 different flavors on their daily menu and specials every day, options are endless. They've got all the classics like plain, powdered and glazed and unique selections including S'mores Galore, Creamsicle and Belmar Bliss. Their triple layer donuts (one is pictured above) are not to be missed.
Purple Glaze Donuts - 516 Summerfield Avenue, Asbury Park
Chocolate lovers, meet your new favorite obsession. Though they've got donut delights for every palate, there are few shops that offer chocolate donuts quite like this. They also offer unique flavors like Ring Of Fire (vanilla icing with local hot pepper jelly filling). Another plus? Top-notch vegan donuts.
Top That! Donuts - 210 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach
This local favorite currently has a highly coveted 5-star review on Yelp. Why do reviewers love this spot? Donuts are made right before your eyes and topped as you please. They've got free WiFi, offer DIY donut parties and provide catering for special events. The staff is friendly and the donuts are fresh and delicious. Don't miss the French Toast or Fluffer Nutter (marshmallow glaze, peanut butter drizzle and peanut butter chips). They also offer a nice mix of coffees and teas.
OB-CO's Donut Shop - 547 Fischer Boulevard, Toms River
They're not as big on fancy flavors as some of the spots mentioned above but they do classic donuts right. With a sizable fan following, you'll often find a line in the summer, but know that these donuts are worth the wait. In business since 1953, they definitely have been doing something right. They also offer crumb cakes and gourmet coffee.
Uncle Dood's Donuts - 4 Robbins Street, Toms River
Iced and topped to order, the donut menu changes every month. Every three months, you get to decide which donuts make the cut with their Peoples Choice Menu - make sure to vote. This month's menu includes a PB&J Donut (peanut butter icing and grape jelly filling) and the Great Pumpkin (white vanilla icing, pumpkin pie filling and gingersnap crumble).
Shore Good Donuts - 1211 Long Beach Boulevard, Ship Bottom
This seasonal gem is just a block from the beach and offers the epic combination of warm, made-to-order donuts and ice cream. Do you know what that means? Donut sundaes! So much goodness. Choose from a variety of flavors including the Mape N Bake, a perfect mix of salty bacon and a sweet maple drizzle.
Browns Restaurant - 110 Boardwalk, Ocean City
A summertime staple, this boardwalk favorite only offers the basics, but you won't find much better when it comes to flavor. Open since 1973, they've perfected their craft and offer a full service restaurant next door for when you get tired of donuts. Kidding! That will never happen.