There’s something comforting and nostalgic about a simple morning donut. Elaborate, fancy donuts with unusual toppings are all the rage lately, but sometimes you just want the comfort of an iced long john or a glazed cake donut. These places all across the state serve some of the best, most delicious donuts that will take you back and leave you incredibly satisfied.
In no particular order, here are 16 donut shops that will leave you feeling satisfied and nostalgic:
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1. Blue Boy Bakery - Lancaster
This newer addition to the baking scene is bringing tasty treats to the folks of Lancaster. With tons of experience, you can taste the love in every bite. Located at 109 N Madison St., Lancaster, WI 53813.
2. Uncle Mike's Bake Shoppe - De Pere
Owner Mike Vande Walle grew up in his parents' Shawano bakery before joining the industry himself. The place was so popular he had to open a send location. Stop in for morning donuts and take a kringle home for evening dessert!
Located at 1840 Dickinson Rd., De Pere, WI 54115.
3. The Cakery and Bake Shop - Viroqua
This little joint in southwest Wisconsin serves up many varieties of yeast and cake donuts to get your day started right.
Located at 807 S Main St., Viroqua, WI 54665.
4. Manderfield's Home Bakery - Appleton and Menasha
In business since 1934 and with three locations throughout the Fox Valley, Manderfield's in an institution. Folks have fond memories of parents and grandparents taking them here when they were kids and now they carry on the tradition with their own families.
Locations at 5100 W. Michaels Dr., Appleton, WI 54913, W3176 Springfield Dr., Appleton, WI 54915 and 811 Plank Rd., Menasha, WI 54952.
5. Gunkel's Bakery - Antigo
A family-owned business for more than a century, the current owners have been baking there since 1965. A true bastion of the community. A
Located at 231 Superior St.,
Antigo, WI 54409.
6. Linda's Bakery - West Salem
Linda's buttermilk donuts have been a staple of the La Crosse area since 1974.
Located at 190 E City Hwy 16., West Salem, WI 54669.
7. Cranky Al's - Wauwatosa
You'll find some of the trendier and more unusual flavors here from time to time, but they never stray too far away from the classics that'll make your morning perfect.
Located at 6901 W North Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53213.
8. Greenbush Bakery - Madison
In a small strip mall along the stretch of Regent St. near Camp Randall, Greenbush is a Madison staple. The know their audience and have late night hours. Their donuts are perfect for a morning wake up or a lake night treat.
Located at 1305 Regent St.,
Madison, WI 53715.
9. St. Germain Bake Shoppe - St. Germain
A northwoods favorite, this place is open seven days a week to make sure your day gets started off on the right foot.
Located at 6251 State Highway 70 E., Saint Germain, WI 54558.
10. Willow Street Bakery - Green Bay
A throwback to an era gone by, Willow Street remains a scratch-bakery that's been serving the community for more than 50 years.
Located at 1741 University Ave., Green Bay, WI 54302.
11. Hankerson's Country Oven Bakery - West Bend
Heading here feels like heading to grandma's house. Comforting, delicious baked goods and the best donuts in West Bend.
Located at 2107 W Washington St., West Bend, WI 53095.
12. Augusta Bakery - Augusta
The owners of this place took over a well-known and loved bakery in 2012 and quickly won over the folks in this small town with their delicious food.
Located at 144 W Lincoln St, Augusta, WI 54722.
13. Mom & Pop's Bakery - Kimberly
Mom and pop shops are hard to come by these days, but this one embraces its roots and serves the community the freshest, most delicious baked goods. A staple of Kimberly, you won't be sad you made the trip.
Located at 710 W Kimberly Ave., Kimberly, WI 54136.
14. Hill Top Bakery - Kaukauna
The current owners took over from their parents, who'd owned the place since 1969. A try family place, Hill Top is a local favorite where everyone knows everyone.
Located at 100 E 7th St.,
Kaukauna, WI 54130.
15. Sue's Bake Shop - Eau Claire
This iconic Eau Claire shop is as simple and unfussy as it gets. But expect expertly made, flavorful and mouth-watering bake goods you'll want to go back for again and again.
Located at 1319 Birch St.,
Eau Claire, WI 54703.
16. Grebe's Bakery - Milwaukee
These folks have been an institution of the Milwaukee bakery scene since 1937. From a morning donut to hot ham and rolls, Grebe's is iconic for a reason. The lines are out the door on Sundays, but it's well worth the wait.
Located at 5132 W Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53219.
Donuts from any one of these bakeries will make your morning great and set the tone for a fantastic day. Which one is your favorite? Are there any others that should have made the list? Let us know in the comments!