Bryan Weinstein travels across the Unites States sampling, rating and hunting down the best donuts in the country. He documents all of his finds on donutbragger.com and his social media pages.
He’s spoken at doughnut conventions, met innovative new doughnut chefs and even invented doughnut recipes that are sold at shops around the country.
Yesterday, he stopped at Golden Donuts in Columbus and gave their signature hot glazed pastries a try. His verdict?
“The owner came out and told me his story, that his partner owned a Krispy Kreme in the ’60s and broke away from it. They were so happy to have out-of-town people in there and to tell their story. And their donuts were incredible,” he said.
He’s been on the trail for great doughnut shops for at least three years, by his estimate.
His favorite doughnut so far? A Samoa doughnut from Miami.
“It had caramel throughout the entire doughnut, with a hard chocolate bottom and caramel drizzle,” he said. “It was just incredible.”
Weinstein said that besides taste, he’s always looking for a hometown, local feel.
“I’m trying to find places that always make their donuts fresh, have new ideas every so often, and can talk about their story,” he said. “My go-to is always their glazed, because that’s where it all starts from.”
Golden had delicious hot glazed treats and more, he said. “They kept handing out more donuts, and we just kept eating them. Golden had that hometown feel.”
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