Slideshow: Lexington, KY: Exceptional Doughnuts from Spalding's

Glazed Yeast Doughnut (70¢)
Glazed Yeast Doughnut (70¢)
Shaped by hand, made with a yeasted dough, and fried to a deep, dark, crispy brown, they've got the perfect balance of crispness and chew with a wonderful stretchiness and robust interior structure.
An Assorted Box
An Assorted Box
We bought one of everything available during our most recent visit, though there were quite a few empty trays when we arrived. Early bird gets the doughnut, I suppose.
Interior
Interior
Check out the hole structure on the inside of the plain doughnut. Unlike many mass-market doughnuts, it doesn't squish down into nothing. Its texture is more akin to a good sticky bun dough.
Long Doughnut (70¢)
Long Doughnut (70¢)
Same dough as the original doughnut but left as a more single-hand-eating-friendly cylinder, glazed with caramel icing.
Apple Fritter ($1.30)
Apple Fritter ($1.30)
A misshapen blob of a doughnut studded with chunks of apple. What it lacks in appearance it makes up for with awesomely crisp, yeasty, apple-y flavor.
Vanilla Cream Doughnut (80¢)
Vanilla Cream Doughnut (80¢)
The best part is that the cream filling is not overly sweet—it just adds richness to the crunch of the yeasty doughnut.
Blueberry Cake Doughnut (70¢)
Blueberry Cake Doughnut (70¢)
The one doughnut we weren't particularly crazy about—its texture was fine and it had good fried crunch, but its blueberry flavor reminded us more of frozen blueberry waffles than fresh berries.
Sticky Bun ($1)
Sticky Bun ($1)
Cinnamon flavored, buttery, stretchy, and dripping with toasted pecans in a sticky caramel glaze. Made with the same dough as the yeasted doughnuts, the pecans are also chopped by hand. These guys are only available on the weekends, so come early.