Slideshow: Staff Picks: Our Favorite Doughnuts

Dynamo Donuts, San Francisco
Dynamo Donuts, San Francisco
"I will always have a fondness for an old school donut shop, like Fleming's Donut Shack on Cape Cod, where the doughnuts might not be the best ever, but they're straight to the point and served with no fuss and a drip coffee. Still, I have to give most crave-worthy to Dynamo Donuts in SF, where the gourmet flavors (think an awesome Apricot Cardamom donut) actually work to elevate fried dough into a complex, layered treat."—Carrie Vasios, Sweets Editor

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Blood Orange Doughnut at Dough, NYC
Blood Orange Doughnut at Dough, NYC
"Though I adore Doughnut Plant, I gotta hand it to Dough's Blood Orange Doughnut. This baby is light and fluffy, soft and pillowy with a sweet, tart, orange-y glaze whose flavor can only be described as....orange hot pink. The candied Blood Orange peel was the perfect edible decoration to this masterpiece. I LOVE THIS DOUGHNUT ALWAYS AND FOREVER"—Leandra Palermo, Ad Sales

[Photograph: Paul Yee]

Doughnuts at Downyflake in Nantucket
Doughnuts at Downyflake in Nantucket
"The doughnuts at Downyflake in Nantucket, Mass., are the platonic ideal of a cake doughnut: small, tender-crumbed, and when they're piping hot, a teeny bit crusty right at the fried edges. Only three ways to get them: plain, sugared, and chocolate-glazed. When fresh, they're perfect creations; go in the mornings and they will be fresh."—Carey Jones, Senior Managing Editor

[Photograph: Carey Jones]

Glazed Old Fashioned Doughnut from Peter Pan Donuts, NYC
Glazed Old Fashioned Doughnut from Peter Pan Donuts, NYC
"If I'm in Greenpoint and Peter Pan has doughnuts that are even remotely fresh, nothing gets in the way between me and a glazed old fashioned. It's light and poofy with a great crumb and just enough substance, sweet but just enough to make it count. I love the thick glaze and its crackly fondant-like shell—it breaks apart just so and you get a whiff of fresh doughnut, and you know that it's going to be a good day."—Max Falkowitz, NY Editor

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

More Love For Peter Pan Donuts
More Love For Peter Pan Donuts
"Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, conveniently located in my 'hood of Greenpoint. Whether it's a special trip for out-of-town guests or a quick weekday pop-in, their sugary doughnuts—and the bakery's old-school New York charm—never fail to please." — Jessica Leibowitz, Videographer

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Shipley's Donuts, Houston, TX
Shipley's Donuts, Houston, TX
"The Shipley's yeast doughnuts that are fried to order in only one Shipley's location in Houston, Texas—3410 Ella Boulevard. These doughnuts will change your life. Order two dozen, because you will eat the first dozen in the car on your way to wherever you're going."—Ed Levine, SE Overlord

[Photograph: Maribel4got via flickr]