It's National Doughnut Day! Here's How To Do It Right

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UPDATE: Who could have guessed that the humble doughnut would give the DMV’s abundant cupcake shops a run for their money? Believe it or not, it's true. And, we're not just talking about the typical glazed variety, either — we’ve found mouth-watering variations in flavors that you would never have imagined. Since it's National Doughnut Day today, we're celebrating with a handy guide to the DMV's best spots for getting your sugar fix. This article was originally published on February 27, 2013.
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District Doughnut and Coffee
Offering flavors such as cannoli, caramel-apple-streusel, and coconut-lime, this shop currently caters and delivers to locations throughout the DMV.
District Doughnut and Coffee, no address; 571-215-6122.
Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken
Crème brûlée, pistachio, and Saigon cinnamon doughnuts, served with buttermilk fried chicken on the side? Yep, it's a real thing — and it's really delish. If you haven’t been to Astro Doughnuts yet, stop dawdling and get there, stat.
Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken, 1308 G Street NW; 202-809-5565.
GBD
Short for "golden, brown, and delicious," GBD's Dupont Circle outpost offers a tasty mix of doughnuts and fried chicken, as well as an evening cocktail bar menu.
GBD, 1323 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202-555-5555.
Photos: Courtesy of Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken; District Doughnut and Coffee
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Craving a more traditional take on the doughnut? Here's where to find the sweet treats, along with a full menu:
Heller’s Bakery
The Mount Pleasant staple sticks with the classics, including glazed, chocolate with sprinkles, and Boston cream.
Heller's Bakery, 3221 Mt. Pleasant Street NW; 202-265-1169.
Tabard Inn
The freshly fried doughnuts come with cinnamon sugar and vanilla whipped cream during Saturday and Sunday brunch.
Tabard Inn, 1739 N Street NW; 202-331-8528.
Palena Café
The weekend brunch menu at this Cleveland Park spot features fresh lemon- or chocolate-glazed doughnuts. Yum!
Palena Café, 3529 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202-537-9250.
Bayou Bakery
Stop by for a trio of hot beignets topped with powdered sugar, the traditional fried treat of NOLA.
Bayou Bakery, 1515 North Courthouse Road, Arlington; 703-243-2410.
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DGS Delicatessen
Try the Jewish-Hungarian version of doughnuts called teiglach, which are served warm and covered in a lemon-honey sauce with hazelnut brittle and toasted almonds.
DGS Delicatessen, 317 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202-293-4400.
Ambar
Get ready to house some Balkan-style doughnuts, made with puff pastry, filled with cream, and topped with powdered sugar.
Ambar, 523 8th Street SE; 202-813-3039.
Lyon Hall
Pick from a selection of four types of fresh doughnuts to kickstart your brunch.
Lyon Hall, 3100 North Washington Boulevard, Arlington; 703-741-7636.
Bourbon
Start your hangover off right with a complimentary basket of doughnuts. Free and delish? Sign us up.
Bourbon, 2321 18th Street NW; 202-332-0800.
Founding Farmers
Make sure to save room for dessert here, where the made-to-order beignets come with three dipping sauces: raspberry coulis, semi-sweet chocolate sauce, and caramel sauce.
Founding Farmers, 1924 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202-822-8783.
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Darlington House
During brunch, doughnut holes are served warm with caramel and chocolate dipping sauces.
Darlington House, 1610 20th Street NW; 202-332-3722.
Rustico
Plan to allow 15 minutes for the kitchen to prepare a mountain of doughnut holes, served with a respectable amount of powdered sugar.
Rustico, 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria; 703-224-5051.
Photo: Courtesy of GBD
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