6 local donut shops you have to try

Who doesn’t love donuts? In a crazy world, they’re a universal thing we can all bond over. Here are five places you have to try around Milwaukee:


6901 W North Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

(414) 258-5282


Is it Cranky’s or Cranky Al’s? The world may never know. But what we do know is that the donuts and pizza here are a local favorite, and the place is definitely family-friendly.

Donut Squad

2264 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Grebe’s Milwaukee Bakery

5132 W Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53219

This old-school family-owned bakery has been around since 1937. You’ll find crullers, long johns, apple fritters, and more.

Holey Moley Cafe

316 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 308-1616


Opened in 2014, Holey Moley is Milwaukee’s only craft doughnut shop. The doughnuts are made from scratch with whole, quality ingredients and offer a range of styles including cake, yeast raised, filled, fritters, and doughnut holes, as well as a wide variety of gluten-free and vegan options. Their doughnuts are made fresh daily and are available from 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., while supplies last. They also feature local brews from Hawthorne Coffee Roasters.

The Drive-Thru

1801 E. North Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 287-9900


Their mini-donuts are made fresh to order, shaken with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar or a combination of both.

Happy Dough Lucky

(414) 687-5365


This mobile mini-donut bar (yes, that actually exists!) makes balls of dough into perfectly shaped mini-donuts right before your hungry eyes. Check out their festival and farmer’s market schedule on their website.

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