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A Baker's Dozen Boston-Area Doughnuts That Expand Waistlines, Not Debt

In recent years, the Boston area has become a gourmet doughnut paradise, but sometimes what you really want is a cheap, no-frills version.

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In recent years, the Boston area has become a gourmet doughnut paradise. Union Square Donuts changed the game when its ample, often bacon-topped fried wonders came on the scene in 2013, and The Gallows played around with the confections before opening Blackbird Doughnuts earlier this year. But these treats, while worth every penny, are $3 and up. The Hub has long been a doughnut-friendly city (you could almost say we run on them); here are a baker's dozen options under $2.50, in honor of Cheap Eats Week.

Note: The points on the map are roughly north to south, not ranked.

Originally published on July 15, 2015. Updated on February 18, 2016 in honor of Breakfast Week.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ohlin's Bakery

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456 Common St
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 484-0274
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Ohlin's Bakery makes what many consider the area's best doughnut. It certainly has tenure: The Belmont shop celebrated its 100th anniversary this month. Seven days a week and 365 days a year, Ohlin's offers about two dozen raised and cake options, including buttercrunch and maple bacon as a special, for $1.25 each, plus tax. If you're feeling decision fatigue, the honey-dipped is a classic go-to.

2. Linda's Donuts

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247 Belmont St
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 484-9844
Belmont is the undisputed doughnut capital of the greater Boston area, and Linda's is the junior senator. The luncheonette was established nearly 50 years ago, and the same family has run it since 1983. It offers about 25 different varieties, including a classic Boston cream. Filled, hand-cut raised, and cake doughnuts are $1.25 each.
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3. Verna's Donut Shop

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2344 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 354-4110
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This classic North Cambridge shop offers a rich chocolate glazed doughnut and has several other dense varieties available daily. The shop specializes in cake doughnuts but offers raised and filled, too, and all are $1. The bakery also supplies doughnuts to other area spots, including Mike & Patty's.

4. Twin Donuts

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501 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-9421
Twin Donuts' iconic sign beckons hipsters and families alike to this classic shop on the corner of Cambridge Street and Brighton Avenue in Allston. The 85-cent donuts typically sell out early, especially on weekends, but when you get a chance to order, honey-glazed and powdered are good standbys. The pastries are also available at nearby Cafe Mirror and Brighton Cafe.

5. Demet's Donuts

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199 Mystic Ave
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 395-8422
Classic doughnuts, like glazed, jelly, and coconut, are $1.30 each at this cash-only shop, which has been around since 1983. Though its orange signage is somewhat reminiscent of a different place for cheap doughnuts, Demet's rings are all "made in the back, sold in the front."

6. Kane's Donuts

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120 Lincoln Ave
Saugus, MA 01906
(781) 233-8499
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Established in 1955, Kane's are the area's classic, gourmet doughnut, with flavors like maple bacon and creme brulee available daily. Kane's Handcrafted opened up in Boston proper in spring 2015, but the original Saugus cottage charges $2.14 compared to the $3.25 treats you'll find downtown. (Note: the "kronut" available in Saugus most weekends is at a $4 premium.)

7. Donuts with a Difference

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35 Riverside Ave
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 396-1021
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The bakers at Donuts with a Difference have perfected the crisp exterior and fluffy interior of a classic cake doughnut, and a raised choice is pillowy heaven. Speaking of heaven, these $1.10 donuts are all kosher, too. Weekends can be tough, though, so go early.

8. Gail Ann's Coffee Shop

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10 Medford St
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 648-9584
Chocolate glazed is the go-to ring at this old-school shop; it's a soft, fluffy rendition. There is also jelly-filled, Boston cream, and other classics, and the confections are $1.20 each.

9. Doughboy Donuts and Deli

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220 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 269-8741
This shop is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so head to Dot Ave. to satisfy your late-night and holiday cravings. With classic and gourmet doughnuts, including Fruity Pebbles and Oreo varieties, for $1.10 each (filled doughnuts go up to $1.25), Doughboy is a great value.

10. Mike's Donuts

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1524A Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120
(617) 427-6828
This independent doughnut shop, which has an additional location inside the Forest Hills MBTA station, offers the classics, including a ring with chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles. Service is quick, and the shop opens at 4 a.m. daily. The doughnuts are $1.10 each, so it's a cheap stop, too.

11. Anna's Hand Cut Donuts

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2056 Centre St
West Roxbury, MA 02132
(617) 323-2680
This old-school shop is in its 49th year. Anna's $1.40 doughnuts are of the fluffy, cake variety, and flavors like glazed, chocolate crunch, and others are available every day. Make sure you bring cash, as the shop doesn't take credit cards.

12. Donut King

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151 Copeland St
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 786-9881
The giant confections at Donut King are reminiscent of some of the area's gourmet rings. But with doughnuts priced at $1.34 each, it's worth heading out to Quincy on a Saturday morning.

13. Boston Common Coffee Company

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515 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 542-0595
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This local chain, with additional branches in the North End, Financial District, and the West End, launched "Donut Thursdays" in 2015 with a few varying specialties each week, like peaches and cream and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. There's always a vegan option, too. Available at all shops on Thursday mornings, the doughnuts include some $2.05 varieties. (Note: The shop's doughnut prices go up to $2.75 for some flavors.)
The Canal Street location/Katie Chudy for Eater

1. Ohlin's Bakery

456 Common St, Belmont, MA 02478
Ohlin's Bakery makes what many consider the area's best doughnut. It certainly has tenure: The Belmont shop celebrated its 100th anniversary this month. Seven days a week and 365 days a year, Ohlin's offers about two dozen raised and cake options, including buttercrunch and maple bacon as a special, for $1.25 each, plus tax. If you're feeling decision fatigue, the honey-dipped is a classic go-to.
456 Common St
Belmont, MA 02478

2. Linda's Donuts

247 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478
Katie Chudy for Eater
Belmont is the undisputed doughnut capital of the greater Boston area, and Linda's is the junior senator. The luncheonette was established nearly 50 years ago, and the same family has run it since 1983. It offers about 25 different varieties, including a classic Boston cream. Filled, hand-cut raised, and cake doughnuts are $1.25 each.
247 Belmont St
Belmont, MA 02478

3. Verna's Donut Shop

2344 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
This classic North Cambridge shop offers a rich chocolate glazed doughnut and has several other dense varieties available daily. The shop specializes in cake doughnuts but offers raised and filled, too, and all are $1. The bakery also supplies doughnuts to other area spots, including Mike & Patty's.
2344 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

4. Twin Donuts

501 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
Twin Donuts' iconic sign beckons hipsters and families alike to this classic shop on the corner of Cambridge Street and Brighton Avenue in Allston. The 85-cent donuts typically sell out early, especially on weekends, but when you get a chance to order, honey-glazed and powdered are good standbys. The pastries are also available at nearby Cafe Mirror and Brighton Cafe.
501 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134

5. Demet's Donuts

199 Mystic Ave, Medford, MA 02155
Classic doughnuts, like glazed, jelly, and coconut, are $1.30 each at this cash-only shop, which has been around since 1983. Though its orange signage is somewhat reminiscent of a different place for cheap doughnuts, Demet's rings are all "made in the back, sold in the front."
199 Mystic Ave
Medford, MA 02155

6. Kane's Donuts

120 Lincoln Ave, Saugus, MA 01906
Established in 1955, Kane's are the area's classic, gourmet doughnut, with flavors like maple bacon and creme brulee available daily. Kane's Handcrafted opened up in Boston proper in spring 2015, but the original Saugus cottage charges $2.14 compared to the $3.25 treats you'll find downtown. (Note: the "kronut" available in Saugus most weekends is at a $4 premium.)
120 Lincoln Ave
Saugus, MA 01906

7. Donuts with a Difference

35 Riverside Ave, Medford, MA 02155
The bakers at Donuts with a Difference have perfected the crisp exterior and fluffy interior of a classic cake doughnut, and a raised choice is pillowy heaven. Speaking of heaven, these $1.10 donuts are all kosher, too. Weekends can be tough, though, so go early.
35 Riverside Ave
Medford, MA 02155

8. Gail Ann's Coffee Shop

10 Medford St, Arlington, MA 02474
Chocolate glazed is the go-to ring at this old-school shop; it's a soft, fluffy rendition. There is also jelly-filled, Boston cream, and other classics, and the confections are $1.20 each.
10 Medford St
Arlington, MA 02474

9. Doughboy Donuts and Deli

220 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127
This shop is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so head to Dot Ave. to satisfy your late-night and holiday cravings. With classic and gourmet doughnuts, including Fruity Pebbles and Oreo varieties, for $1.10 each (filled doughnuts go up to $1.25), Doughboy is a great value.
220 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127

10. Mike's Donuts

1524A Tremont St, Boston, MA 02120
This independent doughnut shop, which has an additional location inside the Forest Hills MBTA station, offers the classics, including a ring with chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles. Service is quick, and the shop opens at 4 a.m. daily. The doughnuts are $1.10 each, so it's a cheap stop, too.
1524A Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120

11. Anna's Hand Cut Donuts

2056 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132
This old-school shop is in its 49th year. Anna's $1.40 doughnuts are of the fluffy, cake variety, and flavors like glazed, chocolate crunch, and others are available every day. Make sure you bring cash, as the shop doesn't take credit cards.
2056 Centre St
West Roxbury, MA 02132

12. Donut King

151 Copeland St, Quincy, MA 02169
The giant confections at Donut King are reminiscent of some of the area's gourmet rings. But with doughnuts priced at $1.34 each, it's worth heading out to Quincy on a Saturday morning.
151 Copeland St
Quincy, MA 02169

13. Boston Common Coffee Company

515 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
The Canal Street location/Katie Chudy for Eater
This local chain, with additional branches in the North End, Financial District, and the West End, launched "Donut Thursdays" in 2015 with a few varying specialties each week, like peaches and cream and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. There's always a vegan option, too. Available at all shops on Thursday mornings, the doughnuts include some $2.05 varieties. (Note: The shop's doughnut prices go up to $2.75 for some flavors.)
515 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

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