1. Pat’s Donuts and Kreme
Location: 2102 Elida Road, 1835 Harding Highway, Lima; 662 Elida Ave., Delphos
Phone: Elida: 419-229-2125; Harding Highway: 419-229-7287; Delphos: 419-692-0007
Hours: Elida: 24 hours; Harding Highway: 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays; 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; Delphos: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Highlights: Pat’s doughnuts are made fresh every morning at all their locations. In business for 30 years, Pat’s Donuts and Kreme has become a fixture around town. The glazed and filled sticks are favorites, so be sure to stop in and get some before they are all gone!
2. Mello Crème Donuts, Lima
Location: 625 W. North St., 822 S. Metcalf St., Lima
Phone: North St.: 419-229-1980; Metcalf St.: 419-222-3121
Hours: North St.: 5 a.m. to noon Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday; Metcalf St.: 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday, closed Sunday
Highlights: Made fresh every morning, Mello Crème boasts their doughnuts are just like Grandma used to make. They never use frozen dough, but instead make everything from scratch. Not just their doughnuts either — cookies, brownies, muffins and danish are also made from scratch every day. Filled sticks and the glazed doughnuts are always favorites.
3. Tim Hortons, Lima
Location: 2387 Elida Road, Lima
Hours: Open 24 hours
Highlights: Unlike other bakeries in the area, Tim Horton’s does not fry their doughnuts. They bake them. The doughnuts are baked fresh throughout the day, and if a customer can’t find one of their favorites, someone in the back can whip up a batch in just a few minutes. With seasonal offerings such as pumpkin and orange tangerine doughnuts on offer, the vanilla cream, or filled stick, is still a favorite seller.
Honorable Mentions: Kohls Super Valu, Columbus Grove and Ottawa; Vogels Bakery, St. Marys; City Bakery, Wapakoneta