Donuts have become a go-to comfort food for many, and Flint & Genesee is lucky enough to have several independently owned and operated shops that offer dozens of flavors and varieties for even the most discerning of donut connoisseurs.
The search for the perfect donut is the sort of adventure that is all about fun. In Flint, there is Donna’s Donuts on Bristol Road, which offers dozens of different flavors and variations, all freshly made. Elsewhere in Flint, there is B&J’s Donuts, on Richfield Road, where the donuts are fluffy and fresh and made with craft and care. The sort of place where coffee seems an obvious pairing with that pastry.
Carriage Town Bakery featuring Blueline Donuts is near downtown Flint and is a wonderful story as well as a donut shop. The Blueline serves as a place of transitional employment for people who have experienced being unhoused. Run by Carriage Town Ministries, the shop offers terrific donuts.
In Davison is Davison Home Bakery, serving gluten-free donuts, cake donuts, yeast donuts, and a little of everything in between. Located on Main Street, the shop has been open since 1947 and offers classic donuts like plain, filled, and glazed but being a full-service bakery, they also provide cakes and other treats as well.
In Fenton, there is Crust - a baking company on Caroline Street. Crust began as a bakery, but has since expanded to become a full-service restaurant, though the bakery remains a highlight of the business. They bring craftsmanship to it that elevates them to an art. Here is where one will find s’more donuts, sour cream donuts, and brioche varieties, as well as the classic nutty. They also make pastries of every kind, including extra-large cinnamon rolls, pies, cakes, and cookies, to cater to any sweet needs one has.
Come fall, many of the orchards in Flint & Genesee will offer fresh cider and donuts along with their other wares. Spicer Orchards in Fenton is open year-round and has homemade plain and cinnamon donuts ready and waiting. Mueller’s Orchard in Linden is another place to find apples, cider, and donuts. Along with plain and cinnamon donuts they also offer apple cinnamon and pumpkin glaze in the fall. Almar Orchards & Cidery in Flushing offers donuts once fall has arrived, and they have a special recipe passed down through the family. These are made with apple batter with a little cider and will help fend off the cooler weather. Porter’s Orchard can be found both at their orchard or at local farmers’ markets. Here they sell a sampling of their many products and among them are a variety of donuts. Come fall the orchard has a variety of events to offer for families as well. Finally, there is Montrose Orchards in Montrose, which regularly hosts events and offers many sweets for sale in Debbie’s Kitchen, fresh donuts among them.
Throughout Flint & Genesee there are many options for fresh donuts and no matter the flavor or filling there is sure to be something perfect for you.