We haven’t done the study yet, but we’d wager that Kansas City has a higher BDC than most cities. For those who don’t know what BDC is (and you probably don’t, hence the need for the study), we’re talking about Blood Donut Concentration. We figure that most of KC is walking around with at least a .04 at all times. That means it’s been less than a week since they’ve had a donut. Keep in mind this is the city where BRGR featured the Chocolate Dessert Burger — a chocolate hazelnut burger topped with sliced kiwi and strawberry on a donut bun. Oh, and it came with funnel cake fries. If it’s been more than a week, than your BDC may be falling to dangerously low levels. And we can’t have that. So, to get you through the next week, we’ve put together five Kansas City donuts that will set your heart aflutter.
5. Drunken donuts at Beer Kitchen (435 Westport Road). These are finger-licking good. It’s a sack of hot powdered sugar mini donuts with a chocolate grand marnier dipping sauce. A little boozy, the dip cuts through the richness of the donuts.
4. Peanut Butter Donut at Donut King (2320 Armour Road). Opt for the peanut butter (call first, 816-472-1412, because they’re not offered every day) and you’ll find a rich, dense pop of flavor that will have you craving some jelly (they’ve got those too). They’re open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. You never need be without a donut.
3. Burger and a donut at Johnny’s Donuts (4424 Prospect Avenue). This isn’t a dessert burger. It’s a burger and dessert. Here, you simply tell the french fries to take a hike and grab a burger (more Town Topic than BRGR) and glazed to go.
2. Lavendar donut at French Bee Bakery (404 East Street, Parkville, Missouri) — Light and decadent like a beauty pageant for your taste buds. They also have a chocolate frosted donut that is a deeper commitment, but no less satisfying.
1. Glazed at Holt’s Do-Nuts (1325 Main Street, Grandview, Missouri). When starting with a new donut shop, one should always begin with the glazed as a litmus. Like the best places, they run out early (they open daily at 5:30 a.m.). And their flavors are likewise classics with cake, maple bars, and Bavarian cream-filled Long Johns in the case in the tiny tan brick building.