A Rhode Island institution dating back to 1968, this no-frills spot in the beachy southern part of the state serves classic jelly sticks and chocolate-glazed rounds as early as 5 a.m. on weekdays. Don’t miss the rainbow sprinkle-covered doughnut cakes, in shapes ranging from soccer balls to sharks.
3661 Quaker Lane, North Kingstown, 401-295-8036
Knead’s gourmet-style treats, including dense, vanilla-glazed sour cream old-fashioneds and coffee-glazed chocolate confections, are nostalgic but never too kitschy. Visit one of their two light-filled cafes, including one in a recently restored historic Victorian Gothic-style building, and you’ll want to linger for a while.
32 Custom House St., Providence, 401-865-6622, and 135 Elmgrove Ave., Providence, 401-865-6622, kneaddoughnuts.com
Proud Mary’s Donuts
A newcomer that opened earlier this year along the East Bay Bike Path, this shop sets itself apart with made-to-order doughnuts, customized on the spot with your choice of glazes and toppings. If you really want to indulge, try the sweet-savory egg and cheese on a doughnut.
326 Bullocks Point Ave., East Providence, 401-808-6940, proudmarysdonuts.com