Go List: San Francisco
Sara Spearin, formerly a baker at Liberty Café, struck out on her own in 2008 with this tiny Mission District spot specializing in that classic combo, coffee and doughnuts. She uses Stumptown Coffee, and her freshly fried pastries come in unexpected flavors like lemon-thyme with honey. We loved: Bacon-apple doughnut, loaded with bacon bits and covered in a maple glaze.
Photo courtesy of Dynamo Donuts
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