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Western New York boasts New York’s best doughnuts

Paula’s Donuts has been ranked the top doughnut shop in New York State

Paula’s Donuts was the only Western New York joint to make the list, but some other doughnut shops in Western New York also deserve a nod.
Paula’s Donuts was the only Western New York joint to make the list, but some other doughnut shops in Western New York also deserve a nod.

Buffalo’s own Paula’s Donuts has been named the best doughnuts in New York State, according to the monthly recipe and cooking magazine Food & Wine.

With three Western New York locations — Tonawanda, Clarence and West Seneca — the shop has been family-owned and operated since 1966.

The story’s author, David Landsel, says the best doughnut in New York State is Paula’s cannoli cream-filled donut, which was created in 2019 for a Buffalo charity and has now been fully incorporated into the shop’s regular menu.

Paula’s Tonawanda branch is the chain’s closest to North Campus, at about a 10 minutes drive. Paula’s accepts online orders for pick-up or delivery. The store is also open daily from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Paula’s Donuts was the only Western New York joint to make the list, but some other doughnut shops in Western New York also deserve a nod, like Fry Baby Donut Co. and Donut Kraze.

Fry Baby Donut Co. specializes in plant-based donuts. Here, patrons can expect awesome vegan doughnuts as well as pizza and pastries. Fry Baby is located in downtown Buffalo and is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, but does not accept delivery orders. 

Donut Kraze is another superb option for classic donuts. The joint is usually open late for students’ late-night cravings, but with COVID-19 restrictions, Kraze is forced to close early. The store has two locations, in Tonawanda and in downtown Buffalo. Kraze is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for walk-in and Grubhub orders. 

With 15 consecutive weeks of classes, students need something to distress; Paula’s, Fry Baby and Kraze can satisfy their doughnut cravings.

Dan Eastman is the assistant managing editor and can be reached at danielson.eastman@ubspectrum.com

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