Best Donut

Hands down, the best place to buy donuts in Salem Oregon, is Roth's Sunnyslope. Most of the bakery products at this local grocery chain are terrific and the same quality goes into the donuts. They don't have a huge selection here, mainly the most popular ones like glazed, chocolate raised and maple bars. They apply a thick coat of maple on the bars like putting frosting on a cake. I was reminded recently just how much better Roth's was when I ate at Daylight Donuts. There's no comparison, the one's at Roth's are fresh, fluffy and delicious. The best part about eating a donut here is the comfortable, clean dining area. It doesn't have the charm of a small mom and pop donut shop but it doesn't have the drawback's either. The donuts are "serve yourself" in a cabinet behind the bakery. You can take your time and drool over the selection, then pick the exact donut you like, kind of like picking out the perfect apple. Heck while you're there, pick up some apples and do some grocery shopping. With the price of gas expected to hit $4 a gallon, the fewer trips to the grocery store the better. Once you have your favorite donut, head over to the dining area to pay and get a cup of coffee or go through the register and get it to go. The other Roth's stores in town serve donuts and they are all of similar quality, but for the sit down experience head south down Liberty.

Roths Sunnyslope
4555 Liberty Road S
Salem, OR 97302
(503) 370-7833

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Try Donut Delight on Fairgrounds road, you can't miss the pink and blue building. They have the best bavarian cream filled donuts!

Wade said...

It's not *in* Salem, but Starlight Doughnuts in Stayton are definately our favorite. Try one of their apple fritters, maple bars or, better yet, a freshly filled to order Long John and become a believer!

When we buy doughnuts from Roth's, my two year old son just picks off the sprinkles and eats the frosting, leaving the bulk of the doughnut, because it's just not that great after you get past the frosting, but when we get them at Starlight, he eats every morsel.

riggity said...

I love Roth's donuts, but really, it is all about donut delight. that place is the best in town.

I like king on state street too. but it doesn't beat donut delight.

mama2dylan said...

Roth's in West Salem are equally as good. best in town if you ask me!

Anonymous said...

I just tried Donut Delight today and they were way too greasy. The flavor was flat and the jelly bar or something like that had no jelly in it. Oh, the holes to put the jelly in was there, but there was no jelly in the donut. We ended up throwing them out. I'll have to try the donuts recommended in Stayton next.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe nobody mentioned King Donuts on State Street as being the best! When I think that I need a donut (every now and then)I automatically go to King Donut. It's the way donuts were meant to be made and are still the best in town.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe King Donut on State Street was not mentioned. Definitely the best donuts in town and not out of the way.

Anonymous said...

Best donuts in the world are Daylight Donuts Honeybun maple nut bars. I thought the closed Dunkin Donuts in Salem was to become a Daylight donuts. must be the shipping cost of the supplies. I think the nearest one is in Idaho.

Anonymous said...

Of course the number one place in Oregon is Joe's Donut Shop in Sandy. The maple bars are beyond belief. If you have the stomach room, the fruit fritters are perfect, too. I think the price is approaching $1.00, maybe $10/dozen for the big pastries. Also,the shop has $2.00 expresso coffees.

K. Johnson said...

Starlight Donuts in Stayton is terrible. They cook the donuts the night before (I've seen them), by morning they are old and stale tasting. Donuts have a half-life of about 3-4 hours, after which they go down hill quickly. If they wanted to have good donuts they would get _ss out of bed in the morning and cook them fresh.

Anonymous said...

i used to work at donut delite. has some good donuts , you just have to go during the week cus the old baker is trying to retire. hes bean geting up at 300 am to go bake donuts for years every day, the best time is early morning or after 1 pm when they are about to put a second batch out. the apple fritters fresh maple bars and bavarian creams are good. the best are bluebery cake or bluebeery filled, no actualy the cinimin twist is my fav but there so big,if you can sell huge things like that with no frosting you know the doughh has to be fresh made daily theres no preservitives, a lot of places use donut mix, he makes mini twists but you have to ask for them special since they are for custom orders, he used to deliver to over 300 acounts clear to wilsonville and is still doing a lot, hes retiring so hes stoping making them and they wont be available any more by him. the sandwich bread is delicouse.

Anonymous said...

Starlight donuts is fresh daily unlike most who rotate. They are there late evening to early morning to cook there donuts fresh. Reason being they are holemade and hand done so it takes all night to cook all of them. All donuts left at closing are given to.... Not that it matters. so get your facts straight before you start knocken on others. Cuase I love thier donuts exspecially when they are warm, And they open at 3:00am, but they'll let you come in and buy anyways even if thier not :)

Anonymous said...

I personally think that they should of at least mentioned King Donuts! They are hand made every day & always delicious. & it's all family, man.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone care about DAYNIGHT DONUTS out there?
I think they are the best, if you have not tried them lately, try now, and find out for your self.
They still have the best coffee in town.

Anonymous said...

King Donuts are right in Salem (State St.). Baked fresh every single day and the maple bars are hands down seriously the best! And the workers there are very friendly :)

Anonymous said...

Daynight donuts has lots of varieties(50) that other store dont have and they are very good. I like their Biscuits & Gravvy for $1.75. It is delicious. Freshly ground, freshly brewed coffee with freshly baked donuts...... SO GOOD.

Anonymous said...

King donuts on State St ROCKS!!!

Anonymous said...

Daynight donuts I heard almost failed the health inspection. I personally think that KING donuts are the BEST!

Anonymous said...

What are the opening hours of KING Donuts on State Street? They are the most delicious!

Anonymous said...

I think 5 a.m.-2 p.m. Call them @ 588-1565.
Also try Donut Cafe at Cherry City Plaza out south. GREAT! Open til 6 I think.

Anonymous said...

To Anon of 8/6: I do not know from whom you "heard" this, nor what their definition of "almost failed" is, but Daynight Donuts last three inspection scores were: 86, 90 and 87. Failing is 69 or below. I have no axe to grind here one way or another, but casual, incorrect and damaging comments like this trouble me. (For information on scores: (http://apps.co.marion.or.us/RIS/)

Chelesea said...

I'm pretty sure staff from Daylight donuts and the king donuts place we're just on here having an anonymous comment fight. Lolol...you donut people.

Amy aka Lavachickie said...

Donut Cafe in Cherry City Center on South Commercial is our go-to place for great donuts!

Daynight always seemed bland to me, which is why I haven't been in a LONG time.

Roths are too moist and goopy -- too much icing, and they are more expensive, too.

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha, I find it very funny that the owners/employees of Daynight Donuts and King Donuts are on here trying to act like they're "customers" recommending the best doughnuts on earth. Get out of here, nobody believes you're a customers. What I can tell everyone is that I AM a customer, and I HAVE been there and the doughnuts at Daynight are absolutely disgusting. Every time we've went in, not only has it taken forever to get our food but the doughnuts were very average and the biscuits and gravy were cookie cutter, poured from a can. I haven't tried King Donuts but I'd be willing to venture a guess that anyone who is willing to go on a public comment forum, talking about how great they are, as if a customer, probably doesn't have very good doughnuts either.