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Announcing: The Great Doughnut Derby!

It’s March Madness for foodies.

Doughnuts! Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

Well, it’s that time of year again. As we do every March, Best Bites blog is pitting favorite local foods against one another to determine which snack is your favorite.

Last year, a fierce wing-off determined the supremacy of the chicken pieces at Bloomingdale bar Boundary Stone. This time, we’re taking on a snack food that’s having a hot moment in Washington: doughnuts. New venues include Zeke’s DC Donutz, GBD, and Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, and the anticipated brick-and-mortar from District Doughnuts, due to debut in June. But who makes Washington’s best holey pastries? To find out we have created a list of 32 favorite doughnut makers, and it’s up to you to determine a winner.

Some things you need to know about this year’s competition:

There are two ways to vote—but only one way to earn a $50 gift certificate to the winning doughnut purveyor. Every weekday beginning Monday, March 11, we will publish a post pitting two doughnut spots against each other until we have arrived at a winner. (We pulled numbers at random to determine the order of the bracket. Voting closes every day at 5 PM.

To be eligible for the gift certificate, however, you’ll have to fill out the bracket online. Brackets are due to us by 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 10. We are sorry, but we cannot accept paper submissions.

May the best doughnut win!

The entry period for submitting brackets has ended. Please vote for your favorite doughnuts each day as the derby gets underway!

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  • CMF

    I submitted my bracket but forgot to print it out! How do I gain access to it again?

  • davis

    I know that District Doughnut is taking orders. Just check out their website. Heard they have a minimum of 2 dozen, but I've had 'em and believe me, you'll want 5.

  • Guest

    How does one get to try GBD, astro doughnuts, or district doughnuts if they don't have have stores? (Since the donut fest tomorrow is sold out, any other insider tips on how to get your hands on one of them?)

  • Jess Voelker


    Hello! Astro 'nuts can be ordered for delivery by emailing The fried-chicken-and-doughnut spot is due to open this month, no exact date yet. You can preview GBD pastry chef Tiffany MacIssac's doughnut style at the restaurant Birch & Barley—both it and GBD are part of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group. GBD is also due to open mid-March. We will post updates, and any pop-up announcements, here as soon as we have more info.

  • davis

    Jess, some are wondering why you mentioned District Doughnut in the article but they aren't on the bracket?

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