The Great Doughnut Derby: We Have a Winner

Actually, we have two.

Photographs courtesy of Mac’s Donuts.

Good morning, loyal derby fans. We are ready to announce the news you’ve all been waiting for. First, however, let’s offer congratulations to bracket winner Kim Payne! She showed a lot of pastry prescience, even correctly guessing the purveyor that would go on to take the championship. Very well done on that, Kim. You will receive a $50 gift certificate to—are you ready for this?—Mac’s Donuts! That’s right, drawing a record number of votes, Mac’s took the lead in the final bout of the derby, pulling ahead of Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken to win the illustrious title of Best Doughnuts in Washington. Let’s take a moment to recognize Astro’s amazing efforts.

As for Mac’s, well—wow. The little market stand selling fried pastries on a stick went up against some serious contenders throughout our contest. In round one, it beat out the much-pontificated-upon zeppole at Fiola, forging ahead to take on Zeke’s DC Donutz. After a big victory in round two, Mac’s was up against another derby favorite: Cashion’s Eat Place. The fans showed up, and Mac’s left Cashion’s in the proverbial day-old basket. It then beat out the buttermilk beignets at Bayou Bakery—deep-fried treats that enjoy a fierce following in their own right. Finally, it was time for the championship round. Really, it was anyone’s game—Astro fans had been bringing it all derby long in a big way. In the end, however, the farmers market favorite proved unstoppable. We offer hearty congratulations to John McIntyre and team for this hard-won win.

Thanks to everyone who played along with this year’s bracket. If you have suggestions for what food we should take on next, we’d love to hear them. Leave a note in the comments or e-mail

Now, who wants a doughnut?