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The donuts are on display at Cider Belly Donuts on Fuller Road in Colonie.

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In 2004, we asked readers for their favorite donut shops as part of our annual survey of the Capital Region’s top readers. We have enjoyed this sweet bliss for 18 years.

This year we asked again but limited the scope to one location to try and get the best store, not the best channel. A lot has changed in 18 years: 2004 winner Krispy Kreme closed in 2006. But we had a new winner.

Here’s a look at the top donut winners, starting with the 2022 finalists.

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cider belly

2022: Winner


Cider Belly Donuts owners Andy, left, and Jennifer Novak at their new Fuller Road store on Friday, April 1, 2022, in Colonie, NY

Cider Belly Donuts owners Andy, left, and Jennifer Novak at their new Fuller Road store on Friday, April 1, 2022 in Colonie.

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The best donuts: First place in 2022

Address: 25 N. Pearl St., Albany

A second location, 53 Fuller Road in Colonie, opened in February.

Call: 518-253-4640

Website: ciderbelly.com

After: At Cider Belly, the classic cinnamon sugar donut is still king



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Indian Ladder Farms

2022: Second place


Cider donuts are displayed in a display case in the Indian Ladder Farms country store Friday, September 5, 2014 in Altamont, NY GMO trials are proposed in the United States to grow slow browning apples.  (Lori Van Buren/Times Union)

Cider donuts are displayed in a display case at the Indian Ladder Farms country store in Altamont.

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The best donuts: Second place in 2022

Best Apple Orchard: First place in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016

Best local brewery: Third place in 2022; finalist in 2021

Best outing with your kids: First place in 2021; third place in 2020

Address: 342 Altamont Road, Altamont

Call: 518-765-2956

Website: indianladderfarms.com



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Schuyler Bakery

2022: Third place


Schuyler Bakery on Third Avenue in the Port Schuyler neighborhood Friday July 14, 2017 in Watervliet, NY.  (John Carl D'Annibale/Times Union)

Schuyler Bakery on Third Avenue in the Port Schuyler neighborhood of Watervliet.

John Carl D’Annibale/Times Union

The best donuts: Third place in 2022 and 2004

Address: 637 3rd Ave, Watervliet

Call: 518-273-0142

Website: schuylerbakery.com


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Lakeside Farms

2022: finalist


Richard Pearce makes cider donuts at Lakeside Farms on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in Ballston Lake NY (Skip Dickstein/Times Union)

Richard Pearce makes cider donuts at Lakeside Farms on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in Ballston Lake NY (Skip Dickstein/Times Union)

PASS DICKSTEIN

The best donuts: Vice-champion in 2022

Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant: Finalist in 2017

Address: 336 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake

Call: 518-399-8359

Website: lakesidefarmscidermill.com



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518 donuts

2022: Finalist


A quick-service concept called 518 Donuts, offering donuts, fried chicken in a sandwich or batter, fries, ice cream sandwiches, and coffee and soft drinks, opened at 7 Southside Drive in the shops of the Village Plaza in Clifton Park.  A location in downtown Troy is also planned.

A quick-service concept called 518 Donuts, offering donuts, fried chicken in a sandwich or batter, fries, ice cream sandwiches, and coffee and soft drinks, opened at 7 Southside Drive in the shops of the Village Plaza in Clifton Park. A location in downtown Troy is also planned.

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The best donuts: Vice-champion in 2022

Best new restaurant: Second place in 2022

Address: 7 Southside Drive, Clifton Park

Call: 518-93-DONUT

Website: 518donuts.com



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Dunkin’ Donuts


Dunkin' Donuts employee Darlene Scott prepares a white chocolate latte on Friday, November 16, 2018 in Colonie, NY.  (Lori Van Buren/Times Union)

Dunkin’ Donuts employee Darlene Scott makes a white chocolate latte at Colonie.

Lori Van Buren/Times Union

Best coffee chain: First place in 2010, 2009, 2008

Best coffee: First place in 2005; second place in 2020, 2007 and 2006; third place in 2019

The best donuts: Second place in 2004

Best cup of coffee: First place in 2001, 2000, 1999 and 1998

Address: Multiple locations

Website: dunkindonuts.com



Best of the Capital Region 2022

Best of the Capital Region 2022

Best of the Capital Region 2022

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