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

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In 2004, we asked readers about their favorite donut shops as part of our annual Best of the Capital Region reader survey. We’ve been enjoying these sugary bliss for 18 years.

This year, we asked again, but narrowed the scope to one place to try to get better a storeNot the best series. A lot has changed in 18 years: The 2004 winner, Krispy Kreme, closed in 2006. But we have a repeat winner.

Here’s a summary of the top donut winners, starting with the 2022 finalists.

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Belly apple juice

2022: Winner


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

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

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Best donuts: First place in 2022

Tabuk: 25 Pearl Street, Albany

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

phone: 518-253-4640

website: ciderbelly.com

more: At Cider Belly, the classic cinnamon and sugar cake is still the best



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Indian peace farms

2022: second place


An apple cider donut is displayed in a glass case at the country store at Indian Ladder Farms on Friday, September 5, 2014 in Altamont, New York, A pilot GMO test is proposed in the United States for growing apples that slowly turn brown.  (Laurie Van Buren/Times Union)

An cider donut in a glass case is displayed at the country store at Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont.

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Best donuts: 2nd place in 2022

Best apple orchard: 1st place in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016

Best local brewery: 3rd place in 2022; Runners-up in 2021

Best outing with your kids: 1st place in 2021; 3rd place in 2020

Tabuk: 342 Altamont Road, Altamont

phone: 518-765-2956

website: Indianladderfarms.com



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Schuyler’s bakery

2022: 3rd place


Schuyler Bakery on Third Avenue in the Port Schuyler area Friday, July 14, 2017 in Waterfleet, New York.  (John Karl Daniel/Times Union)

Schuyler Bakery on Third Avenue in the Port Schuyler area of ​​Waterfleet.

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Best donuts: Third place in 2022 and 2004

Tabuk: 637 Third Avenue, Waterfleet

phone: 518-273-0142

website: schuylerbakery.com


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Lakeside Farms

2022: Runner-up


Richard Pearce makes cider scones at Lakeside Farms on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in Ballston Lake, New York (Skip Dikstein/Times Union)

Richard Pearce makes cider scones at Lakeside Farms on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in Ballston Lake, New York (Skip Dikstein/Times Union)

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Best donuts: Runners-up in 2022

Best farm-to-table restaurant Runners-up in 2017

Tabuk: 336 Chopper Road, Lake Ballston

phone: 518-399-8359

website: lakesidefarmscidermill.com



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518 Donuts

2022: Runner-up


The quick-service concept called 518 Donuts, featuring donuts, fried chicken as sandwiches or in donut mixture, french fries, ice cream sandwiches, coffee and soft drinks, opened on 7 Southside Drive in stores in Village Plaza in Clifton Park.  A site is also being planned in downtown Troy.

The quick-service concept called 518 Donuts, featuring donuts, fried chicken as sandwiches or in donut mixture, french fries, ice cream sandwiches, coffee and soft drinks, opened on 7 Southside Drive in stores in Village Plaza in Clifton Park. A site is also being planned in downtown Troy.

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Best donuts: Runners-up in 2022

Best New Restaurant: 2nd place in 2022

Tabuk: 7 Southside Drive, Clifton Park

phone: 518-93-Doughnut

website: 518donuts.com



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Dunkin’ Donuts


Dunkin' Donuts employee Darlene Scott makes a white chocolate latte on Friday, November 16, 2018 in Colony, New York Dunkin' Donuts has been introducing Dunkin' new espresso coffee and cold brew as it competes with McCafe and Starbucks for market share.  (Laurie Van Buren/Times Union)

Dunkin’ Donuts employee Darlene Scott makes a white chocolate latte in the Colony.

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Best coffee chain: 1st place in 2010, 2009, 2008

Best coffee shop: 1st place in 2005; second place in 2020, 2007 and 2006; 3rd place in 2019

Best donuts: 2nd place in 2004

Best cup of coffee: 1st place in 2001, 2000, 1999 and 1998

Tabuk: Multiple locations

website: dunkindonuts.com



The best of the Capital District 2022

The best of the Capital District 2022

The best of the Capital District 2022

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