World’s Best Donuts
round Grand Marais, Minnesota since 1969, the smell of summer is associated with the fresh scent of cooking donuts from the The World’s Best Donuts. Fifteen types of freshly baked goods, from cake donuts to Roly Polies and of course the famous Skizzle are cooked fresh daily. Don’t wait to grab one they do sell out! If you know what you want you can avoid the lines and jump to the Whiz up window to order.
LOCATION: 10 Wisconsin Street, Grand Marais, MN 55604 | (218) 387-1346 | Website • 0.2 Miles From Hotel
World’s Best Donuts was started in 1969 by Merieta “GrammaRita” Altrichter at the age of 47. It was named the Grand Marais Donut Shop and was located in a little block building that is now part of Dockside Fish Market. She made all the donuts by hand, mixing dough in a plastic bowl. It was not too long before the business was moved into Joynes’ Bargain Barn, which was located where there is now a parking lot. The front counter held three bowls of donuts: plain, sugared and cinnamon sugared. She would make donuts early in the morning and then a friend came in to sell the donuts during the day while Merieta went to her job working in a department store. In 1975 she was able to quit her minimum wage day job and make donuts full time in the summer. The business grew steadily each year and in 1977 Merieta moved into her own new building at its present location on Wisconsin Street. It was at this time that she changed the name to World’s Best Donuts. With this new building new items were added such as long johns, raised donuts, bismarks, and our own famous Skizzle! Merieta’s daughters, Sherrie and Donnie joined the business and in 1987 an oven was purchased and the coffee room was added. It wasn’t too long before son-in-law Chet was also working in the kitchen. His favorite donut to decorate was the raised donut with frosting. He named them Chet’s Best.
World’s Best Donuts Coffee Shop
The coffee room addition allowed us to add indoor seating and also display the pictures that our customers send us from all over the world. Customers have their pictures taken with their Donut Shop coffee mugs and then we put the pictures up on the walls. We have pictures of our cup from almost every state and many foreign countries. Our Donut Shop cup has even flown on the Concord.
Today’s World’s Best Donuts
In 2002, the third generation, Stacey and Dee, took over the day to day operation of the shop. Even though Grandma no longer had to get up in the early morning to open the doors, she still came in on a regular basis to help set batches of dough, cut Skizzles, or help with cleanup at the end of the day. Until her passing in 2008 she was also who we turned to first for advice when we wanted to try something new. We strive to continue to do business the way we were taught by our grandmother. We are sure she is still keeping an eye on how we’re doing! Many of our customers are summer visitors. After working here since very young, Dee is now sole owner of World’s Best Donuts and is working with 4th generation Kyler Hawsen, who hopes to keep the Donut Shop in the family for years to come. Stop in and say hi to the 3rd and 4th generations and you might even see the 5th generation hanging around!
Customers can also sign up to become registered donut eaters. If you remember the number you sign up next to, you can win a free donut when you come back the following year.
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Grand Marais Restaurants & Dining Guide
Within walking distance, or a short hop in your car, you will find almost every type of Grand Marais Minnesota dining experience convenient to Superior Inn. Dining out is one of the main adventures of traveling. From elegant dinners with a view of magnificint Lake Superior and white linen to eating a crab on the beach, the North Shore region has everything you can imagine. If you want seafood you’ve definitely come to the right place! Our Grand Marais Dining Guide will help you find the best bowl of clam chowder, grilled salmon or fish tacos. Grand Marais bakeries are also excellent when it comes to their home made breads, cookies and other local favorites.
Grand Marais restaurants offer a variety of cuisines in fun and casual environments. Whether your goal is a fun meal with the family, romantic dining for two, or a large group gathering, there are plenty of options to choose from.View Grand Marais dining guide.