Superior Bakery of Fayetteville has been named one of the Top 15 donut shops in the country, according to Yelp for 2023.

Another year, and another huge honor for Superior Bakery of Fayetteville, as it has vaulted up the list of the top 100 donut shops in the country, according to Yelp.

Friday, June 2 is National Donut Day, and Yelp released its second annual Top 100 US Donut Shops list, with Fayetteville’s Superior Bakery coming in at number 13 overall, amongst some seriously elite competitors. Last year, Superior was at number 26, so there was a big gain.

“The delicious secret behind the donuts doled out by this ‘community treasure’ dates back to the bakery’s founding in 1956,” Yelp said in its review of the shop. “Second-generation owner and baker Nicko Poulos calls it ‘the magic’—he mixes butter, lemon, orange, and vanilla flavoring, plus cinnamon, into the dough.”

Poulos said that makes all the difference in the world.

“Most bakers don’t flavor the donut itself. But it makes a huge difference,” he told Yelp. “The flavors are layered. It’s not just sugar in the glaze.”

Yelp said it took all of the businesses in its system under the donuts category, and ranked them using a number of factors, including its famous rating system, number of reviews, and more.

“There’s no better treat than a donut, served fresh and warm from a friendly local shop. And this year, the country’s top donut makers are crafting the beloved comfort food in exciting new ways,” Yelp said in its release. “From old-fashioned frosted classics to bacon-topped maple creams, and trendy Hawaiian-style donuts with ube-flavored glaze, our 2nd annual guide to the top US donut spots has it all. The common denominator? They’re all considered America’s best by the Yelp community.”

Superior Bakery, a long-time fixture at 2433 Hope Mills Road, has a 5-star rating on Yelp, with 283 reviews. Known quite well for its filled croissants, Superior Bakery has been serving “Quality Baked Good Since 1956,” and is run by Nicko Poulos. Nicko is the son of founder John S. Poulos.

The store is also famous for their community involvement. They notably donate food at the end of each day to local non-profits, like Arran Lakes Recovery Program, the USO, Alms House of Hope Mills, Operation InAsMuch and others.

Here’s a look at the Top 15 donut shops in the country, according to Yelp, including Superior Bakery from Fayetteville at 13.

  • 1. Rocklin Donuts & Cinnamon, Rocklin, California

  • 2. HOLE – Hot Doughnuts and Fresh Coffee, Asheville, North Carolina

  • 3. JD Flannel Donuts and Coffee, San Juan Capistrano, California

  • 4. Munchkins Donuts, Covina, California

  • 5. Hot N Sweet Coffee and Donut Shop, Page, Arizona

  • 6. Round Rock Donuts, Round Rock, Texas

  • 7. The Jelly Donut, San Francisco, California

  • 8. Stan’s Donut Shop, Santa Clara, California

  • 9. Simone’s Donuts, Long Beach, California

  • 10. Purvé Donut Stop, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

  • 11. Brooklyn Baking, Waterbury, Connecticut

  • 12. Happy Donuts, Puyallup, Washington

  • 13. Superior Bakery, Fayetteville, North Carolina

  • 14. Steve’s Donuts, Riverside, California

  • 15. Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai, Portland, Oregon

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