Happy National Donut Day! Turns out it’s not just a Dunkin marketing ploy, but an actual holiday founded by the Salvation Army to honor the women who served the deep fried delights to soldiers during World War II

The corporate shops are offering freebies today. I couldn’t find any indie shops that were doing the same but apparently they don’t need to- about half of those I called reported being sold out by 9:30 per their usual.

The local donut shop is a New England tradition. They are magical places where snobs like me drink shitty iced coffee out of a styrofoam cup while rubbing elbows with the oldest woman in town celebrating her 98th birthday (happened- Tony’s Donut Shop, Portland, Maine, Summer of 2011). 

If you haven’t already visited an indie shop do yourself a favor and go- it’ll be as if you are tasting a donut for the first time. To assist in your quest for donut glory (temptation to insert disgusting joke), here is a roundup of the best New England shops: 

Anna’s Hand Cut Donuts, 2056 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA

Demet’s Donuts, 199 Mystic Avenue, Medford, MA

Donut Villa, 1 Highland Avenue, Malden, MA

Gail Ann Coffee Shop, 10 Medford Street, Arlington, MA

Kane’s Donuts, 120 Lincoln Avenue, Saugus, MA 

Linda’s Donuts, 247 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA

Tony’s Donuts, 9 Bolton Street, Portland, Maine

Twin DO-Nuts, 501 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA 

Verna’s Donut Shop, 2344 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter: @HeartNStomach