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The best donut shops in Minnesota? It depends on who you ask

Opinion is split on the matter.

If you're wondering why constant references to donuts are appealing in your timelines on Friday, that's because it's National Donut Day.

Yes, we know every day, week and month is "national" this and "international" that, but we can't help but get involved where donuts are involved.

So where should you be heading to pay tribute to the delicious, deep-fried pastry delight that is the donut/doughnut/beignet?

Unsurprisingly, opinion is split on the matter.

Best in the Twin Cities

In the Twin Cities, there's somewhat of a consensus that A Baker's Wife in the Standish neighborhood of south Minneapolis is top of the pile, with Thrillist referring to it as the "gold standard" of donut shops, and it also ranks No. 1 on Yelp's list.

If you're there, Thrillist recommended the simple (and cheap) cake donut, which "somehow manage to remain not overly sweet and make the perfect companion to a cup of coffee."

Among the other highly rated donut shops are Cardigan Donuts on South 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis, and Mojo Monkey on 7th Street West in St. Paul.

MSP Magazine highlighted the Rainbow Road at Cardigan and the Summit Great Northern at Mojo Monkey as two of its favorite donuts in the metro area.

Also worth a shout are the trendy Glam Doll Donuts on Eat Street in Minneapolis, which ranks highest on FourSquare, with Angel Food Bakery in downtown Minneapolis and Bogart's Doughnut Co. in south Minneapolis also highly rated.

And if you're in the north metro, give Hans' Bakery in Anoka and Blaine a try, while our BMTN sports editor Joe Nelson is a big fan of Mel-o-Glaze near Lake Nokomis.

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What about outside the Twin Cities?

If you're hitting the road this weekend there are many top quality donut options outside the metro.

WCCO's top five in the state list includes two outside the metro, both in southeast Minnesota: Bloedow's Bakery in Winona and the Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop in Red Wing.

The Hanisch Bakery was also named the state's best by WCCO viewers in 2016.

Elsewhere, Only In Your State is high on Moon Donuts & Cafe in Buffalo and Tobies Restaurant in Hinckley.

In the far north of Grand Marais, World's Best Donuts earns plenty of plaudits as it strives to live up to its lofty name, earning the recommendation of Explore Minnesota and rave reviews on Trip Advisor.

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