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“Late night donut run”

Sweetwater's Donut Mill
Ranked #1 of 9 Dessert in Kalamazoo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$5
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Sweetwater's Donut Mill is a family owned bakery located in southwest Michigan. The Garner Family has owned each of the 3 donut shops since the very beginning when they opened their doors in 1983. Each donut is handmade with the same quality ingredients that were used in the beginning, and the restaurants are proud of the fact that they have become a tradition for many families over the past 30 years.
Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Late night donut run”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

Sweetwater's is the perfect late night destination after you've danced long and hard at the downtown clubs. Open 24 hours, you'll never be disappointed when needing a caffeine and/or sugar boost in K'zoo. My favorite flavor donut is Boston Cream but they offer seasonal flavors too so trying those is also fun.

  • Visited November 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“World's Best Doughnuts!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

These are the best doughnuts I've had anywhere in the world, bar none. My wife and I are full-time rv'ers and we anticipate our stay in Kalamazoo every summer, both to see our kids and grandkids, and to get some Sweetwater's doughnuts and fritters. The apple fritters are a meal in themselves,they're so big! Huge variety and great prices, too. If you're ever in western Michigan, don't miss Sweetwater's!

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Delicious Donuts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

Sweetwater's Donut Mill is not just a local favorite, but a Michigan favorite! They have an incredible assortment of donuts, sweets and coffee! Sweetwater's is open 24/7 with a drive-through and deliver option.

  • Visited October 2013
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Bath, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“OK, how good can donuts be? THIS IS THE ANSWER. WOW”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

Dragged there by my sweet toothed spouse and daughter, I wondered what could make one donut so much better than any other.
I have no idea, but these folks have DON-UT (done it).
Pure food pleasure.
And so inexpensive.
I am stunned...in a great way.
WOW

  • Visited June 2014
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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“Some of the best donuts in America. Seriously.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

Sweetwater's Donuts are some of the best donuts in America. This shop consistently shows up on lists of the best donuts in Michigan and in the US, and for good reason. The donuts are made right in their stores (three stores, two in Kalamazoo on Stadium Dr. and Sprinkle Rd., and one in Battle Creek, and several convenience stores also sell them).

There is a wide variety of donuts--yeast and cake kinds. Our family favorites are the Chocolate Cloud (yeast, filled with rich butter cream vanilla filling, topped with chocolate frosting), Dutch Crumb (cake, with a delicious crumble topping), and their chocolate varieties, such as being topped with chocolate, vanilla, mint or peanut butter frosting). These donuts are about twice the size of those you'll get at Dunkin' Donuts or Krispy Kreme.

Their donut holes are also large, and come in a variety of flavors and are great for snacking or groups. (Occasionally they will have donut holes with sprinkles, but I don't care for those--ironically they're just too sweet for me! So if you ask for a mix of holes, but don't want these you should mention that.)

Their "fancy" pastries are awesome, too, such as their large Long Johns (similar to eclairs), filled or unfilled, with Bavarian (vanilla custard) or Holland (butter cream vanilla) cream fillings. They also have amazing fritters (yeast kind), apple or occasional special varieties such as black raspberry or strawberry, that are also huge, about 8"-10" in diameter).

Their prices are reasonable, too. A regular donut costs the same as anywhere else, currently 89 cents, fancies are 1.29-1.79. The two Kalamazoo stores have seating for about 30-40 people, and there are often lines at peak times, but they are open 24-hours.

I grew up in New England where the standard was Dunkin' Donuts, but DD pales in comparison with Sweetwaters. If you're traveling I-94 near Kalamazoo or Battle Creek, or Rte 131 near Kalamazoo, you've got to check them out!

  • Visited June 2014
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