There are a lot of doughnuts in the U.S., but when Alton Brown picked his favorites, he included one of Milwaukee's favorites -- the cruller at Cranky Al's in Wauwatosa.
In a blog post published on June 9, Brown declared that "The cruller is so good you’ll be dreaming of it long after it’s gone."
The "Iron Chef" host visited Milwaukee during Valentine's Day weekend, performing live at the Riverside Theater as part of his "Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour."
While he was here, he checked out a number of Milwaukee hotspots, including Valentine Coffee:
He also stood in a pretty long line for a bloody mary at Sobelman's before eating custard at Kopp's.
While he was here, Brown declared on Twitter that he at some of "the best donuts on the road so far" at Cranky Al's in Wauwatosa.
And – since he gave them a mention again on National Doughnut Day – I'm pretty sure he's dead serious.
Do you have a favorite Milwaukee doughnut?
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