St. Louis is blessed with an abundance of traditional mom-and-pop doughnut shops, and so when Strange Donuts came on the scene, many questioned what this trendy young whipper-snapper could possibly add to the mix. Turns out, the answer is a lot. Since 2013, Strange has been king of the done-zone, with its eclectic offerings and collaborations with local tastemakers like the “Mai Lee Pho King Done.” These creative concoctions are more than just hype. Behind every Strange is a seriously good doughnut. Warm, soft and cake-like, these crave-inducing pastries would be tasty enough without all the bells and whistles. But that wouldn’t be any fun, would it? For this emerging doughnut empire, the substance is much better with style. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.