Alabama: Peach Fritter at Heavenly Donut Company
The Backstory: Alabama isn't known for donuts, but they do have one pastry specialty: palm-sized deep-fried pies. Splitting the difference between a handpie and a donut is the fritter, a fried hunk of dough filled with hunks of fruit compote. Being the South, a sweet stone fruit like peaches makes perfect sense.
Where to Find It: For an ethereal version of a peach fritter, look no further than Birmingham’s Heavenly Donut Company. The peach fritter they created maintains a nice crunch to the outside while keeping the aromatic peach inside creamy and light. They make all their fried treats by hand and in small, personal batches, so it’s no surprise this treat came out so successful.