The Best Donut Shops Across America

Hot, round and the perfect lazy-morning treat. I’m talking about donuts. From Seattle to San Fran, the fried yeasty sugar bomb is back en vogue.  And these are the best donut shops in America.

Austin, TX

GOURDOUGH’S

Gourdough’s takes a bold stance on donut toppings — you can find anything from gummy rattlesnakes to fried chicken being piled onto freshly fried donuts. Whatever you’re craving, you can find it here- freshly baked in a vintage Airstream.best_donut_shop_austin_gourdoughs

Brooklyn, NY

PETER PAN DONUT & PASTRY SHOP

This cafe and patisserie in Greenpoint serves a slew of handmade donuts using a recipe that’s over 50yrs-old. Try the classic plain cake donut.
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Dallas, TX

HYPNOTIC DONUTS

The East Dallas spot specializes in creative fried goodies like the Evil Elvis (peanut butter, bacon, banana and honey) and the Peace’statio (brown-butter glaze and pistachios).
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Denver, CO

GLAZED & CONFUZED

The G&C guys had been selling their handmade donuts at local coffee shops, now they have opened their first shop in town. Its home to crowd favorites like the Root Beer Float (vanilla custard filling, root beer glaze), the Confuzed Car Bomb (Baileys custard filling, Guinness glaze, sprinkles), and the off-the-wall Peach Caramel Corn (peach caramel glaze, white cheddar popcorn topping).

Los Angeles, CA

DONUT FRIEND

This LA shop has a neat concept: You customize your own treat by choosing the cake, filling and glaze–and somebody makes it for you on the spot.
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Nashville, TN

FOX’S DONUT DEN

This donut shop is a landmark in the Nashville community. Their iconic neon sign welcomes patrons to devour some of the most delicious, no-frills old fashioned cake donuts in Tennessee. And they also make custom giant donuts for special occasions, like a brunch, or maybe the BEST WEDDING EVER.
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Philadelphia, PA

FEDERAL DONUTS

Situated in Philadelphia’s Center City West neighborhood, this shop serves the absolute best of both worlds: donuts and fried chicken.

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Portland, OR

BLUE STAR DONUTS

In Portland, outsiders will tell you to wait in line at the famous Voodoo Doughnut for your bacon-maple fix. Those donuts are fine, but they pale in comparison to Blue Star’s thick, brioche-style ‘nuts. Here, you can find classics like the Portland-famous bacon-maple bar, to fried chicken, cherry-maple fritters, and a crème brulee confection that comes with a shot of Cointreau poking out of its top.
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San Diego, CA

THE DONUT BAR

The Donut Bar doesn’t even have a closing time — they’re open from 7am to whenever they sell out- which is usually pretty fast. But if you’re one of the lucky few to make it in time, be sure to taste the Creme Brûlée donut.
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San Francisco, CA

DYNAMO DONUT & COFFEE

Open in the Mission since 2008, Dynamo makes an ever-rotating selection of 15 donuts per day- including crowd-pleasers like the Maple Glazed Bacon Apple with Fatted Calf heritage bacon, and more crazy concoctions like the seasonal Molasses Guinness (think Guinness-poached pears and candied ginger in a molasses base with a Guinness glaze).
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Seattle, WA

DAILY DOZEN DOUGHNUT COMPANY

Perfectly fried-up and crispy, the mini donuts at Daily Dozen are a famous staple of Pike Place Market and ensure you’ll be anything but mini after you’ve made them part of your morning routine.

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Washington, DC

ASTRO DOUGHNUTS

Astro’s been fattening up DC‘s fat cats with crowd-pleasing donuts like Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter Cup, and one-offs like a sour cherry donut in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
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Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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