The Best Doughnut Shops in Every State
We uncovered the best doughnut shops in every state. Time to start planning that road trip.
The Heavenly Donut Co., Birmingham
Simplicity goes a long way at The Heavenly Donut Co., where bakers whip up fresh batches of plain glazed doughnuts every morning. The secret recipe results in light and airy old-fashioneds that melt in your mouth and send you back to the counter to order more. (Try the classic at home with our glazed doughnut recipe.)
Dino’s Donuts, Anchorage
Even during the enveloping darkness of an Alaskan winter, Dino’s Donuts will brighten up your day. Dino’s goes far beyond basic glazes and fillings, offering goodies slathered in cream cheese, mocha and more. Even more decadent are their cake donuts, which sweetly crumble with every poke of a fork.
19th Donut Hole, Mesa
Like a golf course with an 19th hole (slang for an on-site bar or restaurant), this doughnut shop goes above and beyond. Offering shimmering glazes and guilty-pleasure toppings, 19th Hole Donut also makes doughnut-croissant hybrids—fantastically flaky concoctions that can be eaten straight up or doused in sweet-tooth-satisfying drizzles.
Arina P Habich/Shutterstock
Mark’s Do-Nut Shop, North Little Rock
Mark puts the Midas touch on each of his doughnuts, transforming globs of dough into golden-hued pillows that are lighter than air. A thin sheen of glaze adds a touch of sweetness, and toppings like coconut shavings up the ante.
Donut Bar, San Diego
As tasty as they look, you might hesitate to chomp into the impeccably designed doughnuts at San Diego’s Donut Bar. The bakery’s artisanal offerings are decorated with intricate latticeworks of drizzles, and elaborate icing turns the tiny cakes into mouthwatering characters. (Try your hand at decoration with our homemade frosting recipes.)
Glazed & Confused, Aurora
Let’s just say the monstrously flavorful doughnuts at Glazed & Confused aren’t for the faint of heart. Towering with toppings, their creations—such as the Confused Samoa (with caramel glaze and toasted coconut) or the bacon-adorned Breakfast of Champz—require a serious appetite.
Dottie’s Diner, Woodbury
This ’50s-style diner is home to done-right classic doughnuts that have caught the eye of just about everyone in the state. The wholesome, made-from-scratch treats can be ordered plain for dunking in coffee or topped with yummy chocolate or powdered sugar.
Duck Donuts, Newark
You might expect the doughnuts at Duck Donuts to be covered in warm, dripping toppings…and you’d be right. But it doesn’t stop there. Along with sprinkles and crumbles, adventurous eaters can load up on nontraditional toppings like chopped bacon and an assortment of cirtus combinations.
Five-O Donut Co., Sarasota
You’d better show up early to grab a bite at Five-O Donut Co., because they’ve been known to sell out as early as 11 a.m. Luckily, the shop’s staff set up a doughnut surveillance cam, so you can check in on the inventory before making the drive.
Sublime Donuts, Atlanta
Circles are the standard in the world of doughnuts, but Sublime steps it up with fun shapes that are sure to leave a smile on your face. A crowd favorite is the star-shaped lemon doughnut with sunny-yellow frosting. More adventurous eaters are invited to try the Salt & Vinegar.
Kamehameha Bakery, Honolulu
Looks can be deceiving at this bakery. From afar, their poi-glaze doughnuts might look like a chunk of the Diamond Head Volcano, but the surprisingly soft exterior gives way to brightly colored cake that melts in your mouth.
Amazing Glaze Donuts, Pocatello
Mashed potatoes take the place of flour in the aptly named spudnut, a staple at Amazing Glaze. The result is a fluffy and lighter-than-air treat that pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee.
Stan’s Donuts, Chicago
You might want to hit the gym before lifting up a Stan’s doughnut, because their treats have some serious heft. The shop’s topping-heavy style is in full effect with the Peanut Butter Pocket, a handful of a doughnut smothered in chocolate and filled to the brim with peanut butter.
Long’s Bakery, Indianapolis
When Alton Brown and Martha Stewart like something, you know it’s good. This renowned bakery is known for its light and fluffy yeast doughnuts, which the bakers customize with classic glazes and sugary toppings.
Daylight Donuts, Iowa City
Pop into this shop for a classic ring (just one dollar!) or strap in for decadence with a sweet-and-salty Maple Bacon Long John. (Enjoy the maple goodness of this treat any time of year with our recipe.)
The Donut Whole, Wichita
Big flavor and entertainment go hand-in-hand at the Donut Whole. Munch on a cereal-speckled citrus-glazed doughnut or the King Midas (globbed with vanilla, peanuts, and syrup) during the shop’s weekend concerts.
Red’s Donut Shop, Paducah
Family-owned and in business since the mid-fifties, this award-winning shop has perfected the art of the doughnut. Cake and yeast classics are up for grabs, along with apple fritters with a highly satisfying bite.
Tiger Deaux-nuts, Baton Rouge
Get a taste of the South at this cafe in the heart of Baton Rouge. You’ll find plenty of Louisiana flavor in their gourmet doughnuts, which include vanilla jalapeno and bourbon and peaches.
Congdon’s Doughnuts, Wells
With a menu resembling a roadside ice cream stand, Congdon’s brings the sweetness to Vacationland. Dunk a plain into your coffee or go big with a colorful confetti doughnut.
Center Cut Doughnuts, Baltimore
Bright and bold confections are par for the course at this creative doughnut shop. The brown butter doughnut is sweet and sophisticated, and the Homer is decked out with strawberry-juice glaze and rainbow sprinkles.
Kanes Donuts, Saugus
This small-town mom-and-pop shop has been serving up freshly made doughnuts for more than 40 years, and their experience is obvious. Large in size and big on flavor, everything from apple fritters to jelly and cream combinations bring waves of yummy comfort.
Hinkley Bakery, Jackson
A century-old oven and memorized family recipes put a special touch on every doughnut at Hinkley Bakery. Crowds flock for the family-owned shop’s chocolate crescents, along with a wide selection of fritters, glazes and doughnut holes.
Sarah Jane’s Bakery Northeast, Minneapolis
This bakery would make Grandma proud with its homey atmosphere and amazing flavors. One of their specialties is pączki, a traditional Polish pastry made from rich dough with a hint of alcohol that helps prevent the oil from seeping in.
The Tatonut Donut Shop, Ocean Springs
By using potato flour, this bakery creates light, airy doughnuts that are fluffier than a cloud. They also whip up the cakey variety, such as iced king doughnuts with sparkling colored sugar. (Fan of lightweight treats? Try our feather-light doughnut recipe.)
Hurts Donut, Springfield
Glazes and icings glisten in the display case at Eddie’s, beckoning visitors to nosh on chocolate long johns and cereal-speckled rings. You should prepare to show up early, though—the shop closes at noon on weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends. (Make your cereal a multitasker with our First-Prize Doughnut recipe.)
Granny’s Gourmet Donuts, Bozeman
What started as the only doughnut shop in town has become a statewide favorite. They make more than a thousand doughnuts each day, finishing them off with sweet toppings such as jam and fresh strawberries.
Olsen Bake Shop, Omaha
Along with their elaborately decorated wedding cakes, this family-owned bakery makes a mean doughnut. Gooey chocolate covers their old-fashioned offerings, and their bite-sized doughnut holes are pure cakey goodness.
Pinkbox Doughnuts, Las Vegas
Check out this shop’s traditional doughnuts and croissant-doughnut hybrids, which are topped with colorful icing and sprinkles that rival the Las Vegas Strip. Big appetite? Try their hand-sized fritters.
Brothers Donuts, Franklin
This funky, old-school diner does things a little differently: Their special Benedict swaps out an English muffin for a doughnut, giving the breakfast classic a sugary twist that makes short work of a Sunday-brunch sweet tooth.
Broad Street Dough Co., Oakhurst
You might not look at regular ol’ doughnuts the same after a stop at Broad Street Dough Co. in New Jersey. (Case in point: the triple layered rainbow doughnut with vanilla mousse, marshmallow dip, and tons of sprinkles.)
Rebel Donut, Albuquerque
From creations like maple-bacon with dark chocolate glaze and chili brown sugar to the divine pistachio cake with lemon ganache, every doughnut at Whoo’s Donuts explodes with flavor. They don’t skimp on the ingredients, either—their pantry is filled with locally sourced and organic ingredients.
Underwest, New York City
It’s easy to miss this Hell’s Kitchen hole in the wall—it’s tucked inside a car wash—but the rewards for finding it are huge. Make the most out of fall with a maple waffle or mulled cider doughnut. (Can’t make the trip? Whip up some cider doughnuts at home with our recipe.)
HenDough Chicken & Donuts, Hendersonville
You might not think doughnuts and chicken go hand in hand, but Hendough makes it work. The fried-chicken joint also whips up batches of big cake donuts, all of which are powdered and glazed to perfection.
Sandy’s Donuts & Coffee Shop, West Fargo
Some of the doughnuts at Sandy’s look like something from a child’s wildest dreams, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. One bite of their M&M–sprinkled doughnut or the Dirt & Worms—topped with chocolate crumbles and gummy worms—and you’ll be running home to watch Saturday morning cartoons all over again.
Bill’s Donut Shop, Centerville
Late night and early morning cravings alike can be satisfied at Bill’s Donut Shop, a 24-hour bakery with more than 50 varieties of doughnuts. Take a seat at the counter and go to town on a glazed pretzel twist or a cake doughnut make with applesauce or sour cream.
Photo: I Love Donuts
I Love Donuts, Oklahoma City
Doughnuts come in every shape at I Love Donuts, an OKC bakery with plenty of creativity. Hearts, monkeys, and letters spelling “Happy Birthday” are common sights in their mouthwatering displays.
Courtesy of Voodoo Doughnut
Voodoo Doughnut, Portland & Eugene
Voodoo Doughnut absolutely smothers their often-cheekily named doughnuts in glazes and toppings. Take the Memphis Mafia, a fried-dough treat with banana chunks, cinnamon glaze, chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate chips.
Federal Donuts, Philadelphia
Decadent, dessert-worthy doughnuts are typical here. After chowing down on a basket of their fried chicken, top things off with a blueberry pancake or white chocolate cherry doughnut. (Looking for something more traditional? Check out our recipe for Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Doughnuts.)
With sweet and savory flavors like rosemary brown butter and chamomile yogurt honeycomb, it’s no wonder PVDonuts usually has a line out the door. Fair warning: They usually sell out before 3 p.m.
Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts, Charleston
These delightful doughnuts are homemade with home-grown ingredients and are free of preservatives and food coloring. They still beam with color, though—toppings made with blueberry juice and green tea, for example, give the tasty treats a vivid flourish.
Jerry’s Cakes & Donuts, Rapid City
This bakery specializes in towering wedding cakes, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing when it comes to doughnuts, too. The pastry professionals make classics with simple glazes and top special varieties with almonds or caramel.
Jody’s Donuts and Bakery, Memphis
Jellies, creams and iced doughnuts are on the menu year-round at Jody’s, but check out their rotating menu of seasonal treats. Pumpkin spice and apple crumb cakes should get you tastily through the fall. (Doughnuts not enough? Get your pumpkin spice fix with 23 of our favorite recipes.)
Gourdough’s is run out of a retro Airstream trailer, but their doughnuts are anything but compact. Grab a fork and knife and dig into a monstrous treat like the Fat Elvis—topped with grilled bananas and bacon with peanut butter icing and honey—or the Dirty Berry with fudge icing and grilled strawberries.
The Big O Doughnuts, Salt Lake City
The Big O Doughnuts brings gourmet vegan doughnuts to the menu! Yeast raised, fried to perfection, and topped with unique fresh flavors! So many flavors from Vanilla chai to Blueberry Lavender Cheesecake, you can’t just have one!
Allen Brothers Farm Market, Westminster
Vermonters flock to the Allen Brothers’ Farm bakery for their renowned cider doughnuts. Soft and just a little bit crumbly, the sugary, cinnamony treats and a glass of warm cider are a surefire way to warm up during the chilly Vermont autumn.
The Apple House, Linden
Another fall favorite is the Apple House, a friendly restaurant on Skyline Drive in northern Virginia. After a big plate of barbecue, you can kick back and enjoy a mouthwatering apple butter doughnut.
Original House of Donuts, Multiple Locations
Whether you’re in Lakewood, Tacoma, or Puyallup, the Original House of Donuts has an expansive menu packed with tasty, doughy treats. Escape the Pacific Northwest’s rain while munching on a cherry-frosted cake doughnut, or go all in with an old-fashioned buttermilk bar. (You, too, can make masterful buttermilk treats with our recipe.)
Peace, Love and Little Donuts, Huntington (and many other locations nationwide!)
This funky shop harkens back to the ’70s with a hip atmosphere and far-out flavors. Enlighten your taste buds with varieties like raspberry lemonade and salted chocolate.
Manderfield’s Home Bakery, Appleton
Manderfield’s raised doughnuts are known throughout the state, and for good reason. Along with traditional flavors, the bakery serves gooey goodness in the form of triple chocolate cream filled, snowball and turtle doughnuts.
Cowboy Donuts, Rock Springs
With over 55 flavors, it can be hard to choose at Cowboy Donuts. You’ll just have to go back again (and again) to try them all.