Best Donut Shops in America

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The average American eats 31 donuts per year, according to a 2018 survey from Dawn Foods, a global supplier of bakery ingredients – with over a third of consumers eating donuts at least once a month. 

While America’s obsession with these fried treats is generations old, recent decades have seen a wave of independent and small chain donut shops sweep the nation. Of the 10 billion donuts made in the U.S. annually, the two most ubiquitous chains account for less than half. Krispy Kreme sells up to 1.6 billion a year, while Dunkin’ sells 2.9 billion – including munchkins. (These are the Dunkin’ Donuts capitals of America.)

To compile a list of the best donut shops in America, 24/7 Tempo consulted articles and rankings on a variety of sites, including Eater, Food & Wine, Thrillist, Time Out, and Tasting Table, as well as numerous local and regional sources, then made a final choice based on editorial discretion. Some of these shops offer virtually nothing but donuts, while others are full-service bakeries or cafés known for the quality of their donuts as well as other foods. Most of the shops here are independent one-unit operations; exceptions are noted as such.

According to Dawn Foods, some 82% of Gen Z and Millennial consumers are interested in trying donuts offering adventurous and novel flavor combinations – and most of the best donut shops in the nation offer some edgy flavors that push the envelope beyond the everyday glazed and cream-filled varieties. From olive oil and black pepper to broccoli cream to strawberry matcha, the varieties at these purveyors are virtually limitless. 

Southern California has long been known as a donut mecca, and five of the best donut shops are in that regionl. Los Angeles boasts a donut shop for every 7,000 residents, while the rate in the rest of the country is closer to one per 30,000. Four shops are in Texas, which is also known for its plethora of donut purveyors. (This is the best donut shop in every state.)

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Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken
> Location: Miami, Florida
> Sample donut: Guava and cheese

Source: Courtesy of Demet's Donuts via Facebook

Demet’s Donuts
> Location: Medford, Massachusetts
> Sample donut: Blueberry nugget

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Do-Rite Donuts
> Location: Chicago, Illinois (five locations)`
> Sample donut: Pistachio old-fashioned

Source: Courtesy of Claude B. via Yelp

Donut Bar
> Location: San Diego, California
> Sample donut: Real vanilla bean glazed

Source: Courtesy of Evo T. via Yelp

Funkytown Donuts
> Location: Fort Worth, Texas
> Sample donut: Orange dark chocolate

Source: Courtesy of Sarah L. via Yelp

Round Rock Donuts
> Location: Round Rock and Cedar Park, Texas
> Sample donut: Chocolate-dipped chocolate

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Purvé Donut Stop
> Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (two locations)
> Sample donut: Alohamac (chocolate glazed dusted with macadamia nuts and caramel

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DK’s Donuts
> Location: Santa Monica, California
> Sample donut: Caramel Snickers

Source: Courtesy of Giancarlo S. via Yelp

The Doughnut Plant
> Location: New York City (two locations), Brooklyn (two locations), Queens, New York
> Sample donut: Peanut butter & banana cream

Source: Courtesy of Julianne M. via Yelp

The Heavenly Donut Company
> Location: Birmingham, Alabama
> Sample donut: Sour cream old-fashioned

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Dino’s Donuts
> Location: Anchorage, Alaska
> Sample donut: German chocolate frosted

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Revolution Doughnuts
> Location: Decatur and Atlanta, Georgia
> Sample donut: Toasted almond cake

Source: Courtesy of Guru Donuts via Yelp

Guru Donuts
> Location: Boise and Eagle, Idaho (three locations)
> Sample donut: Cinnamon sugar potato

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Krumpe’s Do-nuts
> Location: Hagerstown, Maryland
> Sample donut: Lemon drop

Source: Courtesy of Cardigan Donuts via Facebook

Cardigan Donuts
> Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
> Sample donut: Turtle cheesecake

Source: Courtesy of Granny's Gourmet Donuts via Facebook

Granny’s Gourmet Donuts
> Location: Bozeman, Montana
> Sample donut: Broccoli cream

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Uncle Dood’s Donuts
> Location: Toms River, New Jersey
> Sample donut: Werewolf Fuzz (maple icing and toasted coconut

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Whoo’s Donuts
> Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
> Sample donut: Strawberry matcha

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Buckeye Donuts
> Location: Columbus, Ohio
> Sample donut: Red velvet with cream cheese

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Polar Donuts
> Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
> Sample donut: Blueberry frosted

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Gibson’s Donuts
> Location: Memphis, Tennessee
> Sample donut: Maple bacon

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Colorado Donuts
> Location: Eagle Rock, California
> Sample donut: Banana Nilla Wafer

Source: Courtesy of North Country Donuts via Facebook

North Country Donuts
> Location: Morrisville, Vermont
> Sample donut: Ricotta cream

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Cowboy Donuts
> Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming, and American Fork, Utah
> Sample donut: Pumpkin spice

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Pinkbox Donuts
> Location: Las Vegas (two locations) and Henderson, Nevada
> Sample donut: Coco Loco (chocolate-frosted glazed chocolate cake with Cocoa Pebbles

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Neil’s Donuts
> Location: Wallingford and Middletown, Connecticut
> Sample donut: Reese’s peanut butter crumb

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Combo Donuts
> Location: Austin, Texas
> Sample donut: Plain glazed

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Sugar Shack Donuts
> Location: Richmond, North Chesterfield, and Charter Colony, Virginia
> Sample donut: Strawberry shortcake

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The Holy Donut
> Location: Portland (two locations), Scarborough, Arundel, Maine
> Sample donut: Holy Cannoli ginger glazed

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Donnie’s Donuts
> Location: Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach, Florida
> Sample donut: Death by Chocolate (chocolate cake with chocolate chips, sprinkles, and drizzle)

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California Donuts
> Location: Los Angeles, California
> Sample donut: Thin Mint (Girl Scout cookie)

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Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
> Location: Brooklyn, New York
> Sample donut: White cream coconut

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Donut Run
> Location: Washington, D.C.
> Sample donut: Peppermint mocha (vegan)

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The Donut Whole
> Location: Wichita, Kansas
> Sample donut: Cherry berry

Source: Courtesy of Dottie's Donuts via Facebook

Dottie’s Donuts
> Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (three locations)
> Sample donut: Pumpkin-miso goji berry

Source: Courtesy of The Doughnut Project via Facebook

The Doughnut Project
> Location: New York City, New York
> Sample donut: The Bronx (olive oil and black pepper glaze)

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The Jelly Donut
> Location: San Francisco, California
> Sample donut: Pineapple jelly

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River Oaks Donut Shop
> Location: Houston, Texas
> Sample donut: Cherry iced

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Doughnut Vault
> Location: Chicago, Illinois
> Sample donut: Piña colada old-fashioned

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The Tatonut Shop
> Location: Ocean Springs, Mississippi
> Sample donut: Cookie butter

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