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The 18 Hottest Doughnut Shops in America Right Now

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How do you doughnut in 2013? Take one part airy bakery with huge windows and glossy tiles, one part sriracha peanut butter frosting, a healthy wallop of bacon and booze-flavored offerings, and maybe even a burger or two, and you have an idea what the 18 entries on Eater's Doughnut Heatmap are up to these days. Below, some old favorites from the last iteration of this list, including Union Square Doughnuts in Somerville, Mass., GBD in DC and Donut Bar in San Diego. New entries include Missoula, Montana's Treasure State Donuts, District Donuts Sliders Brew in New Orleans, and River Oaks Donut Shop in Houston.

Here is the Eater Doughnut Heatmap, the 18 hottest doughnut shops to have opened across the US in the past year or so. Entries are in alphabetical order; please air your inevitable grievances in the comments.


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1. Blue Star Donuts

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1237 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 265-8410
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A bright and airy bakery in Portland's West End, Blue Star opened last December with a range of creative flavors that stop short of over-the-top. Look for Blueberry Basil Bourbon, Pistachio Cheesecake with Raspberry, Hard Cider Apple Fritters, Meyer Lemon Curd and more. [Photo]

2. Coco Donuts

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10040 West Cheyenne Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
Las Vegas's Coco Donuts (not to be confused with Portland's Coco Donuts) has only been open for two months, but they already have doughnuts for everyone. Plain cake doughnuts for the old school crowd, crullers and bear claws for classicists, a variety of frosting and sprinkles-encrusted options for the kids, and, yes, their own take on the Dominique Ansel's Cronut, which they make in nine flavors. [Photo]

3. District Donuts Sliders Brew

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2211 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
This brand-spankin' new New Orleans cafe is a multi-tasker: they serve doughnuts and coffee, but also sliders and beer. Flavors veer towards the wild side, including a sriracha/maple/thyme and, since this is Who Dat country, a Black & Gold doughnut with Lazy Magnolia Stout glaze, chocolate covered chips & bacon. [Photo]

4. Donut Bar

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631 B St
San Diego, CA 92101
(310) 625-5571
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San Diego's Donut Bar was on the last iteration of this map, but they're still killing it. Word is even Brad Pitt's a fan; they renamed the apple fritter he ordered recently the "Brad Fritt-er." [Photo]

5. Firecakes

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68 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 329-6500
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It's a tough job taking on the doughnut-crazed Chicago market, but someone's got to do it. Firecakes' doughnuts skew more traditional than others on this list, but their chocolate hazelnut long johns and honey glazed takes make the heatmap for the second time this year. [Photo]

6. GBD (Golden Brown Delicious)

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1323 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 524-5210
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Fried chicken and doughnuts are a match made in heaven — or, you know, Washington, DC — where GBD is selling between 2,200 and 2,400 doughnuts per week. The numbers don't lie. [Photo]

7. Glam Doll Donuts

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2605 Nicollet Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 345-7064
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Glam Doll opened in February offering "whimsical" doughnuts like peanut butter sriracha. Also check out their newly launched chicken pot pie doughnut, which is basically exactly what it sounds like. [Photo]

8. Glazed Donut Works

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2644 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-2275
Long lines, check. Doughnut bacon grilled cheese, check. But Eater Dallas editor Whitney Filloon says Glazed Donut Works is becoming known for boozy treats like the "Irish Car Bomb donut: a chocolate-Guinness yeast donut with whipped Bailey's filling and Jameson-chocolate ganache. It's why some people in the neighborhood have begun calling it 'Drunkin' Donuts.'" [Photo]

9. Gourdough's Public House

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2700 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 912-9070
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On a list packed with doughnut shops, is Gourdough's the only doughnut restaurant? Born of a food truck, Gourdough's Public House offers entrees like doughnut burgers, chicken and doughnut dumplings, doughnut po' boys, and, um, doughnut salads. [Photo]

10. Johnny Doughnuts

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1617 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 450-1866
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Johnny Doughnuts is both a bake shop in San Rafael and a mobile truck that occasionally ventures as far as San Francisco. Look out for peach berry bismarcks, wild blueberry, morning buns, classic glazed options, and the elusive "Sprinkly Big Guys." [Photo]

11. Kettle Glazed Doughnuts

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6211 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-2344
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Kettle Glazed is another place you can get "croissant-style" doughnuts (aka Cronut knockoffs), but they come in a multitude of flavors: pistachio, dark chocolate orange, pumpkin spice and more. They also sell something called a cruffin. West coast king of the hybrid pastries? [Photo]

12. Mojo Donuts

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7906 Pembroke Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33025
(954) 983-6631
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Mojo goes for the pretty in their doughnut styling, with tons of sprinkled options and candy-topped confections. If you're looking for seasonally decorative doughnuts, Mojo's your place. [Photo]

13. Monuts Donuts

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110 E Parrish St
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 449-6786
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Durham's Monuts developed out of a farmers' market stand that grew insanely popular. Look for flavors like chocolate earl grey and farmers' market fruit frosted, as well as house-made bagels. [Photo]

14. River Oaks Donut Shop

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3601A Westheimer
Houston, TX 77028
(713) 961-9458
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A lot of the bakeries on this list make doughnuts. So does River Oaks, in addition to a selection of kolaches. But they also sell gigantic birthday cake-sized doughnuts. This is Texas, after all. [Photo]

15. Strange Donuts

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2709 Sutton Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63143
(314) 932-5851
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Strange Donuts offers six classic and six "creative" selections each day (inspired by "new tastes and wild styles coming from places like Portland, Austin and L.A.," according to their website). They've also paired with Quincy Street Bistro to offer the Strange Hog Burger: "Yeast donut stuffed with hog burger, topped with maple glaze, caramelized onions and pimento cheese whiz !!" [Photo]

16. Treasure State Donuts

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400 E Broadway St
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 541-0002
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Missoula's Treasure State offers flavors that strike a refreshing balance between super traditional and all-out crazy creative. Look for flavors like citrus sage, nutella and lingonberry, and cider doughnuts from local apples. [Photo]

17. Undrgrnd Donuts

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N 33rd St
Philadelphia, PA
Super fresh doughnuts from a truck? Yes, please. Undrgrnd offers the terrifying Red Hots-laden "Cinnamon Challenge" and something called a "Captain Cranky," with strawberry frosting and Captain Crunch cereal. [Photo]

18. Union Square Donuts

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16 Bow St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 209-2257
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Another holdover from the last doughnut heatmap, farmers' market favorite turned brick-and-mortar Union Square Donuts continues to be hugely popular. They're currently offering kits for making doughnut bread pudding and — gulp — doughnut stuffing for the holidays, so place your orders. [Photo]

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1. Blue Star Donuts

1237 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205
A bright and airy bakery in Portland's West End, Blue Star opened last December with a range of creative flavors that stop short of over-the-top. Look for Blueberry Basil Bourbon, Pistachio Cheesecake with Raspberry, Hard Cider Apple Fritters, Meyer Lemon Curd and more. [Photo]
1237 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

2. Coco Donuts

10040 West Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89129
Las Vegas's Coco Donuts (not to be confused with Portland's Coco Donuts) has only been open for two months, but they already have doughnuts for everyone. Plain cake doughnuts for the old school crowd, crullers and bear claws for classicists, a variety of frosting and sprinkles-encrusted options for the kids, and, yes, their own take on the Dominique Ansel's Cronut, which they make in nine flavors. [Photo]
10040 West Cheyenne Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129

3. District Donuts Sliders Brew

2211 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
This brand-spankin' new New Orleans cafe is a multi-tasker: they serve doughnuts and coffee, but also sliders and beer. Flavors veer towards the wild side, including a sriracha/maple/thyme and, since this is Who Dat country, a Black & Gold doughnut with Lazy Magnolia Stout glaze, chocolate covered chips & bacon. [Photo]
2211 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

4. Donut Bar

631 B St, San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego's Donut Bar was on the last iteration of this map, but they're still killing it. Word is even Brad Pitt's a fan; they renamed the apple fritter he ordered recently the "Brad Fritt-er." [Photo]
631 B St
San Diego, CA 92101

5. Firecakes

68 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
It's a tough job taking on the doughnut-crazed Chicago market, but someone's got to do it. Firecakes' doughnuts skew more traditional than others on this list, but their chocolate hazelnut long johns and honey glazed takes make the heatmap for the second time this year. [Photo]
68 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. GBD (Golden Brown Delicious)

1323 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Fried chicken and doughnuts are a match made in heaven — or, you know, Washington, DC — where GBD is selling between 2,200 and 2,400 doughnuts per week. The numbers don't lie. [Photo]
1323 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

7. Glam Doll Donuts

2605 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Glam Doll opened in February offering "whimsical" doughnuts like peanut butter sriracha. Also check out their newly launched chicken pot pie doughnut, which is basically exactly what it sounds like. [Photo]
2605 Nicollet Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

8. Glazed Donut Works

2644 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Long lines, check. Doughnut bacon grilled cheese, check. But Eater Dallas editor Whitney Filloon says Glazed Donut Works is becoming known for boozy treats like the "Irish Car Bomb donut: a chocolate-Guinness yeast donut with whipped Bailey's filling and Jameson-chocolate ganache. It's why some people in the neighborhood have begun calling it 'Drunkin' Donuts.'" [Photo]
2644 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

9. Gourdough's Public House

2700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
On a list packed with doughnut shops, is Gourdough's the only doughnut restaurant? Born of a food truck, Gourdough's Public House offers entrees like doughnut burgers, chicken and doughnut dumplings, doughnut po' boys, and, um, doughnut salads. [Photo]
2700 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

10. Johnny Doughnuts

1617 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901
Johnny Doughnuts is both a bake shop in San Rafael and a mobile truck that occasionally ventures as far as San Francisco. Look out for peach berry bismarcks, wild blueberry, morning buns, classic glazed options, and the elusive "Sprinkly Big Guys." [Photo]
1617 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901

11. Kettle Glazed Doughnuts

6211 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Kettle Glazed is another place you can get "croissant-style" doughnuts (aka Cronut knockoffs), but they come in a multitude of flavors: pistachio, dark chocolate orange, pumpkin spice and more. They also sell something called a cruffin. West coast king of the hybrid pastries? [Photo]
6211 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

12. Mojo Donuts

7906 Pembroke Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33025
Mojo goes for the pretty in their doughnut styling, with tons of sprinkled options and candy-topped confections. If you're looking for seasonally decorative doughnuts, Mojo's your place. [Photo]
7906 Pembroke Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

13. Monuts Donuts

110 E Parrish St, Durham, NC 27701
Durham's Monuts developed out of a farmers' market stand that grew insanely popular. Look for flavors like chocolate earl grey and farmers' market fruit frosted, as well as house-made bagels. [Photo]
110 E Parrish St
Durham, NC 27701

14. River Oaks Donut Shop

3601A Westheimer, Houston, TX 77028
A lot of the bakeries on this list make doughnuts. So does River Oaks, in addition to a selection of kolaches. But they also sell gigantic birthday cake-sized doughnuts. This is Texas, after all. [Photo]
3601A Westheimer
Houston, TX 77028

15. Strange Donuts

2709 Sutton Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63143
Strange Donuts offers six classic and six "creative" selections each day (inspired by "new tastes and wild styles coming from places like Portland, Austin and L.A.," according to their website). They've also paired with Quincy Street Bistro to offer the Strange Hog Burger: "Yeast donut stuffed with hog burger, topped with maple glaze, caramelized onions and pimento cheese whiz !!" [Photo]
2709 Sutton Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63143

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16. Treasure State Donuts

400 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802
Missoula's Treasure State offers flavors that strike a refreshing balance between super traditional and all-out crazy creative. Look for flavors like citrus sage, nutella and lingonberry, and cider doughnuts from local apples. [Photo]
400 E Broadway St
Missoula, MT 59802

17. Undrgrnd Donuts

N 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA
Super fresh doughnuts from a truck? Yes, please. Undrgrnd offers the terrifying Red Hots-laden "Cinnamon Challenge" and something called a "Captain Cranky," with strawberry frosting and Captain Crunch cereal. [Photo]
N 33rd St
Philadelphia, PA

18. Union Square Donuts

16 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143
Another holdover from the last doughnut heatmap, farmers' market favorite turned brick-and-mortar Union Square Donuts continues to be hugely popular. They're currently offering kits for making doughnut bread pudding and — gulp — doughnut stuffing for the holidays, so place your orders. [Photo]
16 Bow St
Somerville, MA 02143

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