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Here are 23 of the most buzzed-about specialty doughnut shops across the United States. What follows is a list of spots that have, for the most part, opened over the last twelve months. These include Umami founder Adam Fleischman's doughnut concept inside a concept (& a Donut in Umamicatessen), two brand new fried-chicken-and-doughnut restaurants in Washington, DC (GBD and Astro Doughnuts) and a second location for Philadelphia's iconic chicken-and-doughnut restaurant (Federal Donuts). There's also a scratch-doughnut shop from Portland's Micah Camden (Blue Star Donuts) and plenty of wild flavors and toppings to go around.

Many thanks to the Eater city editors for their nominations. And please remember, these are ordered geographically and not by any other ranking. To the map:


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1. The Holy Donut

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194 Park Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 874-7774
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Portland has a few solid doughnut options, but The Holy Donut is the newcomer that has gotten a lot of buzz. Even Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree let Tom Colicchio try a doughnut when he was lobbying in DC. These are Maine potato doughnuts and flavors include things like bacon and cheddar stuffed doughnuts, tart cherry and more. [Photo]

2. Union Square Donuts

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16 Bow Street
Somerville, Ma
(617) 702-2446
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Somerville's Union Square Donuts is only a few months old and already it has expanded into larger digs to bring even more doughnuts to the people of Boston. The new space reopened on May 3 with delights such as the bourbon salted caramel, maple bacon, chocolate chipotle, orange ginger cream and more. [Photos]

3. The General

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199 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
(212) 271-7101
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New York's EMM Group opened their new Asian restaurant The General earlier this year and, months later, added on a bakery to the front cafe space. The bakery menu includes coffee and "pretzel bombs," but mostly focuses on cereal-inspired doughnuts such as cinnamon toast, coco puffs and fruity pebbles. [Photo]

4. Federal Donuts

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1632 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 687-8258
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Mike Solomonov's Federal Donuts has been inspiring doughnut shops across America for years and just this past fall opened up a second location for its magical combination of fried chicken and doughnuts. (There's also a new stall at the Phillies ballpark.) Doughnut options include strawberry-lavender, Turkish coffee, milk chocolate-peanut butter, and blueberry muffin. [Photo]

5. GBD (Golden Brown Delicious)

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1323 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 524-5210
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Short for Golden Brown Delicious, GBD is the new fried-chicken-and-doughnut shop from DC's popular Neighborhood Restaurant Group. Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac is responsible for these doughnuts, which include a grapefruit campari old-fashioned, key lime curd filled brioche a coffee cake doughnut and more. There's also plenty of fried chicken and booze on hand here. [Photo]

6. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

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1308 G St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 809-5565
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DC has had a bit of a doughnut boom in recent months and Astro Doughnuts is yet another fried-chicken-and-doughnut-centric shop to open so far in 2013. Pastry chef Jason Gehring is behind the doughnuts on this one, options of which include peanut butter and jelly, creme brulee, pina colada, coconut fudge and more. [Photo]]

7. Monuts Donuts

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110 E Parrish St
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 449-6786
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After finding "a devoted following" at local farmers' markets, the News Observer reports that Monuts Donuts got a brick-and-mortar location this year. Among the yeast and cake varieties on the menu here are toasted amaretto, blackberry julep, apple cider and cocoa-cinnamon doughnuts. [Photo]

8. Revolution Doughnuts & Coffee

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908 W College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(678) 927-9920
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Revolution Doughnuts opened in spring of 2012 with the help of a Kickstarter project and instantly became Atlanta's hotspot for a doughnut-and-coffee fix. Revolution offers all kinds of doughnuts, including filled rounds, yeast style, baked cake and cake style with toppings such as salted caramel and buttermilk bar and fillings such as banana cream pie or Nutella cream. They've also got vegan and gluten-free offerings. [Photo]

9. Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts

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481 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-5557
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Though Glazed Gourmet has been open for about a year and a half now, Charleston's hot doughnut shop started testing late-night hours on Fridays earlier this year. And, per Eater Charleston's Katie Abbondanza, it's been going well: doughnuts sell out at Glazed Gourmet no matter the hour. Rotating flavors include raspberry Nutella, lemon old fashioned, Irish car bomb and The Purple Goat, which is a berry goat cheese filled doughnut with a lavender glaze. [Photo]

10. Mojo Donuts

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7906 Pembroke Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, Fl 33025
(954) 983-6631
South Florida — reportedly a little behind in the doughnut craze — got another independent doughnut shop in Mojo Donuts when it opened this past February. Flavors here include Guava n' Cheese, Red Velvet Heaven, Log Cabin Bacon Bars and all sorts of other varieties of glazes and fillings. [Photo]

11. Firecakes

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68 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 329-6500
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Doughnuts have been a thing in Chicago for some time now and Firecakes is the latest gourmet shop to hit the scene earlier this year from restaurateur Jonathan Fox. Firecakes' signature doughnut is the yeast Tahitian vanilla glazed, but other options include the lemon verbena meringue, butterscotch praline and more. [Photo]

12. Glam Doll Donuts

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2605 Nicollet Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 345-7064
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Glam Doll Donuts opened earlier this year, "bringing whimsical donuts back" to Minneapolis, according to Eater Minneapolis. And these are whimsical creations indeed, with flavors including a cake donut with peanut butter and sriracha, a fritter with cheese curd and bacon and multiple bacon-topped options. [Photo]

13. Hypnotic Donuts

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9007 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 668-6999
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A little more than a year old, Hypnotic Donuts is still garnering lots of buzz from Dallas locals, including vegans now that it has begun offering a special vegan menu on Mondays and Tuesdays. Flavors include Evil Elvis and Turtle doughnuts, plus the Sopapilla Loren, which is a glazed doughnut with honey drizzle and topped with cinnamon sugar. [Photo]

14. Gourdough's Public House

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2700 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 912-9070
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One of Austin's many food trucks to go brick-and-mortar, Gourdough's Public House is a restaurant and bar whose tagline is all about the "Big. Fat. Donuts." So while, sure, there are salads and barbecue on the menu, you can also get doughnut sandwiches, doughnut burgers, entrees such as chicken fried steak served atop a doughnut and, naturally dessert doughnuts of all kinds from the Squealing Pig to Salty Balls. [Photo]

15. Dizzy's Donuts

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1606 Conestoga St
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 494-5331
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When Dizzy's Donuts opened this past fall, it provided Boulder once more with its much-needed specialty doughnut fix. The early word was full of raves for these doughnuts which include peanut butter and chocolate, strawberry cheddar, creme brulee and maple glazed bacon among their options. [Photo]

16. America Donut Shop

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3790 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 740-6451
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The America Restaurant at New York-New York recently added a brand new doughnut shop to its entrance because that's an excellent way to be greeted in America. This shop offers a whole host of the classic doughnuts, plus options like a bananas Foster-filled doughnut with chocolate icing and topped with nuts or a Candy Cake doughnut with sprinkles and chopped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups on top. [Photo: Bradley Martin]

17. The Pink Box Doughnuts

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7531 W Lake Mead Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89128
(702) 478-6475
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People have been losing their minds for Pink Box Doughnuts since they opened in December with a menu full of classics and gourmet doughnuts. The latter include Campfire S'mores, German chocolate cake, devil's food with toffee topping, and a Fat Elvis with chocolate ganache and banana peanut butter filling. [Photo]

18. Donut Bar

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631 B St
San Diego, CA 92101
(310) 625-5571
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Donut Bar took San Diego's Financial District by storm back in March with its $1 doughnut deals and variety of flavors. According to Eater San Diego, there are six standard varieties plus one special creation available at all times, including the likes of a blueberry old-fashioned doughnut with Meyer lemon glaze, a brown butter glazed yeast doughnut, and a bourbon maple glazed doughnut with sea salt. [Photo: Doug Gates]

19. Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

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270 E 17th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 887-2910
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Lines have reportedly been out the door for Costa Mesa's new specialty doughnut shop Sidecar, which opened in April after functioning as a pop-up last year. Rotating favors include huckleberry, strawberry basil, and banana Nutella. On Fridays, they add some gluten-free doughnuts into the mix. [Photo]

20. UMAMIcatessen

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852 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 413-8626
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Yes, LA's insane new five-restaurants-in-one concept from Umami founder Adam Fleishman includes a doughnut shop amid its deli and bar offerings. Doughnuts at & a Donut are fried to order and include yeast and cake doughnuts topped with yogurt glaze, tres leches, ceylon cinnamon and german chocolate, plus beignets. [Photo]

21. Doughnut Dolly

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482 49th St, Ste B
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 338-6738
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Doughnut Dolly opened last summer in Oakland and quickly won the hearts of the Bay Area doughnut faithful. The signature flavor here is the "Naughty Cream," with creme fraiche vanilla bean cream, plus there's always a seasonal jam. Rotating flavors include Mexican chocolate, malted coffee cream, bourbon cream and more. [Photo]

22. Blue Star Donuts

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Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 265-8410
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Little Big Burger's Micah Camden and Katie Poppe opened their own scratch-doughnut spot back in December with all sorts of lavish doughnut options. There's the brioche doughnut topped with chocolate ganache and devil's food cake crumbles, old-fashioned buttermilk bars, Valrhona chocolate crunch doughnuts and so much more. [Photo]

23. Top Pot Doughnuts

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1235 Maple Street
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 270-6161
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Though Top Pot has been a Seattle institution for some time now, the doughnut chain is on a major expansion kick and recently opened its first drive-thru location in Issaquah, WA. Top Pot offers all kinds of flavors of all kinds of doughnuts, from old-fashioned to feather boas, plus cake doughnuts in seasonal flavors. [Photo]

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1. The Holy Donut

194 Park Ave, Portland, ME 04101
Portland has a few solid doughnut options, but The Holy Donut is the newcomer that has gotten a lot of buzz. Even Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree let Tom Colicchio try a doughnut when he was lobbying in DC. These are Maine potato doughnuts and flavors include things like bacon and cheddar stuffed doughnuts, tart cherry and more. [Photo]
194 Park Ave
Portland, ME 04101

2. Union Square Donuts

16 Bow Street, Somerville, Ma
Somerville's Union Square Donuts is only a few months old and already it has expanded into larger digs to bring even more doughnuts to the people of Boston. The new space reopened on May 3 with delights such as the bourbon salted caramel, maple bacon, chocolate chipotle, orange ginger cream and more. [Photos]
16 Bow Street
Somerville, Ma

3. The General

199 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
New York's EMM Group opened their new Asian restaurant The General earlier this year and, months later, added on a bakery to the front cafe space. The bakery menu includes coffee and "pretzel bombs," but mostly focuses on cereal-inspired doughnuts such as cinnamon toast, coco puffs and fruity pebbles. [Photo]
199 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

4. Federal Donuts

1632 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Mike Solomonov's Federal Donuts has been inspiring doughnut shops across America for years and just this past fall opened up a second location for its magical combination of fried chicken and doughnuts. (There's also a new stall at the Phillies ballpark.) Doughnut options include strawberry-lavender, Turkish coffee, milk chocolate-peanut butter, and blueberry muffin. [Photo]
1632 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. GBD (Golden Brown Delicious)

1323 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Short for Golden Brown Delicious, GBD is the new fried-chicken-and-doughnut shop from DC's popular Neighborhood Restaurant Group. Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac is responsible for these doughnuts, which include a grapefruit campari old-fashioned, key lime curd filled brioche a coffee cake doughnut and more. There's also plenty of fried chicken and booze on hand here. [Photo]
1323 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

6. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

1308 G St NW, Washington, DC 20004
DC has had a bit of a doughnut boom in recent months and Astro Doughnuts is yet another fried-chicken-and-doughnut-centric shop to open so far in 2013. Pastry chef Jason Gehring is behind the doughnuts on this one, options of which include peanut butter and jelly, creme brulee, pina colada, coconut fudge and more. [Photo]]
1308 G St NW
Washington, DC 20004

7. Monuts Donuts

110 E Parrish St, Durham, NC 27701
After finding "a devoted following" at local farmers' markets, the News Observer reports that Monuts Donuts got a brick-and-mortar location this year. Among the yeast and cake varieties on the menu here are toasted amaretto, blackberry julep, apple cider and cocoa-cinnamon doughnuts. [Photo]
110 E Parrish St
Durham, NC 27701

8. Revolution Doughnuts & Coffee

908 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Revolution Doughnuts opened in spring of 2012 with the help of a Kickstarter project and instantly became Atlanta's hotspot for a doughnut-and-coffee fix. Revolution offers all kinds of doughnuts, including filled rounds, yeast style, baked cake and cake style with toppings such as salted caramel and buttermilk bar and fillings such as banana cream pie or Nutella cream. They've also got vegan and gluten-free offerings. [Photo]
908 W College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

9. Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts

481 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Though Glazed Gourmet has been open for about a year and a half now, Charleston's hot doughnut shop started testing late-night hours on Fridays earlier this year. And, per Eater Charleston's Katie Abbondanza, it's been going well: doughnuts sell out at Glazed Gourmet no matter the hour. Rotating flavors include raspberry Nutella, lemon old fashioned, Irish car bomb and The Purple Goat, which is a berry goat cheese filled doughnut with a lavender glaze. [Photo]
481 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

10. Mojo Donuts

7906 Pembroke Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, Fl 33025
South Florida — reportedly a little behind in the doughnut craze — got another independent doughnut shop in Mojo Donuts when it opened this past February. Flavors here include Guava n' Cheese, Red Velvet Heaven, Log Cabin Bacon Bars and all sorts of other varieties of glazes and fillings. [Photo]
7906 Pembroke Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, Fl 33025

11. Firecakes

68 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60610
Doughnuts have been a thing in Chicago for some time now and Firecakes is the latest gourmet shop to hit the scene earlier this year from restaurateur Jonathan Fox. Firecakes' signature doughnut is the yeast Tahitian vanilla glazed, but other options include the lemon verbena meringue, butterscotch praline and more. [Photo]
68 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610

12. Glam Doll Donuts

2605 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Glam Doll Donuts opened earlier this year, "bringing whimsical donuts back" to Minneapolis, according to Eater Minneapolis. And these are whimsical creations indeed, with flavors including a cake donut with peanut butter and sriracha, a fritter with cheese curd and bacon and multiple bacon-topped options. [Photo]
2605 Nicollet Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

13. Hypnotic Donuts

9007 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
A little more than a year old, Hypnotic Donuts is still garnering lots of buzz from Dallas locals, including vegans now that it has begun offering a special vegan menu on Mondays and Tuesdays. Flavors include Evil Elvis and Turtle doughnuts, plus the Sopapilla Loren, which is a glazed doughnut with honey drizzle and topped with cinnamon sugar. [Photo]
9007 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218

14. Gourdough's Public House

2700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
One of Austin's many food trucks to go brick-and-mortar, Gourdough's Public House is a restaurant and bar whose tagline is all about the "Big. Fat. Donuts." So while, sure, there are salads and barbecue on the menu, you can also get doughnut sandwiches, doughnut burgers, entrees such as chicken fried steak served atop a doughnut and, naturally dessert doughnuts of all kinds from the Squealing Pig to Salty Balls. [Photo]
2700 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

15. Dizzy's Donuts

1606 Conestoga St, Boulder, CO 80301
When Dizzy's Donuts opened this past fall, it provided Boulder once more with its much-needed specialty doughnut fix. The early word was full of raves for these doughnuts which include peanut butter and chocolate, strawberry cheddar, creme brulee and maple glazed bacon among their options. [Photo]
1606 Conestoga St
Boulder, CO 80301

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16. America Donut Shop

3790 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
The America Restaurant at New York-New York recently added a brand new doughnut shop to its entrance because that's an excellent way to be greeted in America. This shop offers a whole host of the classic doughnuts, plus options like a bananas Foster-filled doughnut with chocolate icing and topped with nuts or a Candy Cake doughnut with sprinkles and chopped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups on top. [Photo: Bradley Martin]
3790 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

17. The Pink Box Doughnuts

7531 W Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89128
People have been losing their minds for Pink Box Doughnuts since they opened in December with a menu full of classics and gourmet doughnuts. The latter include Campfire S'mores, German chocolate cake, devil's food with toffee topping, and a Fat Elvis with chocolate ganache and banana peanut butter filling. [Photo]
7531 W Lake Mead Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89128

18. Donut Bar

631 B St, San Diego, CA 92101
Donut Bar took San Diego's Financial District by storm back in March with its $1 doughnut deals and variety of flavors. According to Eater San Diego, there are six standard varieties plus one special creation available at all times, including the likes of a blueberry old-fashioned doughnut with Meyer lemon glaze, a brown butter glazed yeast doughnut, and a bourbon maple glazed doughnut with sea salt. [Photo: Doug Gates]
631 B St
San Diego, CA 92101

19. Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

270 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Lines have reportedly been out the door for Costa Mesa's new specialty doughnut shop Sidecar, which opened in April after functioning as a pop-up last year. Rotating favors include huckleberry, strawberry basil, and banana Nutella. On Fridays, they add some gluten-free doughnuts into the mix. [Photo]
270 E 17th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

20. UMAMIcatessen

852 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Yes, LA's insane new five-restaurants-in-one concept from Umami founder Adam Fleishman includes a doughnut shop amid its deli and bar offerings. Doughnuts at & a Donut are fried to order and include yeast and cake doughnuts topped with yogurt glaze, tres leches, ceylon cinnamon and german chocolate, plus beignets. [Photo]
852 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

21. Doughnut Dolly

482 49th St, Ste B, Oakland, CA 94609
Doughnut Dolly opened last summer in Oakland and quickly won the hearts of the Bay Area doughnut faithful. The signature flavor here is the "Naughty Cream," with creme fraiche vanilla bean cream, plus there's always a seasonal jam. Rotating flavors include Mexican chocolate, malted coffee cream, bourbon cream and more. [Photo]
482 49th St, Ste B
Oakland, CA 94609

22. Blue Star Donuts

Washington St, Portland, OR 97205