Round Rock Donuts
Round Rock, Texas
What started as the Lone Star Bakery more than 85 years ago has grown into a Texas institution. Still made from the first owner’s recipe, the doughnuts are noted for their yellow color (from dough made with fresh eggs) and humble price tag of .69 cents a pop. Haven’t gotten your fill? Dare you to order the “Texas-sized” treat, which weighs two pounds and is approximately the size of twelve regular doughnuts.
Although its location has trotted around Lexington a bit over its 80-plus year history, Spalding’s has stayed true to its process of making yeast doughnuts the traditional way—each cake is cut by hand, allowed to rise on birch-wood boards, deep fried, and glazed to perfection.
Britt’s Donut Shop
Carolina Beach, North Carolina
You will know it’s Britt’s when you see a line of folks crowding the boardwalk in front of this cash-only Carolina Beach institution. Ask anyone queuing up what all the fuss is about, and they’ll tell you the first melt-in-your mouth bite—and a dozen more like it—is worth the wait.
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
With one of the best names in the biz, TatoNut has been frying up dough made from potato flour for nearly sixty years. When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the region and made supplies hard to come by, the cooks got resourceful—after cutting out their doughnut shapes, they used the scraps to fry “Katrina Pieces.” The treat proved so popular that the shop still sells them to remind visitors of the town’s resilience.
Long before food celebrity Alton Brown started professing his undying love for Gibson’s every chance he gets (he spoke about their doughnuts with G&G and also went a little nuts when a fan delivered him a box), locals flocked here, guided by the vibrant neon signs glowing out front. Although you can order a round dusted in everything from sprinkles to coconut flakes, take a note from Brown and go for a box of the classic glazed.
JR’s Donut Castle
Parkersburg, West Virginia
On the outside, the building is shaped like a castle. On the inside, it’s got that homey, stool-lined counter and diner feel, with glass cases displaying daily delights—iced, powdered-sugared, and jelly-filled doughnuts. Each night, three delivery trucks make the rounds, delivering this local favorite to shops, schools, hospitals, and churches in the area.
And if none of these spots are near you, your local Krispy Kreme (which first opened in 1937 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) offers one free doughnut to every visitor on National Doughnut Day, June 2.