By Crystal Hessong

Donuts, or doughnuts, are a breakfast treat and meeting staple for many, but these fried pastries go beyond the stale concoctions offered in convenience stores. Nothing beats the sweet flavor of a freshly made donut, and while Shipley Donuts, founded in Houston, remains a favorite for many, there are several places that give this local chain a run for its money. If you’re willing to break from your breakfast rut of donuts from the same places, maybe it’s time to try some of these hot donut spots around town.

River Oaks Donuts
3601 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77027
(713) 961-9458

Since its founding, River Oaks Donuts has been famed for turning out fresh, flavorful donuts every morning. This is a place where you can get comforting, simple glazed yeast-raised donut or something more creative. It’s the unusual flavors on the menu that make River Oaks Donuts a standout. Where else can you get red velvet donut holes, a chocolate donut with Reeses peanut butter cups or a maple jalapeno-bacon donut? If you call ahead, you can take advantage of the standouts of this donut shop such as the alphabet donuts, the Texas-sized donut or a donut hole tower. The donut hole towers are perfect stand-ins for cake at special events from birthdays to weddings.

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Pena’s Donut Heaven & Grill
11601 Shadow Creek Pkwy, Ste 103,
Pearland, Texas 77584
(713) 340-3231

Though there may be many places around town to serve the croissant-donut hybrid, Pena’s was the first to introduce this treat to Houstonians and called it the dosant. Located in Pearland, Pena’s Donut Heaven and Grill is still easily accessible from 288. Not only can you get great donuts at Pena’s you can also purchase hamburgers and other lunch items. With donuts and hamburger patties in the same restaurant, Pena’s is one of the few places around town to satisfy your sweet and salty teeth at the same time with a donut burger. Just as you’d expect, it’s a hamburger patty with cheese that uses a donut in lieu of a bun. Donut flavors include Froot Loop donuts, Oreo donuts, and maple bacon donuts. To see which gourmet and regular donut flavors, call the store the day you intend to go. Like many places, flavors may change on a regular basis.

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Glazed The Doughnut Café
1333 Old Spanish Trail
Houston Texas 77054
(281) 402-1868

Who says you can’t have strawberry cheesecake or death by chocolate for breakfast? Certainly not Glazed The Doughnut Café. Here, you can get these donuts and many others, but it’s the donut sandwiches that stand out. Yes, donut burgers have been done, but what about a grilled cheese sandwich or a fried chicken sandwich made with donuts instead of buns? These are just a couple of things on the menu that will tempt your taste buds. There are two locations so check out either the Memorial or Medical Center site.

Hugs And Donuts
1901 N. Shepherd, Suite 4
Houston, Texas 77008
(713) 485-6443

Hugs and Donuts in the Heights is renowned for its gourmet donuts in intriguing flavors. This is one of the few places around town that has as many different flavors of cake donuts as yeast donuts. The menu includes rotating flavors, so call ahead to see if your favorite is being served that day. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the tres leches donut, the hibiscus cake donut with mango or the Biscoff cookie butter yeast donut. Kolaches are another draw, and there is even a savory vegetarian kolache, which is rare when most kolaches around town are made with either meat or fruit.

Christy’s Donuts
1103 W Gray St
Houston, Texas 77019
(713) 524-4005

Though Christy’s Donuts in Montrose does not serve the flashiest donuts, what it does have are consistently good and cheap donuts that make this a draw for those living and working in the surrounding area. It’s not uncommon to see a line out the door in the morning when hot donuts are sold. The donuts themselves are light and fluffy, as is the bread surrounding the kolaches. Despite the delicious donuts, prices at Christy’s remain lower than most other donut shops. If you’ve never been to Christy’s you should stop here on your next trip to the Montrose area.