No one turns down a gourmet donut, whether it's for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack. In honor of National Donut Day this Friday, June 5, we rounded up seven places in Austin that serve up creative flavors of these coveted confections.
These vegan treats will appeal to all kinds of donut fiends. Specials rotate monthly (with exciting flavors like mango chili lime), and ingredients are selected with careful consideration. The airy and floral vanilla lavender is a favorite standby, but go early because they sell out. Visit website for retail locations, 512-537-8546
At a French-inspired restaurant with a James Beard semi-finalist as pastry chef, you can imagine that laV boasts some exceptional donuts. Their soft, airy brioche donuts are served warm, accompanied by gourmet sauces (like strawberry champagne jam). 1501 E. Seventh St., 512-391-1888
This hidden gem serves up some of the most mouthwatering treats in Austin. One of their more indulgent creations: donut ice cream sandwiches (the ice cream is handmade in-house). The blueberry lemon cheesecake has ice cream made with real lemon zest and cheesecake bites sandwiched between a blueberry cake donut. 8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. A, Ste. 200, 512-330-4825
St. Philip does right by its namesake, the patron saint of pastry chefs, with an array of donut hits. Cakey yet fluffy, donut flavors vary daily and have included blueberry hazelnut, fried milk, and “The Homer Simpson.” 4715 S. Lamar, 512-358-7445
With three locations in Austin, their “everything is better with a donut” attitude has clearly caught on. Try a savory Country Clucker: crispy fried chicken with a potato pancake, creamed corn, and candied jalapenos served atop a piping hot donut. If sweet is more your style, the options are creative and numerous (we love the Ring O’Fire donut with chipotle brownie batter and salted butter caramel sauce). 2700 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-912-9070; 209 W. Fifth St., 512-645-0255; 1503 S. First St. - food truck
How much needs to be said other than “Donut Tower?” A whimsical option to share for two, TRIO's donuts come with a rotating variety of sauces and Mexican vanilla ice cream. 98 San Jacinto Blvd., 512-685-8300
These Texas-sized donuts come in their famous classic glaze with a signature yellow color (from fresh eggs) and a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Smaller sizes and other flavors are available for those who haven’t brought their appetites up to size yet. 106 W. Liberty Ave., Round Rock, 512-255-3629