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Super-chewy mochi doughnuts from the Sweet Boutique Bakery in Sugar Land
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Where to Eat Houston's Finest Doughnuts

Where to eat only the best fried dough

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Super-chewy mochi doughnuts from the Sweet Boutique Bakery in Sugar Land
| Anthony Dinh for the Sweet Boutique Bakery

Doughnuts are pretty much a year-round food. Whether it's 100 degrees outside or freezing cold, a piping hot round of sweet fried dough is always totally satisfying.

Fortunately for pastry enthusiasts, Clutch City has plenty of excellent options for satisfying a hankering for a long john, eclair, or cruller. Whether in search of something simple like the worth-the-drive blueberry cake doughnut at Galveston's Home Cut Donuts or a selection of wacky toppings, these 13 excellent doughnut purveyors will definitely fit the bill.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Shipley Do-Nuts

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3410 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 682-4343
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With over 200 locations in the state, this iconic Texas chain got its start in Houston in the mid-1930s and has been going strong ever since. It’s a well-known Houston fact that not all Shipley Do-Nuts locations are the same, and this outpost off Ella Boulevard, where each doughnut is still fried to order, truly stands out.

2. Hugs & Donuts

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1901 N Shepherd Dr Ste 4
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 806-9267
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This cute Heights shop serves up pure comfort in the form of its fluffy and moist doughnuts, available in creative flavors like green tea coconut, decadent chocolate toffee latte, and s’mores.

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3. Queen Donut

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1806 W 18th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 869-2335

A neighborhood joint with a cult following, fans of Queen Donut swear by this no-frills shop’s warm and impossibly light glazed doughnuts and jalapeño sausage kolaches.

Queen Donut

4. Voodoo Doughnut

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3715 Washington Ave Suite A
Houston, TX 77007
(346) 802-3138
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Now home to two locations of this West Coast chain, Voodoo was an immediately popular addition to Houston’s doughnut scene. It can sometimes be hit or miss — sometimes the wacky concoctions are a little too wacky, but there are some serious winners on the menu. Consider the spicy Ring of Fire, a chocolate donut dusted with cinnamon and cayenne pepper, and garnished with a dried red chili right in the center.

5. Christy's Donuts & Kolaches

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1103 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 524-4005

This Montrose mom-and-pop serves warm, melt-in-the-mouth classics like sweet glazed, Bavarian cream filled, and fruity, airy pockets of fried perfection. The menu here is no-frills, but a solid destination for any morning pastry craving.

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6. River Oaks Donut Shop

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3601 Westheimer Rd Ste A
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 961-9458
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This cute doughnut destination packs a serious flavor punch, with options ranging from pastries stuffed with Nutella, lemon, or chocolate cappuccino filling. Syrupy apple fritters and a rotating cast of cronuts will make any Monday morning a whole lot easier.

7. Tinys Milk and Cookies

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3636 Rice Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 352-3086
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The West U. spot maintains a steady line of devotees often wrapping around the establishment and down the street. But don’t let the wait be a deterrent - at the end of the line, there are pastries galore, including thick and decadent doughnuts available in the morning. Made fresh daily, there’s a limited menu of chocolate, white with sprinkles and donut holes that tend to sell out quickly.

8. Just Rising Donut Shop

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7210 Lawndale St # B
Houston, TX 77012
(832) 670-1318

The red velvet doughnut at this homey shop will totally upend any doughnut snob’s expectations of a proper doughnut. Somehow both fluffy and dense, the bakers here put tons of love into this decadent dough. Not feeling red velvet? Keep it classic with a glazed or Bavarian cream, and don’t sleep on the apple fritter — it’s top notch.

9. Glazed The Doughnut Cafe

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1333 Old Spanish Trl Ste 100-E
Houston, TX 77054
(281) 728-1288
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For a slew of seriously over-the-top dough rounds, stop into the Medical Center’s doughnut haven to dig into Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Cocoa Puff topped doughnut. Also of note is the sweet glazed Macon doughnut, sprinkled with crushed bacon and the Zebra, drizzled with chocolate, caramel and vanilla icing.

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10. Best Donuts

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5869 S Braeswood Blvd
Houston, TX 77096
(713) 723-0305

Fresh, consistent and with an assortment of colorful glazed, cream-filled, and cake doughnuts, this Westbury neighborhood gem is usually packed with local fans. The shop also whips up custom orders for alphabet donuts perfect for parties. For patrons not looking to step out into the world just yet, there’s a super-convenient drive-thru.

11. The Sweet Boutique Bakery

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2270 Lone Star Dr
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(281) 302-5374
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Head to this Sugar Land spot for freshly baked mochi doughnuts, made at the Sweet Boutique daily. Made with rice flour and coconut milk, these doughnuts are gluten-free and boast a seriously chewy consistency that pairs perfectly with flavors like Vietnamese coffee or pistachio-rose.

12. Pena's Donut Heaven & Grill

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11601 Shadow Creek Pkwy Ste 103
Pearland, TX 77584
(713) 340-3231
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Brisket makes literally everything better, and donuts are no exception. Here, owner Ryan Pena smashes a hefty portion of brisket between two glazed donuts and tops with pickles, onions, and sauce. Fan of cronuts? Don’t miss this one.

13. Home Cut Donuts

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6807 Stewart Rd
Galveston, TX 77551
(409) 744-8887

Okay, it's technically in Galveston, but these donuts are definitely worth a drive. Get there early, because this local fave fills up quickly with devoted fans and regulars, and its most popular pastries (like the blueberry cake doughnut) sell out quickly.

Trish L./Yelp

1. Shipley Do-Nuts

3410 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77018

With over 200 locations in the state, this iconic Texas chain got its start in Houston in the mid-1930s and has been going strong ever since. It’s a well-known Houston fact that not all Shipley Do-Nuts locations are the same, and this outpost off Ella Boulevard, where each doughnut is still fried to order, truly stands out.

3410 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77018

2. Hugs & Donuts

1901 N Shepherd Dr Ste 4, Houston, TX 77008
Hugs & Donuts

This cute Heights shop serves up pure comfort in the form of its fluffy and moist doughnuts, available in creative flavors like green tea coconut, decadent chocolate toffee latte, and s’mores.

1901 N Shepherd Dr Ste 4
Houston, TX 77008

3. Queen Donut

1806 W 18th St, Houston, TX 77008
Queen Donut

A neighborhood joint with a cult following, fans of Queen Donut swear by this no-frills shop’s warm and impossibly light glazed doughnuts and jalapeño sausage kolaches.

1806 W 18th St
Houston, TX 77008

4. Voodoo Doughnut

3715 Washington Ave Suite A, Houston, TX 77007

Now home to two locations of this West Coast chain, Voodoo was an immediately popular addition to Houston’s doughnut scene. It can sometimes be hit or miss — sometimes the wacky concoctions are a little too wacky, but there are some serious winners on the menu. Consider the spicy Ring of Fire, a chocolate donut dusted with cinnamon and cayenne pepper, and garnished with a dried red chili right in the center.

3715 Washington Ave Suite A
Houston, TX 77007

5. Christy's Donuts & Kolaches

1103 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
Christy's

This Montrose mom-and-pop serves warm, melt-in-the-mouth classics like sweet glazed, Bavarian cream filled, and fruity, airy pockets of fried perfection. The menu here is no-frills, but a solid destination for any morning pastry craving.

1103 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019

6. River Oaks Donut Shop

3601 Westheimer Rd Ste A, Houston, TX 77027

This cute doughnut destination packs a serious flavor punch, with options ranging from pastries stuffed with Nutella, lemon, or chocolate cappuccino filling. Syrupy apple fritters and a rotating cast of cronuts will make any Monday morning a whole lot easier.

3601 Westheimer Rd Ste A
Houston, TX 77027

7. Tinys Milk and Cookies

3636 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005

The West U. spot maintains a steady line of devotees often wrapping around the establishment and down the street. But don’t let the wait be a deterrent - at the end of the line, there are pastries galore, including thick and decadent doughnuts available in the morning. Made fresh daily, there’s a limited menu of chocolate, white with sprinkles and donut holes that tend to sell out quickly.

3636 Rice Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005

8. Just Rising Donut Shop

7210 Lawndale St # B, Houston, TX 77012

The red velvet doughnut at this homey shop will totally upend any doughnut snob’s expectations of a proper doughnut. Somehow both fluffy and dense, the bakers here put tons of love into this decadent dough. Not feeling red velvet? Keep it classic with a glazed or Bavarian cream, and don’t sleep on the apple fritter — it’s top notch.

7210 Lawndale St # B
Houston, TX 77012

9. Glazed The Doughnut Cafe

1333 Old Spanish Trl Ste 100-E, Houston, TX 77054
Glazed

For a slew of seriously over-the-top dough rounds, stop into the Medical Center’s doughnut haven to dig into Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Cocoa Puff topped doughnut. Also of note is the sweet glazed Macon doughnut, sprinkled with crushed bacon and the Zebra, drizzled with chocolate, caramel and vanilla icing.

1333 Old Spanish Trl Ste 100-E
Houston, TX 77054

10. Best Donuts

5869 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096

Fresh, consistent and with an assortment of colorful glazed, cream-filled, and cake doughnuts, this Westbury neighborhood gem is usually packed with local fans. The shop also whips up custom orders for alphabet donuts perfect for parties. For patrons not looking to step out into the world just yet, there’s a super-convenient drive-thru.

5869 S Braeswood Blvd
Houston, TX 77096

11. The Sweet Boutique Bakery

2270 Lone Star Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Head to this Sugar Land spot for freshly baked mochi doughnuts, made at the Sweet Boutique daily. Made with rice flour and coconut milk, these doughnuts are gluten-free and boast a seriously chewy consistency that pairs perfectly with flavors like Vietnamese coffee or pistachio-rose.

2270 Lone Star Dr
Sugar Land, TX 77479

12. Pena's Donut Heaven & Grill

11601 Shadow Creek Pkwy Ste 103, Pearland, TX 77584

Brisket makes literally everything better, and donuts are no exception. Here, owner Ryan Pena smashes a hefty portion of brisket between two glazed donuts and tops with pickles, onions, and sauce. Fan of cronuts? Don’t miss this one.

11601 Shadow Creek Pkwy Ste 103
Pearland, TX 77584

13. Home Cut Donuts

6807 Stewart Rd, Galveston, TX 77551
Trish L./Yelp

Okay, it's technically in Galveston, but these donuts are definitely worth a drive. Get there early, because this local fave fills up quickly with devoted fans and regulars, and its most popular pastries (like the blueberry cake doughnut) sell out quickly.

6807 Stewart Rd
Galveston, TX 77551

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