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The Houston Doughnut Heatmap: Hot Fried Discs To Try NOW

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Doughnuts have come a long way since the traditional "glazed" reigned supreme. We still crave the classics, but Houston is embracing gourmet fried discs in a big way. Thus we bring you the Eater Houston Doughnut Heatmap, featuring relative newcomers and decades-old champions that every local should try. Note: The following doughnut shops are listed alphabetically and are not ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hugs & Donuts

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1901 N Shepherd Dr Ste 4
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 806-9267
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This Heights destination from award-winning food truckers, Matt Opaleski and Jason Hill puts out whimsical concoctions like a lemon curd-filled and meringue-topped wonder. As of June 6th, vegan cake doughnuts roll out, this is officially Houston's go-to for the doughnut connoisseur. The hug is optional.

[Photo: Facebook/Hugs & Donuts]

2. 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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This contemporary shop is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The glass-enclosed open kitchen allows patrons to eye sweet concoctions, while placing orders for favorites like the Samoa (toasted coconut, caramel icing and chocolate ganache) and savory doughnuts, including one inspired by grilled cheese.

[Photo: Yelp/Glazed The Doughnut Cafe]

3. Christy's Donuts & Kolaches

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1103 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 524-4005
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The Montrose local's favorite doesn't follow trends. There's a decent variety and the doughnuts are inexpensive and fresh. Try the pink frosted, the chocolate cake and don't miss the kolaches.

[Photo: Facebook/Christy's Donuts & Kolaches]

4. Home Cut Donuts

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6807 Stewart Road
Galveston, TX 77551
Placing a Galveston spot on a Houston Heatmap might seem a bit of a stretch, but Home Cut Donuts deserves to be on the list. Packed with devoted fans the island shop creates old-school donuts sans frills. Get there early because they sell out of favorites, like their Blueberry Cake Donut fast.

[Photo: Home Cut Donuts]

5. 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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Putting a Brisket Donut on the menu is a bold move by owner Raymond Peña, but that's exactly the type of donut you should expect from this establishment. Peña and his family have been making donuts for over 20 years, and they aren't shy about flavors. Located in Pearland, Peña's donuts are well-worth the drive.

[Photo: Penas Donut Heaven]

6. River Oaks Donut Shop

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3601 Westheimer Rd Ste A
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 961-9458
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Indulgent and inventive. River Oaks Donuts brings a playfulness to gourmet doughnuts. Expect to find ingredients like bacon, jalapeño, and Fruity Pebbles along with traditional options. The pumpkin spice donut holes and plain cake sans glazed are Eater staff favorites.

[Photo: Facebook/River Oaks Donuts]

7. Shipley Do-nuts

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6115 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 869-8622
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It's blasphemous to make a Houston doughnut list without Shipleys. The mammoth chain with over 250 locations began with humble beginnings, serving their very first donut in Houston almost 80 years ago. The doughy and sometimes gummy consistency might not be for everyone, but for most Houstonians, Shipleys is synonymous with the very thought of donuts. Favorite locations vary.

[Photo: The Great American Service Trip]

8. Doughmaker

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Doughnuts on Wheels — look for the dark-gray food truck with gourmet selection of delicious and beautifully decorated doughnuts, as well as locally produced cold-pressed milks and coffees. Expect concoctions like orange pistachio, peach (with a thick slice of roasted peach atop the donut), Vietnamese coffee, toasted coconut caramel, turbinado sugar cinnamon, blueberry lemon and orange blossom-honey pistachio. Best to find them through twitter @DoughmakerHTX

9. Pondicheri Bake Lab + Shop

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2800 Kirby Dr Ste B240
Houston, TX 77098
Climb the stairs above the hip and modern Indian restaurant Pondicheri to the Pondicheri Bake Lab and Shop for a transcendental doughnut, the Gulan Jamun — spiced with mace, cardamom & cinnamon, soaked in rose cardamom syrup and topped with edible flowers. The somewhat hidden Pondicheri Bake Lab and Shop offers modern takes on classic Indian treats in a chic bohemian space.

1. Hugs & Donuts

1901 N Shepherd Dr Ste 4, Houston, TX 77008
This Heights destination from award-winning food truckers, Matt Opaleski and Jason Hill puts out whimsical concoctions like a lemon curd-filled and meringue-topped wonder. As of June 6th, vegan cake doughnuts roll out, this is officially Houston's go-to for the doughnut connoisseur. The hug is optional.

[Photo: Facebook/Hugs & Donuts]

1901 N Shepherd Dr Ste 4
Houston, TX 77008

2. Glazed The Doughnut Cafe

1333 Old Spanish Trl Ste 100-E, Houston, TX 77054
This contemporary shop is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The glass-enclosed open kitchen allows patrons to eye sweet concoctions, while placing orders for favorites like the Samoa (toasted coconut, caramel icing and chocolate ganache) and savory doughnuts, including one inspired by grilled cheese.

[Photo: Yelp/Glazed The Doughnut Cafe]

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

3. Christy's Donuts & Kolaches

1103 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
The Montrose local's favorite doesn't follow trends. There's a decent variety and the doughnuts are inexpensive and fresh. Try the pink frosted, the chocolate cake and don't miss the kolaches.

[Photo: Facebook/Christy's Donuts & Kolaches]

1103 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019

4. Home Cut Donuts

6807 Stewart Road, Galveston, TX 77551
Placing a Galveston spot on a Houston Heatmap might seem a bit of a stretch, but Home Cut Donuts deserves to be on the list. Packed with devoted fans the island shop creates old-school donuts sans frills. Get there early because they sell out of favorites, like their Blueberry Cake Donut fast.

[Photo: Home Cut Donuts]

6807 Stewart Road
Galveston, TX 77551

5. Pena's Donut Heaven & Grill

11601 Shadow Creek Pkwy Ste 103, Pearland, TX 77584
Putting a Brisket Donut on the menu is a bold move by owner Raymond Peña, but that's exactly the type of donut you should expect from this establishment. Peña and his family have been making donuts for over 20 years, and they aren't shy about flavors. Located in Pearland, Peña's donuts are well-worth the drive.

[Photo: Penas Donut Heaven]

11601 Shadow Creek Pkwy Ste 103
Pearland, TX 77584

6. River Oaks Donut Shop

3601 Westheimer Rd Ste A, Houston, TX 77027
Indulgent and inventive. River Oaks Donuts brings a playfulness to gourmet doughnuts. Expect to find ingredients like bacon, jalapeño, and Fruity Pebbles along with traditional options. The pumpkin spice donut holes and plain cake sans glazed are Eater staff favorites.

[Photo: Facebook/River Oaks Donuts]

3601 Westheimer Rd Ste A
Houston, TX 77027

7. Shipley Do-nuts

6115 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
It's blasphemous to make a Houston doughnut list without Shipleys. The mammoth chain with over 250 locations began with humble beginnings, serving their very first donut in Houston almost 80 years ago. The doughy and sometimes gummy consistency might not be for everyone, but for most Houstonians, Shipleys is synonymous with the very thought of donuts. Favorite locations vary.

[Photo: The Great American Service Trip]

6115 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

8. Doughmaker

Houston, TX
Doughnuts on Wheels — look for the dark-gray food truck with gourmet selection of delicious and beautifully decorated doughnuts, as well as locally produced cold-pressed milks and coffees. Expect concoctions like orange pistachio, peach (with a thick slice of roasted peach atop the donut), Vietnamese coffee, toasted coconut caramel, turbinado sugar cinnamon, blueberry lemon and orange blossom-honey pistachio. Best to find them through twitter @DoughmakerHTX

9. Pondicheri Bake Lab + Shop

2800 Kirby Dr Ste B240, Houston, TX 77098
Climb the stairs above the hip and modern Indian restaurant Pondicheri to the Pondicheri Bake Lab and Shop for a transcendental doughnut, the Gulan Jamun — spiced with mace, cardamom & cinnamon, soaked in rose cardamom syrup and topped with edible flowers. The somewhat hidden Pondicheri Bake Lab and Shop offers modern takes on classic Indian treats in a chic bohemian space.
2800 Kirby Dr Ste B240
Houston, TX 77098

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