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The Houston Doughnut Heatmap: Hot Fried Discs To Try NOW

Chocolate frosted or meringue? Hole or without? We've got them all right here.

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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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Hugs & Donuts

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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]

Glazed The Doughnut Cafe

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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]

Christy's Donuts & Kolaches

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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]

Home Cut Donuts

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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]

Pena's Donut Heaven & Grill

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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]

River Oaks Donut Shop

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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]

Shipley Do-nuts

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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]

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

Pondicheri Bake Lab + Shop

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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.

Hugs & Donuts

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]

Glazed The Doughnut Cafe

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]

Christy's Donuts & Kolaches

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]

Home Cut Donuts

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]

Pena's Donut Heaven & Grill

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]

River Oaks Donut Shop

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]

Shipley Do-nuts

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]

Doughmaker

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

Pondicheri Bake Lab + Shop

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.

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