Whether you like them yeasted or cakey, donuts (doughnuts?) are the breakfast of champions. Donuts have evolved beyond the basic glazed variety, and flavors have gotten out of control in the best way.
Top Donuts in Atlanta
Now, trendy spots are taking donuts to the next level, and Atlanta has some of the best joints in the southern U.S. for celebrating National Donut Day on June 4.
Locally owned and operated, Doughnut Dollies puts love and care into each donut. Every pastry, glaze, and filling is made in-house with organic ingredients when possible. The yeast donuts are made with 24-hour brioche dough, and the cake donuts are rolled fresh every morning. The eponymous "Dollie" uses the brioche dough and is then glazed with creme brûlée and brûléed sugar. Combine sweet and salty with the "Mikey," which is glazed in espresso cream and topped with maple bacon. If you're not into sweets, the savory cheddar poblano cornbread donut is for you. Gluten-free and vegan flavors are available.
Revolution Doughnuts & Coffee
The doughs, glazes, and fillings at Revolution Doughnuts are natural, trans-fat free, and made by hand. Since it uses premium ingredients and seasonal produce, the menu is always fresh and inviting. There are plenty of vegan options and items for those sensitive to gluten, dairy, or eggs. You can order classic flavors like vanilla bean, cinnamon sugar, raspberry sprinkle, and blackout cake. There are also more adventurous flavors like mint julep (vegan yeasted donut with a bourbon glaze infused with crushed mint leaves) and strawberry rose pistachio. Savory palates should opt for the gruyere-topped "Crunchy Mister" filled with bechamel and black forest ham.
Dutch Monkey Doughnuts
Dutch Monkey Doughnuts is currently open for drive-thru and takeout only due to the pandemic, but it's still crushing the donut game even without dine-in. These donuts are so good Dutch Monkey won the first episode of Food Network's Doughnut Showdown back in 2013. The menu is posted daily on the website, so guests know what fresh creations the chefs have thought up. A staple flavor and local favorite is the "Not Samoa," a play on the coconut, chocolate, caramel goodness of the girl scout cookie. "Margarita Iced" has a tangy lime glaze that's just right for summer weather.
What could be better than donuts and ice cream? Scream'n Nuts is the Alpharetta small-batch creamery and donuttery bringing this joyous food combo to the area. The bakers lovingly refer to themselves as mad scientists because they are constantly concocting wild flavors. Nothing is too outlandish. Top a chocolate-glazed donut with a whole cannoli? Sure! Lucky charms? No problem. A scoop of house-made ice cream? You bet. The king cake donut comes topped with green, purple, and yellow sprinkles and a somewhat terrifying baby figurine, but it's all in good fun.
Owner Melissa Rudd is a self-taught cook who grew up making donuts with her mother and continues that tradition with her boys. DaVinci's Donuts is a way to share her love of donuts and her Italian heritage with the community. There are plenty of traditional flavor offerings like maple bacon, salted caramel, and Boston cream. Some of the more interesting flavors include crunchy Oreos, Samoa, and coffee chips. If you can't find the perfect flavor, go for the customizable option. There are plenty of glazes and toppings to choose from, so you can get really wild with your personalized donut.
There are two Atlanta Sublime Doughnuts locations and even a far-flung Thailand outpost. These heavenly donuts have been featured on Food Network, Cooking Channel, The Chew, and in Food & Wine. Founder Kamal Grant joined the Navy after high school, and it gave him the opportunity to taste food from around the world. These flavors stayed with him through his time at the CIA (culinary school, not spy agency), where he focused on high-end desserts. Thank goodness he did because now Atlanta residents can savor white chocolate peach, dulce de Leche, Butterfinger, and red velvet cake donuts. The "A-Town Cream" and "A-Town Mocha" are A-shaped flavor salutes to the city.