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Donuts, warm and covered in a thick, sweet glaze (and sometimes bright, colorful sprinkles!), are probably the most popular breakfast treat, and they are definitely one of our favorite weekend splurges (in fact, check out all the donut recipes right here on Kitchen Concoctions!)!
Updated March 2020 as part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s annual #ATXBestEats Best Places to Eat in Austin City Guide, I’m dishin’ about some of the Best Donuts in Austin, Texas that WE love and ones that are on our bucket list, because let’s face it, one can never grow tired of donuts!
Best Donuts in Austin, Texas:
Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts: (pictured above) 75 1/2 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (the original location) and 120 N Loop Blvd E, Austin, TX 78751
If you blink you might miss this tiny pink food truck hidden amongst the trees and bars of Rainey Street, but stopping by this little food truck and waiting for a bag of warm Mini Cinnamon Sugar Donuts or (served with flavorful dipping sauces like chocolate and caramel) is just the treat one needs after grabbing some drinks or late night dinner on Rainey Street.
Round Rock Donuts: 106 W Liberty St, Round Rock, TX 78664
This famous donut shop located in the Austin suburbs of Round Rock, Texas has been dishin’ up golden donuts since 1926 and has been featured on countless TV shows and online media channels. In addition to serving up its classic golden-orange glazed Round Rock donut (it’s golden color coming from the egg yolks of premium eggs used in the secret dough recipe), this donut shop also serves a Texas size version of its infamous donut, weighing in at 2 pounds!
In addition to the World Famous Glazed Round Rock Donut other recommended donuts include the Applesauce Cake Donut and Blueberry Cake Donut. (pictured above: the Classic Orange Glazed Donut and the Blueberry Cake Donut.
Pro Tip: Round Rock Donuts is super popular and it may be difficult to find parking. The shop has a small parking lot located on the left side of the building, where the drive through is located, but I recommend parking in the available street parking a few blocks south of the donut shop in Downtown Round Rock.
Also, there is usually always a line on the weekends, some weekdays too, but don’t be alarmed, as the line almost always moves quickly.
While there are some picnic tables outside the donut shop, there is no seating inside and therefore I suggest on the weekend to plan to take your donuts to go and eat them elsewhere. They do offer drive through, but it can also get backed up and hard to navigate.
Wheatsville Food Co-op: 3101 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 and 4001 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
One of my favorite “Best Donuts in Austin, Texas” used to be Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery, that sold vegan donuts at shops and farmer’s markets around Austin. Not only were these donuts delicious, they were vegan, so anyone and everyone could eat them (seriously they had a loyal following of both vegans and non-vegans alike).
Sadly, Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery closed, but luckily, they sold their equipment, recipes, etc. to Wheatsville Food Co-op to continue producing delicious vegan donuts that just so happen to be found in a grocery store!
My favorite flavors are the maple glazed and coffee glazed (in the picture above), but they also have classic glazed, chocolate and vanilla glazed (with and without sprinkles) and occasionally other seasonal flavors.
Gourdough’s: Multiple locations including 2700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (Public House) and 1503 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (food truck)
Tourists and locals alike flock to this Austin landmark to devour “big fat donuts”. While their loaded “knife and fork” sweet donuts, available at their food truck, are a donut lover’s dream, if you want to take your donut love to the next level you must pay a visit to their Public House (brick and mortar location) to try a whole slew of donut concoctions, from Donut Burgers (where hamburgers are served on donut “buns”) to Donut Chicken and Dumplings.
Our favorite dessert donuts include Granny’s Pie (with Caramel, Pecans, Bananas and Graham Crackers) and the Black Out (Brownie Batter, Fudge Icing and Chocolate Covered Brownie Bites) a.ka. the chocolate lover’s dream donut (pictured above).
Pro Tip: The Gourdough’s food truck is cash only.
Bougie’s Donuts & Coffee: 5400 Brodie Ln, Sunset Valley, TX 78745
The south Austin Bougie’s Donuts & Coffee, has a large, dedicated fan base. With unique drink and coffee selections, like a lavender latte and dirty horchata (pictured above), and delicious, flavorful fried treats like blueberry fritters and maple blueberry donuts, this donut shop is too good to pass up!
Bougie’s specializes in cake donuts, which, personally, is my favorite type of donut, so I like pretty much all their donut options, but their fresh, seasonal donuts, including the Lemon Lavender Donut (pictured above) and Carrot Cake Donut are my go to choice when available.
Pro Top: Bougie’s offers gluten free donuts.
Voodoo Doughnut: 212 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
This world-famous Portland doughnut shop finally opened a location in the heart of downtown in 2015. Dishing up classic Voodoo doughnuts like the Voodoo doll doughnut and doughnuts topped with popular childhood breakfast cereals like Captain Crunch, Froot Loops, and Coco Puffs, Voodoo Doughnuts has won over Austin locals.
Fun Fact: Voodoo Doughnuts is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. And if you are looking to get hitched, well, they have a variety of wedding packages available for all those doughnut loving bride and grooms.
Pro Tip: This is a cash only shop.
Uncle Nicky’s Italian Specialties: 4222 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751
Farely new to the Austin food scene is Uncle Nicky’s Italian Specialties, an Italian style cafe featuring classic northern Italian cuisine, like gelato, pork meatballs with a marsala cream sauce and Prosciutto Cotto and Mozzarella Sandwiches. But what’s getting some of the best reviews are the bombolone (Italian filled doughnuts), crullers and cannoncinos (cream horns).
La Pâtisserie: 602 W Annie St Austin, TX 78704 AND 7301 Burnet Road Ste 102 Austin, Texas 78757
La Pâtisserie is another local bakery known for their made from scratch colorful macarons as well as sweet and savory croissants. It’s no wonder their doughnut/croissant/brioche mashup, known as Crobrios a.k.a Cronuts is widely popular amongst locals!
KC Donuts: 8106 Brodie Ln Austin, TX 78745
This south Austin donut shop serves classic donuts as well as dishes up fun donuts for every holiday.
Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery: 4909 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery has been frying up quality classic donuts almost 24/7 since 1948. Since unlike most donut shops, Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery serves donuts all night long, this donut shop is a favorite among locals when a late-night donut craving hits.
Angel Donuts & Treats: 8300 North FM 620, Building A, Suite 200 Austin, Texas 78726
This west Austin donut shop features a variety of regular, gluten free and vegan donuts, including flavors like Strawberry, Red Velvet and Maple Bacon, as well as other baked goods like French Macarons, Cake Balls and even Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches. This shop also offers a variety of hot and cold coffee drinks and Bubble Tea.
Master Donuts: 6100 E Riverside Dr Ste 103 Austin, TX 78741
This East Austin donut shop not only serves classic and fun donuts, like donuts topped with chopped candy bars, they also create custom donut messages using alphabet shaped donuts. What a fun way to say “Happy Birthday” to a co-worker or “I Love You” to your spouse! Contact them to order your custom donut message!
This guide to the Best Donuts in Austin, Texas is part of the 2020 AFBA City Guide. Want to know ALL the BEST eats in Austin, Texas from local area foodies? Check out the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s City Guide for the best eats in town!
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