On the food and travel site, Thrillist, a doughnut shop in Durham made their list of
’33 Best Donut Shops in America.’ Maybe you spell it ‘doughnut’ or ‘donut’ but we can all agree people do LOVE their doughnuts in North Carolina. I mean, we practically invented Krispy Kreme.
After reading the list of mouthwatering, glazed, sweet and ooey gooey doughnuts…I couldn’t help but wonder, where else in North Carolina is an AWESOME place to grab a doughnut?
Wondering which shop in Durham made the list? It is listed as number one, and below, you’ll find nine more irresistible shops with sweets and treats to add to your ‘diet cheat day’ regime. Who doesn’t love a good doughnut(donut)!?
1. Monuts Donuts, Durham
Now a lively, and popular bakery and cafe in the heart of Durham, Monuts got its start as a donut stand operating off a tricycle near famers markets. Clearly, Monuts is doing something right with hand-made from scratch donuts. They now also serve sandwiches, bagels, soups, and salads on their ever-changing menu. Congrats on making the top 33 list, Monuts Donuts!
2. Krispy Kreme, Winston-Salem
Now a global phenomenom, Krispy Kreme got its humble beginnings in 1937 in Winston-Salem. Although delicious and decorated, everyone knows glazed is the way to go...with the 'Hot Now' light on.
3. Britt's Donuts, Carolina Beach
Since its inception in 1939, people have been driving across the state..and country, for a bite of a hot donut with a cold glass of milk. Started by the Britt's and the Wrights...Britt's has long been a Carolina Beach Boardwalk sensation. In 1974, Britt's and the tightly guarded secret recipe, were sold to long time employee Bobby Nivens. While the 'recipe' remains a secret...some speculate it is the unique mix of ingredients for the glaze that makes them oh so good! Britt's even claims to convert non donut lovers to joyous donut fans.
4. Vortex Doughnuts, Asheville
Being the 'hippest' city in North Carolina, it's no wonder this swanky, modern, locally-sourced doughnut shop is among the best in the state. Vortex uses all-natural, North Carolina ingredients, made from scratch each morning. Not to mention the flavors and unique combinations change to accomodate the seasons, and maybe just your mood. It is nice to know exactly where your morning doughnut comes from. The flavor combinations are so ridiculous they're basically AWESOME.
5. MJ Donuts, Pineville
MJ's has been called, 'the best donut in Charlotte.' While just outside of Charlotte, Yelp users claim it is WORTH the drive to try the unique arrangement of donuts.
6. Baker's Dozen Donuts, Raleigh
Called a 'patch of heaven' in reviews, Baker's Dozen in Raleigh brings a much-needed homestyle selection to the Capitol city.
7. Duck Donuts, Outer Banks
This delicious donut chain along the Outer Banks is SO good, it has now made its reach into Virginia. The owners started Duck Donuts after many visits to the Outer Banks...and the lack of fresh donuts to accompany their morning cup o' joe. Duck Donuts are fresh, and made-to-order. Stop by on your next vacation!
8. Granny's Old Fashioned Donuts, Aberdeen
Granny's is shyly located, and a bit hard to find, in the town of Aberdeen. It has been said, by Our State Magazine, "Granny's Old Fashion Donuts feels like someone's back porch." You can't go wrong with these down-home sweet concoctions. Donut aficionados everywhere, rejoice!
9. Donut World, Greensboro
At Donut World, the apple fritters are out of this world! Now a chain with stores spread throughout the piedmont, Donut World is family owned and operated. Their interesting flavor combinations, like the buttermilk donut, make them hard to resist on your morning commute.
10. Rise Biscuits and Donuts, Durham
Bringing this list full circle, Durham's donut competition is heatin' up with Rise. The donut selections change daily...meaning you can always be surprised with something new. Not to the mention the biscuits are amazing, yummy, and served hot n' fresh each day.