Sometimes there’s nothing better than enjoying a soft, sugary, ooey gooey donut with your morning coffee or as an anytime dessert. Luckily, Charlotte has some great donut shops in the area that will satisfy your sweet tooth in an instant. Hit up one of these awesome locations the next time you need your morning sugar rush. We promise your taste buds will be delighted and you’ll be coming back for a sweet treat every weekend!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Joe's Doughs
Joe's Doughs is a funky little donut shop located at the edge of NoDa neighborhood on North Davidson Street. Known to create colorful and unique flavor combinations, Joe's donuts look as cool as the graffiti logo scrawled across the building - they taste fantastic too!
All donut creations use fresh, local ingredients and the donuts are made in small batches, so the flavors available rotate every hour.
No matter what time of day you walk into Joe's you will find a hot, fresh donut served in seconds. Favorites on the menu include a Mint Chocolate Chip Donut, a Chicken and Waffles Donut and a Cookies and Cream Donut. Joe's Doughs also features a certain type of "cereal donut" each day that has icing and some kind of breakfast cereal pieces on top. We've seen Lucky Charms Donuts, Coca Puffs Donuts or even Fruity Pebbles Donuts.
Joe's Doughs is located at 1721 N. Davidson St., Charlotte, NC 28206.
2. Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme is a North Carolina staple, as the first Krispy Kreme donut shop was opened in 1937 right up the road from Charlotte in Winston-Salem, NC. Krispy Kreme's original business model was as a wholesaler that was selling to grocery store chains in the Piedmont area. However, the smell of freshly baked donuts quickly filled the air around the shop each morning and drew in individual customers wanting to purchase donuts. This is how the infamous Krispy Kreme "Hot Now" sign came to be.
The shop owner cut a hole in an outside wall of the shop and started selling donuts to the public. When the sign was lit up reading "Hot Now" customers would know the donuts were ready for purchase.
Krispy Kreme is most famous for its signature glazed donut.
The recipe has been the same since 1945. When served hot, the soft, fried dough paired with a sticky, sweet glaze on top will melt in your mouth and delight your taste buds. Krispy Kreme is one of our great state's awesome contributions to society So if you haven't tried one of these palate pleasing treats, head out to your neighborhood Krispy Kreme as soon as possible!
Cotswold Location: 119 N. Sharon Amity Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211
Matthews Location: 9301 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews, NC 28105
3. Duck Donuts
Duck Donuts is a fantastic little donut shop located in Dilworth neighborhood. This shop also originated in the Tar Heel state down in Duck, North Carolina on the Outer Banks. After finding great success serving beach goers at the Outer Banks, Duck Donuts expanded across the state eventually bringing its tasty goodness to our Queen City.
The donuts at Duck Donuts look just as good as they taste, as they are all artfully decorated with icing, sprinkles, and toppings.
One of the local favorites is the Maple Icing Donut with Chopped Bacon. You may think this flavor sounds weird, but the combination of sweet maple syrup and salty bacon is a flavor combination you won't be able to stop thinking about after you try it.
This fall, Duck Donuts has announced an autumn donut lineup which features flavors like Cinnamon Sugar with Chocolate Drizzle, Pumpkin with Graham Cracker and Marshmallow Drizzle and Chocolate Icing with Peanuts and Salted Caramel Drizzle. Make a stop into Duck Donuts the next time you are running errands in Dilworth, or bring the whole family for an amazing treat everyone will enjoy!
Duck Donuts is located at 1710 Kenilworth Ave. #220, Charlotte, NC 28203.
4. Your Mom's Donuts
Your Mom's Donuts is a donut shop in Matthews that serves donuts just like the name says - they’re as good as mom used to make them!
The unique thing about Your Mom's Donuts - aside from the amazing taste - is that they are shaped as squares giving you more of that delicious donut for your dollar.
Your Mom's Donuts are made with all natural, fresh and local ingredients and their flavors change often. A few popular flavors remain on the menu each day, but the shop prides itself in offering customers new flavors on a regular basis. Classic flavors on the menu include Milk and Dark Chocolate Ganache, Vanilla Bean and Salted Caramel. Gourmet Flavors include Gingerbread Glaze with Vanilla Bean Drizzle, Goat Cheese Glaze with Rosemary Walnuts and Lemon with Pistachio. Your Mom's Donuts feature seasonal menus, so head out to Matthews to see what autumn flavors you can look forward to this fall.
Your Mom's Donuts is located at 11025 Monroe Rd., Matthews, NC 28105.
5. Suarez Bakery
Suarez Bakery is a Charlotte favorite located in Park Road Shopping Center. Suarez Bakery has been serving not only donuts, but beautifully decorated cakes, cookies and pastries to the Charlotte community since 1992. Suarez made our list because the donuts behind their counter are to die for and they have one of the coolest donut creations we have ever seen.
Have you ever seen a donut cake?
Now you have! This amazing creation called the Texas Donut Cake was developed by the bakery as an alternative to special occasion cakes. Customers can order a Texas Donut Cake for birthdays, anniversaries and parties and they will receive three layers of the largest donut you have ever seen covered with icing and sprinkles. You have your choice of a chocolate or vanilla donut with any flavored icing or a traditional glaze. This is perfect for people who don't like traditional cake but love donuts and it will feed the whole party. If you're looking for new dessert for your next birthday celebration, pick up a Texas Donut Cake from Suarez Bakery. We know your guests will love it!
Suarez Bakery is located at 4245 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28209.