These days, it seems that donuts are the new cupcakes. They come in dozens of variations, are beautiful enough to post pictures of, and of course, they taste amazing. Almost every Texan has been to Shipley’s, but there are dozens of exquisite specialty shops in and around Houston. Many of these shops have their own unique flair, so you will have to decide what matters most to you. We’ve put together only a small list to help you get started on the quest for your new favorite donut.
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One of the more veteran donut contenders in Houston is Pena’s Donut Heaven & Grill, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Raymond Pena worked in his mother’s donut shop as a child long before he and his wife opened the Donut Heaven & Grill. Two locations are now open in Pearland, which offer favorites like Oreo and maple bacon. Pena’s also offers an extensive grill menu.
What used to be the food truck “Htown strEATS” now operates as the brick and mortar shop “Hugs & Donuts”. Their food truck still operates under the name “Luv Me Tenders”. Want a fresh donut delivered to your door? Hugs & Donuts uses Doordash and Ubereats for delivery seven days a week, and they’re open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Also on weekends, Hugs & Donuts offers savory donut sandwiches and vegan donut options.
Doughmaker doughnuts is a food truck that makes small batches of unique and classy flavors like vanilla cardamom, orange pistachio, and horchata. They use local ingredients when possible, and hand make all donuts. The truck also sells coffee and cold-pressed local milks.
River Oaks Donuts provides an opportunity to taste more flavors in the same trip. Alongside enticing classic style donuts and kolaches, River Oaks provides a long selection of tasty donut holes in flavors like blueberry, nutella filled, cappuccino filled, red velvet, and lemon filled.
Lee’s Chicken and Donuts
Not everyone is searching to satisfy a sweet tooth. Donuts can still be for you! Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts offers a double donut fried chicken sandwich. Lee’s goes organic by using Springer Mountain Farms chicken without hormones or antibiotics. Sweet varieties of their donuts include highlights like blueberry cake and flavors with Mexican chocolate.
Next up we have the Grove Do-Nutz & Deli, which specializes in gourmet donuts as well as cronuts (croissant donuts). All are made in-house from scratch, using the highest quality ingredients. Recently, The Grove added a food truck, which serves cronuts and Asian fusion foods, like the Korean spicy pork Banh mi sandwich.
If you’re reading this list late at night and think you may not make it to morning, we have good news. Glazed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Only open since 2014, this relatively new establishment has made quite a name for itself very quickly by creating such masterpieces as the macon donut, strawberry cheesecake donut, and breakfast sandwich. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try flavors like peach sour cream cake, creme brûlée, or sangria. Happy midnight snacking!