Top 5 Places to Get a Donut in Los Angeles

A chocolatier shares his top donut shop picks.

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You could say chocolatier and Los Angeles native Jonathan Grahm has a sweet tooth and knows a thing or two about what makes a quality dessert. He started his career at 15, took over artisanal chocolate company Compartés, an L.A. tradition since 1950, and ultimately bought the business at 24. He’s since opened seven shops in Tokyo and a second L.A. location on famous fashion street Melrose Place. Grahm combines chocolate with art by offering hundreds of unique chocolate bar flavors all wrapped in gorgeous, custom patterns, prints and designs that almost make you not want to unwrap them. An expert on the donut scene, check out his favorite places to get a donut in L.A.

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This might be my all-time favorite donut shop in all of L.A. Their buttermilk bars are the best donut I have ever had point blank period, perfect texture crispy outside and a fluffy, decadent and thick buttermilk center. Try them hot when they just come out of the fryer and you will think you have died and gone to donut heaven! I also love their cinnamon crumb donuts here as well.

My friend pastry chef extraordinaire Nicole Rucker makes some of the best donuts in the city including a Compartés chocolate donut made with our signature chocolate, Oreo cookie donuts, and more my favorite here might be the honey and sea salt donut, but every single thing Nicole makes is amazing. Flavors change constantly and if you go in for a donut, there is a bonus breakfast burrito that is seriously out of this world!

My favorites here include the peanut butter filled donut, peanut butter banana donut,  the pretzel donut and the apple fritters which are some of the best I have ever had! On the weekends they feature an even larger selection of donuts and I love being able to see them making it right there in the window!

Noel Bass Photography

This donut shop boasts the infamous huge donut that you see in many movies filmed around L.A. and you can see it when you drive to and from the LAX airport, so I always like to make a pit stop when picking up someone from out of town. They have a drive through which makes your donut binging even easier! I love the maple donuts here as well as the bear claws but they have a great large variety.

This local staple at the farmers market by The Grove makes a great traditional donut, I love the people watching at this spot and grabbing a donut before a movie at the Grove. They have a huge selection of donuts and ice cold milk which is the perfect pairing! Another great L.A. staple donut shop with great classic flavors and that old time feel.

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Seth McConnell

50 States of Donuts

Check out the best donut shops across the country and see which donut made the list for your state.
Alabama

Alabama

The Heavenly Donut Co. is where to go if you’re in search of a donut in Birmingham. They make their yeast donuts fresh every day. Some of their popular specialty flavors are maple bacon, Oreo and sprinkles.  960 1280

  

Alaska

Alaska

Raised, cake, filled and “fancy” donuts are all on the menu at Dino’s Donuts in Alaska. Fancy donuts include apple fritters, cinnamon twists and maple bars. FYI, they deliver! 960 1280

  

Arizona

Arizona

Head to Young Donuts in Tucson to experience the buttermilk glazed donuts and friendly service that the locals love. 960 1280

Kyle Johnson  

Arkansas

Arkansas

Mark’s Do-Nut Shop in North Little Rock has been serving donuts since 1978. 960 1280

Graham White  

California

California

Open 24/7, treat yourself at any hour at The Donut Man. Try the Fresh Peach and Fresh Strawberry donuts. 960 1280

Mark Boster  

Colorado

Colorado

Always experimenting with new flavors, Glazed & Confused rotates their donut lineup with unique menu options such as Mojito, Jalapeno Popper and Root Beer Float. They use local, organic ingredients and no preservatives. 960 1280

Seth McConnell  

Connecticut

Connecticut

Luke’s Donut Shop is a Connecticut institution off the beaten path in Avon. Try a classic glazed. 960 1280

Brett Maddux  

Delaware

Delaware

Sweeney’s Bakery has been in the donut business since 1957. They also sell pastries, cakes, ice cream and more.

 

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Sweenys Bakery  

Florida

Florida

Gourmet donut shop Mojo Donuts in Hollywood, Fla. with a new Miami location offers must-try flavors like PB&J and Fruity Pebbles. 960 1280

DroPhoto.com / Mojo Donuts  

Georgia

Georgia

Sublime Doughnuts is an Atlanta staple. Try the A-Town Cream donut. Order custom lettered donuts to spell whatever you want 24 hours in advance. 960 1280

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI  

Hawaii

Hawaii

Opened in 1952, Leonard’s Bakery is known for their malasadas. A malasada is a traditional Portuguese donut without a hole in the middle. Try the fried treat at their Honolulu location or their food truck the Malasadamobile in the Waikele Shopping Center in Waipahu, Hawaii. 960 1280

Linda Ching  

Idaho

Idaho

With donuts made fresh daily, Guru Donuts will satisfy your sweet tooth in Boise. Flavors include The Hipsterberry, a wildberry lavender glazed donut, and The O.G. (Original Guru), a classic glazed donut. They also feature vegan options. 960 1280

Guy Hand Productions / Guru Donuts  

Illinois

Illinois

Recognized nationally as one of the best donut shops in the country, Chicago’s Doughnut Vault features a specialty donut each day, which they list in a weekly lineup on their website. You may have to wait in an out-the-door line. 960 1280

Doughnut Vault  

Indiana

Indiana

Locals agree that the long line you may experience at Long’s Bakery is well worth the wait, especially if you order a glazed yeast donut. 960 1280

Raymond Boyd  

Iowa

Iowa

Since 2011, Daylight Donuts have been serving up donuts to the people in Iowa City. Blueberry is one of their best-sellers. 960 1280

Daylight Donuts  

Kansas

Kansas

The Doughnut Whole in Wichita has 40+ tasty flavors to choose from, including PBG (peanut butter & grape), Peach Cobbler and Sunshine Citrus Crunch (citrus glaze & fruity cereal). On Wednesdays, they offer vegan donuts. 960 1280

The Donut Whole  

Kentucky

Kentucky

For a true local donut shop in Louisville, head to Nord’s Bakery. Try a maple bacon long john. 960 1280

Kennedy Barnes  

Louisiana

Louisiana

Choose from 100+ rotating flavors to satisfy a donut craving at District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. in New Orleans. Also, check out their “croquenuts,” griddled donut sandwiches. 960 1280

District Donuts  

Maine

Maine

Get your donut fix at The Holy Donut, recently featured in the New York Times’ 36 Hours in Portland, Me. The not-so-secret ingredient to the exceptionally moist donuts is Maine mashed potatoes.

 

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Portland Press Herald  

Maryland

Maryland

The Fractured Prune has been a Maryland landmark since 1976 and now has locations in several states. Visit the Ocean City and try their best-seller: the OC Sand, a donut with cinnamon and sugar. 960 1280

Page Gray  

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Union Square Donuts is the place to get a Boston Crème donut. 960 1280

Boston Globe  

Michigan

Michigan

Visit the Polish bakery New Palace Bakery in Hamtramck. While they do serve regular donuts, try paczki, traditional Polish pastries similar to donuts. 960 1280

The Washington Post  

Minnesota

Minnesota

Glam Doll Donuts in Minneapolis is a must-try for lovers of unique donut flavors. The donut flavors also have glamorous names like Dark Angel, Bombshell, Cosmopolitan Girl, Darling and Outlaw, which has lemon cream cheese, cherry icing & brown butter crumb topping. They also deliver via a locally grown bike messenger service. 960 1280

Glam Doll Donuts  

Mississippi

Mississippi

If you’re near Ocean Springs, stop by The Tatonut Donut Shop and don’t be scared if there’s a line. Locals swear by these donuts. 960 1280

  

Missouri

Missouri

LaMar’s opened in 1960, and they’ve been perfecting their donuts ever since. Now there are 27 locations in six states today. 960 1280

LaMars Donuts  

Montana

Montana

Fill the donut-shaped hole in your stomach at Granny’s Gourmet Donuts in Bozeman, Montana 960 1280

Shelby Warwood  

Nebraska

Nebraska

The Doughnut Hole is the must-try donut shop for Nebraska. 960 1280

The Doughnut Hole  

Nevada

Nevada

Pink Box Doughnuts is widely popular spot in Las Vegas. Of course they sell a donut called Fat Elvis. 960 1280

  

New Hampshire

New Hampshire

A true mom-and-pop shop, Muriel’s Donuts may be a little difficult to find in its unassuming location on a side street under some apartments, but the locals swear by the warm, delicious donuts. 960 1280

Justine Bartlett  

New Jersey

New Jersey

After opening in 2012, donut lovers have flocked to Uncle Dood’s Donuts. They have rotating lineup and every three months, they create a People’s Choice Menu where their customers vote on their favorite donuts to be brought back to the menu. Plus, Pokemon Go fans will delight to know that Uncle Dood’s Donuts is a PokeStop. 960 1280

Uncle Doods Donuts  

New Mexico

New Mexico

Voted Best of Burque by Alibi and Best of the City by Albaquerque the Magazine in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Rebel Donut is a must-try donut shop. 960 1280

Steve Snowden  

New York

New York

The donuts at Dough are works of art. They make small batches throughout the day so customers can always enjoy a truly fresh donut. 960 1280

Noam Galai  

North Carolina

North Carolina

At Duck Donuts, you can build your own donut by choosing from coating, topping and drizzle choices.

 

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Duck Donuts  

North Dakota

North Dakota

Sandy’s Donuts & Coffee Shop is the must-stop in Nebraska. 960 1280

  

Ohio

Ohio

Since the 1950s, Schneider’s Bakery has been making customers happy and filling their stomachs with baked goods. Schneider’s was voted Best Bakery in Columbus in 2013, 2014 and 2016. 960 1280

Stacey Howell  

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Belle Kitchen opened in 2015 and serves all sorts of delicious desserts. 960 1280

  

Oregon

Oregon

Known for quirky flavors and eclectic décor, Voodoo Doughnuts in unlike any other donut shop. 960 1280

Ricardo DeAratanha  

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Fried chicken and… donuts? That’s right. Federal Donuts sells chicken drumsticks that come with a honey donut. They also offer “fancy” donuts like Guava Poppy and Butter Pecan. 960 1280

Micharl Persico / Federal Donuts  

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Allie's Donuts in North Kingston has been baking up quality donuts since 1968. The line is often wrapped around the building at Allie's.  960 1280

Kate Barnes Photography  

South Carolina

South Carolina

On King Street in the heart of Charleston, pop into Glazed Gourmet to try one of the 12 daily flavors. Try the German Chocolate; it's one of their most popular. 960 1280

Stacey Howell / Galzed Gourmet  

South Dakota

South Dakota

If you find yourself in South Dakota and in need of a donut, check out Flyboy Donuts. 960 1280

Meagan Donovan  

Tennessee

Tennessee

Five Daughters Bakery has a variety of types of donuts to choose from. They offer The 100 Layer Donut, their version of a cronut, as well as vegan and paleo options. You can also see behind the scenes with a live stream "Donutcam" on their website. 960 1280

Five Daughers Bakery  

Texas

Texas

Gourdough's has some of the most unique flavors such as Mother Clucker, Porkeys, Son of a Peach, Baby Rattler and more that have garnered national praise. 960 1280

Gourdoughs  

Utah

Utah

In the bakery business since 1986, Banbury Cross Donuts offers traditional flavors like glazed, chocolate covered and strawberry frosted. 960 1280

Banbury Cross Donuts  

Vermont

Vermont

The Doughnut Dilemma in Burlington is a must-visit. The owner was inspired to open shop after her intial move to Vermont where she noticed a big "hole" in the donut market in Burlington.  960 1280

The Doughnut Dilemma  

Virginia

Virginia

With several locations throughout the state of Virginia, Sugar Shack Donuts should be on your donut radar. Try the Red Velvet, Chocolate & Caramel and Sea Salt and Tastes Like Somoa are some of their flavors. 960 1280

Tanya Bartek  

Washington

Washington

Top Pot Doughnuts in Seattle takes pride in what they call their "hand-forged" donuts because they're made the old-fashioned way. They offer more than 40 varieties, including a Feather Boa flavor. 960 1280

Don Bartletti  

West Virginia

West Virginia

The donuts at JR's Donut Castle are made fresh daily using the 30-year-old recipes of JR Parsons who bought the shop in 1977.  960 1280

Sonya Paclob  

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Stop in Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts in Milwaukee to experience freshly made yeast, cake, vegan and gluten-free donuts. 960 1280

Holey Moley Coffee and Doughnuts  

Wyoming

Wyoming

Cowboy Donuts in Rock Springs, Wy. offers more than 55 unique varieties of donuts daily, and you'll never get a day-old donut here. If they have donuts left over at the end of the day, they donate them to the local soup kitchen. 960 1280

Cowboy Donuts  

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Opened by two young former high school classmates turned business partners, District Doughnut offers a rotating menu of seasonal, artisan donuts. Try the irresistible Brown Butter signature yeast donut. 960 1280

District Doughnut  

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