This Friday is National Donut Day, a holiday started in 1938 to honor volunteers who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Like most food holidays, though, it’s become a day to eat a food you like and maybe take advantage of a discount, if you can.
Whether you’re hoping to pay homage to the humble donut and all it represents or just looking for the best donuts in Houston, take a look at the list we’ve put together for you. We have also listed any National Donut Day deals & specials.
National Donut Day 2021 Deals & Specials in Houston
To celebrate the occasion Dunkin’ of San Antonio is offering guests a FREE classic donut with any beverage purchase in honor of National Donut Day!
On Friday, June 4, visit a Krispy Kreme location and enjoy one free doughnut of your choosing.
Between 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., certain locations will give free coffee and a free donut to commemorate National Doughnut Day.
No purchase is necessary to receive a free bare, cinnamon sugar, or powdered sugar doughnut when you visit us in-store on Friday, June 4.
Best Donuts in Houston
Hugs & Donuts
Located in the Heights, this donut shop is known both for its cute, comfortable aesthetic and its fun and unusual flavor combinations. Try a Drunk Boston Cream, a Fruity Pebble Crunch, or one of their vegan options next time you’re in the area. You’ll enjoy the light, fluffy texture of their artisan donuts.
Where: 1901 N Shepherd Dr. Ste 4 Houston, TX 77008
Christy’s Donuts & Kolaches
For something less adventurous but reliably, solidly good, check out Christy’s Donuts, an old-fashioned donut (and kolache) shop. You can find all your classic favorites at this Montrose standby, including Bavarian creams, ham-and-cheese croissants, and bear claws.
Where: 1103 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
Peña’s Donut Heaven and Grill
The owners of Peña‘s have been experimenting with donut recipes since they were teenagers, and it shows. The menu has something for everyone, from standards like glazed, frosted, and chocolate-filled donuts, to brisket, fried chicken, and hamburger donuts. There’s also a Mexican twist on many of the breakfast and lunch offerings that make this a great place to visit no matter what you’re craving.
Where: 11601 Shadow Creek Pkwy Pearland, TX 77584
Glazed, the Doughnut Café
If you’re always on the hunt for donuts in Houston, Glazed might be the answer for you. Open 24 hours, the café is always ready to serve a variety of fried treats, including maple-bacon glazed, crème brûlée filled, and candy-topped donuts. For an unusual dessert-within-a-dessert option, you can order the pineapple upside down donut. A trip to this café is definitely meant to be a decadent experience.
Where: 1333 Old Spanish Trail Ste E, Houston, TX 77054
River Oaks Donuts
River Oaks is an excellent donut shop for people looking for personalized donuts. They specialize in custom orders and have a section of their menu dedicated to special dietary options such as vegan and gluten-free donuts. Their extensive list of coffee options includes dairy-free options, too. Best of all, they have a wide variety of donut flavors like cappuccino, Nutella, and maple, bacon, and jalapeño. They also boast apple fritters, kolaches, and cronuts. In honor of the origins of National Donut Day, 10 percent of their sales on June 4 will go to the Salvation Army.
Where: 3601 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
The Grove Do-Nutz and Deli
The Grove has donuts and cronuts piled high with tasty toppings. Many are fairly standard—glazed, s’mores, cinnamon sugar—but you can also try the peanut butter and banana “Elvis” donut, the pizza donut, and the overloaded “Funky Monkey” donut. If you’re in the area in time for lunch, you can try out their bahn mi or kimchi fries, too.
Where: 815 Plantation Dr, Richmond, TX 77406
The donuts at Donut Licious are always picture-perfect, with just the right ratio of icing and a color palette that pops. The shop encourages customers to order customized donuts. It also offers a winning combination of tasty staples like rainbow sprinkled and glazed and unusual standouts like turtle cheesecake and pandan cake.
Where: 1535 Spring Cypress Rd, Spring, TX 77388
For another no-frills option, Le Donut is a great choice. A small business that focuses on quality and affordability, this donut shop sticks to the basics of donuts, cronuts, and kolaches. Their pastries are consistent, fresh, and tasty. They emphasize fast, friendly service. Frequent customers are fans of the apple fritters, blueberry cake donuts, and donut holes.
Where: 2803 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77054
Shipley Do-Nuts was first founded in 1936 right here in Houston, Texas. Although the first store is no longer around, many Houstonians swear by the shop on Ella Blvd. It was one of the first Shipley franchises built in the 1960s. Even now, the donuts there come out hot and fresh. In honor of National Donut Day, Shipley will be offering a free glazed donut with the purchase of any item. The offer is valid between 5 a.m. and noon on Friday, June 4.
Where: 3410 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77018
Queen Donut Shop
This local gem is known for its light, fluffy donuts and kolaches with a jalapeño kick. It’s a small, old-fashioned shop without many frills. Still, people get hooked on the cinnamon rolls, iced donuts, fritters, and kolaches pretty quickly. The staff is always fast and friendly, making this an early morning breakfast favorite.
Where: 1806 W 18th St, Houston, TX 77008
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