You never outgrow donuts, even if you feel guilty for sneaking one out of the dozen you buy for your kids sleepover. Here are five southern donut shops worthy of a visit. Thanks to Good Grit for the copy and inspiration.
Gibson’s Donuts – Memphis, TN
Gibson’s is open 24/7 and the cooks are there for 12-14 hours a day. (Note to the night owls: donuts become half price at 11pm.) During the day, it’s best to stay on your toes as the owner, Don DeWeese, may throw a donut at you when you least expect it, or he might even give you a tour of the kitchen. Founded in 1967 by Lowell Gibson, it’s a Memphis institution for all ages.
Heavenly Donut Co. – Birmingham, AL
The owners of the Heavenly Donut opened the store in 2011 in order to get more involved in their community. The menu has both cake and yeast donut options, and on Saturdays they offer good old-fashioned New Orleans beignets. Their store location features handmade donuts, and their food truck brings their delicious donuts to events and farmers markets in the Birmingham area.
Five Daughters Bakery – Nashville, TN
Five Daughters Bakery is a family business that comes from a legacy of bakers spanning three generations. The bakery’s main draw is its 100-layer donut, a southern rendition of the New York cronut craze that blends a donut and a croissant. There are many different flavors to choose from, and Strawberry Lemonade is a light and delicious summer option.
Mojo Donuts – Hollywood, FL
With 45 flavor options, Mojo Donuts is always booming with business. Their most popular donut is the “Deco Delight”, a hole-less donut stuffed with banana cream, dipped in chocolate, and pressed with Corn Flakes. It’s topped with caramel, strawberries, and blueberries. They’re scheduled to open a new location in Miami where they will serve chicken and donuts, a play on the Southern favorite chicken and waffles.
Sublime Doughnuts – Atlanta, GA
The donuts at Sublime are inspired by exotic flavors and international culinary treats experienced by the owner of the shop, Kamal Grant, during his time serving in the US Navy. As Grant sees it: “At Sublime, we present flavors and textures from around the world on a doughnut canvas.”