With such unique flavors you won’t be able to leave without a dozen.
Charlotte loves a good donut, from our love of Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts to family-owned craft donut shops. The fun of a gourmet donut is usually the shop’s willingness to experiment with flavor combinations you wouldn’t normally think of when it comes to donuts. From spring-inspired to super sweet to reinvented classic flavors, Charlotte’s got a ton of donut shops to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here’s 8 of our favorites you’ll want to check out.
1. Joe’s Doughs
Joe’s Dough’s starts with a vanilla cake base and then makes made-to-order donuts the way God intended: warm and fresh. From flavors like cinnamon sugar, lemon glaze, caramel drizzle, raspberry glaze, earl gray glaze and chocolate peppermint, you may have a hard time choosing. They also do donut sundaes. With a dozen only costing a measly $9, it’ll be quite difficult to leave without one. Don’t forget to check out the coffee too!
Where: C, 114 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
2. Duck Donuts
Duck Donuts is making custom made-to-order craft donuts and coffees. Similar to Joe’s Dough’s, they also focus on cake donuts with some fan favorites being the Bacon in the Sun donut with maple icing, bacon bits, and salted caramel drizzle or their Blueberry Lemonade donut with blueberry icing and lemonade drizzle. What’s especially fun about Duck Donuts is the fact that they do specialty assortments from Easter to Valentine’s Day to Christmas. Right now, they’re doing a yummy-sounding cheesecake assortment with a Blueberry Cheesecake, NY Cheesecake, or Cherry Key Lime Pie donuts.
Where: 3481 Burke Mill Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Check out Reigning Donut’s walk-up window in NoDa and leave with a box of goodies. Tucked away behind Growlers Pourhouse, Reigning Donut’s has flavors like Apple Pie (on Tuesdays), Salted Caramel and Almond, and Hot Sauce with Chicken Skins. Interesting. Grab a seat at the picnic table, enjoy your flavor of choice, then take the rest to go.
Where: 3120 N Davidson St STE 100, Charlotte, NC 28205
4. Sugar Donuts
Sugar is a home-made and award winning donut shop that started out as a food truck. Just one year into serving Charlotte from their mobile store did they get their first brick-and-mortar for customers to enjoy freshly made and innovative donuts. Try a Donut of the Month (which will be changing soon for May), Caramel Espresso, Cookies and Cream, or Powdered Sugar. They’ve also got a ton of yummy sounding Gluten-Free and Vegan options like GF Maple Bacon or Vegan Strawberry Glaze.
Where: 11914 Elm Ln ste 120, Charlotte, NC 28277
Your Mom’s Donuts is doing walk-ups and credit card service right now, just to get that out of the way. So head on over and try Charlotte’s premier square gourmet donut. Stuffed and drizzled and topped with real and local flavors is their specialty. From their standard lineup of Vanilla Bean to Dark or Milk Chocolate Ganache to Lemon Honey to Specialty Flavors like Toasted Coconut Lime and Pineapple Upside Down Cake, you can be assured everything is as yummy as it is creative.
Where: 4205 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
Pepperbox is doing yeast-raised, fluffy donuts with locally-sourced ingredients and farm-fresh fruit. Because of this, their menu rotates seasonally. Right now, they’re doing some unique flavors like Mango Habanero and Cinnamon Spiced Maple Bourbon to Spiced Plum Jam Filled.
Where: 101 W Worthington Ave #150, Charlotte, NC 28203
7. Move That Dough Baking Co.
Move That Dough Baking Co. is Charlotte’s mobile and entirely Vegan Bakery. They also do a wide variety of Gluten-Free donuts as well. Think of her concept like a Food Truck, as her bakery serves from different shops every week and rotates its menu seasonally. Right now, they’ve got flavors like blueberry lemon, vanilla chocolate chip, and cinnamon roll. To keep up with where she’s serving up these vegan cuties, follow her on Instagram. Right now, Common Market is one of the shops she’s selling from.
8. OMG Donuts & Bakery
OMG Donuts & Bakery has got a ton of different types of donuts from stuffed to drizzled. They’ve got a variety of cream fillings like white vanilla, strawberry, and Bavarian cream. They’ve also got specialty flavors like Cookies and Cream filled and Fruit Pebbles.
Where: 10005 Weddington Rd Ext., Concord, NC 28027
[featured image by Shelby McVicker ]