donuts austin

In a way, donuts embody everything that makes America great. They are incredibly delicious, and actually played a small role in American history. The tradition of National Donut Day, celebrated on June 6th, began during World War I when volunteers of The Salvation Army began serving fried doughnuts to U.S. soldiers on the battlefields.

In honor of National Donut Day we have put together a list featurting some the top spots to get donuts in Austin. Visit any of these fine establishments tomorrow to treat yourself with a warm, buttery slice of fried dough. You can always renew your gym membership afterward.


Lamar Donut:

Located in a little strip mall on South Lamar, the aptly named Lamar Donut is a family-owned spot that offers old-school donuts just the way they were meant to be. Their case is filled with a variety of classic donuts, along with great breakfast tacos and kolaches that will keep you coming back for more.

Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts:

Zagat just ranked Little Lucy’s as one of the 10 Hottest Food Trucks in the U.S., and though the menu has exactly one item – cinnamon sugar mini donuts – the hype is well deserved. The way we look at it, if you do one thing perfectly, stick with it. Try one of these little beauties and you’ll stick to eating them as well.

Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery:

We’re not sure if anyone named Mrs. Johnson actually works here, but this little bakery on Airport serves up old-school donuts fresh off the fryer all hours the night. It’s been an Austin Chronicle Critic’s Pick for Best Donuts
more than once, and you get a free glazed donut with every purchase.


Many of the menu items at Gourdough’s are non-traditional, which makes this Austin establishment so inviting. Adding bacon, fried chicken, pulled pork and potato salad to a donut may sound weird, but weird is a way of life in Austin. Try the ODB: Cream-filled donut holes with icing rolled in coconut.

Round Rock Donuts:

Planning on going to a Round Rock Express game? There’s no better detour than stopping by Round Rock Donuts for their World FamousTexas-Sized Donut. It’s a donut as big as your head. Our insider tip: make it a little trashy by taking it home, heating it up and adding a giant scoop of ice cream in the middle.

La Patisserie:

Including a hybrid donut on this list might be cheating a little bit, but La Patisserie‘s CroBrios are too good not to mention. This scrumptious treat, which rivals the “cronut”, is a combination of a croissant and brioche. This may be the fanciest donut we’ve ever eaten, so be sure to use proper table etiquette when necessary.

Donut Taco Palace:

Imagine a magical world where you have two of your favorite things in one place. That magical world is called the Donut Taco Palace. Yes, it’s a real thing. The Donut Taco Palace offers a lengthy menu filled with breakfast tacos, donuts, kolaches, and croissant sandwiches that will break even the most serious of fasts.

Howdy Donut:

Howdy Donut, a donut so Texan that even Big Tex would be proud. Their kolaches are great, and the donuts are even better. Their blueberry donuts are hard to beat, with the perfect amount of sweetness. Grab a coffee while you’re there and your morning will be off to a good start.


These places are just a start. We wish The Upper Crust‘s cinnamon rolls could be included and Ken’s Donuts, KC Donuts, and Donut Crown all make satisfying breakfast snacks. Check Do512 for more Donuts in Austin. Is your favorite place not on our list? Leave us a comment!

Contributed by Jacob Gay