Recent food trends show a rise in donuts offering perfection above a typical grocery store donut, and, luckily, Dallas boasts enough shops to fulfill any conceivable donut craving.
Top Pot Doughnuts, a chain from western Washington, recently expanded to the Dallas area to deliver its excellent artisan donuts. The shop’s spacious area offers ample seating for either enjoying donuts or studying.
In its most popular donut, an old-fashioned cake donut, a crunchy glaze — in flavors like raspberry or lemon — enfolds the cakey interior.
The chain’s popular blueberry-glazed cake donut fuses the consistency of a muffin with the sweetness of a donut, though overpowering the taste with cakey consistency and fruit flavoring.
Top Pot also boasts a full espresso and coffee menu, and though ordering a flavored latte gave me a sugar overdose, the coffee offered full, robust grounds.
Across town, at Lone Star Donuts in Oak Cliff, lifelong patrons flow in and out. A middle-aged woman stopped me to take her photo, describing that it was her first time revisiting the donut shop since her childhood. An older man in red workout clothes and a baseball cap described having patronized the neighborhood favorite since the 1970s.
Since 1950, Lone Star Donuts has served Dallas dozens upon dozens of their famous donuts. The classic glazed donut melted in my mouth without being sickeningly sweet. Though the maple bacon donut was overcooked and flaky, senior Liz Schmitz deemed it “breakfast in a bite.”
Lone Star features several tables at which to enjoy their delicious donuts as well as coffee and other snack items. Breakfast sandwiches and more hearty items round out the menu for those not wanting to overdose on sweets.
A newer addition, Glazed Donut Works brings nationally acclaimed artisan donuts to the heart of Deep Ellum. The storefront features a warehouse-style display without any seating. They also sell coffee.
I sampled the Nutella old-fashioned, coconut and samoa donuts. My favorite was the Nutella old-fashioned, but the coconut was a close second.
Located near the Deep Ellum bars, Glazed Donut Works stays open late on weekends, serving grilled cheese sandwiches on donut-like buns for those with the late-night munchies.
Donut enthusiasts and skeptics from the University of Dallas should make this donut pilgrimage, as these shops prove that Dallas exceeds culinary expectations even in the donut shop niche.
Top Pot Doughnuts
Monday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sundays 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lone Star Donuts
Daily 5 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Glazed Donut Works
Thursday 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.