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Where to Try Doughnuts in Atlanta Right Now

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As far as food goes, doughnuts are pretty perfect: sweet, fried, and available with an unlimited array of garnishes. Whether you prefer yours as breakfast, dessert, or even as a savory side dish, Atlanta's got just what you're looking for. Read on to find 15 places ready to meet the city's doughnut needs. Have another favorite? Leave it in the comments.
—Julie Kozarsky


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Sublime Doughnuts

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An Atlanta doughnut registry would be incomplete without Sublime, the big name around Midtown (and beyond). Chef-owner Kamal Grant serves up yeasted treats such as the Orange Dream Star, an orange-glazed, cream-cheese-stuffed delight, and surprisingly delicious extras like glazed croissants.

Revolution Doughnuts & Coffee

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If you're in downtown Decatur, Revolution Doughnuts is the place to get baked goods. If you're not, it just may be worth the drive. Offering both cake and yeasted varieties— as well as gluten- and dairy-free options— you can go simple with Vanilla Bean or get crazy with an Almond Joy-Nut. [Photo]

Dutch Monkey Doughnuts

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It may be just a bit north of the city in Cumming, but the baked goods at Dutch Monkey Doughnuts are worth a trek. Fritters, twists, bars, and filled options can all be found here, but OTP-ers shouldn't miss the Dutch Monkey, stuffed with dulce de leche and topped with bananas and chocolate. [Photo]

Happy Donuts

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You won't find fancy-pants flavors at Happy Donuts. However, the shop is open 24 hours a day, so it's the best place to fulfill a craving on the way home from a wild night out in East Atlanta. Do the sweet-salty thing and get a fresh sausage biscuit to complement your glazed rings; your taste buds will thank you. [Photo

Sub-Base Sandwich Shoppe/Dandy Donuts

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Sub-Base/Dandy Donuts might sound like a store with an identity crisis, but don't be confused. Inside the sandwich shop storefront you'll find such old-school doughnuts as apple fritters alongside ham-and-cheese croissants... and sub sandwiches.

Sarah Donuts

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Perhaps a bit off the beaten path in Norcross, Sarah Donuts is worth the trip for cult followers of the bakery's red velvet doughnuts. Kids love the creative yeasted doughnuts that look like lions, and they're pretty hard for adults to resist, too.

Dough In The Box

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Ever wonder what happens to the hole in your doughnut? This place has your answer: Orders of regular doughnuts often come with the holes piled up to fill the box. Still not convinced? Two words: fried croissants.

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar

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Here's an example of coffee and doughnuts at their finest: Batdorf & Bronson brew with Duck's Cosmic Kitchen mini-doughnuts, which are sold here. The treats, thick and topped with tons of sugar, are great, but Duck's also makes a mean Pop Tart.

Varasano's Pizzeria

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Varasano's pizza is pretty famous around these parts, but the fun should not have to stop with pies. On the dessert menu you'll find Italian doughnuts: bits of pizza dough fried and coated in sugar, with an option of raspberry sauce for dipping. Or try a pizzette, in which the dough is stuffed with Nutella.

The Optimist

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Come for the seafood, stay for the "beignet-style" cornmilk hush puppies. They're served with cane syrup butter, which could almost— but not quite— make you forget about The Optimist's lobster roll.

Crawfish Shack Seafood

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In New Orleans, beignets are a meal unto themselves. Here in Atlanta, we take them for dessert after stuffing ourselves with seafood. In the style of the epic Cafe du Monde, Crawfish Shack's fried pillows of dough are served heaped with powdered sugar. It's as good as it gets this far from the bayou. [Photo]

The Family Dog

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Chef Ron Eyester is known for his innovative brunch creations. You've heard of the Nasty McAlister, subject of lawsuits and Twitter wars. Now take note of the doughnut fritters at The Family Dog. Dusted with a cinnamon-brown sugar mixture, they're worth a brunch trip.

Serpas True Food

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The New Orleans fare is always authentic at Serpas, the Studioplex restaurant that does beignets two ways. Order them plain with powered sugar for Sunday brunch or as an after-dinner play on PB&J with peanut butter cream and mixed berry jelly.

St. Cecilia

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Stray from the typical pre-dinner charcuterie or cheese plates and place an order for salt cod beignets, served with caper aioli and lemon, at Ford Fry's brand new Buckhead spot, St. Cecilia.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

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Legendary in its own right, this doughnut giant is classic for a reason. If you've only tried Krispy Kreme goods from a grocery display case, make it a priority to swing by the Ponce de Leon outpost and try a hot glazed fresh from the conveyer belt. [Photo]

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Sublime Doughnuts

An Atlanta doughnut registry would be incomplete without Sublime, the big name around Midtown (and beyond). Chef-owner Kamal Grant serves up yeasted treats such as the Orange Dream Star, an orange-glazed, cream-cheese-stuffed delight, and surprisingly delicious extras like glazed croissants.

Revolution Doughnuts & Coffee

If you're in downtown Decatur, Revolution Doughnuts is the place to get baked goods. If you're not, it just may be worth the drive. Offering both cake and yeasted varieties— as well as gluten- and dairy-free options— you can go simple with Vanilla Bean or get crazy with an Almond Joy-Nut. [Photo]

Dutch Monkey Doughnuts

It may be just a bit north of the city in Cumming, but the baked goods at Dutch Monkey Doughnuts are worth a trek. Fritters, twists, bars, and filled options can all be found here, but OTP-ers shouldn't miss the Dutch Monkey, stuffed with dulce de leche and topped with bananas and chocolate. [Photo]

Happy Donuts

You won't find fancy-pants flavors at Happy Donuts. However, the shop is open 24 hours a day, so it's the best place to fulfill a craving on the way home from a wild night out in East Atlanta. Do the sweet-salty thing and get a fresh sausage biscuit to complement your glazed rings; your taste buds will thank you. [Photo

Sub-Base Sandwich Shoppe/Dandy Donuts

Sub-Base/Dandy Donuts might sound like a store with an identity crisis, but don't be confused. Inside the sandwich shop storefront you'll find such old-school doughnuts as apple fritters alongside ham-and-cheese croissants... and sub sandwiches.

Sarah Donuts

Perhaps a bit off the beaten path in Norcross, Sarah Donuts is worth the trip for cult followers of the bakery's red velvet doughnuts. Kids love the creative yeasted doughnuts that look like lions, and they're pretty hard for adults to resist, too.

Dough In The Box

Ever wonder what happens to the hole in your doughnut? This place has your answer: Orders of regular doughnuts often come with the holes piled up to fill the box. Still not convinced? Two words: fried croissants.

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar

Here's an example of coffee and doughnuts at their finest: Batdorf & Bronson brew with Duck's Cosmic Kitchen mini-doughnuts, which are sold here. The treats, thick and topped with tons of sugar, are great, but Duck's also makes a mean Pop Tart.

Varasano's Pizzeria

Varasano's pizza is pretty famous around these parts, but the fun should not have to stop with pies. On the dessert menu you'll find Italian doughnuts: bits of pizza dough fried and coated in sugar, with an option of raspberry sauce for dipping. Or try a pizzette, in which the dough is stuffed with Nutella.

The Optimist

Come for the seafood, stay for the "beignet-style" cornmilk hush puppies. They're served with cane syrup butter, which could almost— but not quite— make you forget about The Optimist's lobster roll.

Crawfish Shack Seafood

In New Orleans, beignets are a meal unto themselves. Here in Atlanta, we take them for dessert after stuffing ourselves with seafood. In the style of the epic Cafe du Monde, Crawfish Shack's fried pillows of dough are served heaped with powdered sugar. It's as good as it gets this far from the bayou. [Photo]

The Family Dog

Chef Ron Eyester is known for his innovative brunch creations. You've heard of the Nasty McAlister, subject of lawsuits and Twitter wars. Now take note of the doughnut fritters at The Family Dog. Dusted with a cinnamon-brown sugar mixture, they're worth a brunch trip.

Serpas True Food

The New Orleans fare is always authentic at Serpas, the Studioplex restaurant that does beignets two ways. Order them plain with powered sugar for Sunday brunch or as an after-dinner play on PB&J with peanut butter cream and mixed berry jelly.

St. Cecilia