Rest of the Best 2013: Houston's Top Ten Doughnut Spots

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Photo by Troy Fields
Can you guess where these doughnuts come from? (Hint: Number 8 on our list.)
Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer we'll be rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several months. Bon appétit!

Unless you eat 15 raised, glazed doughnuts, all of them fresh and hot, one right after the other, it might be difficult to judge who in town has the best doughnut. Yes, some places make doughnuts that are clearly superior to others, but, you know, fried rings of dough are pretty awesome, generally speaking.

So instead of a roundup naming the single best doughnut from a number of places, we've compiled a list of the best spots in town to get your fix -- regardless of whether you're a raised/glazed fan, an old-fashioned connoisseur or a lover of the jelly-filled variety. We guarantee these are all ideal places to satisfy your cravings. However you spell it -- donut, doughnut, do-nut -- these are some sweet and tasty treats.

Note: Even though they're often sold at doughnut shops, kolaches, croissants, apple fritters and the like will not be addressed in this post. Doughnuts only! That other stuff will come later!

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Photo from River Oaks Donuts
The spooky Halloween doughnuts from River Oaks Donuts were some of the prettiest in Houston.
10. River Oaks Donuts
Billionaires Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand opened the little doughnut shop in River Oaks back in July, and they have been mocked from time to time for opening a semi-ritzy shop for a food not usually considered gourmet (unless you're Dominique Ansel), but there's definitely no need to mock their wares, because they're some of the best in town. The Hildebrands worked with store director Scott Niemeyer for months to develop the recipes, and the results are not only delicious, but pretty, too. Raised, glazed doughnuts are iced in every color of the rainbow and dotted with contrasting sprinkles for a treat almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

9. Fresh & Best Donuts
Part of the beauty of Fresh & Best Donuts is the awesome deals the shop offers as an incentive to load up on fried goodies. If you buy a dozen doughnuts, you get six free. If you buy six doughnuts, you get a dozen doughnut holes free. If you're really nice, the servers will probably throw in some extra holes as well, because they're eager to clear out the cases by the end of service each day. I recently called them to ask for their hours, and they said they were technically closed but would be willing to stay open for me because the cases weren't yet empty. What service! The basic glazed doughnuts here are light and airy but still substantial, and they strike the perfect balance between bready and overly sweet. Fresh & Best also sells a giant doughnut about the size of your head for $4. Now that's a meal.

Location Info

River Oaks Donuts

3601 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Christy's Donuts

1103 W. Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

BB Donuts

515 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Provisions

807 Taft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pena's Donut Heaven

11601 Shadow Creek Pkwy, Pearland, TX

Category: Restaurant

Revival Market

550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Shipley Do-nut Shops

3932 N. Main, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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32 comments
nikki
nikki

is there anything in Houston that is at all similar to Gourdough's in Austin? Have a craving that can't be satisfied... 

Chris Chang
Chris Chang

FYI the giant donuts are actually $7.50 but not like it really matters lol

Greg Barker
Greg Barker

I was gonna be chuffed if Christy's wasn't on it. :)

Greg Barker
Greg Barker

This belongs at the Top of top ten lists.

justthefacts
justthefacts

Try Shipleys at Royal Oaks out Westheimer..especially if you have a Beignet crave.  They also have very good doughnuts there, as well and are nothing like the Shipley's around town..

Rizzo Tha Skitzo
Rizzo Tha Skitzo

Pena's donut heaven is the best. Especially their burgers. Can't wait to try their Fridays special, the spaghetti.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Southern Maid Donuts .

Jessica Winham
Jessica Winham

Living around the corner from Best Donuts for years has always been my go to spot.

jadewick
jadewick

I like Shipley. I like donuts. I really like the new pulled pork kolache they introduced.

timblack2
timblack2 topcommenter

I kmow it's blasphemous to say as a Houstonian, but Shipley's blows.

Justin Hegan
Justin Hegan

…Dunkin has THE best crullers…I can eat the whole box in one sitting

Justin Hegan
Justin Hegan

I live around the corner from Revival Market…daaaaaaaang y'all

evans.caroline150
evans.caroline150

MKT Bar has an amazing doughnut flight (yes, a doughnut FLIGHT). Too bad the service there could use some beefing up.

Jerry Rios
Jerry Rios

#2 Christy's has been my #1 for 10 yrs now.

Gene Wells
Gene Wells

good lord what an awesome list... haha

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

Shipley's chocolate tastes like sugar with brown food coloring. There is no discernible chocolate flavor--you have to imagine it.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@jadewick A kolache round up will happen soon. Mark my words.

Urbie
Urbie

@Dago Enriquez You dont love yourself!!! 

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@KaitlinS

Maybe. I'm not getting that though. 

Go to Fiesta and get a chocolate covered, and get a similar one from Shipley's. There's no comparison--Fiesta's has a strong chocolate flavor whereas Shipley's is simply sweet. Shipley's coffee is also kind of weak.

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