Charlotteans have a soft spot in their hearts for good, warm, local donuts – here’s where to find the best, and what to order at each spot.
Fresh, made-from-scratch donuts from a family-driven store in Indian Trail.
Most popular donut: Pine Cone
Craziest donut: Cereal- or candy-covered
Price: $0.95-$1.25/donut, $5.50-$8.50/half-dozen, $8.99-$16.50/dozen
People’s Choice: Best Donut Shop in Charlotte
The crazy-popular donut shop got its start in the Outer Banks and specializes in made-to-order donuts, donut sundaes and donut sandwiches.
Most popular and craziest donut: Maple icing with chopped bacon
Price: $1.20/donut, $6.75/half-dozen, $11.95/dozen and $16.50/bucket
Specials: 2 donuts and a coffee for $4.10
Half donut store, half coffeehouse and known for its ‘Hot Now’ sign, the Winston Salem-based company has become a North Carolina staple.
Most popular donut: Original Glazed
Craziest donut: New York Cheesecake
Price: $1.18/donut, $9/dozen
Unassuming, old-school donut shop that’s been in the family since 1996 and sticks to the classics in a Pineville strip mall.
Most popular donut: Maple
Craziest donut: Double Chocolate Cake
Specials: Get a dozen donut holes for free when you order a dozen donuts
Located near the Food Lion at 325 South Polk Street; it’s a morning business, and stays open until they sell out, so call before you go – (704) 889-5427.
Gorgeous gourmet vegan donuts made with non-GMO ingredients and local produce. They’re made in the kitchen of The People’s Market, but can also be found at Central Coffee and Queen City Grounds on the weekends. Connect and keep track of where to find them on Instagram.
Most popular donut: Blueberry Lemon
Craziest donut: Everything Bagel donut with vegan sausage, vegan cream cheese filling and everything seasoning on top
Price: $3.50/donut, $10/3 donuts, $20/half-dozen and $35/dozen
A Concord-based donut shop and bakery known for incorporating icings and toppings that are often seen as staples in different regions of the country.
Most popular donut: They’re known for their filled donuts, but Maple Bacon and Glazed are top sellers
Craziest donut: Fruity Pebbles or Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Price: $0.94-$1.85/donut, $8.95-$14.85/dozen
Open at 10005 Weddington Road Ext., Concord, Tuesday through Sunday, 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., or until they sell out. Connect on Facebook.
An impossibly tiny, no-frills donut shop literally tucked in the back of Growlers Pourhouse in an 11×8′ storage closet.
Most popular donut: Cinnamon Sugar
Craziest donut: Hot sauce icing with crunchy chicken skins
Price: $1.20/donut, $13/dozen
Made-from-scratch bakery in Park Road Shopping Center known for its Instagram-worthy creations.
Most popular donut: Glazed
Craziest donut: Texas Doughnut Cake
Award-winning, rotating menu of gourmet donuts made in small batches from scratch using high-quality ingredients.
Most popular donut: Maple Bacon and Southern Banana Pudding
Craziest donut: Southern Banana Pudding
Price: $3.25/donut, $15/half-dozen, $28/dozen
Matthews-based donut shop founded in 2013 by a Johnson and Wales graduate and his wife.
Most popular donut: Salted Caramel
Craziest donut: Caramelized Banana, Dark Chocolate and Homemade Peanut Brittle
Price: $3.25-$3.75/donut, $16.50/half-dozen, $27/dozen
Feature photo via Move That Dough Baking Co.