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What Are Houston’s Best Donuts?

Vote to Crown the Champ and Win Free Donuts for an Entire Year

BY Chris Baldwin and Annie Gallay // 06.21.18

Donuts are more than fried dough. They can determine how an entire morning goes. But who makes the best donuts in Houston? You get to decide by voting for your rightful champ in PaperCity‘s Best Donuts Challenge. The winning donut shop takes home serious bragging rights, but you get a chance to win big too.

One voter will be randomly selected to win free donuts for a year from whichever place emerges as the donut champion. That’s some beyond serious fried dough buying power. You can vote once per day — and the more times you vote, the more chances you have to win.

Hugs & Donuts

Hugs & Donuts lives up to its motto “Hole Lotta Heartisan Love” with donuts and kolaches built on fresh ingredients and exclusively house-made fillings. The all-star lineup harkens back to your childhood with fruity pebbles and caramel delights.

Glazed, the Doughnut Cafe

You can pick up these handmade donuts any time you want, since Glazed is open 24 hours. You can even watch the donut experts in action through the window into the kitchen. It’s oh-so-sweet magic right before your eyes.

Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts

At first glance, this Houston donut spot may seem like it’s more about the accouterments. But Lee’s actual donuts are nothing to sneer at. They are super light and airy with the glaze spread evenly, an excellent combo when you add on greasy, rich fried chicken.

River Oaks Donuts

This shop may have started out as a side gig, but it’s turned into a neighborhood institution. River Oaks Donuts even has no less than two dozen types of donut holes. Red velvet cream cheese, pineapple fritter. Whatever your heart desires, it’s all available by drive-thru.


Yes it’s a chain, but it’s the chain. Shipley’s signature glazed donut is soft, fluffy and light, with flaky glaze all over. When served fresh-out-of-the-oven warm, you can sink your teeth right into them. Arguably the best quality, lowest price option in donut land.

Dunkin’ Donuts

They’re not local and many might argue they’re not even good. But Dunkin’ Donuts are beloved by some vocal fans. It’s taken a while for Dunkin’ to gain any kind of foothold in the Houston area, but the chain’s trying to compete.

Do they belong? That’s up to you to decide.

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