Doughnuts on Fridays just make sense. So it's lucky that doughnuts get their day -- their National Doughnut Day -- on Friday, June 3.
This date is more than just a silly day on the calendar. The annual Doughnut Day dates back to World War I, when Salvation Army volunteers gave soldiers doughnuts to spread some much-needed cheer. The day has become yet another way for charities such as the Salvation Army to raise awareness for their causes.
If you're looking for freebies on National Doughnut Day, here's our list.
You can probably find a doughnut store on nearly any corner. But we want to point you to some of the special shops that are doing more than the norm. Here are 5 delicious doughnut shops in Dallas:
"You've got to respect the people who drive to eat doughnuts," says Hypnotic Donuts owner James St. Peter. His East Dallas shop, opened in 2010, is the granddad of artisan doughnuts in D-FW and helped make wacky doughnuts cool here. People commuted to his Dallas shop from as far away as Denton, so in August 2014, St. Peter opened a second Hypnotic in Denton County.
His staff will serve you a glazed doughnut if you really want it, but you don't. Maybe the Evil Elvis -- a doughnut slathered in peanut butter and topped with bacon, slices of banana and honey -- is for you. Hypnotic also does vegan doughnuts, blueberry fritters, chicken biscuits and much more.
In Dallas: 9007 Garland Rd. In Denton: 235 W. Hickory St. hypnoticdonuts.com.
Glazed Donut Works
Deep Ellum's Glazed Donut Works opens early for the breakfast crowd and then smartly re-opens for the I've-had-a-few-drinks crowd. Fridays from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., patrons bar hopping or catching a concert can stop in and get a doughnut grilled cheese or a doughnut monte cristo.
Glazed also does cheffy takes on dessert doughnuts, like their chocolate old-fashioned doughnut drizzled with Nutella. Offerings change daily.
2644 Elm St., Dallas. glazeddonutworks.com.
Top Pot Doughnuts
Seattle company Top Pot is a relative newcomer to the Dallas doughnut scene. Top Pot is mostly making desserts you're familiar with, such as apple fritters, bars and cake doughnuts. And there's nothing wrong with that.
Three Dallas-area shops: 2937 Greenville Ave., Dallas. 2320 N. Houston St. (in Victory Park), Dallas. 1251 State Street, Suite 700 (in the CityLine development), Richardson. toppotdoughnuts.com.
If you're in the mood for a hot glazed doughnut, there isn't much better than Shipley. While you're there, you'll need to get at least a dozen doughnut holes. And a sausage and cheese kolache. And oh, those fruit-filled doughnuts. Better get enough for the whole office.
You can find Shipleys in Lewisville, Carrollton, Plano, Arlington and beyond. (The one Dallas location is listed below.)
10332 Ferguson Road, Dallas. shipleydonuts.com.
Alright: Tom+Chee isn't technically a doughnut shop. It's a grilled cheese shop that happens to sell grilled cheese doughnuts. Yeah: grilled cheese doughnuts. You're interested in that kind of mind-bending experience, aren't you?
First-timers might want to start with the basic grilled cheese doughnut: cheddar cheese between two halves of a warm glazed doughnut. But if you really want to jam, try the Bananarama: caramelized banana and gouda on a doughnut. The Barbara Blue -- blueberry compote, ham and brie on a doughnut -- is also pretty enticing.
3661 N. Plano Road, Richardson. 8901 Tehama Ridge Parkway, Fort Worth. tomandchee.com.
Other exciting doughnuts you might want to know about:
- Doughnut ice cream sandwiches at Hypnotic Emporium in East Dallas
- Hot dog doughnut at a restaurant in Deep Ellum
- Doughnut and beer pairing -- seriously -- in Trinity Groves in Dallas