It's lucky that doughnuts get their day — their National Doughnut Day — on Friday, June 1. But isn't any day a good day to eat a fried pastry?
You can probably find a doughnut store on nearly any corner. But we want to point you to some of especially beloved ones. Here are 9 delicious doughnut shops in Dallas-Fort Worth:
The Dapper Doughnut
For a tiny indulgence, head over to the Dapper Doughnut, where owners Brooke and Leo Sanchez make miniature, made-to-order doughnuts. The fried pastries are made with vanilla cake; customers' favorites include Nutella Dream, S'mores and Lemon Blueberry, the owners say. Be sure to leave room for the doughnut milkshake, which Brooke Sanchez says is like "eating cake and melted ice cream."
Donut Day deal: Customers get four free miniature cinnamon sugar doughnuts, while supplies last.
13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, on the bottom level of Galleria Dallas near the ice rink.
Kids everywhere agree: It isn't Saturday morning unless Dad agrees to lug the kids to the doughnut shop. One of the biggest is global operations is Dunkin' Donuts -- and even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has invested in it. Dunkin' spans 40 countries and has more than 11,000 stores, according to Dunkin's website. The coffee's good, too.
Donut Day deal: Buy a drink, get a free doughnut. Dunkin' stores in D-FW will also be delivering free doughnuts to D-FW police stations as a thank-you for their hard work.
Find your Dunkin' Donuts here.
We'd never seen such fervor over fried dough. When Hurts Donut opened in Frisco in 2017, lines were out the door. Colorful, iced treats were all over Instagram and even on the evening news. Though Hurts Donut sells, well, doughnuts, just like every other shop on this list, it's got some special sparkle that draws both kids and adults up to the 'burbs.
Part of Hurts' appeal might be its relatively good prices: A dozen doughnuts starts at $12. It also might be the hours: It's open 24 hours a day — or "25 hours a day" if you ask its savvy owners — 365 days a year. "We don't even close on Christmas," owner Kas Clegg tells us.
Donut Day deal: While it doesn't look like Hurts will be giving away freebies on National Doughnut Day, they will be donating "a portion of our sales all day Friday" to a military group. They're asking fans to help them pick the non-profit.
3288 Main St., Frisco. Details here.
"You've got to respect the people who drive to eat doughnuts," says Hypnotic Donuts owner James St. Peter. His East Dallas shop, which opened in 2010, is the granddad of artisan doughnuts in D-FW and helped make wacky doughnuts cool here. People traveled 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.
Donut Day deal: While everyone won't get freebies, owners will randomly hand out boxes with gift cards, shirts and gift cards. Good luck.
In Dallas: 9007 Garland Road. 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. Patrons bar hopping or catching a concert can stop in to the Deep Ellum shop from 7 a.m. to noon or 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. to get a doughnut grilled cheese or a doughnut Monte Cristo.
New this year, Glazed opened a second shop at Legacy Hall in Plano.
Glazed does cheffy takes on dessert doughnuts, like their chocolate old-fashioned drizzled with Nutella. Offerings change daily.
Donut Day deal: Get a free doughnut with any purchase at both locations. In Plano, if you make a donation to the Salvation Army, you'll get a fresh stuffed strawberry slider. (Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.) Expect other perks, too.
2644 Elm St., Dallas. glazeddonutworks.com.
Top Pot Doughnuts
Seattle company 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. and 8611 Hillcrest Ave, both in Dallas; and 1251 State St., Suite 700 (in the CityLine development) in 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 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 Mesquite, Garland, Lewisville, Carrollton, Plano, Arlington, Bedford and beyond. (The one Dallas location is listed below.)
10332 Ferguson Road, Dallas. shipleydonuts.com.
Some of Dallas' most beautiful, colorful doughnuts come from Richardson shop Sweet Daze. The shop also sells frozen yogurt, slices of cake and whole, custom-made cakes. (Check out their Instagram for a taste.) But you're here for doughnuts, and what you'll find at Sweet Daze are hot-pink unicorn doughnuts, blue ones with mermaid tails, glittery "galaxy" doughnuts and the like. Get your cameras ready.
581 W. Campbell Road, Richardson. sweetdaze.com.
Repeat after me: I need to try the design-your-own-doughnut bar. At Urban Donut in Uptown Dallas, DYO-doughnutters start with a red velvet doughnut, blueberry cake, yeast, long john or others. Then comes the choice of filling (Bavarian cream, raspberry, lemon or blueberry?), frosting (cream cheese, vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel, strawberry or blueberry?) or icing (chocolate, vanilla, caramel, maple or peanut butter?) Then top it with candy or fruit, almost as if you're at a frozen yogurt shop.
This place is fun.
Donut Day deal: Purchase anything on Friday, June 1 and you'll get a free doughnut.
2805 Allen St., Dallas. urbandonutdallas.com.
Nataly Keomoungkhoun contributed to this story.