It's lucky that doughnuts get their day — their National Doughnut Day — on Friday, June 2. 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 the special shops that are doing more than the norm. Here are 7 delicious doughnut shops in Dallas-Fort Worth:
We'd never seen such fervor over fried dough. When Hurts Donut opened in Friso in January, 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.
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.
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 on Fridays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. to 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.
Four Dallas-area shops: 2937 Greenville Ave., 8611 Hillcrest Ave, 2320 N. Houston St. (in Victory Park), all in Dallas; 1251 State Street, 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 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 Mesquite, Garland, Lewisville, Carrollton, Plano, Arlington, Bedford and beyond. (The one Dallas location is listed below.)
10332 Ferguson Road, Dallas. shipleydonuts.com.
Rise Biscuits Donuts
Why sell just doughnuts when you could also sell biscuits? Rise Biscuits Donuts, a North Carolina company, has made its way to North Texas, selling both sweet and savory pastries. Doughnuts range from classic to wacky: from glazed to pineapple-basil-pistachio or a Butterfinger doughnut. The biscuit sandwiches are savory, like the fried buffalo chicken slathered with blue cheese sauce.
Their aim is to make "the best dang biscuits and donuts" you've ever had. It's an important job.
950 W. Stacy Road in the Stacy Village Shopping Center, Allen. Details here.
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.