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The Best Damn Donuts in Atlanta

Published On 02/05/2016 Published On 02/05/2016
Revolution Donuts | Whitney Ott/Thrillist

Donuts. All your favorite television characters love them (Liz Lemon, Homer Simpson, Dale Cooper, Buster Bluth... the list goes on), which means they must be good, as TV would never lie. Donuts are also a cultural icon representing a sort of shorthand for cop jokes and business meetings... something we all have probably taken part in. Therefore, donuts are the great unifier... especially these ones you’ll find around ATL.
 

Revolution Doughnuts

Decatur

Everything at Revolution is handmade, all-natural, fresh, and best of all -- whether you’re vegan or gluten-sensitive -- you can still enjoy. Stuffed with the likes of ham, bacon, and more, everything you get will impress you, but the peach sliders (pillowy soft doughnuts crammed with sweet, juicy Georgia peaches) will cement your love for the Peach State.

Dough in the Box

Dough in the Box

Marietta

Have you ever heard of a California-style donut? We hadn’t either until we wandered into this unassuming little spot located in a Marietta strip mall. They offer nearly 40 kinds of donuts and flavors, as well as fritters, coffees, and more. While their seasonal offerings (like cranberry) are amazing, it’s their rich, creamy, cannoli donut that takes the cake... err... donut. Donut cake.

Bon Glaze

Brookhaven

Bon Glaze offers up unique, intricate gourmet donuts with an equally upscale presentation of donuts on display. Not only do they serve sides of bacon in natural wood-smoked, candied, candied cayenne, and chocolate dipped, but their donut flavors include bacon butterscotch, balsamic caramel sea salt, and apple streusel. That’s essentially the entire food pyramid in donut form.

Sublime Donuts

Sublime

Westside

These hefty dough circles are wildly delicious and some even come filled with the likes of rich raspberry jam, lemon curd, or luscious cream. The Saturday-only maple bacon cheddar donut will surely pull you out of bed after a long Friday night.

Tom and Chee

Tom and Chee

Alpharetta

How does a shop that specializes in soup and sandwiches end up in a donut roundup? Three little words that are wonderful on their own and then even better all together: Grilled Cheese Donut. But that’s not all -- they also offer an abundance of donut sandwiches, including the King: a donut crammed with fresh banana, peanut butter, mascarpone, and mozzarella. If you were sleeping on Tom and Chee, it’s time to wake up.

Happy Donuts

East Atlanta

In addition to have solid donuts (the Black Raspberry jam stuffed number is especially good) and more at great, wallet-friendly prices, they’re open all night. Which is good for you, and cops. So you know, be cool man. Be cool.

Da Vinci's Donuts

Da Vinci’s Donuts

Sandy Springs

Da Vinci’s Donuts has earned rave reviews for their tiny, custom made donuts. The moist, cakey bites are incredibly delicious on their own, but are otherworldly when it comes to their countless toppings. All told, you can enjoy over 70 varieties -- and because they’re so small, there’s less guilt (and treadmill time), so you know, go crazy.

Tip Top Donuts

Marietta

Taking a nod from bakeries of yore, Tip Top Donuts offers fresh, homemade baked treats with classic flavors, friendly service, and low prices. Their apple and blueberry fritters are on point, but a freshly made glazed donut is the move.

Sarah Donuts

Sarah Donuts

Norcross

Super cheap and high quality don’t always mix, but they do at Sarah Donuts. What they lack in experimental flavors, they more than make up for in quality and taste. Don't expect to find a s'mores donut or a maple bacon cruller here -- this old-school shop is all about simple, handmade, classics. They also sell out quick, so show up early.

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1. Revolution Doughnuts 908 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

Prince won't make you purify yourself in the Chattahoochee (is that even possible?) for wanting to be down with this Revolution, a shop that's all about delicious doughy spheres in flavors like vanilla bean, blueberry, brown sugar, and salted caramel topped w/ bits o' charcuterie bacon.

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2. Dough In The Box 3184 Austell Rd SW, Marietta, GA 30008 (Marietta)

This unassuming little spot in a Marietta strip mall offers nearly 40 kinds of California-style donuts and flavors, as well as fritters, coffees, and more. While their seasonal offerings (like cranberry) are amazing, it’s their rich, creamy, cannoli donut that stands out from the rest.

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3. Bon Glaze 3575 Durden Dr, Brookhaven, GA 30319 (Brookhaven)

Bon Glaze offers up inventive and intricate gourmet donuts with an elegant presentation of donuts on display. Some of their donut flavors include bacon butterscotch, balsamic caramel sea salt, and apple streusel. Plus, Bon Glaze serve sides of natural wood-smoked bacon, candied bacon, candied cayenne bacon, and chocolate dipped bacon. You're welcome Atlanta.

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4. Sublime Doughnuts 535 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

Sublime is to donuts what Picasso was to painting. They're serious about the craft of creating sweet dough with a hole in the middle and their huge variety of gourmet donuts convey that with every delectable bite.

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5. Tom + Chee 970 N Point Dr Ste B160, Alpharetta, GA 30022 (Alpharetta)

One of many locations, Tom + Chee may specialize in and seriously deliver great soups and sandwiches, but they also offer an abundance of donut sandwiches, including the King: a donut crammed with fresh banana, peanut butter, mascarpone, and mozzarella. And don't forget to check out the Grilled Cheese Donut, a perfect combo of sweet and savory, you won't regret it.

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6. Happy Donuts 380 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

This no frills East Atlanta donut shop is open 24 hours, so you can get your donut fix whenever you want. In addition to have solid donuts like the Black Raspberry jam stuffed, lemon jelly and toasted coconut, all at wallet-friendly prices.

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7. Da Vinci Donuts 5610 Glenridge Dr, Sandy Springs, GA 30342 (Sandy Springs)

One of two locations in the Atlanta area, Da Vinci’s Donuts has earned rave reviews for their tiny, custom made donuts. The moist, cakey bites are incredibly delicious on their own, but are otherworldly when it comes to their countless toppings. You can enjoy over 70 varieties, and because they're so small you can eat a lot of them without feeling guilty... right?

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8. Tip Top Donuts 745 Cobb Pkwy N, Marietta, GA 30062 (Marietta)

Tip Top Donuts keeps it old school, serving up fresh, homemade baked treats with classic flavors, friendly service, and low prices. Their glazed donut is hands down the best they have to offer, but if you want to branch out, definitely check out their apple and blueberry fritters.

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9. Sarah Donuts 5860 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross, GA 30071

Sure, you can get non-sweets (jalapeno sausage rolls, ham/cheese croissants) at this new shop, but you might as well stop playing and cop cakes like the cream cheese-covered red velvet, and donuts such as chocolate peanut-covered or Bavarian cream, aka, a rock band known for their hits “Cross-Autobahns” and “I Don’t Feel All That Free, Because of This Loser Ruler Henry the Quarrelsome”.

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