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The Best Donut Shops in San Antonio

Stephen Ross Published On 02/09/2016 Published On 02/09/2016
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Whether they’re glazed, cream-filled, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or covered with inch-thick chocolate, donuts epitomize rational breakfast decisions. It's just a matter of which pastry will win you over: is it the cruller, the old fashioned, or the one with Fruity Pebbles on top? As long as you're choosing at one of these top seven San Antonio donut shops, you can't really go wrong.

Snowflake Donuts

Snowflake Donuts

Far West Side

Snowflake has a wide variety of quality options, but their strong suit is a breakfast staple: the glazed donut. If you regularly wake up prior to 5am, you owe it to yourself to order a half dozen glazed donuts from this place and eat them by yourself before sunrise. You’ll thank us later. At $4.50 a half dozen, the place is reasonably priced, too.

The Donut Palace

Donut Palace

Thousand Oaks

The blueberry donut here is not to be played with. It is to be savored, celebrated, even revered. It’s sweet, but not too sweet and has a crispy exterior, yet soft and warm interior. This donut would certainly make Homer Simpson drool.

The Original Donut Shop

Monticello Park

It’s not typically a good sign when a donut shop is known their tacos, but Original Donut Shop isn’t your typical donut haunt. Here’s the proof: they have a Fruity Pebbles Donut. Covered with your childhood’s favorite cereal, the warm, chewy donut with send you straight back to 5th grade. And that’s a good thing.  

Shipley Do-Nuts

Shipley Do-Nuts

Leon Valley

Sure, it’s a regional chain, but there’s no denying the quality of Shipley’s. The donut holes are a perfect compliment to your light yet fluffy chocolate glazed donut. Order with a small coffee and you’re guaranteed to accomplish anything you set your mind to for the remainder of the day.

Old Fashion Donuts

Thousand Oaks

Sometimes you need a no-frills joint that will simply and effectively satiate your most primal donut desires. Old Fashion does that and does it quickly. Famous for their fast service, the joint will get you in and out in under five minutes, which is perfect for early morning breakfast runs for the office. Try their blueberry cake donut -- you won’t be disappointed.

River City Donuts

River City Donuts

Olmos Park

Maybe the best donut joint in all of SA, River City is the best place to grab a strawberry glazed donut -- it’s warm, sweet, airy, and always served quickly. Their hours are convenient too: open from 5am to midnight, Monday through Sunday, you can almost always quell your donut cravings.

El Folklor Bakery

Northwest

The best carrot cake cupcakes and chocolate donuts in our city can be found at El Folklor. Best time to go is Saturday morning, but make sure to arrive early -- the place gets crowded. Check out their day old inventory for some steals while you’re at it.

Love free donuts? Find out where to stock up for this year's National Donut Day on Friday, June 3rd.

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Stephen Ross writes for Thrillist SA and loves donuts more than Homer Simpson. Follow him on Twitter @estebanjross

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1. Snowflake Donuts 9793 Culebra Rd, San Antonio, TX 78251

This should surprise no one, but Snowflake Donuts makes some of the best homemade doughnuts in San Antonio. What may surprise you is that their prices can't be beat, and you need to get over there right now.

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2. Donut Palace 1583 Thousand Oaks Dr, San Antonio, TX 78232

If you have been searching high and low for San Antonio's best doughnuts, look no further than The Donut Palace. Start off your morning right with their delicious baked goods and desserts, because every day should begin with a doughnut and a cup of coffee.

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3. Original Donut Shop 3307 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201 (Monticello Park)

Despite its name, Original Donut Shop in Deco District has some of the best breakfast tacos in San Antonio. Here, the menu is split right down the middle between tacos and donuts, and the frenzied crowds waiting for their food inside and in the drive-thru line only leave you a few seconds to order (especially on weekends). Add a lack of an online menu and a cash-only policy and ordering becomes difficult if you don't know what you want. Regulars assure it's more than worth it; they suggest you stick to bacon and egg tacos or any variety of baked-daily donuts.

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4. Shipley Do-Nuts 6346 Bandera Rd, San Antonio, TX 78238

Okay, Shipley's is a regional chain, but there is no better place for donuts in San Antonio. Not only can you find shops all over the city, but their donuts are fresh, delicious, and taste better than anything else you can find nearby.

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5. Old Fashion Donuts 12914 Jones Maltsberger Rd Ste 103, San Antonio, TX 78247

Old Fashion Donuts is one of our favorite places to get donuts in San Antonio. Not only are their donuts are delicious, but their fast service allows you to stock up on all of the donuts you'll need to get you through the day without being late for work.

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6. River City Donuts 6811 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216 (Olmos Park)

River City Donuts claims that they are the oldest donut shop in San Antonio, and their donuts are certainly no joke. In fact, we think that they are some of the best donuts you can get in the area. If donuts aren't your thing, you'll love their other baked goods for sure.

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7. El Folklor Bakery 2604 S Hackberry, San Antonio, TX 78210

If you want to try some of El Folklor's amazing donuts and baked goods, be prepared to get there early. It is a San Antonio favorite, and therefore they will sell out of their best stuff fast.

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