Courtesy of Scott Suchman
Courtesy of Sugar Shack
Courtesy of District Doughnut and Coffee
Courtesy of Duck Donuts
Courtesy of Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
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Courtesy of Zombie Coffee & Donuts
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1. Sugar Shack Donuts and Coffee804 N Henry St, Alexandria
2. District Doughnut749 8th St SE, Washington
3. Duck Donuts ArlingtonNorth Harrison street, Arlington
4. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken1308 G St NW, Washington
5. GBD1323 Connecticut Ave NW , Washington, DC
6. Zombie Coffee and Donuts3100 14th St NW, Washington
7. 202 Donuts and Coffee4901 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda
Sugar Shack, originally from Richmond, turns out handmade yeast and cake donuts, plus fritters and cinnamon rolls for good measure. The Alexandria shop has around 30 flavors that change throughout the day. Customer favorites include the Samoa donut (yes, like the Girl Scout cookie), mixed berry glazed, red velvet cake, and maple bacon. It's even glazing donuts with local beer (Port City Porter and Port City Optimal Wit). Plus hidden away inside inside Sugar Shack is a speakeasy.
Located on Barracks Row, District Doughnut has one-of-a-kind flavors like lemon meringue and mocha crunch.
Located in the Lee Harrison Shopping Center, (with other locations throughout the DMV and beyond) Duck Donuts sells their vanilla cake-based donuts made-to-order so you can watch the entire baking process from start to finish. Some of their best selling flavors include maple bacon, cinnamon sugar, and vanilla with coconut. Go big by ordering by the bucket: 18 deep fried rings of happiness.
Exactly what it sounds like: donuts and fried chicken that are out of this world.
GBD, or "Golden Brown Delicious", is really a misnomer, as their food is actually way sweeter than even Betty White and Rue McClanahan combined. That's thanks to the crew from Birch & Barley, who're frying birds & doughnuts in this skinny Dupont spot split into three sections: counter-service in the front, bar in the middle, and pin-cushion booth seating (lit by fryer baskets!) in the back.
At Zombie Coffee and Donuts, you make your own donut as you please with toppings and cake flavors like Fruity Pebbles, Fruit Loops, and Cap'n Crunch. If you don’t go custom, the maple bacon and vanilla icing with crushed Oreos are two can’t-misses.
Located inside Bold Bite in Bethesda, 202 Donuts and Coffe serves up extra yeasty donuts and Vigilante coffee. Check out the Bomba, a hole-less donuts filled with vanilla pastry cream and rolled in sugar. The Creamsicle version is also dreamy. Other must-try flavors include Snickers with chewy caramel, chocolate ganache, and salted peanuts and Apple Crunch.