If you’ve been distracted by our recent breakfast taco rivalry (and truce) with Austin, you might have missed something really important: Donuts are having a moment right now. (Need more proof? Check out the winter cover of San Antonio Current‘s Flavor Issue.)
Who doesn’t love a good donut? Even fitness fanatics find donuts to be one of their favorite “cheats.” When I first moved here, everyone I knew was ooohing and ahhing over pictures of babies and weddings that were popping on their Facebook feeds. Meanwhile, I was secretly pining for my East Coast friends’ Sugar Shack donuts and West Coast’s Voodoo Doughnut, so I started my quest for a Texan equivalent. Initially, I was disappointed with San Antonio’s donut variety. We’re known for our culinary diversity, so why couldn’t I find an outrageous donut around here?
With some research, I found that San Antonio is having a donut revolution, I just needed to know where to look. And much like our great coffee boom of 2015, the donut scene is exploding!
Donuts for Your Wild Side
If you’re tired of plain old glazed, you have to check out these donuts!
3428 North Saint Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX 78212 | (210) 731-8009
Regularly featured at The Fairview, Cake Thieves has taken San Antonio by storm! Want your own personal dozen? Contact l[email protected] to place an order for local pickup. Check out her Facebook and Instagram for mouthwatering donut inspiration.
555 W. Bitters Rd.#115, San Antonio, TX 78216 | (210) 277-8612)
Donuts have recently been added to The Bread Box’s repertoire and from the looks of it, they’re knocking it out of the park! (Not to mention everything is baked on-site, from scratch, with locally sourced ingredients.) Stalk their instagram to keep tabs on their newest flavors.
Featured in the March issue of San Antonio Magazine as a “social media guru,” Halee Edwards has more than 70,000 Instagram followers, and it’s easy to see why. She’s concocted everything from Sopapilla to Mangonada donuts. If that doesn’t say “puro San Antonio” to you, I don’t know what will. Right now, you can find her baked goods at rooftop coffee and cocktail bar, Paramour, and the popular Press Coffee. Check out her website for ordering details (24 hours in advance for donuts) and steal some of her recipes!
3307 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX 78201 | (210) 734-5661
The Original Donut Shop is a San Antonio favorite. I had my first Fruity Pebble donut here, and it was perfection. The donut was light and airy, not greasy, and the cereal was fresh and crunchy. Not only can you get donuts, but breakfast tacos too; and they have a drive thru line for both.
306 Pearl Parkway #110, San Antonio, TX 78215 | (210) 862-5582
Bakery Lorraine has been known to serve unique donut creations on Sundays! Get there early! Follow their instagram for sneak peeks.
Right now, the only place to snag Morgan’s Bake Shop donuts is Francis Bogside located at (803 S. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX 78205 | (210) 988-3063) and on Sundays for a limited time. March 6th was the start of a four week hip-hop themed donut series, to include an “underground” donut flavor. Keep an eye out for this one. I can’t imagine that these creations will stop after four weeks.
Mini donuts with gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and grain-free options are delivered straight to your door! Deliveries available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays with flavors like Spiced Mexican Chocolate and French Toast. Keep tabs on Real Crumbles’ instagram for additional flavors.
Sometimes you just need a nice yeasty, fluffy donut that melts in your mouth.
1302 Austin Hwy., San Antonio, TX 78209 | (210) 988-3101
Three locations: 5802 Babcock Rd., San Antonio, TX 78240; (210) 561-8863 | 9793 Culebra Rd., San Antonio, TX 78251; (210) 520-0258 | 1222 S. Main St., Boerne, Texas 78006;
Two locations: 1723 Babcock Rd., San Antonio, TX 78229; (210) 344-7010 | 6811 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX 78216; (210) 340-2877
Specialty: Blueberry Cake Donuts
1583 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78232 | (210) 490-2537
Specialty: Boudain Kolache, blueberry cake donuts, and donuts of almost every color
21920 Bulverde Rd., Ste. 104, San Antonio, TX 78259
Donut Day Trips
These places are a short drive from San Antonio, but I’m sure they’ll be worth it!
9081 FM78, Converse, TX 78109 | (210) 566-7785
M&M Donut has beautiful, elaborate knots and bacon-topped maple long johns.
106 W. Liberty Ave., Round Rock, TX 78664 | (512) 255-3629
212 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78701 | (512) 215-8586
Voodoo Donut is known for making wild donuts and serving them in a notorious pink box. If you can’t get to Austin, you could always pick up a Voodoo inspired Rogue beer from HEB. My pick? The voodoo doughnut pretzel raspberry chocolate ale.
Day Date Donuts
These spots are perfect for a day date!
312 Pearl Pkwy., Bldg. 3, San Antonio, TX 78215 | (210) 354-4644
Try the “David Lee Roth” Krispy Kreme Burger for Brunch (Saturday & Sunday | 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.): A custom blend burger patty with caramelized onion, smoked bacon, American cheese, a fried egg, lemon chive aioli, warm maple syrup, powdered sugar served with roasted potatoes. On a Krispy Kreme “bun,” of course.
700 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 111, San Antonio, TX 78258 | (210) 474-0175
Check out brunch (Sundays only, 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.) featuring Texas Fried Chicken & Donuts with Fire Sauce & Maple Syrup.
Just looking for dessert? Try Paciugo Gelato (999 E. Basse Rd., Ste. 197, San Antonio, TX 78209 | (210) 832-8820
Go off menu and get gelato stuffed in a donut instead of a cone!
Popular San Antonio Donut Chains
Shipleys (16 San Antonio locations)
Daylight Donuts (9517 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX 78240 |
Dunkin Donuts (10 San Antonio locations)
HEB Bakery (Too many locations to count!) I’m a sucker for an HEB Sour Cream Old Fashioned Donut. They’re not the same at every HEB; my favorite has been from the Valley Hi location!
If you’ve found a great donut, please join my revolution and use the hashtag #sanantoniodonuts. You can tag @alamocitymoms, too!