What a sugary carb filled dream, Rory. I took a class in grad school about research ergo I am a researcher. A few months ago my research took me to the city and beyond to bring you the best pancakes in Atlanta. Well, I am here once again to provide you with the need for an extra shot of insulin because I present for your approval: The Best Donuts in Atlanta.
Barbie had her dream house. Well this shop is basically my dream house, and it’s within walking distance to my apartment, so the calories are negated #science. I’ve never had a donut from here that was subpar. The cinnamon sugar one is my roommate’s favorite. I’m partial to the banana bread one and the peach glaze one that comes out in the summer. They have unique flavors every month while keeping the staples. Caroline visited me a few months ago, and I took her and her life hasn’t been the same since. They have donuts made with almond flour that are just as good as the gluten filled ones. I’m basically certain their bakers are wizards.
It’s an Atlanta staple. They are open 24 hours. What more could you need? There are several locations in the Atlanta area now, but the original one is located near Georgia Tech’s west campus. Makes sense, right? Twenty-four hour donuts and engineering students go hand in hand. Their donuts are very good, but after discussing it with my live-in donut expert, (my roommate, Marie) we decided that their donuts are made to cater to college students. They aren’t necessarily artisan or unique flavors: Oreo, Reese’s, Nutella, Butterfinger, etc. I made it worth my while (and calories) and walked there in the June heat. It’s about a three mile walk one way. But that s’mores donut was perfection.
Oh research, how I love thee. I’m writing this portion on National Donut Day, so a lot of places are doing promotions to celebrate good times come on. I had never been to Doughnut Dollies, but if you commented on their social media, they would send you a coupon for BOGO donuts. Ummmm okkkaaaayy. We got up at 6:30, so we could be there when they opened at 7:00 to make sure they wouldn’t sell out of flavors. Now these donuts are works of art-both visually and culinarily (Is that a word? It is now.) I got the chocolate orange and peanut butter and jelly, and my roommate got blueberry cake and chocolate cake. We divided them, so we could try more flavors, and oh my word. Every Taylor Swift love song started playing in my head with the first bite.
Five Daughters Bakery
This is a Nashville born bakery that has made its way to Atlanta. They are best known for their hundred layer donut, and they are thick like my thighs. They are good donuts, but I think some of the above mentioned ones are better. Plus, they are the most expensive ones that I found during my “research”. But I’ll never turn up my nose at anything chocolate sea salt or strawberry shortcake.
These donuts are all mini which is excellent because my appetite for sugar is not mini. These force me to have control. They have a lot of gourmet flavors, AND you can create your own. It’s like Chipotle for donuts. Choose your donut. Choose your icing. Choose your drizzle. Choose your toppings. That was too much brain power at 8:00 in the morning, so I went with an already made flavor-Samoa. Girl scouts for the win.
In summation, this was a delightful little rendezvous around my city looking for a sugar coma. If I HAD to choose a favorite, it would be Doughnut Dollies. If you need me for the foreseeable future, I’ll be running around Atlanta trying to sweat these donuts off my hips.