By Chris Griffy
Whether you choose to use the spelling of donut or doughnut, they are without a doubt one of the most popular snack foods in America. They have also become one of the most popular vehicles for restaurants to put their own unique spins on. Atlanta is no exception to this trend, as there is no shortage of upscale bakeries and delis offering variations on the standard fried dough treat.
Revolution Doughnuts And Coffee
745 Edgewood Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
If you’re going to name your donut shop Revolution, you’d better be ready to bring something different to the game. Revolution Doughnuts and Coffee does that with their philosophy that donuts don’t have to mean processed junk food. Revolution hand makes all of the doughs, glazes, and fillings at their shop. They also put the focus on high quality ingredients and organic flour. For those with dietary restrictions, Revolution offers vegan options as well as gluten free donuts made with almond flour.
3794 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
The winner of several Best Of Atlanta awards, Bon Glaze’s Kelly and Kenny Keith take their experiences living and working across the country and put their bakery’s focus firmly on decadence. While their made from scratch fillings and glazes would likely land them on a list of Atlanta’s best alone, it’s their secret ingredient that sets them apart; bacon. Their wood smoked bacon highlights a number of Bon Glaze’s offerings, including a bacon butterscotch donut and a selection of breakfast sandwiches using donuts as buns.
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 3B
Alpharetta, Ga 30005
Donut Theory stands out among Atlanta’s donut shops for its embrace of both tradition and innovation. With a website that proudly asks the question “what happened to the donut?” as a mission statement, Donut Theory focuses on traditional baking techniques to make as authentic a yeast donut as can be. But they also aren’t afraid to color outside the lines. This is best evidenced by their signature brioche donut. Using a dough recipe for the rich and buttery French bread, Donut Theory adds additional yeast to bring about a dough that brings the best quality of both brioche and donuts. The premium toppings and fillings are just icing on the cake, or the donut in this case.
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2566 Briarcliff Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30329
Sublime Doughnuts makes its mark on the competitive Atlanta pastry scene by bringing unique flavors and textures to the donut scene. Founder Kamal Grant’s travels around the world as a baker in the Navy informed his creativity at Sublime Doughnuts, bringing the best of the world’s takes on the donut to Atlanta. Local favorites include the chocolate banana fritter, the red velvet cake donut, and the salt and vinegar donut.
Dough In The Box
3184 Austell Road S.W.
Marietta, GA 30008
For all the talk of strange and inventive donut combinations, sometimes you just can’t beat a great traditional donut. That is where Dough in the Box thrives. Their hand made California-style donuts might not feature bacon or other non-traditional ingredients, but they have an impressively large variety of flavors in both their raised and cake style donuts. They also have a variety of other donut styles such as apple fritters and Italian cannoli.
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