Who doesn't love sitting down with a good cup of coffee and a piece of sugary, fried dough? It's among one of the best things to do in Houston and a favorite weekend ritual among many Houstonians, and with so many places popping up in and around the city, there's no shortage of spots to choose from.
Whether you're looking for a cheap, simple glazed or a gourmet maple bacon, start by trying one of these great Houston donut shops.
B&B Donuts doesn't have a website or social media presence. But then again, it doesn't need one. When the donuts are this good, word of mouth does the work for you.
If you prefer the staples of a simple glazed or lightly frosted donut, bear claw or classic cinnamon twist, this is your kind of place. Best of all, prices are some of the cheapest in the city. A dozen donut holes will cost you about a dollar, and most donuts are a buck or less.
For a little more selection with similarly low prices, Le Donut is a great bet. Like B&B, this place doesn't mess with a ton of frills or adventurous flavor combinations—the craziest you'll find is red velvet, M&Ms sprinkled on top, or maybe sometimes some vanilla bacon donuts. It sticks with the basics, and it does them so well.
For a fancier donut, try this cafe-style brunch spot. It's one of the best brunch spots in Houston, but it takes brunch to the next level. Not content to rest on the laurels of old-fashioned cake donuts of the past, Morningstar has an abundance of creativity in its selection.
The salted lime and chile pineapple fritter and chocolate, for example, is a mouthful of flavors, and the PB&J is what childhood dreams are made of. Morningstar even has several options for those looking for health-conscious, organic, or vegan food in Houston, and there's no shortage of options with Matcha.
Pair any of the colorful donuts with one of their responsibly sourced coffee or tea beverages for a tasty—and Instagram-primed—breakfast.
Tip: Try the Matcha Sua Da, a tea-based spin-off of Vietnamese iced coffee.
In addition to all the classic—and generously frosted and glazed—donut flavors, they also have cinnamon rolls, muffins and turnovers, as well as savory kolaches, biscuit sandwiches, and breakfast tacos.
The friendly and down-to-earth staff makes it a warm and inviting neighborhood spot, and the low prices make it a perfect spot for a cheap breakfast or post-brunch dessert.
The Heights has a knack for high-quality restaurants that feature tasty food with a twist, and Lee's doesn't disappoint. This spot has both — you guessed it—fried chicken and donuts.
And while you're welcome to get each separately, the combination of the two is mind-blowing. The Double Donut Fried Chicken Sandwich might be outrageously bad for you, but it's worth trying at least once.
Lee's has some of the classics—like raised or old-fashioned glazed— but it's their original flavors that make it one of the best spots to try. The Mexican Chocolate is light and chocolatey with just a hint of cinnamon, and the Praline Bacon is the perfect combo of sweet and savory.
Tip: Lee's has a drive-thru, so you don't even have to get out of your pajamas.
For those who prefer donuts to come in a variety of shapes, River Oaks has you covered. In addition to the standard rings and s'mores donuts, you can get your donuts in bites, pops, towers, Texas-sized—even in the shape of alphabet letters.
Rather than just a simple glazed, donut holes also coming in dozens of fillings and flavors, including some gluten-free options.
It's a favorite spot among Inner Loopers to grab a box for the office or to take back to a hungry household.
This Heights-area donut shop specializes in a rotating selection of hand-crafted, gourmet donuts, breakfast sandwiches, and Katz coffee drinks. The yeast donuts are fluffier than you'll find at many other donut shops, and the flavors are creative yet relatively tame—with combinations like blueberry with lemon glaze and green tea coconut.
Like Morningstar, Hugs & Donuts also has a variety of vegan donuts to choose from that are light and cakey.
Tip: This place is right next to Fat Cat Creamery and can get busy on the weekends. Space at their fun, donut-shaped tables inside is limited, so come during the week or off-times to snag a spot.
For those who prefer fritters over standard donuts, Fresh & Best has hands down the best apple fritters in Houston. They are crispy without being too greasy, with a perfect apple-to-fritter ratio.
In addition to the standard cake, filled and classic glazed donuts, they also have some buttermilk donuts that are as rich and heavenly as the name suggests. Best of all, they are as cheap as they are delicious—a dozen will only run you about $10.
There are many things to do in Houston on a budget, and for those on the west side of the city who want an inexpensive and tasty weekend treat, Fresh & Donuts is a great bet.
With dozens of options to choose from, it's hard to believe that every donut at Glazed is made fresh to order—but it is. Donuts here can be covered in pretty much every kind of cereal or candy bar imaginable, and fillings pay homage to a surprising number of pies.
Want a grilled cheese sandwich made with glazed donuts instead of bread? Glazed has that, too. The experimentation at this place knows no bounds.
With donuts running between $2 and $4 a pop, it can be a bit of a splurge. But the occasional treat here is well worth the price.
True to its name, Not Jus' Donuts has a wide selection of baked goods to choose from. Its beautifully decorated cake balls, cookies, and cupcakes might make it one of the most popular bakeries in Houston, but its donuts shouldn't be overlooked.
The sour cream donuts, in particular, are a favorite among locals, and the plain glazed will make you remember how tasty a "simple" donut can be.
Tip: The expertly crafted gourmet donuts are only available on Saturdays or by pre-order only, so plan ahead if you want to try their more elaborate flavors like German chocolate, cream cheese nut or maple pecan.