New Orleans/ Food & Drinks
Published on July 20, 2017
Here Are America's 50 Favorite Donut Shops: How Does New Orleans Stack Up?Beignets from Café Du Monde. | Photo: Connie T./Yelp

With abundant donut options across America's cities and towns, it's not hard to find a satisfying treat near you. But when was the last time you had a truly mind-blowing donut?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top 50 donut shops around the country, using Yelp data collected in early May and our own special sauce to produce a data-driven breakdown of where donuts reign supreme in the US—and how New Orleans stacks up.

More than 7,000 U.S. donut shops have a rating of 4 stars or higher on Yelp, as this map we made illustrates. We dug deep to find the 50 best.

As it turns out, New Orleans is definitely pulling its weight, boasting the highest-rated donut emporium in the nation. That's right: Café Du Monde landed on our list at #1.

While it has a lower, 4- star average rating, it has accumulated a massive number of reviews at 9,198 — weighting it more favorably than most other shops in the top tier that average 1,327 reviews.

What makes Café Du Monde special? Its long-running operation (the original café opened in 1862) and traditional beignets probably contribute to its popularity. But there appears to be another factor, based on our analysis: its 24-7 operation. Only 5 percent of the 17,000 donut shops on Yelp in the US are open all the time, but 28 percent of the top 50 are, including five of the top ten donut places nationally.

Next on the list at #19, you'll find District Donuts Sliders Brew, with a 4.5- star average with 1067 reviews. It's the only eatery in our top 50 that's jointly categorized as a donut and burger shop, making it a desirable destination for locals and tourists alike.

Want to know where to score the sweetest, fluffiest donuts the country has to offer? Here's the rundown of the 50 American donut shops to knock off your bucket list:

  1. Café Du Monde (New Orleans)
  2. Doughnut Plant (New York)
  3. The Donut Man (Glendora)
  4. Gourdough’s (Austin)
  5. The Donuttery (Huntington Beach)
  6. Bob’s Donut & Pastry Shop (San Francisco)
  7. Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee (Costa Mesa)
  8. Leonard’s Bakery (Honolulu)
  9. Dough (Brooklyn)
  10. SK Donuts & Croissant (Los Angeles)
  11. BJ Cinnamon (Folsom)
  12. Round Rock Donuts (Round Rock)
  13. Stan’s Donut Shop (Santa Clara)
  14. Seaside Bakery (Newport Beach)
  15. Pip’s Original Doughnuts (Portland)
  16. Cake Among Us ((Rancho Cucamonga))
  17. Peters’ Bakery (San Jose)
  18. Peterson’s Donut Corner (Escondido)
  19. District Donuts Sliders Brew (New Orleans)
  20. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop (Brooklyn)
  21. Daddy’s Donuts (Kenmore)
  22. Country Donuts (Crystal Lake)
  23. Mojo Donuts (Pembroke Pines)
  24. Beiler’s Bakery (Philadelphia)
  25. Do-Rite Donuts (Chicago)
  26. Daily Dozen Doughnuts (Seattle)
  27. VG Donuts & Bakery (Cardiff)
  28. Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee (Richmond)
  29. Blue Star Donuts (Portland)
  30. Donut King (Minneola)
  31. Donnie’s Donuts (Ormond Beach)
  32. Donut Bar (San Diego)
  33. Dahlia Bakery (Seattle)
  34. Karma Kolache (Hous)
  35. Trish’s Mini Donuts (San Francisco)
  36. Might-O Donuts (Seattle)
  37. Ronald’s Donuts (Las Vegas)
  38. Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken (Chicago)
  39. DK’s Donuts of Orange (Orange)
  40. California Donuts (Los Angeles)
  41. The Salty Donut (Miami)
  42. Kettle Glazed Doughnuts (Los Angeles)
  43. The Holy Donut (Portland)
  44. Rolling Pin Donuts (San Bruno)
  45. Dynamo Donut & Coffee (San Francisco)
  46. Rise Biscuits & Donuts (Durham)
  47. Rose Donuts (San Diego)
  48. DK’s Donuts & Bakery (Santa Monica)
  49. Hypnotic Donuts (Dallas)
  50. Randy’s Donuts (Inglewood)