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Looking for the best donuts in the United States? Turns out Los Angeles and Orange County have them.

A mix of iced chocolate and regular donuts.

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Call it, or spell it, whatever and however you like, nothing beats a donut (doughnut).

National Donut Day (yes, of course there is!) is Friday, and to celebrate, Yelp has released its second annual guide to the 100 Best Donut Shops in the Country. While we didn’t do very well last year, Los Angeles and Orange counties flipped it for 2023, with three of the top 10 in our backyard, and another three located in California.

How did you rate the sugary delight rings? According to Yelp!:
We identified businesses in the donut category, then ranked those places using a number of factors, including total volume and review ratings between January 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.

3. JD Flannel Donuts and Coffee

31878 Del Obispo St Ste 122
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Among the donut varieties you know and love, JD Flannel offers gluten-free donuts, as well as gourmet flavors like Holiday Vanilla. Boysenberry, cookies & cream and caramelized apple fritter.

Sue L. Says, “Absolutely fabulous! A unique donut shop. We tried the Brown Butter Sea Salt and the Old Fashioned Buttermilk Glazed, both were still hot and to die for. Lots of gluten free options.”

Jordan A. says, “We have to try the smoked apple fritter, blueberry strudel, and strawberry donuts tonight and I AM IMPRESSED! Best donuts in SoCal.”

4. Munchkins Donuts

902 N Citrus Ave
Covina, CA 91722

It’s not just the donuts that get customers talking at Munchkins. Yelp! he says the cinnamon buns and croissants are just as popular.

Says Stephanie E., “We went with the jalapeno ham and cheese and ham and cheese croissant, they were so good and the cheese just oozes out.”

Says Nick T., “Great croissants and donuts and even better service. The ham and cheese and jalapeno and cream cheese with strawberries are my favorite there.”

9. Simone’s Donuts

6400 E Stearns St Ste A
Long Beach, CA 90815

In addition to all the usual ones you’d expect, Simone’s makes custom donuts for birthdays, graduations, etc.

Emalyn B says: “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for making any occasion extra special. Thank you Melissa!!!”

Melody C. says, “This is THE BEST donut place in Long Beach”

Here’s the full list, with the California locations in bold:

  1. Rocklin Cinnamon Donuts – Rocklin, California
  2. HOLE – Asheville, North Carolina
  3. JD Flannel Donuts and Coffee – San Juan Capistrano, CA
  4. Munchkins Donut Shop – Covina, California
  5. Hot N. Sweet Coffee and Donut Shop – Page, Arizona
  6. Round Rock Donuts – Round Rock, Texas
  7. The Jelly Donut – San Francisco, California
  8. Stan’s Donut Shop – Santa Clara, California
  9. Simone’s Donuts – Long Beach, California
  10. Purvé Donut Stop – Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
  11. Baking in Brooklyn – Waterbury, Connecticut
  12. Happy Donuts – Puyallup, Washington
  13. Superior Bakery – Fayetteville, North Carolina
  14. Steve’s Donuts – Riverside, California
  15. Pip’s Original Donuts & Chai – Portland, Oregon
  16. Old Fashioned Donuts – Chicago, Illinois
  17. Marie’s Donuts – Sacramento, California
  18. Glee Donuts and Burgers – Anaheim, California
  19. Devil’s Donuts – Baltimore, Maryland
  20. Milkbomb Ice Cream – San Francisco, California
  21. Sweethearts Gourmet Donuts – Anthem, Arizona
  22. Sweet Coloradoough – Glenwood Springs, Colorado
  23. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry – Brooklyn, New York
  24. Donuts to Go – Sanford, Florida
  25. Nord’s Bakery – Louisville, Kentucky
  26. Fresh Donuts and Deli – Salt Lake City, Utah
  27. Chuck’s Donut Shop – Renton, Washington
  28. Ruby Donut – Ayer, Massachusetts
  29. Biagio’s Donut Shop & Pizzeria – Eastlake, Ohio
  30. Twinkle Donuts – The Colony, Texas
  31. Robin’s Snowflake Donuts & Cafe – Spring, Texas
  32. Texas Donuts – Lorton, Virginia
  33. Beiler’s Bakery – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  34. Avon Donuts – Pontiac, Michigan
  35. Home Cut Donuts – Joliet, Illinois
  36. Yum Yum Bakeries – Colmar, Pennsylvania
  37. Bill’s Donut Shop – Centerville, Ohio
  38. Sedona Nuts – Sedona, Arizona
  39. Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry – Henderson, Nevada
  40. Bake Shack – Dania Beach, Florida
  41. Lighthouse Donuts – Chicago, Illinois
  42. SH Donuts – Austin, Texas
  43. Ray’s Donuts – Marietta, Georgia
  44. Maui Ono Donuts – Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
  45. Sweet Spot Cafe – St. Ann, Missouri
  46. Grandma’s Gourmet Donuts – Bozeman, Montana
  47. Donuts at Sunrise – Phoenix, Arizona
  48. Holey Grail Donuts – Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii
  49. Family Donut Shop – Seattle, Washington
  50. Pink Love Donuts and more – Oakland Park, Florida
  51. The Local Donut – Scottsdale, Arizona
  52. Paula’s Donuts – Tonawanda, New York
  53. Thomas Donut & Snack Shop – Panama City Beach, Florida
  54. Gurnee Donuts – Gurnee, Illinois
  55. Long’s Bakery – Indianapolis, Indiana
  56. PANA Donuts Coffee & Boba Tea – Indianapolis, Indiana
  57. Baker’s Dozen – Raleigh, North Carolina
  58. Ronald’s Donuts – Las Vegas, Nevada
  59. Urban Cookies Bakery – Phoenix, Arizona
  60. Hole in a Donut – Tampa, Florida
  61. Glazed Donuts – Hampton, Virginia
  62. OMG Donuts & Bakery – Concord, North Carolina
  63. Donnie’s Donuts – Ormond Beach, Florida
  64. Desert Donuts – Phoenix, Arizona
  65. Sluys Poulsbo Bakery – Poulsbo, Washington
  66. Donut King Hawaii – Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
  67. Friendly Donut House – Henderson, NV
  68. Dough in the Box Donuts – Marietta, Georgia
  69. The Hollywood Donut Factory – Hollywood, Florida
  70. Mr. Donuts – Lone Tree, Colorado
  71. D.G. Donuts – Ocoee, Florida
  72. Dom Bakeries – Ypsilanti, Michigan
  73. Donut Day – Aloha, Oregon
  74. Carol Lee’s Donuts – Blacksburg, Virginia
  75. A & H Donuts – Fort Worth, Texas
  76. Heights Bakery – Columbia Heights, Minnesota
  77. The Tatonut Store – Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  78. Doe Donuts – Portland, Oregon
  79. Sweet Donuts – Las Vegas, Nevada
  80. Valkyrie Donuts – Orlando, Florida
  81. Dan-D-Donuts & Deli – Panama City, Florida
  82. Developer Donuts – Marietta, Georgia
  83. Hell Yeah Gluten Free – Atlanta, Georgia
  84. Glazed Donuts – Beacon, New York
  85. Conscious Coffee – Las Vegas, Nevada
  86. Kane’s Donuts – Boston, Massachusetts (downtown location)
  87. The Donut Vault – Chicago, Illinois
  88. Angelina Bakery – New York, New York
  89. Carl’s Donuts – Las Vegas, Nevada
  90. The Flour Box – Seattle, Washington
  91. Marietta Donuts – Marietta, Georgia
  92. Gibson’s Donuts – Memphis, Tennessee
  93. Kamehameha Bakery – Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
  94. Mikiko Mochi Donuts – Portland, Oregon
  95. Great Donuts – San Antonio, Texas
  96. Donut Run–Washington, D.C.
  97. HenDough – Hendersonville, North Carolina
  98. Titus Bakery – Lebanon, Indiana
  99. Croffle House – Flushing, New York
  100. Donut Den – Joliet, IL

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