7 Must-Follow Doughnut Shops on Instagram
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The next best thing to eating doughnuts is ogling them online. Whether it’s distance or dietary restrictions that prevent you from pigging out on glazed pastries, nothing’s stopping you from following these seven delectable doughnut shop Instagram accounts. Indulge guilt-free by adding them to your feed.
“Big. Fat. Donuts.” is the catch phrase of this infamous Austin vendor that began in an Airstream trailer. The company has since expanded to two restaurants where Southerners flock for cleverly named doughnut entrées in sweet and savory combinations with a soul-food bent. See if you can stomach the Mother Clucker, a doughnut topped with fried chicken and drizzled with honey butter; the Fat Elvis, a doughnut smothered in peanut butter icing and piled high with grilled bananas and bacon; or the Son of a Peach, a peach-filled doughnut sprinkled with cinnamon, sugar, and cake mix topping. Gourdough’s Instagram is your one-stop shop for temptation.
Glam Doll Donuts
This Minneapolis bakery is admittedly girly in design, with a bright pink overhang outside and dainty vintage décor inside. But the doughnuts are hardcore: a bourbon-apple fritter with optional bacon called the Pinup Girl; an espresso cream cheese cruller known as the Flirty Frenchie; or Daddy Dearest, a Surly beer-infused and glazed cake doughnut. The shop’s Instagram is a collection of personalized doughnuts for bands that play at famed concert venue First Avenue, “brains” doughnuts for the annual Zombie Pub Crawl, and sassy candy heart-shaped doughnuts that let your valentine know “I can’t feel my face when I’m with u” or “U R A Turd.” Charming. And tasty.
Blue Star Donuts
This Portland-based bakery is one of 19 restaurants that foodies Katie Poppe and Micah Camden have opened together. Inspired by the sophistication of European pastries, the co-founders take pastries to another level with flavors like mimosa, blueberry bourbon basil, and tiramisu. The company’s Instagram is a collage of dough-licious prep shots, mouthwatering close-ups of glazed pastries, and portraits of smiling, satisfied customers. Inspired to venture out for a bite? Blue Star has multiple locations throughout Stumptown and is now open in L.A. and Tokyo, too.
You’ve likely seen this Brooklyn-born bakery’s bright pink hibiscus doughnut pop up on your Instagram feed. Other unforgettable offerings (inspired by founder Fany Gerson’s Mexican heritage) include passion fruit, toasted coconut, chocolate chipotle, and horchata. With a circumference as big as your face, these pastries make for perfect models against the New York skyline.
As if the doughnuts alone weren’t amazing, this acronym-ed L.A. eatery also serves ice cream and coffee—on top or infused into the pastries. Decadent yeast and cake orbs dripping in glaze and photographed against bold backgrounds dominate this Instagram feed. Whether it’s of the Mochanut (a chocolate-dipped doughnut filled with coffee custard and sprinkled with toasted hazelnuts), butterscotch toffee, or caramel bacon pretzel variety, these evocative pics will make you wish social media was scratch-and-sniff.
Everything at this Costa Mesa bakery is made from scratch, be it in compote, custard, cream, crumble or glaze form. Fried hourly in small batches, these doughnuts come in flavor wallops like Brennan’s Bananas Foster, Southern Gentleman Pecan Pie, and Shaker Lemon Pie. There are even gluten free—though no less gluttonous—options. Sidecar’s Instagram is frilly, festive food porn.
When you want to get seriously silly, visit Voodoo Doughnut’s Instagram. Whether commemorating the death of someone great (David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Dan Haggerty have all been memorialized in multi-hued glaze) or vicariously torturing your ex with Voodoo’s namesake doughnut (pretzel stake and “blood” filling included), the Portland pastry staple has tongue-in-cheek pastries on lockdown. Chinese New Year, the Simpsons, the Super Bowl—it’s all fodder for edible art.