The South’s Best Doughnuts

Britt’s Donut Shop
Carolina Beach, North Carolina
We’ve all been told that good things come to those who wait, and Britt’s Donut Shop is a perfect example of that. Everyone near Carolina Beach waits for Britt’s to open in the spring. This seasonal shop is an icon on the boardwalk and has been since 1939. If you’re looking for a bite of nostalgia, this is the place to take it because not much has changed. Britt’s offers hot, fresh glazed yeast doughnuts. That’s it. No sprinkles. No cream-filled. No crullers. No cake. But they don’t need to offer anything else. Just hop up on one of the few stools at the counter in the narrow shop, order one or six or a dozen or more, sip on some cold milk or soda, and enjoy an iconic summer experience.

Jeri-Lin Donuts
Blytheville, Arkansas
When you visit Jeri-Lin Donuts, be prepared for one of those eye-rolling, taste-bud-overwhelming, ultimate-satisfaction experiences. Everything in this small family-operated business is made from scratch. Divine cinnamon rolls that make instant fans of everyone who tries them are paired with caramel-topped, light-as-air yeast doughnuts. Let owner Linda Musser put them together for the shop’s custom Smush, a unique combination that might sound odd but will leave you breathless.



  1. Can’t believe HOLE doughnuts in Asheville didn’t make the list. They are amazing….always handmade and served hot.

  2. Another great donut shop not mention is The Donut Shoppe in Jacksonville, FL. Donuts made fresh everyday and if you snooze you lose because they sell out and only open until 2:00.

  3. I thought donuts were fried! Your article says fresh from the oven. Learn something new every day. In Orlando, I used to watch Krispy Cream donuts come down the conveyor belt from the fryer and under the sprayer that sprayed glaze on the hot donuts.

  4. Nice list, but not AT ALL complete without mention of Houston, TX’s Shipley Doughnuts or Shreveport, LA’s Southern Maid. These are two of the South’s–point blank, period!

  5. Elvis Presley endorsed exactly ONE product in his entire life: Shreveport’s Southern Maid Donuts. Nothing comes even close to a melt-in-your-mouth hot Southern Maid donut.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.