Gourmet Donuts in Washington, D.C.

Donuts aren't just for cops and business meetings. Fresh, homemade donuts are starting to spring up in D.C. in the unlikeliest of places, from pubs and wine shops to brunch buffets and organic breakfast spots. Whether traditionally shaped or of the donut hole variety, these hot, sugary treats can make your entire meal when done right. Check out our favorite places to grab fresh, gourmet donuts in the district.

Updated: August 16, 2010

Best Gourmet Donuts in Washington, D.C.

Founding Farmers

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

A generous pile of donut holes is available by the basket during weekend brunch. The yeasty, glazed holes are served with three dipping sauces (vanilla rum, caramel and chocolate) and come with French pressed coffee or hot chocolate for two.

Cork Market & Tasting Room

1805 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

These donuts are made fresh every Sunday morning. The petite cakey rounds are dipped in cinnamon and sugar and sold piping hot. It's a good thing the market also sells glass bottles of milk; you'll want to eat these donuts on the premises while they are still amazingly fresh.

Darlington House

1610 20th St Nw, Washington, DC 20009

You'll find warm donut holes on the dessert menu of this lodge-like Dupont pub. Served hot in a brown paper bag, they also come with three different dipping sauces.

Redwood Restaurant and Bar

7121 Bethesda Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814

Stake out a spot at the buffet to nab the donut holes at this Bethesda Row restaurant, which serves them during its weekly Sunday jazz brunch. The apple cider confections are part of the buffet line-up, and they go fast--you'll want to be there when a fresh batch is brought from the kitchen.

A M Wine Shoppe

2122 18th St Nw, Washington, DC 20009

The thick, dense donuts at this wine shop and deli (owned by the people behind Cashion's Eat Place, just up the street in Adams Morgan) are served fresh every Saturday morning. They're dipped in cinnamon and sugar, but you'll also taste a subtle citrus kick.

Tabard Inn Restaurant

1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

The Tabard Inn Restaurant's fresh donuts are legendary. The freshly fried donuts are available at Saturday and Sunday brunch and are served with cinnamon sugar and vanilla whipped cream.


2020 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

A bit different from the rest, Eola's fresh, cakey donut?part of the brunch lineup?is glazed, not sprinkled with sugar.