Who says donuts are only good for breakfast or dessert? There are so many wonderful artisanal donut shops around the country that are doing innovative and intriguing things with our favorite fried dough. Yes, including savory donuts. We are not just talking about maple bacon donuts, but beyond that.

Here are where you can find the best savory doughnuts all around the country:

Country Ham and Egg Doughnut (Sidecar Doughnuts, Costa Mesa or Santa Monica)

Sidecar DonutsSouthern California’s popular doughnut shops are known for many flavors, including salted caramel and huckleberry. The country ham & eggs flavor, however, has a special place in the heart of its fans. A yeast-raised donut filled with a ham, basil hollandaise sauce, and poached egg. Yes, a whole poached egg. Breakfast is better when fried.

Crawfish Beignets (Brenda’s French Soul Food, San Francisco)

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Technically, beignets are donuts. This soul food restaurant in San Francisco already draws a crowd for its soul food and brunch, including its beignets. Brenda’s takes it a step further by stuffing their beignets with crawfish, spiced with cayenne, scallions & cheddar. With three other sweet fillings, you can get a flight of beignets and have a full meal of fried dough.

Bacon Cheddar Potato Donut (Holy Donut, Portland, Maine)

Holy Donut in Portland, Maine makes some of the best potato donuts on the east coast. They use local ingredients including fresh, mashed Maine potatoes. Our favorite: the bacon cheddar-filled donut. Holy Donut fills the fluffy donut with melted cheddar cheese and bacon bits. They always keep and serve it warm.

Avocado-filled Doughpod (Doughnut Plant, New York)


Doughnut Plant makes new waves last summer when they introduced two new flavors: avocado-filled and samosa-filled donuts. They call the special rectangular doughnuts “doughpods”. Both yeast-raised, the avocado doughpod uses sesame seed dough and fried in olive oil. Avocado and olive oil make it healthy, right? This is how you get your kids to eat their greens.

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