Best Bets Around Austin for National Doughnut Day

AUSTIN, Texas — Prepare your bodies — National Doughnut Day is June 2, and there are a lot of places around town that want to make your breakfast a little bit sweeter.

Why is Doughnut Day celebrated on June 2?

The event is celebrated on first Friday of June after the Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 chose this date to honor their members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

This year’s National Doughnut Day marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, where the Salvation Army Donut Lassie was born.

The "Donut Lassies," also known as the Doughnut Girls, served along the front lines, giving soldiers free coffee and doughnuts in the trenches.

Donut vs. doughnut?

Really, it’s only grammar nerds that are going to put up a fight about this. The Associated Press requires journalists who follow its style to go with “doughnut" but you do what ever feels right. Merriam-Webster recognizes both spellings. 

Where can I get the best doughnut(s) in town?

Dunkin’ Donuts: Guests get a free classic doughnut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Krispy Kreme: Offering one doughnut of your choice for free. No purchase necessary.

Gourdough’s National Donut Day Celebration: Food and drink specials, a one-day only menu, prizes and giveaways from Deep Eddy Vodka, Altos Tequila, Seersucker Southern Style Gin and more, live music by The Band in Black.

Shipley Do-Nuts: Get one free glazed donut at participating locations from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Voodoo Doughnut: Originating in Portland, the shop is known for its unusual doughnuts, eclectic decor and iconic pink boxes. The Austin location is right in the heart of 6th Street and is open 24 hours a day. 

Round Rock Donuts: Home of the Texas-sized doughnut, the best seller is the shop's classic glazed. 

Ken's Donuts: Located on the UT strip, Ken's is a late-night staple. The bakery is no frills and open 24 hours a day. 

KC Donuts: In South Austin, this little doughnut shop has a good selection of fried dough. 

Little Lucy's Mini Doughnuts: In true Austin fashion, the doughnut truck is named after a pup named Lucy. Typically posted up at Rainey Street, every batch of mini doughnuts comes in a pink bag.

Mrs. Johnson's Bakery: In business since 1948, Mrs. Johson's carries the classics and opens at 8:40 p.m. and stays open until noon the following day, making it the go-to extra-late hours spot to get your fix. 

Are we missing your favorite doughnut spot? Send us an email to TXNewsDesk@charter.com. 

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