6 Places Where Weird Donuts Are on the Menu

Forget glazed or powdered. These off-beat bakeries are making donuts with ingredients like bacon, sweet corn and fried chicken — we dare you to try them all.

Emily Handy
On Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 06:00
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If we’re being real, donuts are one of the best foods ever, but sometimes the same old chocolate glazed and jelly-filled donuts just don't cut it. Forget glazed or powdered. These offbeat bakeries are making donuts with ingredients like bacon, beets and fried chicken — we dare you to try them all.

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1. The Dead Elvis at Psycho Donuts in Campbell, CA

With a name like Psycho Donuts, what did you expect? Pretty much everything on the menu here is weird and out of the box, which is why we love it so much. Getting its name from Elvis' favorite food - a peanut butter, bacon, banana and jelly sandwich - the Dead Elvis is cream-filled concoction with bananas, bacon, peanut butter and jelly. 

2. The Dirty South at Gourdough's in Austin, TX

Gourdough's means business when it comes to donuts. The Austin-based eatery serves up some of the most unique donuts on this side of the Mississippi. The Dirty South is a must, though. This donut combines hand, battered chicken fried steak, a potato pancake, creamy white gravy and cranberry habanero jam all served a top of a piping hot donut.  

3. Grilled Cheese Donut at Tom + Chee in Cincinnati, OH

Mixing a grilled cheese with a soft, yeasty donut sounds ridiculous, but don’t knock it till you try it. A delicious “inside-out” donut is the star, oozing with melted cheese. Go with the Classic GCD to start, and once you’re feeling even more adventurous, try the Strawberry Lemonade complete with strawberries, lemon mascarpone and mozzarella. Tom + Chee is a small chain that's currently expanding, so don’t worry, if you get hooked in Cincinnati, chances are you can get your hands on a grilled cheese donut in other cities, too!

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4. "Strangers" from Strange Donuts in St. Louis, MO

Strange Donuts is a donut shop for everyone. They have their classics: Glazed, Rainbow Pony or Jelly-filled. Their next step up gets a little weirder, but still nothing we haven’t seen before with flavors like Red Velvet and Blueberry Cheesecake.

It's their next tier up that really turns the weirdness up a notch. Each week, the St. Louis-based bakery offers a few “Strangers,” or unique, never-before-seen donut flavors. If you want a Stranger, you’ll have to act fast as they are only sold on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Chicken ‘n Waffle donuts recently graced the menu, as well as a savory buffalo chicken dip donut smothered in ranch. Worth a try, even just to say you tried it, right?

5. Sweet Corn & Blueberry Donut at Glazed Gourmet in Charleston, SC

It’s not a simple choice of chocolate glazed or plain here. Glazed Gourmet is seriously upping their flavor profiles and catering to a more sophisticated palate. The weirdest donut on the Charleston eatery's menu? We think it has to be the Sweet Corn and Blueberry, which combines sweet corn custard, blueberry glaze and corn lemon shortbread. Customers have only good things to say about it, so something must be working!

6. Fresh Peach Slider at Revolution Doughnuts in Decatur, GA

This inventive donut shop in Decatur, GA has been featured on Food Network and the Cooking Channel, so you know you’re about to bite into something that has been praised by the food gods. It’s not unusual for folks to line up out the door for one of Revolution’s Fresh Peach Sliders. Georgia’s known for its peaches, and Revolution is known for their donuts, so this is just a match made in heaven.

Still hungry for more? Make your own delicious donuts, like these Sweet Potato Doughnut Holes With Cardamom-Orange Glaze or these Baked Chocolate Spice Donuts.


Emily Handy is a writer and editor from Nashville.