6 Places Where Weird Donuts Are on the Menu

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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Strange Donuts
Strange Donuts

If we’re being real, donuts are one of the best foods ever, but sometimes the same old chocolate glazed donuts just don't cut it. Whether or not you spell it “donut” or “doughnut,” you’ll want to pack your bags and head to these cities to try some of America’s weirdest donut flavors for yourself.

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

Elvis Donut

Pyscho Donuts

Pretty much everything on the menu at Psycho Donuts is super weird, and with a name like Psycho Donuts that's just what we'd expect. The Dead Elvis is cream-filled with bananas, bacon, peanut butter and jelly. It gets its name from Elvis’ favorite food — a peanut butter, bacon, banana and jelly sandwich.

2. Sushi Donut at Oktopi in Pawleys Island, South Carolina

While definitely not sweet, the Sushi Donut at sushi restaurant Oktopi in tiny Pawleys Island, South Carolina really takes the cake (get it?!) for the weirdest donut on our list. Rice is used to create a patty, with avocado puree and crab meat topping that. For the main event? The restaurant’s sushi chef mixes it up, creating endless, colorful possibilities.

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

Photo Courtesy of Tom + Chee

Photo Courtesy of Tom+Chee

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, you can get a grilled cheese donut in other cities too!

4. The Beet Salad Donut at Glazed Gourmet in Charleston, South Carolina

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 menu? We think it has to be the Beet Salad, because you have to be culinarily adventurous to try the beet custard, orange goat cheese and fennel treat. Customers have only good things to say about it, so something must be working!

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5. Fresh Peach Slider at Revolution Doughnuts in Decatur, Georgia

This inventive donut shop 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.

6. "Strangers" from Strange Donuts in St. Louis, Missouri

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.

Strange Donuts

Strange Donuts

It's their next tier up that really turns the weirdness up a notch. Each week, the 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?


Emily Handy is a writer and editor from Nashville. She loves all things food; is hopelessly addicted to Diet Coke; sees way too many movies; and when she’s not writing, you can fin... more

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