Doughnuts, From Classic to Fanciful, are Making Their Mark in SA

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Lea Thompson

The breakfast taco is arguably San Antonio's most iconic morning dish, but the city refuses to let go of the world's next greatest breakfast staple: doughnuts. Whether you're craving something savory to dunk in your coffee, or a sweet snack to brighten up your morning, these locally owned bakeries and shops have your back.

We've created a list of the best doughnuts in San Antonio's growing bakery landscape. If nothing else, these doughnut, kolache and coffee shops will give you a good reason to get up early in the morning.

The Original Donut Shop

3307 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 734-5661

The Original Donut Shop will never make you choose between breakfast tacos and doughnuts — they've been serving both to San Antonians since 1954. But when you're in a dessert state of mind, ask for freshly baked cinnamon crumb doughnuts or chocolate- covered cake doughnuts, which will melt in your mouth. Whether you're looking for a doughnut covered in Fruity Pebbles or a Christmas-inspired holiday doughnut, The Original Donut Shop is the best place for quirky colors and fun flavor combinations.

Get 'em while they're hot: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Sunday; 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays

River City Donuts

1723 Babcock Road, (210) 344-7010

There's more to River City than the name suggests — yes, there is a wall-sized case of doughnuts, but there's also a ton of fresh kolaches, croissants and beverages for you to devour in-house or generously share with friends. A true neighborhood bakery, River City employees know their customers' names and orders by heart. It might not yet be socially acceptable for adults to eat birthday cake for breakfast, but in the meantime, we'll just shamelessly enjoy their chocolate- covered doughnuts with sprinkles.

Get 'em while they're hot: 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays

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Lea Thompson

Daylight Donuts

9517 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 696-7979

When you walk into Daylight Donuts, you'll immediately notice two things: the sweet smell of freshly baked pastries and a ton of rooster-themed decorations throughout the store. The roosters seem to be a nod to the Daylight bakers, who wake up early to create a huge variety of doughnuts before the doors open at 5 a.m. For the full Daylight experience, grab a cup of house coffee, head to the rooster table in the back and enjoy some chocolate cake doughnuts, enveloped in coconut shavings.

Get 'em while they're hot: 5 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday; 6 a.m. to noon Saturday; closed Sundays.

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Lea Thompson

Amaya's Cocina

1502 E. Commerce St., (210) 265-5449

Amaya's has served thoughtful and flavorful dishes since 2014, but a visit to the East Side restaurant will transport you back to times spent in Abuelita's kitchen. Amaya's carries a savory pumpkin doughnut, which stood out from a sea of sugar rushes (and crashes). The doughnut paired well with the house coffee, but it could also serve as a welcome addition to their Mexican chorizo breakfast plate. If you're feeling snacky, try one of their mini-doughnuts, available for just 69 cents each.

Get 'em while they're hot: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Saturday

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Lea Thompson

Fairview Coffee

3428 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 731-8009

When husband-and-wife team John Sanchez and Whitney Collins opened Fairview earlier this year, it was instantly recognized as one of the top spots in San Antonio for a truly great cup of coffee. That being said, Fairview deserves some serious love for their delicious and creative baked goods, like the bacon, peanut butter and strawberry jam doughnuts, incredible orange cardamom doughnuts and some surprising menu additions, including homemade empanadas. This modern little coffee shop is the perfect place to chill and work, meet with friends or push your way in line for that final sugary treat.

Get 'em while they're hot: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

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Jaime Monzon

Fresh Donuts

1302 Austin Hwy., (210) 988-3101

Fresh Donuts serves up great classic doughnuts (duh), but their bearclaws, crullers and kolaches are even better. It's worth showing up early for a hot apple fritter, which maintains the perfect balance between sweet cinnamon and yeasty glazed goodness. The best part? They have a drive-thru window, so you can get your doughnut fix without leaving the car.

Get 'em while they're hot: 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays

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