I’ve long said that Columbus could be called Donut City USA. From old school to new school, simple glazes to creme brulee crusts, we do it all. I present to you a Complete Guide to (Locally Owned) Columbus Donut Shops. [Updated 5/17/20]
650 Georgesville Rd.
Located on the west side in an old fast food building, Amy’s whips up donuts with colorful icings and toppings like crushed cookies, candies, crackers, you name it.
1490 Clara Ave.
Auddino’s is a long-running family bakery near the Ohio State Fairgrounds, supplying breads and pastries to many Columbus restaurants. Their signature is the doughssant, a fried and glazed croissant they first started making in the early 90s, long before the cronut craze.
1168 Kenny Center Mall
Belle’s is part of the Japanese Marketplace off Henderson that includes Tensuke Market and Akai Hana. They make delicious Japanese-style pastries, including a variety of filled, yeast-raised donuts.
Buckeye Donuts (Campus)
1998 N. High St.
Buckeye Donuts is the old campus classic, run by the Barouxis family since 1969 and serving generations of Ohio State students. Visit them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for maple bacon longjohns, buttermilk cake donuts, custard-filled delights, cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, and the signature buckeye donut.
Buckeye Donuts (South Side)
1363 S. High St.
The Buckeye Donuts on the south side shares a name and some recipes with its campus cousin, although the two haven’t been officially connected for decades. This location focuses on old school donuts and coffee; it’s also open 24/7.
541 S. Drexel Ave.
This charming Bexley cafe produces gluten- and nut-free versions of all your favorites: muffins, cookies, scones, brownies. The lineup includes a small variety of donuts, usually in cinnamon, chocolate, and seasonal flavors.
5228 Cemetery Rd.
The local franchise of Daylight Donuts is nestled in Hilliard. They make a nice variety of yeast-raised and cake donuts, plus cinnamon rolls, fritters, longjohns.
445 S. Jefferson Ave.
While the closest Der Dutchman to Columbus is in Plain City, you’ll still find their donuts served at various grocery stores and restaurants. Their specialty are the giant, cream-filled longjohns.
59 Spruce St.
Visit Heather Morris and her donut-making team inside the North Market! They make a variety of giant, yeast-raised donuts and smaller cake “nibblers” every day, with flavors like apricot pistachio and blackberry cardamom. Destination Donut is the place for vegan selections, too!
1715 W. Third Ave.
DK is a Grandview institution, a hidden gem of a diner that’s a gathering place for generations of families. The hearty breakfasts are a can’t-miss, but a visit to the “Donut Kitchen” yields city favorite sour cream donuts, cream-filled longjohns, and fritters the size of softballs.
Donna’s Delicious Dozen
5322 N. Hamilton Rd.
The family-run Donna’s sits between Gahanna and New Albany. They use the simple format of frying up one type of donut to order, then topping them candies and cereals and frostings. You can build your own or use their preset menu creations.
Duck Donuts (Westerville)
825 Polaris Pkw.
Duck Donuts (Dublin)
7717 Sawmill Rd.
The North Carolina-based Duck Donuts is familiar to anyone who’s vacationed on the Outer Banks. The local franchises repeat the family-friendly formula of frying up one type of spongy cake donut, then letting you top it to your heart’s content. (And a third location is on the way near Tuttle Mall.)
2806 London Groveport Rd. (Grove City)
1288 W. Fifth Ave. (Grandview)
Dragon Donuts is a locally owned, family-run affair. They started with a shop in Grove City and expanded to one in Grandview, with a third in the works for Easton. They feature a menu of made-to-order donuts with classic glazes and dips, plus a big mix of signatures with crazy toppings.
Golden Donuts & Diner
1928 Lockbourne Rd.
This long-running diner and donut shop – another example of those old places that used to be Jolly Pirates – is known for their hearty breakfasts and menu of old school donuts. (Photo courtesy of CMH Gourmand.)
Happy Little Treats
1247 N. High St. (Short North)
1962 N. Mallway Dr. (Upper Arlington)
Happy Little Treats is the new iteration of The Angry Baker, an all-vegan bakery cooking up everything from poptarts to muffins to – you guessed it – baked donuts.
HoneyDip Donuts & Diner
4480 Kenny Rd.
Like Golden Donut and Buckeye Donuts, HoneyDip is an old Jolly Pirate that continues crafting old school donuts. Over recent years, the place was renovated to include a full diner menu.
Jolly Pirate (Grove City)
Jolly Pirate (Reynoldsburg)
While Jolly Pirate has dwindled in size over the years, it still holds a firm place in Ohio dining history. Many of the city’s older donut shops trace their heritage as Jolly Pirates franchises: both Buckeye Donuts, HoneyDip, Golden Donut all bear the echoes of Jolly Pirate locations. Now there are two left in Ohio – Grove City and Reynoldsburg – and they’re still serving old school donuts, made fresh every day, and served in treasure chest cardboard boxes.
Lil Donut Factory
4543 Scioto Darby Rd.
Lil Donut Factory is a beloved, well, little donut shop in Hilliard, known for their friendly service and creative selection. They often sell out, so regulars know to get the goods early. The Factory also supplies a few other shops like Coffee Connections in Hilliard and The Stack on Lane near campus.
The Little Donut Shop
2159 N. High St.
Similar to Peace, Love, etc., the Little Donut Shop produces smaller-size donuts to order, then lets you top them with candies, frostings, sprinkles, and the like. They recently moved to new digs inside The Chop Shop.
Peace, Love, and Little Donuts
656 High St. (Worthington)
2110 W. Henderson Rd. (Northwest)
With shops in Old Worthington and on Henderson Road, the Pittsburgh-based, hippie-themed shop makes, yes, little donuts. They’re made to order, then topped with frostings, candies, cookies, syrups, jams.
The Original Goodie Shop
2116 Tremont Center
Almost every neighborhood has its beloved, long-time bakery, and The Original Goodie Shop – also known as the Tremont Goodie Shop – is the place for old school donuts in Upper Arlington.
4061 E. Livingston Ave.
The family-run Resch’s has been open on the east side since 1912. In addition to gorgeous raised and cake donuts, the full-service bakery pumps out cakes, cookies, breads, rolls, cupcakes, pies.
6 S. State St.
Schneider’s is an Uptown Westerville institution, the place local residents go for cakes, breads, and donuts, like the signature nut-topped donuts or the Davy Crockett (a maple glazed cinnamon fry). Enjoy them with a carton of milk. To get the full experience, line up at 1 a.m. with Otterbein students to get warm donuts.
2672 Billingsley Rd. + a food truck
Tupelo sells donuts from their kitchen space near Dublin and from two trucks, nicknamed Tup and Tilly. They marry old school techniques with new flavors, like brown butter hazelnut cake donuts, orange cardamom holes, or the custard-filled creme brulee with a sugar crust.