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Top 5 Donut Shops in San Diego North County

Shannon Biszantz

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Oct 9 3 minutes read

San Diego, like any American city, is filled with doughnuts, but not all are created equal. There are far better ones out there than the average breakfast street cart, you just have to know where to look. If you've been hunting through the city’s best bakeries and coffee shops for the best donuts in San Diego North County, look no further. Whether you go for a classic glazed or something more high-end and out there, you'll find what you're looking for below. So without further ado, here's our take on the best places to get some deep fried goodness. 

Feast your eyes on some of the best donuts this side of the planet. 

VG Donuts and Bakery

106 Aberdeen Drive, Cardiff, CA  92007

If you grew up in Encinitas, then you'll definitely know VG Donuts. VG has been a North County favorite among locals for almost 50 years and offers some of the most delicious donuts around. You'll be guaranteed to get a fresh donut at any time as their donuts are baked daily at 4am and 4pm. They offer traditional baked goodies and pastries that will surely appeal to any donut aficionado.

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The Goods

2965 State St., Carlsbad

The Barille family that brought cinnamon rolls from their downtown restaurant, Cafe Topes, opened an artisan doughnut bakery on State Street that specializes in ultra-fresh doughnuts in gourmet varieties including brown butter, chocolate ganache, Tahitian vanilla, stuffed Nutella and s’mores. All doughnuts are made from scratch in small batches throughout the day, with the promise that none of these warm baked treats sit out for more than an hour before they’re sold or replaced.

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Peterson's Donut Corner

903 S Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025, USA

If you're looking for a square donut, Peterson's the place to go. The Peterson's Pillow is a cross between a croissant and a donut and comes in five different flavors: cinnamon sugar, glazed, vanilla, chocolate, and maple. And if you're craving for a midnight snack, Peterson's open 24/7 and you can surely give in to your donut fix any time of the day.

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Solana Donut House

124 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. Solana Beach, CA

The Solana Donut House located inside a mall in Lomas is a good ol’ fashioned donut shop that offers good ol’ fashioned donuts. They offer classic donuts paired with Thai tea or if you're feeling adventurous, you can also try their customized donuts. 

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Crispy's Donuts

182 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd 

Another mom and pop shop that offers the best donuts in Rancho Santa Fe. Crispy's cronuts, that literally melts in your mouth are a must-try when you see it as they often sell out quick. Their diverse offerings of fluffy cronut flavors make it hard to decide which one to spend your cheat days with. 

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