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DOUGH IN THE BOX
What: 30 varieties of raised, cake and filled doughnuts available daily. Glazed croissants sold on weekends (Friday-Sunday), and specialties at holidays. Doughnuts are made in the softer, lighter and less dense “California” style.
Reservations: Pre-order for pickup available.
Extra bite: Recieve free glazed doughnut holes with every order, “even when someone orders one doughnut,” says owner Jesus Balestena.
Destination Doughnut: Buttermilk Cake.
Info: 3184 Austell Road SW, Marietta. 5 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily. 770-436-5155, www.doughinthebox.com.
DUTCH MONKEY DOUGHNUTS
What: About 15-18 “everyday” doughnuts, plus a handful of specials on weekdays and as many as a dozen on weekends.
Reservations: Pre-orders (large orders or specific doughnuts) must be made two days in advance.
Extra bite: Check the Facebook wall for daily specials, but nothing beats an in-person visit. “I kind of keep one (doughnut) as a surprise, I don’t publish it on the menu,” says co-owner/chief doughnut maker Martin Burge. “You walk in and find it here. I like to reward people who make the effort.”
Destination Doughnut: The Dutch Monkey, filled with dulche de leche and topped with bananas and chocolate.
Info: 3075 Ronald Reagan Parkway, Cumming. 5:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 404-482-3650, www.dutchmonkeydoughnuts.com.
What: About a dozen daily “staples,” plus specials (even more on weekends). Large doughnuts with a distinctive taste, whether made yeast style (soft and chewy), filled, baked cake (poundcake like) or cake style (crunchy exterior).
Reservations: Pre-orders by phone or in person at least 24 hours in advance. Payment must be made at time of order.
Extra bite: Many doughnuts are vegan (look for the “V” on the menu board and website) and the Dough-Nut ismade from almond flour and “may be” suitable for those following a gluten free/grain free diet.
Destination Doughnut: The Crunchy Mister, a savory take on the croque monsieur, with ham inside and gruyere cheese on top.
Info: 908 W. College Ave., Decatur. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 678-927-9920, www.revolutiondoughnuts.com. Also available at Grant Park Farmer’s Market, East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, and Decatur Farmers Market.
What: Some two dozen delectably light and smooth doughnut varieties, made cake style (Red Velvet), filled (the signature A-Town Cream) and in creative flavor combinations (Salt & Vinegar).
Reservations: 24 hour notice for specific flavors and orders over two dozen.
Extra bite: Sublime “Burgers” combine doughnuts with ice cream!
Info: 535 Tenth St., Atlanta. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. 404-897-1801, www.sublimedoughnuts.com.
THE CAKE HAG
What: Primarily a custom-made cake, cupcake and cheesecake business, the “Hag” has recently begun offering a limited number of “Doughssants” on Tuesday mornings. You can also get “Doughnots,” made from the excess dough trimmings. Pre-order at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Info: 678-760-6300, www.cakehag.com.