No comfort food scores a hole in one more than a delicious, mouthwatering donut. The small, fried cakes drizzled in frosting and sweet toppings are even touted as an acceptable breakfast food––what a sweet way to start the day! But we’re showing you our favorite spots to grab the best, most enticing fresh donuts any time: from classics like maple glazed to wow-worthy flavors like Butter Beer to mind-blowing vegan donuts and even an off-menu, savory Taco Donut at one of our fave taco shops! Read on for the goods!

Nomad Donuts

This North Park shop serves delicious donuts based on the tastes of the world right in the heart of the neighborhood. From blackberry and rosemary, strawberry kiwi and chocolate custard, brown butter popcorn and candied pecan, these flavors are adventurous and exotic. Never fear for your pickier donut eater, you'll still be able to find goodies like an old- fashioned vanilla bean, maple or chocolate glazed donut. The menu is updated daily, so be sure to check out their Instagram to see what's on offer.

Our Fave: Chocolate coconut old-fashioned

The Digs: Nomad Donuts recently opened at their new location in North Park. The shop boasts a colorful interior, an open kitchen and floor to ceiling windows through which passers-by can view Nomad’s bagels being hand-crafted and baked in a wood fire oven. A trio of bright display cases house made-from-scratch donuts, while aqua walls and hardwood accents create a Caribbean feel within the expanded space, where guests can also purchase Nomad’s house made jams and macarons.

Sweet Tip: Get into Nomad early to be sure you snag your favorite flavor. There is a limited run on each donut so keep in mind that popular flavors run out by mid-morning on the weekends!

3102 University Ave.
San Diego, Ca 92104


photo: Nomad Donuts/Tim Otto Photography


Where’s your favorite spot to sink your teeth into a donut? Let us know in the comments!

––Leah R. Singer & Beth Shea