8 Delectable Donuts Shops for National Donut Day in Newport Beach
An iconic a.m. treat, the donut has long been a go-to for those with an early morning sweet tooth. This deep-fried delight may be a rare splurge, but even the healthiest of folks will swap their green juice for glazed goodness once in a while. And whether you prefer it frosted, jelly-filled or dusted in cinnamon sugar, these decadent confections are worth every calorie. So set the celery juice aside because these eight donut shops in Newport Beach will have you glazed and amused.
With a friendly atmosphere and an expansive selection of deep-fried treats, it’s no wonder Mag’s is a Newport Beach go-to when it comes to a sweet-tooth fix. Choose between traditional donuts like rainbow sprinkle cake and frosted maple Long Johns or treat your tastebuds to a buttermilk bar, Tiger Tail or oreo cookie donut. Mag’s also does “donut lettering” for special occasions, so you can surprise someone with a special message written in donuts!
Prized for its decadent brunch dishes and buzzy cafe-style atmosphere, Great Maple steals the show in terms of classic American comfort food. The restaurant’s Fashion Island location is an ideal spot for an “aprés shop” meal—mimosas included! Be sure to order their famous maple bacon donuts or powdered sugar beignets! And if you’re really looking to go big or go home, the Fried Chicken & Doughnuts combo is a must, complete with buttermilk fried chicken, maple bacon doughnuts, all drenched in maple syrup!
Known for its variety of sweets—from frozen bananas to applesauce donuts—Dad’s on Balboa Island has remained a community staple since the 60s. Take a stroll down the charming Marine Avenue and pop in for a glazed old fashioned, bear claw or one of their famous frosted hippo cookies! No trip to the island is complete without a stop at Dad’s.
There’s no argument—donuts pair well with almost any beverage, whether it’s a strong cold-brew, chilled glass of milk or a creamy cappuccino. But debatably, one of the best ways to quench your thirst when devouring one of these delights is with a Thai iced tea! Seaside Donuts, located on the bustling Balboa Peninsula, pours up a mean Thai tea that pairs perfectly with one of their signature cronuts. So the next time you’re riding your beach cruiser down the boardwalk, be sure to stop by for a taste of the good life!
Sit down to a delicious brunch in the Historic District of Crystal Cove! The Beachcomber Cafe boasts a waterfront location where diners can revel in breathtaking views of the Newport coast while enjoying a menu of morning favorites. And while this local spot is more of a cafe than a donut shop, their fluffy beignets are a total treat! Order a basket of these puffy powdered treats, which come with a side of warm maple syrup and a mound of whipped cream.
A popular sweet spot for beachgoers, Dough Boy’s offers a wide selection of fresh-baked confections, including lox bagels, ham and cheese croissants, apple fritters and donuts by the dozen. This family-run shop is just minutes from the beach, so the next time you’re headed for the waves, be sure to stop in for a cup of joe and donut to go!
One of Lido Marina Village’s newest additions, Rye Goods is an organic bakery and deli that specializes in wild yeast, sourdough and freshly milled heritage grains. The menu is chock-full of baked loaves and pastries like scones, croissants and apple cider bread. But believe it or not, two of their best-selling items are their blueberry hibiscus lemongrass jam-filled donut and their vanilla bean cream-filled donut! These crafty confections stray from the standard glazed, raised and cake donuts, but you’ll love them just as much.
Last but certainly not least, Corona del Mar‘s Rose Bakery Cafe serves up everything from pastries and brunch dishes to deli favorites like wraps, salads and sandwiches. But if anything is going to catch your eye in this quaint cafe, it’s the sweeping pastry case filled with fresh-baked goodies. Good luck choosing which kind of donut you want…decisions, decisions, decisions!
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger