Best Donut: Shipley Donuts
Like the beignets at CafÃ© du Monde in New Orleans or the chicken and waffles at Roscoe’s in LA, the sugar flake donuts that Shipley Donuts has made for 85 years are the quintessential city they hail from. Serious food bloggers around the world should have Shipley’s at the top of any list drearing foodies into town for a “taste of Houston”. Name another local food that fits the bill better – go on, we’ll wait, and while we do we feast on a breezy, never-greasy Shipley’s glazed. Take your time while we enjoy its simple but enduring brilliance.
Notable Houstonians like Lizzo and Travis Scott have sung Shipley’s praises, but it’s common Joes and Josephines with an early morning sweet tooth that has kept the company in business since before World War II. These followers have also helped expand the legacy and breadth of the company as a franchise operator, not just here in Houston, but now in Colorado, Florida, and Oklahoma. The brand’s identifiable logo can be seen on the outskirts of Minute Maid Park and was honored on the wall by Houston artist Donkee Boy.
Despite what Shipley’s could mean to adventurous foodies like Tony Bourdain, the shops have meant more to locals who stop by to chat with longtime franchisees or have coffee with their neighbors. But make no mistake, they wouldn’t come together if the product wasn’t flawless. If it’s still not sold, answer this question – have you ever dabbed pieces of those sugar bombs that peeled off the cake when you bite into them and gathered them with your fingertips to enjoy their explosive wonder? Yes, we aswell.