By Jose Ralat Maldonado

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More than just a convenient choice of nosh en route to work, the donut is a smile-inducing Dallas-Fort Worth fixture found on every street corner and shopping center. A smattering of local purveyors is listed below.

Café Donuts
6333 E. Mockingbird Ln.
Dallas, TX
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Glazed, frosted and sugarcoated donuts sit side by side with this shop’s other specialty, the sausage roll made with fresh dough. Then again, wherever there are donuts, there is a sausage. Back to the eponymous pastry, Café Donuts’ location in a residential neighborhood makes this a family favorite where the knee-biters and their guardians are likely to snatch up the apple fritter or chocolate cake selections well before noon. There isn’t any seating in the store. Eat simply glazed in your car or at the Starbucks next door.

Dale’s Donuts
4455 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX
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Many Nondescript strip malls harbor sweet finds. Dale’s Donut #9 is one such example. For decades, it and its sister outlets have been luring Cowtown residents with items the like strawberry frosted and, on a non-donut-related note, a pig in a blanket consisting of jalapeño sausage wrapped in flaky dough.

Hypnotic Donuts
17390 Preston Rd., Ste. 263
Dallas, TX
Hours: Sat, 7 – 10 am; Sun 8 – 10:30 am

This award-winning donut slinging shop does things a little differently. That’s what makes Peter St. James’ operation the most heralded shop in Big D. Its cachet is as much due to its “hidden gem” quality (the shop is located in the Pizza Guy with no sign marking its place of business) as it is for its unique offerings, like the Hypnotic (chocolate cake Hypnotic Frosting [chocolate, caramel, peanut butter], crushed pretzels, crushed peanut butter Cap’n Crunch, caramel and chocolate drizzle) or the Zooroppa with frosted animal crackers and marshmallows.

Jerry’s Donuts
12895 Josey Ln.
Farmers Branch, TX
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Once a secret spot for Farmers Branch residents and donut aficionados, Jerry’s earns accolades and open praise for its from-scratch, fluffy but substantial treats. Whether the traditional glazed or the plump cinnamon sugar, it’s difficult to steer your palate wrong when ordering at this exurban shop in operation for more than 40 years.

Shipley Do-Nuts
10332 Ferguson Rd.
Dallas, TX

Dunkin’ Donuts has a special place in the hearts of Northerners. In DFW, we have an affinity for Shipley. The region chain’s warm circles of morning munching were first served in Houston in the 1940s and are now served in more than 250 stores across “the do-nut belt,” an interstate area covered with coconut and filled with cherry jelly.