The overwhelming favorite was The Grove Do-Nutz and Deli in Richmond. These aren't your run of the mill sweet treats -- think even sweeter and more creative. They're drizzled with chocolate, covered with marshmallows, or topped with a Despicable Me minion.
The best part about The Grove is they still believe in a baker's dozen. Order any 12 of the unique creations and you get the thirteenth on the house!
Our next stop was River Oaks Donuts. The shop is a newcomer to the donut, having opened only eight months ago, but they're doing it right! The family that owns the shop felt the need to have better donuts and they certainly delivered! Each donut is made from scratch every morning, and the costs are similar to the other shops we visited.
It couldn't be a donut story without visiting Shipley's. Started in Houston by the Shipley family, the franchise has expanded to six states. We found out that the flour mixture for all six states is still made daily in the Heights location. We're told that only two or three people know the secret recipe, and maybe the family dog that spends his time in the office.
The best perks come from the Dunkin Donuts rewards program. Just by signing up, you get a free coffee and they'll also send you a free coffee on your birthday. For every dollar you spend, you receive five points. When you accumulate 200 points, there's another free coffee headed your way.