Today is National Doughnut Day (yes, it's a thing). We've rounded up five local spots with unforgettable sweet-and-stickies, so you can celebrate the #RealColumbiaSC way. Oh, and you should definitely hit all five stops back-to-back. You only live once, you know?


1801 Grill

The new kid on Lincoln Street opened its doors in February and is known for its wall-to-wall USC memorabilia and Southern-style menu items with a twist. Our pro-tip in honor of this important national holiday, though, is to order dessert first. 1801 has mini cinnamon sugar dusted doughnuts with sea-salt caramel sauce and whipped cream on the side for dipping. These doughnut holes are perfect for "sharing", but let's be honest - you'll probably want them all to yourself. We won't judge.


Wired Goat

Tucked away in an alley off of Gervais, the cutest-and coolest-coffee shop not only satisfies your need for all-things-caffeinated, but also serves up fresh baked goods that are made in-house, daily. So, what's on the menu that's hot, doughy and covered in a sweet glaze? Fresh, homemade doughnuts in unique flavors like blueberry with rosemary and coconut cream. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, get your hands on a cold brew coffee doughnut. Yep, you read that right; it's a caffeinated doughnut.


Spotted Salamander

Local favorite Spotted Salamander is famous for its "croinuts" - a magical doughnut and croissant hybrid - and you can't get them anywhere else in Columbia. You'll need to get there early, because the treats and the best seats on the dreamy outdoor patio go fast. The flavors change daily, so check the specials board and prepare yourself to be amazed by concoctions like South Carolina peach and Oreo cookie butter.


The Kraken Gastro-Pub

The Kraken is where you'll find locals grabbing a quick post-work beer and a slew of elevated grub like lobster grilled cheese. The star of the menu, though? A peanut butter and Sriracha doughnut. How do those ingredients work so well together? Don't ask questions, just enjoy.

Lula Drake

Wine and doughnuts? We're so in. At Main Street's swanky new wine parlour, there's no need for choosing between two indulgences - have both. A glass of vino and one of Lula Drake's outrageously popular duck fat donuts will make any day of the week feel like a Friday. Grab a table outside, bask in the Main Street ambiance and celebrate this dough-filled day.

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