3 Best 24-Hour Donut Shops in San Diego

By Darlene Horn  |  March 12, 2014
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Morning, noon, night and into the wee hours - San Diego's best 24-hour donut shops have your sweet cravings covered. Whether you prefer a simple cake ring or a plate-sized apple fritter, these three places are always stocked to the brim with freshly fried dough. Here's a guide to each one, including must-order items. 

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    Donut Star

    There’s no lack of donut shops in Hillcrest and Mission Hill but there's only one spot with fairly priced, consistently delicious donuts. Donut Star is the spot that sold pastries by campfire lantern during the 2011 blackout, which is to say, they'll really never, ever stop serving donuts. 

    Must-try: Old-fashioned donut, plain glazed donut
    Cost for a mixed dozen: $8.75
    Payment: Accepts cash only but ATM located inside

    601 W. Washington St.; 619-542-1809

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    Peterson's Donut Corner

    At the fringes of San Diego County, a treasure trove of delicious pastries lines the windows at Peterson's at all hours. But what makes the drive worthwhile is this shop's size and variety of fried goodness. Its maple and chocolate bars could easily feed a family of four, but if you’re looking for something to serve 10 people or more, place an order for their Texas-sized donuts.

    Must-try: Cherry fritter, cream-filled cronut
    Cost for a mixed dozen: $8.50
    Payment: Cash only

    903 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido; 760-745-7774

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    Mary’s Donuts

    This Santee shop has been pumping out fresh hot donuts for 30 years, and their devotion to the craft has made them a beloved institution. Apple fritters, cream puffs and Bavarian cream-filled donuts are just a few of the pastries they stock 24/7. For a fresh-from-the-fryer experience at night, pop in around 7 or 8 PM.

    Must-try: Cruller, blueberry cake
    Cost for a mixed dozen: $8.50
    Payment: Accepts credit cards with no minimum

    9031 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee; 619-448-4800