Get Out: Tour de Donut Victoria

  • Shipley Do-Nuts

  • 1406 E. Rio Grande St.

    Hours: 5-11 a.m.

    Best Cinnamon-Sugar/Sugar: "Awesome doughut. Fresh. Had plenty of sugar and cinnamon." Jennifer Morrison, Starbucks barista

    Best Jelly-filled: "Soft and gooey, sweet and very fresh. Perfect amount of jelly." Angeli Wright, Victoria Advocate ...

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  • Shipley Do-Nuts

    1406 E. Rio Grande St.

    Hours: 5-11 a.m.

    Best Cinnamon-Sugar/Sugar: "Awesome doughut. Fresh. Had plenty of sugar and cinnamon." Jennifer Morrison, Starbucks barista

    Best Jelly-filled: "Soft and gooey, sweet and very fresh. Perfect amount of jelly." Angeli Wright, Victoria Advocate staff photographer

    Best Cream-filled: "Yummylicious." J.R. Ortega, Victoria Advocate health reporter

    Victoria Donuts

    3805 N. Navarro St., Suite C

    Hours: 4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Best Glazed: "Not as heavy as others, warm and fresh." Ethan Vogt, Tony Roma's employee

    Best Blueberry Cake: "Best so far. Doughnut greets you gently and serenades you into a sea of luscious blueberry goodness." Luke Wakefield, self-employed

    Tasty Donuts

    3602 Houston Highway

    Hours: 4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Best Atmosphere: "Best environment." Kassandra Lau, Victoria Advocate multimedia intern

    Best Old-Fashioned Chocolate: "Just right with sweetness, frosting was smooth without making a big mess. Doughnut was crisp and very nice." John Hornberg, Victoria Advocate sports editor

    Donut Palace

    1305 Sam Houston Drive

    Hours: 5 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Best Doughnut with Sprinkles: "Nice consistency." Kassandra Lau, Victoria Advocate multimedia intern

    Best Chocolate Iced: "Melts-in-the-mouth good." Eric Jensen, Victoria Advocate page designer/copy editor

    Best Service: "(Service) was nice and generous." Jennifer Morrison, Starbucks barista

    H-E-B Plus!

    6106 N. Navarro St.

    Hours: 6 a.m.-1 a.m

    Most Affordable: "50 cents price point." Cory Garcia, interactive content coordinator for Victoria Television Group

    Most Available: "Open later than the others for late night munchies." Jessica Rodrigo, Victoria Advocate copy editor/page designer

Before I moved to Victoria, I admit, I never had a kolache - of the fruit or savory variety. There weren't any back home. I guess a lot of that has to do with the fact that New Mexico doesn't have much of a Czech or German heritage.

So, as I was getting lost - I know Victoria isn't that big, but you can still get lost out here, briefly at least - driving around town, I noticed there is quite a doughnut presence in Victoria.

Apparently, I wasn't the only one who had the same thought. Advocate intern Kassandra Lau, who hails from Arizona, sits at the same table as I do, in awe of how many doughnut shops are here in town. And thus, Tour de Donut was born.

Lau had this brilliant idea to get a bunch of people together and devise a plan to tour all the doughnut shops in town. So, together with the help of Kathleen Duncan, the other talented mulitmedia intern, the three of us built what may turn into a tradition in the Advocate newsroom.

Tour de Donut Victoria, as we so appropriately named it, was a tour of five doughnut shops with four teams and nearly 90 doughnuts consumed in about two hours.

Teams visited each doughnut destination and rated each designated doughnut consumed at the shop on freshness and flavor, and rated the shop on atmosphere.

Here's how the doughnuts crumbled:

Freshness should be a factor when deciding what to eat, and especially so for doughnuts. There is a big difference between a fresh doughnut and one that has been sitting in the case for a few hours.

Taste will always be subjective, there is no way around that. The only way to judge who had the best flavor is to judge it against its own standard. So, each person rated their individual doughnut of choice. I chose the glazed chocolate cake doughnut. I rated each doughnut according to how it should taste: a chocolate baked confection coated with a light sugary coating.

Atmosphere is important when considering where you want to chow down on a doughnut and drink a cup o' joe and catch up on the local news with the day's edition of the Victoria Advocate.

Follow the Tour de Donut map and see who ranked where.