7 ways to do Doughnut Day in the A

Get your not-so-traditional doughnut fix in Atlanta today

You can eat doughnuts any day of the year, but we all know they taste better on National Doughnut Day (hint: it's today!). And while big name chains like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts are offering freebies all day, why limit yourself to frosted or glazed? Today, think outside the rectangular box and try one of metro Atlantabs more distinctive doughnut offerings.

No value assignedBomboloni at il Giallo

Bomboloni are the Italian version of doughnuts b light and airy, not cloyingly sweet. At il Giallo, the puffy little delicacies are made with a ricotta batter and fried to golden perfection. A drizzle of honey and a dollop of fresh whipped cream rounds them out. One order includes six pieces, so theybre great for sharing (but we wonbt tell if you donbt). $7.B 5920 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs.B 404-709-2148,B www.ilgialloatl.com.

No value assignedCorn milk hushpuppies at the Optimist

Reminiscent of New Orleans-style beignets, these sugar-dusted fritters strike the ideal balance between sweet and salty. Corn milk b a blend of corn and water b makes for pillow-like served with a luscious cane syrup butter. $8. 914 Howell Mill Rd. 404-477-6260. www.theoptimistrestaurant.com.

No value assignedSushi doughnut at Poke Burri

This East Atlanta Village gem was quick to put their own spin on the sushi doughnut Instagram trend. The sushi basics (rice, fish, and avocado) get molded into a ring then adorned with the sauces and toppings of your choice b we particularly like a good drizzling of spicy mayo! $5.50/$11. 479 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. 404-913-7667.

No value assignedApple fritters at Marietta Donuts

Marietta Donuts is a new no-frills doughnut shop in East Cobb specializing in old-fashioned sour cream doughnuts and Polish pDczki. The star of the show, though, is their apple fritter. Juicy apple pieces are combined with doughnut batter and fried into a jagged circle of cinnamon-y goodness. $1.25. 1280 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta. 470-308-6130.

No value assignedGelato and bomboloniB sandwich at Novo Cucina

Picture this: a fresh sugar-crusted brioche doughnut stuffed with one of 18 flavors of rich and creamy gelato, pressed, then topped off with a brown sugar chocolate sauce. Pure bliss. $6.B 5592 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody. 470-275-3000. www.novocucina.com.

No value assignedBlueberry ricotta doughnuts at Venkmanbs

Go for the bluegrass brunch; stay for the blueberry ricotta doughnuts. A bit denser than your usual doughnut hole b think a cross between a muffin and a doughnut b these little guys are bursting with blueberries and a perfect prelude to the hangover brunch. Please refrain from lapping up the lemon curd. $10. 740 Ralph McGill Blvd N.E. 470-225-6162. www.venkmans.com.

No value assignedSophiabs Biggie Donut at Two Urban Licks

When sbmores and doughnuts collide, they make Two Urban Licksb newest creation: Sophiabs Biggie Donut. Named after Twobs pastry assistant, the oversized treat comes complete with a marshmallow glaze, crushed graham cracker, dark chocolate ganache and toasted Swiss meringue. Sorry, campfire not included. $5.B 820 Ralph McGill Blvd N.E. 404-522-4622. www.twourbanlicks.com

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