Yeah, when it comes to plain glazed, we're a Shipley town and everyone knows it, but there has always been room for more creative takes on Houston's favorite morning pastry. Enter Hugs & Donuts, a storefront operation by Matt Opaleski and Jason Hill. These are the same minds who brought Houston one of its ugliest — and best — food trucks, H-Town StrEATS. Come early for kolaches because Hugs & Donuts sells out early. With fillings like sausage and pepper jack and brisket and cheddar, that's to be expected. As far as the doughnuts go, half the fun is in the surprise of seeing what's new in the glass case. How about a "Fat Elvis" banana cake doughnut topped with peanuts, marshmallow fluff, bacon and banana chips? Or, maybe the s'mores variety are on-deck, topped with a chunk of a Hershey's chocolate bar. On other days, there might be maple bacon (with chunks of actual bacon on top) or the Fruity Pebbles variety in glorious Technicolor. In all fairness, though, even the plain glazed might make converts out of new visitors.
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