100 Favorite Dishes 2015: No. 92, Shipley Plain Glazed Do-Nut

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Phaedra Cook is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes of 2015. It's a collection of personal favorites that is also indicative of Houston dining. It's a scene where a vast range of dishes coexist: highbrow and lowbrow; local and international; cheap and expensive; modern cuisine and beloved tenets — and everything in between.

Lawrence Shipley, Sr. started selling his doughnuts wholesale in 1936. In the 1940s, they were so popular that he started selling them directly to the public in what is now known as The Heights at “White Oak and 6th Street.” That’s a curious description, as those two streets no longer intersect. (There's a discussion at this web site of that mysterious intersection description.) It's still a family-owned business. Shipley's grandson, Lawrence Shipley III, runs it these days. 

It's a much bigger company now, though. There are more than 300 Shipley Do-Nut shops today and the company has expanded into other states; Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. There's a goal to have 400 stores by the year 2020

Perhaps the humble glazed doughnut is the cornerstone of Shipley's success. A warm one alongside a cup of hot coffee is still a fleeting moment to be captured. No filling, flavored frosting or sprinkles could possibly enhance that seductive, yielding, melt-in-your-mouth experience any further.

They’re only about half as good cold, but still better than most other doughnuts even then. There are several Shipleys around town, but after the morning rush, it’s a bit of a trick to find the locations that are still serving them warm throughout the day.  I have had good luck—even in the evenings—at the location at 401 Richmond. It’s open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.

I haven’t verified it still operates the same way, but back when Robb Walsh did his 100 Favorite Dishes list, people swore by the one at 3410 Ella. Their hours are from 3 a.m. to noon.

Others say that 3932 North Main, which runs from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., is the place to go. It’s also reputedly the oldest location still in operation in Houston.

Where’s your favorite Shipley Do-Nut shop? 

The List of Top 100 Dishes of 2015 So Far:

No. 93, Housemade Bologney at Public Services Wine & Whisky
No. 94, Bo Luc Lac at Cheno's (formerly Chino's) Fast Food
No. 95, Combo #5 at Soto's Cantina
No. 96, Carnitas Salad At Chipotle
No. 97, Pickled Shrimp At Punk's Simple Southern Food
No. 98, Lobster Roll At Maine-Ly Sandwiches
No. 99, Chili-Cheese Coneys At JCI Grill
No. 100, Corned Beef Hash And Eggs At House Of Pies

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.