The quiet dominance of Sarah Donuts

The family-owned business has been serving made-from-scatch doughnuts for more than a decade
Sarah Doughnuts
Sarah Donuts has shops in Duluth, Johns Creek, Norcross, and Suwanee.

Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore

If you think lovingly crafted, Instagram-worthy doughnuts are fairly new to Atlanta, think again. Foodies in the know have been getting made-from-scratch doughnuts for more than a decade from Sarah Donuts, a family-owned business that recently opened its fourth location in the metro area (in Suwanee).

Jong Park’s family started making doughnuts more than 30 years ago in Texas, opening their first Atlanta-area shop—called Sara Donuts—in 2004 in Duluth. There, as at all of the bakeries, the doughnuts are made with as little mechanical help as possible. The result: a slightly crisp outside and an extra-fluffy inside.

The acclaimed sunflower doughnut features knobs of sugary goodness blooming from a cinnamon bun center. Fans also rave about the apple fritter, the sour cream, and the glaze twist.

This article originally appeared in our November 2016 issue.