Gibson’s Donuts

Worth a detour

We believe that a good donut shop is more about consistency than creativity. Gibson’s isn’t afraid to experiment, but most of its energy goes towards making sure that the predictable donut shop classics are just a little bit better than anywhere else. An unglazed cake donut, the plainest donut imaginable, is great here. Everything is made on the same equipment used since opening in 1967, and although ownership has changed, new proprietors and bakers have honored Gibson’s wishes to keep the store quality-focused and independent.

Some donuts shops require buyer vigilance. You might have to ask which are fresh, or what’s good today. At Gibson’s it’s all good and it all tastes fresh. Locals tell us that the best time to come is in the wee hours of the morning when the most donuts are piping hot and the crowds are at their most eccentric.

Both classics and specialty donuts are executed well, with the best of the box being the famous red velvet cake donut and the Oreo crusted raised glazed. These aren’t original twists on classics, but they are done uncommonly well, and don’t go overboard with the sugar. Although it is too sweet for us, we agree that the iced donut bejeweled with sprinkles is an experience worth trying once.

The most unusual variety are the World’s Fair Donuts, which are cake donuts with jagged edges and a spicy orange flavor in the batter. They capture the richness of an old fashioned in a new way. A trip here isn’t complete without trying one.

If we had to speak ill of Gibson’s, it would be to complain about its watery coffee — a fault not uncommon among donut shops.

Gibson’s is always open. Its location on the Eastern edge of Memphis inspires locals to make late-night donut runs. The shop also offers a spectacular display of roadside neon.

What to Eat
Gibson’s Donuts, World’s Fair Donut
World’s Fair Donut
The extra edges on Worlds Fair donuts mean extra crunch.
Gibson’s Donuts, Red Velvet Donut
Red Velvet Donut
Red velvet is a Gibsons signature.
Gibson’s Donuts, Oreo Donut
Oreo Donut
Oreo is not too sweet, but full of cookie flavor.
Gibson’s Donuts, Sprinkle Glazed Donut
Sprinkle Glazed Donut
Sprinkle glazed conjures childhood birthday memories.
Gibson’s Donuts, Apple Fritter
Apple Fritter
Apple fritter is a svelte masterpiece.
Gibson’s Donuts, Glazed Cake Donut
Glazed Cake Donut
A humble but mighty ball of sweet, slightly spiced cake
Gibson’s Donuts, Plain Cake Donut
Plain Cake Donut
Plain cake, for purists
Gibson’s Donuts, Choclate Glazed Donut
Choclate Glazed Donut
Caramel glazed, a southern favorite
Gibson’s Donuts, Caramel Glazed Donut
Caramel Glazed Donut
Caramel glazed, a southern favorite
Directions and Hours
open now
Monday8am - 5pm
Tuesday8am - 5pm
Wednesday8am - 5pm
Thursday8am - 5pm
Friday8am - 5pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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