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Early Bird Donuts

4.6

2816 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (984) 888-0417
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Photo of Ajitabh Pandey Ajitabh Pandey
May 30, 2019 5

Great options. HUGE donuts.. they can even make a Donut cake. I liked how the fill their donuts to order. We even got to meet a legendary Blue Devil basketball coach, who popped in for a morning snack.

Photo of Zach Wells Zach Wells
May 30, 2019 5

The best donut shop in the RTP and they are always so friendly. These donuts are delicious!

Photo of Arden Chau Bui Arden Chau Bui
May 4, 2019 5

We went in on a whim just to check it out but came out with a dozen. Don't regret it. The donuts are awesome and we'll priced.

Photo of Jeff Jeff
Mar 18, 2019 4

First time to check it out on Sunday. Not a big selection at 9am. I dont know whether we were late or if that is how it is. Doughnuts were all good and mostly fresh by the time we got home. Will try again.

Photo of Brant Stalzer Brant Stalzer
Jun 30, 2019 5

Great quality. Filled donuts to order. Get there early.

Photo of Bart Hubbard Bart Hubbard
Jul 2, 2019 5

Early Bird's yeast donuts are soft and pillowy, but have enough resistance to be satisfying. They're also delightfully large -- check out the dozen in my photo! They also have a surprising number of fillings available -- try the cherry filling. They do sell out of donuts as the morning progresses, though. The holy grail when they're in season is a donut that's filled with whipped cream cheese frosting and strawberries. Why you should listen to me: I am a donut fiend. I've had donuts from every single shop in the Triangle, from Carolina Glazed, Monuts, Rise, Krispy Kreme, Duck, Dunkin', you name it. I eat donuts in other big cities when I travel, too. Early Bird is my favorite. I am so happy they're here in Durham!

Photo of Angel Whitehead Angel Whitehead
Aug 6, 2019 5

Omg amazing doughnuts and the cinnamon buns melt in your mouth

Photo of Augustus Wendell Augustus Wendell
Oct 12, 2019 5

My one true voice. Early Bird donuts! Filled on demand when you order! A great spot for indulgence!

Photo of Whitney Murphy Whitney Murphy
Sep 22, 2019 5

The young man behind the counter had no personality and seemed annoyed to have to answer any questions at all. However the food spoke for itself. The donuts were incredible and so was the fresh made bacon, egg and cheese on a croissant. Mmm

Photo of G B G B
Oct 17, 2019 4

Donuts are decent but the breakfast sandwiches are delicious! Popular spot near Duke's Medical Canter and Duke's campus.

Photo of Lizbeth Fragoso Lizbeth Fragoso
Aug 31, 2019 5

I love to come early in the morning and eat breakfast with my child while we chat about teens ☺️

Photo of Patrick Kea Patrick Kea
Oct 31, 2019 5

best service ever mixed with awesome donuts and a great experience. I'm glad that I found this place. I'm super happy about it and I'm definitely going to come back and eat some more. Plus they feel the Boston creams on the spot.

Photo of Rosalynn King Rosalynn King
Nov 19, 2019 5

These donuts remind me of home, Oakland, CA. The owner is nice and so are the other ppl that work there. The donuts are always fresh and they're huge. My husband, son and coworkers are all addicted.

Photo of Your Name Here Your Name Here
Dec 5, 2019 3

ot the best donut I've ever had, not terrible either.. just ok. A pretty expensive drop by at 6 bucks and change plus tip for 3 Donuts... Just ok. Very dry service attitude. I probably wouldn't recommend or return.

Photo of Susan Montani Susan Montani
Feb 2, 2020 5

The BEST donuts going & fresh! I hesitate to rate this place, as they sell out & I want to keep it as a secret!

Photo of Charlotte Dungan Charlotte Dungan
Mar 8, 2020 5

Best Boston Cream on the planet. They fill it when you order it and it's HEAVY!

Photo of Jennifer Carr Jennifer Carr
Mar 21, 2020 5

I have been searching for the best donuts in the triangle and this is IT! The donuts are delicious...I haven’t tried anything else because I can’t get past the donuts! My kids ask every weekend when we can go to early bird donuts!!

Photo of William Clark William Clark
Jun 4, 2020 5

Great donuts - very fluffy (coconut frosted is my favorite). Sausage Egg and Cheese Croissant is amazing as well.

Photo of Michael Fogle Michael Fogle
Jun 26, 2020 4

Got a donut cake for daughter's birthday- no, it's not a cake made of donuts, it is one big donut! Delicious (made of high quality donut dough) and fantastic deal! Be careful, though - the donut cake comes in the same box they use for a dozen donuts so it is very flimsy under the weight of the cake. Will definitely making return visits.

Photo of Andrew Miller Andrew Miller
Jun 25, 2020 5

Great Donuts, friendly staff. Love that one can choose the filling for the filled donuts. Good selection.

Photo of Kyle Brooks Kyle Brooks
Jun 27, 2020 5

These are some of the very best ever, still warm and crispy. You get to pick your filling! A fat boys dream!

Photo of Gian Marco S. Gian Marco S.
Aug 27, 2020 5

Love Early Bird Donuts, it’s got hands down the best Donuts in the Area. Gotta support local businesses especially in this tough time so I’d recommend to swing by. BUT the owner has to improve its inventory forecasting. I came in multiple times and had people waiting in line (included my self), ask for items that weren’t available (like sausage croissants)

Photo of Izaak Earnhardt Izaak Earnhardt
Oct 7, 2020 5

This is by far the best “normal” donut in Durham. You won’t find any truly out-there flavors like pistachio hibiscus, but if you’re looking for a glazed or a Boston creme or an apple cider donut, this is the place. The donuts are large, fried so they’re pillowy but with the slightest outside crunch, and glazed perfectly. (And the family that runs the store are the absolute nicest people!)

Photo of Rachel Moon Rachel Moon
Oct 2, 2020 5

Their donuts are the best around! I love that they can fill the donuts with any of 5 fillings and their donuts are always fluffy and fresh!

Photo of alain calimlim alain calimlim
Aug 28, 2020 5

Love the donuts here!

Photo of Christina Humphries Christina Humphries
Oct 31, 2020 5

Delicious donuts, filled with whatever filling you want. Giant donuts, fritters, and cinnamon rolls available. Got a Vietnamese iced coffee, mixed dozen donuts, and some donut holes.

Photo of Augustus Wendell Augustus Wendell
Oct 24, 2020 5

My one true vice. Early Bird donuts! Filled on demand when you order! A great spot for indulgence!

Photo of Jason Cardot Jason Cardot
Sep 27, 2020 5

I would like to say I had a good experience, but a better adjective would be exceptional! From the perfectly made buttery croissant, to a turkey option for my wife, to the soft, chewy apple fritter...so wonderful. The choose your own filling option is not one I can say I've experienced before, but is a cool alternative to prefilled. Also, grabbed a Vietnamese iced coffee that was made on the spot (as it should be) and was delectable. Glad to see a family owned-business doing so well and the products to back it up. We will be back! Cannot recommend enough. But shhhh, tell everyone it's terrible to keep the lines shorter.

Photo of Jessica Ashley Jessica Ashley
Dec 1, 2020 4

One of the only authentic donut shops you can find in Raleigh. If you are from Texas and wanted to try their kolaches/donut holes, you will be disappointed. But, compared to anything in this area, it definitely is better. It just was not for me!

Photo of Bev OA Bev OA
Dec 18, 2020 5

This was our first time coming here. It was easy to find and a little quiet spot. The gentleman who served us was very nice. They were sold out of everything except for the glazed donut holes by the time we got there after 12 noon. We bought all of them. They do have an extensive menu and it is nice and clean inside. The donut holes are very good. I would highly recommend coming here. Next time, we are in the area we will stop by. I'm looking forward to trying their kolaches with sausage rolls.

Photo of Simonye Craig Simonye Craig
Jan 9, 2021 5

Love this place. Great breakfast sandwiches and the doughnuts are sublime. Multiple fillings for the filled doughnuts and friendly staff. Can not say enough good things about this place.