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Early Bird Donuts


2816 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (984) 888-0417
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Photo of James Smith James Smith
Feb 19, 2022 5

They don't have a huge selection of donuts, but the ones they have are amazing. I chose a filled Cinnamon Sugar donut. You can choose what filling you want. They had vanilla frosting, lemon, raspberry, and Bavarian Creme. There may have been more. I chose vanilla for mine and they do not skimp on the filling. The donut itself was fresh, soft, and moist. Very happy we chose Early Bird. My wife picked a coconut donut and a Bavarian creme filled chocolate covered donut. My daughter pick a classic glazed donut and a blueberry cake donut. We were all satisfied.

Photo of Christopher Forbes Christopher Forbes
Mar 25, 2022 5

Outstanding donuts and coffee better than Krispy Kreme. 😀

Photo of Magdelene Ramón Magdelene Ramón
Jan 23, 2022 5

They have delectable soft, fluffy donuts! Their donuts also aren't too rich so they're great for a breakfast treat. If you want to choose your donut flavors/types, make sure you show up early because they sell out fast! Also, they have the best apple fritters here!!!

Photo of Nasanin Rosado Nasanin Rosado
Jan 6, 2022 5

BEST DONUTS IN TOWN! Monut who?? I recommend coming early and being happy with what you get, because they go fast, but buckle in for a treat!

Photo of Nichole vanStaveren Nichole vanStaveren
Jan 6, 2022 5

Great donuts! We go early as some of the donuts sell out fast. When you arrive earlier in the day though there’s typically a large selection and they’re always great

Photo of Sean Berman Sean Berman
Nov 30, 2021 5

Ordered three dozen donuts for a university event. Super easy to communicate. The donuts were a massive hit with the group. So delicious. Very much recommend!

Photo of Sree Sreenivasan Sree Sreenivasan
Oct 16, 2021 5

Was told these are the best donuts in the triangle. Didn’t disappoint in anyway. There was a longish line. Totally worth it.

Photo of Nikki Nicole Nikki Nicole
Oct 9, 2021 5

I kept hearing great things about this place, so I finally made it here. The breakfast sandwiches & donuts were great but the customer service was absolutely terrible…. 5 stars for the food but 1 star for the service, I won’t be back

Photo of Gwenyth Vuke Gwenyth Vuke
Sep 17, 2021 5

Wow. I can just say wow. I don't love donuts. Never have. But this place has made me love their donuts. My husband worked at Duke for years and raved about their donuts, and every time I got a chance it was either on a Monday or we were on campus too late in the day. My first ever order here took place yesterday, however, and I got a cinnamon sugar donut filled with vanilla cream, and I would have eaten three or four if my stomach would have allowed me. It was rich but not overbearingly, the texture of the donut itself was fluffy but filling, and the atmosphere is idyllic café. Every time I come that way I will be eating there if possible! Just come as early as possible because they run out FAST. Just another mark of a quality product! I'm blown away by my experience there.

Photo of Emily Best Emily Best
Aug 16, 2021 5

There is a reason when you don’t get there early that you only have limited options to choose from, because everything is so dang good!! The donuts are the lightest and most delicious donuts I’ve ever had. The breakfast croissant and coffee is also YUM! We will most definitely be back!

Photo of Kimberly Singh Kimberly Singh
Jul 17, 2021 5

Visited on my way home from my trip to Duke and grabbed some coffee and donuts. The coffee was fantastic and the donuts were amazing. The staff was very friendly and I will definitely come back next time I'm in town for doctor visits.

Photo of Doug Bright Doug Bright
Jun 15, 2021 4

Fresh and friendly! Donuts were good, not stellar (among best I've had in the Triangle though). Old fashioned options would have been nice.

Photo of Anthony Bucci Anthony Bucci
Apr 20, 2021 5

Super fresh local donuts. Even hours after ordering, they were still delicious. Bavarian cream just like I personally love. Donuts seemed to weigh a LOT -- and somehow retains airy features of delicious donuts. They pipe in filling based on your request. Friendly employees.

Photo of Katie Foxx Katie Foxx
Apr 11, 2021 5

This is a little gem of a donut shop that we have just recently discovered. They have become my family's favorite donuts. I however do recommend that you go early to get a good variety. Their donuts are very fluffy and cake-like. I make the drive from Raleigh just to get their donuts.

Photo of Cris Estes Cris Estes
Apr 12, 2021 4

Love the donuts! The staff is hit and miss in friendliness though. Also, when they first opened they had a soda machine which was awesome but then it was persistently out of order and now they just don’t have it at all. There is a drink refrigerator but not a lot of options. But the donuts are the best I’ve ever had!

Photo of Hayley K Hayley K
Mar 21, 2021 5

I just moved to the area and one of the first things I do in a new place is find a donut shop: Early Bird hit it out of the park in the first try! Delicious breakfast sandwiches, donuts, and cinnamon roll - were already planning our order for the next time we stop by 😋

Photo of Michael Hall Michael Hall
Feb 5, 2021 5

Easily the best apple fritter in Durham. Their service has always been great, and the other options like breakfast sandwiches and donuts are very good.

Photo of Alan Belanger Alan Belanger
Feb 9, 2021 5

there is no donut like a raised yeast donut, and these Early Bird yeasties are the bomb!! I also love that the jelly and cream filled are filled right when you buy them! Awesome!

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.

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 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 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 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 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 alain calimlim alain calimlim
Aug 28, 2020 5

Love the donuts here!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Angel Whitehead Angel Whitehead
Aug 6, 2019 5

Omg amazing doughnuts and the cinnamon buns melt in your mouth

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 Brant Stalzer Brant Stalzer
Jun 30, 2019 5

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

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 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 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 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 Amy Sonder Amy Sonder
May 27, 2022 5

Just can't stop thinking about how lucky all of the people in the area are to have a hidden gem like Early Bird Donuts! It's a unique concept, I think, where you get to select your donut and the filling. Everything is fresh, homemade and tastes divine! I just wish I hadn't gone alone so I could have tried more flavor combinations. If I'm ever in this part of NC again, I'll be sure to grab a dozen!

Photo of L O'Dell L O'Dell
May 4, 2022 5

The donuts are absolutely delicious with lots of variety. I also got the breakfast croissant and it was just, well, too much (sloppy) and not really flavorful. But this could definitely be just a matter of taste/opinion because I saw another customer who seemed to be enjoying theirs very much!✌️ Overall... Go early and get those ridiculously delicious donuts!!

Photo of Alex H Alex H
Apr 24, 2022 5

Finally tried this place this weekend and so enjoyed! A classic old-school donut shop (reminded me of Daylight Donuts in Raleigh). Went at 8:30 on a Saturday morning and there was a line but it moved very quickly. We got an assorted dozen donuts to take to family and all were a hit. I especially loved the customizing of fillings. Big fan of the Apple fritter - it’s enormous! My husband tried a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit and loved it. We always enjoy Monuts and Rise, but Early Bird has a bigger donut selection and slightly better prices - definitely getting added to the regular rotation. P.S. for all the negative reviews about being sold out of donuts in the afternoon, have you never been to a bakery? Every donut shop or bakery I’ve been to in my entire life - including Rise and Monuts here in Durham - sells out of donuts (or pastries, bread, etc.). If you go an hour or two before close, there are going to be slim pickings. Everything is made fresh that morning and they INTEND to sell out before they close to ensure there’s no waste. Ridiculous to leave a bad review because you came to a bakery at the end of the day and expected a full selection.

Photo of Beatrice Cherrier Beatrice Cherrier
May 1, 2022 5

Some of the best donuts in Durham, less expensive than in most other places. For some of them, you can choose your filling. All favors are delicious, and all the colleagues that I fed with donuts on mornings agreed

Photo of Ana Ehrisman Ana Ehrisman
Jun 4, 2022 5

Delicious! They use Michael's Muffins for their breakfast sandwiches and the doughnuts are to die for. The apple fritter was as big as my head. It was also very, very good.

Photo of Neisha Reynolds Neisha Reynolds
Jun 20, 2022 5

This place is great! The donuts are fresh and filled to order. The name says it all. If you come too late in the afternoon; you'll miss it. Donuts sell out early.

Photo of B 123 B 123
May 18, 2022 5

Their donuts are actually really really good. I've had donuts from chains and mom and pop shops and these are some of the best I've ever had. Kind of strange they don't have an actual website and just a Facebook page.

Photo of Alan Belanger Alan Belanger
Aug 11, 2022 5

there is no donut like a raised yeast donut, and these Early Bird yeasties are the absolute bomb!! EB donuts (yeast or cake) are as good as any I have ever had! I also love that the jelly and cream filled are filled right when you buy them! Totally Awesome! I am from Southern CA - which has the best donuts in the world. The best donut shops there are almost always mom and pop shops like Early Bird Donuts.

Photo of Blake Niva Blake Niva
Aug 20, 2022 5

To be honest these are the best donuts that I have ever had. They never scimp on the filling for them and they are always fresh and packed with flavor. They have great customer service and I would honestly recommend this place to anyone and everyone who lives in Durham.

Photo of Adam Lynch Adam Lynch
Jun 4, 2022 5

Some of the best donuts I have ever had. A new weekend treat!