Restaurant: Lone Star Bakery / Round Rock Donuts
Last visited: July 26, 2010
Location: Round Rock, Texas (Not far from North Austin)
Address: 106 W Liberty St
Price Range: $10 or less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
Food: 6 (for the Texas sized donut)
- Since 1926
- Family owned, independent bakery
- Small town historic bakery in Round Rock, Texas
- World famous Texas sized Round Rock donut
- Popular to locals and tourists
- Baked fresh daily
- Local favourite
- Desserts, pastries, pies, cookies
- Old-fashioned, traditional baked goods
- Long line-ups in the morning and weekends
- Budget-friendly, family friendly
- No seating, take-out only
- Leftovers donated to charity
- Store hours Mon-Sat: 4am -3pm, Sun 4am-2pm
- Daily drive thru 4-8pm
**Recommendations: Texas sized glazed Round Rock donut, Swedish rye bread (seasonal), donut holes are popular too
Round Rock Donuts from Lone Star Bakery, offers the most famous donut in and around Austin, Texas. It’s a small family owned independent bakery located in the small town of Round Rock, a suburb of Austin Texas. It is a historic bakery located almost in the middle of nowhere offering muffins, cookies, donuts, cakes and pies that are baked fresh daily. Round Rock Donuts offers old fashioned baked goods with quality ingredients and homebaked goodness you can taste. Round Rock Donuts opens it’s doors for breakfast at 4am (when the baking starts) and it continues to draw in crowds throughout the day. It’s a very small operation that draws a very large audience and people from all over the world come to try their world famous yellow or orange donuts.
Our order… 7 Texas sized donuts to bring home… ALL staff at the airport tried to “confiscate” them from me! Amy’s Ice Cream even offered to trade me ice cream for it!
It all began with the manager at the hotel I was staying at. He kept raving about this “world-famous donut” and he actually brought the donut back for me to try the day I was leaving Austin, Texas. Just trying that donut was enough to make us make the drive out to Round Rock JUST to order 7 of them to bring home! Time was tight, but we just HAD to make the trip out to see for ourselves where these donuts were popping out from. It was THAT delicious! I’m so glad I got to try this world-famous Texas-sized Glazed Round Rock Donut. If you are visiting or traveling to Austin, Texas this is not to be missed! It’s not a far drive from North Austin and it’s totally worth the commute… no matter how tight timing is. This donut is not to be missed and it’s the best donut I’ve ever had to date.
Featured on “10 Best” Editor’s Pick for Austin, Texas Restaurants
Featured in Top 10 Best Donuts in Bon Appetit Magazine
Featured on Food Network Donut Dream: Top 5
Featured on Food Network: The Secret Life of Donuts
Featured on Travel Channel: Man Vs. Food – Austin
On the table:
**World Famous Texas Sized Glazed Round Rock Donut – 6/6
- $5.99 USD
- Regular size: $0.59 / $5.99 dozen
- Everything is bigger in Texas! This is seriously the biggest and best donut I’ve ever had in my life to date. The recipe is from the original owner and has stayed the same even though it has gone through about 6 new owners. It’s a beloved recipe that nobody messes around with and it’s what makes Round Rock Donuts so popular and famous.
- It’s not the cake like donut from Top Pot Doughnuts, (which I still like) however they still offer cake donuts but I didn’t try them and they’re not as popular. The Round Rock donuts also aren’t as sweet or rich as Krispy Kreme for sure. This donut is unlike any donut I’ve tried and even people who don’t like donuts, usually will like this donut.
- It’s hand rolled, cut, iced and fried upon order and served warm so it’s definitely best when fresh. Apparently they use a bucket to cut the donut hole and I heard rumours that it’s actually sweetened with honey as well as sugar. If it was, the honey isn’t obvious, but overall it’s not too sweet at all.
- It has a slightly crispy outside and then it’s super soft and fluffy on the inside. It’s the fluffiest donut ever and reminds me of the slightly sweetened Chinese egg bread they sell at Chinese bakeries… but deep fried!
- It’s visually stunning and when you look at it, it looks super heavy and greasy, but it’s not! It’s so easy to finish and eating a huge chunk was easy, not only because it’s amazing, but because the texture and taste was so light and airy. It’s not melt in your mouth, but it’s chewy and very easy to chew. It doesn’t weigh you down because it’s a yeast based dough, which makes it a bread-like donut, and it tastes like eating freshly baked egg bread with a sweet glaze.
The batter is heavy on the egg (farm raised) and it’s what gives the donut it’s famous yellow or orange colour making Round Rock donuts distinct from the rest.
Texas Sized Chocolate Covered Round Rock Donut – 4.5/6
- Regular size: $0.59 / $5.99 dozen
- The 2nd time back we ordered the Texas Sized Chocolate Covered Round Rock Donut.
- It’ the same donut, except covered with a thick layer of chocolate. For me, it was too sweet because of the added chocolate and we also made the mistake of not eating it immediately. It’s not AS good, but it’s still very good.
- Still that Round Rock famous yellow donut colour, but the texture is much fluffier and softer than the photo shows.
- This one is a lot denser and the chocolate is just regular chocolate. It’s like a Long John and I couldn’t eat as much of this one as I could the original glazed.
- You really need to eat these famous donuts fresh and warm, they’re truly amazing!
Thanks again Mijune for the donut. It was much lighter than it looked. The whole thing was probably equivalent to one Top Pot donut… LOL…
Can’t wait to hit Round Rock now! 🙂 Thanks Mijune!
Foodies are so generous! Bringing home donuts from Austin! Baked goods from Seattle! I can’t believe the size of that donut!
Ray is wondering why you are taking a picture of a brown toilet seat?
OMG that is one amazing donut!! I was just doing some research on how to make those chinese paper lined sponge cakes…now i’m gonna dream of this thing!! Too bad they don’t do UPS!
Sherman – no problem! and how bad is it that I ate 10 Top Pot Doughnuts in 5 days?… thanks Sherman!
Tamanna – WHAT!? You’ve never been there yet!? Oh hun, you must go!! 🙂
Laura – Foodie Karma 🙂
Ryan’s mommy – LOL! Omg I totally thought of you as I was eating this and wanted to freeze some of it for you to try! I know how you like your donuts! The frozen version just didn’t work though 🙁
Vivian – lol I googled if they did UPS too! One article said they did, but I didn’t see it offered on their website 🙁
For me, it was too sweet because of the added chocolate
I can’t believe I actually see you write this, considering all the sweets you usually have! 😀
Thanks for the donut and cookies Mijune! Still can’t believe you talked a total stranger (with gout, who was eating candy) to try some Texas sized donut from the back of your car. lol!
So the question is, did you finish a whole one while you were there? And seven to go??! How many eyebrows did you raise on the flight / at customs? Was this hand-carried onto the plane, or packed in luggage?
KimHo – I love sweets, but not all of them. I like salty food too, but not too salty… c’mon foodies/dessert lovers still have standards! :p
Jessica – lol if I was in his position I probably would have asked if I saw someone pull out a massive donut! I almost asked to try a random strangers brisket b/c his looked better than mine lol
No, I couldn’t finish a WHOLE donut, but I ate about 1/6 in one seating. Then had another one later on lol. Nobody questioned me bringing a donut on the plane b/c they knew how good they were… they just wanted to sit with me or pay me for it lol. And I hand carried it! I had to handle with care… too precious!
I was thisclose to buying a bunch of roundrock donuts for the wedding as the little take-home thankyou gift they always have for everyone at weddings
Lol no way!!! Actually the donut holes would have worked well too! They are amazing donuts and it would have suited your wedding so well! But either way it was still awesome!