Coming in hot, iced, and covered in sprinkles – Carl’s Donuts reopens their famous family donut shop in Las Vegas. The decades-old Vegas institution specializes in perfecting the classics; revitalizing quintessential donuts, pastries, and sweet treats with high-quality ingredients to bring the most out of their flavors. Carl’s Donuts (3170 E. Sunset Rd., Las Vegas) is currently open seven days a week, 6 a.m.–2 p.m.
Carl’s Donuts got its start in 1963 as a walk-up donut shop in the modified garage of a California motel. Shortly after their California success, Carl and Lyn Sanders relocated to Las Vegas and opened up Carl’s Donuts in the local variety store, Wonder World, in 1966. Having also found success in Las Vegas, they decided to expand to wholesale operations, supplying convenience stores in the area, which they continue to this day. However, as Carl’s Donuts grew on the wholesale side, their retail operations were put on hold, until now with the opening of Carl’s Donuts on Sunset Road.
“We want to bring back the simple elegance and nostalgia of a classic donut,” says Amber Ramsay, COO of Carl’s Donuts and granddaughter of the Sanders. “We’re not about making the trendiest, most over-the-top donut, we’re about focusing on quality to let the donut speak for itself.”
Carl’s Donuts features timeless classics that made them famous for more than 50 years including donuts of all varieties, glazed or sugared to iced or filled; specialty pastries; and sweet treats including:
Raised donuts: Glazed Ring, Sugared Ring, Chocolate Iced, Pink Ring with Sprinkles, Maple Bar, Chocolate Bar, Bavarian Cream-filled, Raspberry Jelly-filled
Cake donuts: Sour Cream Old-Fashioned, Crumb Cake, Plain Cake, Devil’s Food Cake, White Cake with Sprinkles
Fancy donuts: Apple Fritter, Tiger Tail, Bear Claws, Cinnamon Roll, Seasonal Poppers, Chocolate Poppers
Pastries: Kougin Amann, croissants (plain, chocolate, almond), chocolate twist, danishes (cherry, apple, cheese, blueberry/pear), morning bun, raisin roll, tarts (almond, raspberry, apple)
Sweet Treats: cookies (shortbread, chocolate chip, oatmeal, sugar, snickerdoodle), brownies, muffins (blueberry, bran, chocolate chocolate, chunky monkey, lemon, orange cranberry)
They also offer specialty bi-monthly flavors. April and May’s specialty donuts include Crème Brulee (raised donut, custard, hand-torched sugar), Toffee Crunch (raised bar, dark chocolate icing, topped with English toffee), and Lemon Shortbread (raised donut, lemon filling, cream cheese icing, shortbread topping).
Carl’s doesn’t stop at just donuts, their menus also include fresh squeezed orange juice, locally-produced Anderson Dairy Milk products, and bottle Coca-Cola products. The donut shop is also an exclusive distributor of Stumptown Coffee products including cold brew and ready to go cold brew, “Stubby” glass bottled coffee, nitro cold brew, drip, espresso, lattes, specialty lattes, teas, and more. This new generation of Carl’s Donuts is the classic ‘60s donut shop upgraded to be the perfect breakfast stop for the modern donut lover.
Not just your average grab-and-go donut shop, Carl’s Donuts features a comfortable place to enjoy a morning or afternoon treat in a fun atmosphere featuring a fun, Instagram-worthy donut wall, a photographic look through Carl’s Donuts history, fresh flowers, and a peek-a-boo window into the bakery. Carl’s Donuts also offers complimentary wi-fi and fruit-infused water, fun events, upcoming donut Happy Hours, and a loyalty program.
Photos by Jeremy Womack – WomackPhotography.com
About Carl’s Donuts
Carl’s Donuts represents the classic donut shop with a dedication to excellence. Since 1966 Carl’s Donuts have supplied the Las Vegas valley with premium donuts unrivaled in quality. Though they ceased retail distribution more than 20 years ago, Carl’s remained the prominent donut wholesaler to local convenience stores for generations. Now that Carl’s children and grandchildren of the iconic donut chain have taken the reigns, Carl’s Donuts has come out of the shadows to take back the title of “Best Donut in Las Vegas.” With a contemporary coffee shop atmosphere and revamped bakery menu, the retail component of Carl’s Donuts is back and offering the best quality donuts along with Stumptown Coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, and a litany of classic and specialty pastries. For additional information, please visit www.carlsdonuts.com, follow on Instagram @CarlsDonutsLV, or like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carsldonuts.