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America's Best Donuts - Mon, 09/29/08 10:43 AM
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http://cityguide.aol.com/newyork/americas-top-donuts?page=1

Yet another one of those "Top (insert food item) in the USA"...this one doesnt seem to be too bad though.....

They missed Kane's in Saugus, Massachusetts....what other places do you feel they missed in the ranking?

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Tue, 09/30/08 7:49 AM
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They got at least three right. Voodoo Donuts in Portland and Top Pot in Seattle are two of my favorite places and the Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans remains a treasured Roadfood memory. A lot of those other places look good to me and I hope someday to get to a couple of the Los Angeles spots.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Tue, 09/30/08 8:54 AM
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I've only been to Top Pot, LaMar's (the original KC location), Stan's and Randy's. I 've had respectable donuts at several Daylight Donuts, including one in southwestern Colorado, owned and operated by a very nice Korean family. I'm not sure what they did differently, but those were the best Daylight Donuts ever.

Top Pot is my favorite, followed by Stan's, although I haven't been to Stan's in over 30 years!

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Tue, 09/30/08 9:01 AM
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Cafe du Monde's little Beignet's are heaven! And their chicory coffee is hands down another favorite of mine.

Top Pot was my regular spot in my Seattle years. Super friendly people there, staff and customers alike.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Tue, 09/30/08 10:38 PM
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There was a donut shop in Dalton, GA whose slogan was " donuts so fresh you'll slap them."

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Wed, 10/1/08 8:32 AM
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I remember going to a supermarket on Cape Cod (Sandwich or Hyannis) as a kid with my grandmother (circa mid 70's). I think the name of the place was Angelo's. They used to make their own old fashioned donuts there. It wasnt on a grand scale like Krispy Kreme, but just an old donut maker & fryer.
It was an automated machine & as a kid I would just stand there & watch them being made. You would be able to get them still warm & they would have to poke holes in the cellophane (sp?) to let the steam out. It was heaven.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Wed, 10/1/08 9:43 PM
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I've never had a bad Daylight Donut, that's for sure. They seem more, I don't know, delicate than others.

I was surprised, glad and vindicated to see that Round Rock Donuts was not only on the list but in the top three. People drive from far and wide for their fare, and with good reason. It is a 'don't-miss'. Here's a[url='http://www.texashighways.com/index.php/component/content/article/113-top-tables-archive/1822-round-rock-donuts--the-hole-story']link[/url] to the Texas Highways Magazine full story...

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Fri, 10/3/08 4:01 PM
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Ridge Donut in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood of Cincinnati
3186 Woodford Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45213
(513) 631-4334

Try the kettle danish and apple fritters. Their plain cake doughnut is great dunked in coffee. Light as a feather, crunchy-tender french crullers. A neighborhood information hub.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Thu, 10/16/08 9:43 AM
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I second the recommendation of Donutland in Cedar Rapids. Donutland is/was a regional chain that I remember from my early days in Rockford, IL. It was my dad's favorite place for donuts. Lamar's is okay, better than most chains, but I would not rate them in the top 12 of the country. For the past 29 years, the best donuts I have found are at John's Space Age Donuts in old Overland Park, KS.

John's Space Age Donuts
8124 Floyd St
OVerland Park, KS 66204
Phone: (913) 381-0980
http://www.yelp.com/biz/johns-space-age-donuts-overland-park

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Thu, 10/16/08 10:12 AM
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The in-store bakery department of Janson's Shoprite on Nesconset Highway (NY 347) in Hauppauge, NY. The make their donuts from scratch here. They taste the same as the donuts from the supermarket bakeries of the 60's. My favorite is the jelly donut with powdered sugar. If you look into their bakery department, you will see many bags of flour and other basic baking ingredients. While I wouldn't rank them as being in the top 10 in the USA, I am just grateful this this co-op member bakes his donuts from scratch rather than just defrosts them.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Fri, 10/17/08 8:52 PM
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Must be pretty good if they outrate a Krispy Kreme?
I find, I prefer yeast type donuts over cake donuts.
And I like them fresh, not day olds like some places sell.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Sat, 10/18/08 8:20 AM
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Mrs. Murphy's Donuts - a little green building in Southwick, MA - especially this time of year for their special apple cider and pumpkin spice donuts, rolled in cinnamon sugar.... amazing!

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Sun, 10/19/08 2:15 AM
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I like the Original Cake Donut with the handle on it for dunkin from Dunkin Donuts! Someone/Company bought the master franchise for AZ and they are going to open about 90 of the NEW Concept stores in the Valley of the Sun!

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Thu, 10/30/08 8:48 PM
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One of my favorite donuts can be found in Manville, NJ. Manville Pastry Shop is located at 335 North Main Street.
They have a small selection of donuts, but what they lack in quantity they make up for in quality.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Sun, 11/2/08 10:46 PM
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The best is fresh from any local small town bakery shop. When they are warm...can it be any better.

At the local gas station/convenience store, it takes some time to get the products there.

Local is the best.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Mon, 11/24/08 5:45 PM
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Mac's Bakery and DoNut Castle on GA 53 in Calhoun, GA, (on I-75 between Atlanta and Chattanooga, TN) especially the chocolate frosted donuts.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Wed, 11/26/08 9:15 AM
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Anyone been to Niccola's in Tampa mentioned in the article?

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Fri, 11/28/08 10:25 AM
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My favorite donuts in Indianapolis can be found at the Shelbi Street Cafe in Fountain Square.

The Donut Shop on N. Keystone also has very good donuts.

Long’s bakery is the probably the most famous Donut shop in Indy. The blueberry donuts there are especially good.


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RE: America's Best Donuts - Fri, 11/28/08 11:00 AM
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Originally posted by DougS

Must be pretty good if they outrate a Krispy Kreme?
I find, I prefer yeast type donuts over cake donuts.
And I like them fresh, not day olds like some places sell.


I find Krispy Kreme utterly disgusting- they're very easy to make
pour a box of sugar into boiling water- continue to boil until all the water is gone- voila! you've got a krispy kreme donut

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Fri, 11/28/08 11:21 AM
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Love a Krispy Kreme yeast donut...oh those raspberry filled!!!!!

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Fri, 11/28/08 5:06 PM
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Wolfs Bakery in Chambersburg Pa. Amish owned...out of this world good!

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Fri, 11/28/08 5:18 PM
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Go to Amish Country a lot...but don't know where Chambersburg is...is it near rts 340 and 30????

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Sun, 11/30/08 11:43 PM
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Sampled Round Rock on my visit to Austin as a present from Bushie. Like Voodoo a little better.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Wed, 12/10/08 10:36 PM
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If in the St. Louis area - (and I have ate both Lemar's and Daylight Donuts from the list) I think Paul's Donuts in St. Peters are the best in the world...The place is packed every morning, but they move quick, and its always worth the wait.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Thu, 01/1/09 6:07 AM
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i never understood the fascination with krispy kreme doughnuts, or their coffee..... when the stores opened here, they were running 24/7 for about six months. now, they all close around 8pm and i've never been lucky enough to go there when the "hot doughnut" sign has been lit.... my impression is too much glaze and overpowering sugar.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Thu, 01/1/09 6:22 AM
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wanderingjew



I find Krispy Kreme utterly disgusting- they're very easy to make
pour a box of sugar into boiling water- continue to boil until all the water is gone- voila! you've got a krispy kreme donut

leethebard

 
Love a Krispy Kreme yeast donut...oh those raspberry filled!!!!!
 


wanderingjew, meet leethebard. 
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RE: America's Best Donuts - Thu, 01/1/09 3:06 PM
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Krispy Kremes are best after2-3 days. The staler the better. When they're hot, they're just a ball of greasey, undercooked slime.
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RE: America's Best Donuts - Thu, 01/1/09 3:46 PM
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Foodbme


Krispy Kremes are best after2-3 days. The staler the better. When they're hot, they're just a ball of greasey, undercooked slime.


I'm just the opposite. The only time I could consider a Krispy Kreme was when they were still hot and fresh.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Thu, 01/1/09 4:19 PM
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Lee...if you ever get up the the Manviille, NJ area (Exit 12 off of 287) there are some great donuts in Manville center at Manville Pastry Shop. Its right on Main Street.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Wed, 01/7/09 9:19 AM
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The Donut Plant rates only number 13?  Lamar's I believe also has a store in Vegas?  Cafe Du Mond is a specialty product.  Should this be on a comparison list of donuts as we Americans know traditional donuts to be?  The place in LA...I've been there.  It's a donut..Absolutely nothing special IMHO. 

I have never been to the Donut Plant..It is one of my goals.  The problem is they are all sold out by late morning and coming in from NJ on the bus with all the commuter traffic, which is what I'd be doing when I visit the Fatherland..Just a pain.  I'd have to get there before 9:00 AM and then go on one of these Ellen's eating tours and bide my time before lunch at the Carnegie.  I just cannot eat that much food in such a short period of time.... We'll see.

Getting back to the Donut Plant.  Here's what I "see" when I've watched all the features on this special place on FoodTV and Food Paradise.  This guy makes incredible artisan donuts!  These are not your ordinary donuts!  You can "see" how great they are! Anyone who knows anything about food can see this for oneself 

Those dounts are not like any other I have ever "seen" any place else.  He is using the best flour, top ingredients, etc. His fondants are all homemade!  He has pistachios, cherries, special chocolates, homemade creams..Come on.  How is he only rated 13 out of 20? 

Should we be adding this survey to the many others with questionable results?  Is it political like so many others? I'd be interested in getting some comments from NY'ers who have been to the Donut Plant and might have also been to another on the list ahead of number 13. 

We've all been to Cafe Du Mond so that doesn't work.  Incidently, I always find myself desperate for more sweetness in their (I can't spell the F____er)  and having to dip and dip into that powdered sugar and hope I don't cough. They're alright, but not sweet enough for my tastes.  I'm not a fan.  The best part of going there is watching the action in the back room.  I love the fryer and powdered sugar production stations. 

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Wed, 01/7/09 9:34 AM
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Baah Ben


Getting back to the Donut Plant.  Here's what I "see" when I've watched all the features on this special place on FoodTV and Food Paradise.  This guy makes incredible artisan donuts!  These are not your ordinary donuts!  You can "see" how great they are! Anyone who knows anything about food can see this for oneself 

Those dounts are not like any other I have ever "seen" any place else.  He is using the best flour, top ingredients, etc. His fondants are all homemade!  He has pistachios, cherries, special chocolates, homemade creams..Come on.  How is he only rated 13 out of 20? 

Should we be adding this survey to the many others with questionable results?  Is it political like so many others? I'd be interested in getting some comments from NY'ers who have been to the Donut Plant and might have also been to another on the list ahead of number 13. 



I have been to the donut plant many times...just last week as a matter of fact...and while the creations there are very good...some even excellent...they really are almost in a category of their own, and aren't what I consider donuts. 

I find I feel the same way with many things that fall into the "artisan" heading you mention. Creative people take an old concept and stretch it so far, it is almost unrecognizable. There are places that do this with many foods...pizza is one that comes to mind. I have had many marvelous versions of what may be called "pizza" created by inventive chefs, yet when I think pizza I think of the simple, original variety, not those variations that have almost evolved into a new species.

These are what I think of when I think of donuts...


 

Just to add...the only place higher than 13th I have been to is Dreesen's Market in East Hampton. How they ended up on this list is a mystery to me. I find their donuts to be one step above the Hostess boxed variety. They are exceedingly average. I can think of a dozen places in New England alone that belong ahead of Dreesens!





 

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Wed, 01/7/09 9:53 AM
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I ate at Doughnut Plant last Friday with another Roadfooder.  We arrived post-lunch, and were only told that they were sold out of one of our selections (of four or five) - and we easily selected a replacement, IIRC.  In short, there were plenty of doughnuts available at around 3 pm or so.

Of the places "ranked" ahead of Doughnut Plant, I have eaten at Voodoo, Cafe du Monde, and Round Rock Donuts.  I have also eaten Top Pot Doughnuts that were brought in for us, but I did not visit their store.  I would rate each of them as being as good (Round Rock) or better (all of the others) as Doughnut Plant.

One other thing about Doughnut Plant.  These donuts are expensive.  I don't mean that they're expensive for NY...I mean they take a few bucks out of your pocket to enjoy.  Unless their prices have recently gone up drastically, I am pretty sure that you can get about four Round Rock donuts for the price of one Doughnut Plant donut.  Even Voodoo Donuts, which are not cheap, don't seem to be as much as Doughnut Plant.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Wed, 01/7/09 10:38 AM
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TTM, we also tried Doughnut Plant on Billyboy's NYC Hot Dog Tour last year.  He worships them, I liked them very much -- though to me, they didn't really taste like a traditional donut.  The texture of the donut resembled cake to me (not a cake donut, like birthday cake).  What's your opinion?

My theory is that they use a stiffer dough to be able to shape the donuts into all their creative configurations -- and also to be able to contain fillings of varying densities.  Is there a donut physicist in the house?    Chris


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RE: America's Best Donuts - Thu, 01/8/09 1:23 AM
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The survey being discussed did not rate the donuts on price did it?  NY'ers apparently do not think they are too expensive. What do Donut Plant donuts cost anyway?  $2?  $2.50?   

In Billy Boy's year in review, he has revisited a few of the pictures of the Donut Plant's offerings.  All I know is what I've seen on three television shows, an article I read, Bobby Flay's comments (I have alot of respect for his opinions) and the pictures on this site.  On creativity and effort alone and that's all I said I could go on, call them artisan donuts or not, I question how this place is rated only 13th out of 20 donuts places surveyed.  

Yes Tony, it is a cut above the basic donut, but it still is a donut in shape, texture and taste isn't it?  But when you have Cafe Du Monde's product ahead of the Donut Plant?  That I can comment on from first hand knowledge..Been there several times.  I question it's inclusion on this survey.  It doesn't look like a donut nor does it doesn't taste like a donut.  It's the French's version of a Zeppoli as far as I'm concerned. It's ethnic..

It's a top 20 survey of donuts.  If they want to include a bengnet (sp) then why not include a zeppoli too? What about Leonard's in Ohau?  Been there and that at least that could be called a donut. Hey, maybe all 20 are better than Leonard's anyway?

Hopefully, we can get some more rf people who have eaten at some of these places on the list. Hey consensus is consensus.  I'll accept 13th, if enough people have been there and done that. 

I just thought this guy would have gotten more respect for all the effort he's put into one our country's most well known bakery items.  I was very surprised at his low placement. I'm sure he was, too!


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RE: America's Best Donuts - Thu, 01/8/09 2:32 AM
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Baah Ben, all of these surveys, like most things, are subjective and therefore are attuned to the surveyor's tastes.  They clearly love the Doughnut Plant, but just love others better.  I'd be willing to try all of the places on the list (if I could afford to travel that much, sigh!)  As ayersian and Tony Bad witnessed firsthand, I do in fact worship the Doughnut Plant.  I've always been a yeast doughnut man and While I do like cake doughnuts, they run a somewhat close second for me. Yeasts remind me of the fried dough I used to make and eat at fairs and carnivals growing up.  Although these doughnuts aren't greasy, it's really about the soft, pillowy, slightly chewy texture for me.  If the crispy exterior/creamy interior of a cake doughnut is your ideal, then the Doughnut Plant will definitely be a letdown.  Mark Isreal does make cake doughnuts, but they don't have those contrasting textures.  He does make some very righteous churros though.  If you're coming into the city for some eats and you know ahead of time, drop me a line and I'd love to meet up for a bit of Roadfood!

Chris (ayersian) and I had a really good discussion about this last year and I think we both pretty much agreed that the Plant's strength lies in the glazes and fillings.  As, TTM said, these are not cheap.  Not the kind where you'd pick up a dozen on a Sunday morning to read with your copy of the Times.  They'd set you back between $20-$30.  I think all of the Dean & Deluca locations carry them, but the selection is minimal and it really is best to get them at the source.  Not just for the full monty, but for me, the least amount of time from the fryer to my mouth is my motto!  They are good after a few hours, but still warm? Indescribable!  The Plant is closed on Mondays and sorry to say, as many times as I have gone there, I have forgotten more than once and been Travelin'-Manned!!

I was kind of hoping to see Dottie's in Woodbury, CT on the list though.  That was the very first cake doughnut that I ever loved!  I totally see the appeal of those contrasting outer/inner textures now.  There is a Daylight Donuts right next to Voss Bar-B-Q in Yorkville, NY and just down the street is Holland Farms Creamery and Bakery which I saw on a previous thread as part of another best doughnuts list.  I've never really had one kind of doughnut in my head as "traditional".  I've tried cake, yeast, bismarcks, long johns, crullers, twists, rings and many others.  They really do come in many shapes, sizes and textures.  




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RE: America's Best Donuts - Thu, 01/8/09 9:46 AM
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billyboy

 As ayersian and Tony Bad witnessed firsthand, I do in fact worship the Doughnut Plant.  


 Evidence of above claim...



Billyboy almost wandered into traffic he was so lost in his donut bliss!

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Thu, 01/8/09 2:52 PM
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BB - I much prefer cake donuts.  But, I have to try this place!  I sort of thought they would be about $2 a piece.  Yes, I knew he sold to D&D..

This guy has done very well for himself.  I believe he took has father's donut recipe, started in his own home and delivered them to local places on his bike. 

Hey, I'd love to meet you for lunch this Spring when I come up..that would be terrific.  I'd love to do a Chinatown soup/dumpling kind of thing, if you and maybe a few other rf people want to join us.  Or, it could be pizza?  Then, dessert at the Donut Plant?

Incidently, if anyone wants to go on yahoo.com and put in the Donut Plant, they have a slew of very recent reviews on the place forwhatever it's worth.  Almost all very, very positive.  I find some very good information on yahoo.com and tripadvisor, too.

I asked a friend who lives in Manahattan to call the DP and ask about their hours, etc.  He said they told him customers should try and get there before 2:00 PM so that's a bit better than what I'd heard; noon.  He said that they told him they make 5 different flavors each month.   Positive comments most recently are about their coconut cream donuts.


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RE: America's Best Donuts - Thu, 01/8/09 3:09 PM
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Baah Ben


 Positive comments most recently are about their coconut cream donuts.


I had a coconut cream one last week...very good. They had gingerbread on list, but were out when I got there. Rats!

 

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Fri, 01/9/09 12:17 AM
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Baah Ben, Sounds good to me.  Just give me a heads up the week before so I can mark it down.  Split some pies, walk through Chinatown and then polish off some sugary, fried goodness.  The Coconut Cream is pretty good.  He makes a mean strawberry and mango doughnut too.  

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Fri, 01/9/09 12:57 AM
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Billy - Do you like Chinese food?  If not, we can do pizza..If I were your age, I guess I could do "some pies" and walk through (does that mean eating? As in dumplings, etc) and eat "some Chinese" and then the donuts.  More realistically for me would be either or and then dessert at the Donut Plant.  Anyway, we can figure it out.  I can see this being pretty funny.

Stawberry and Mango?  Wild....I envision this guy (I think his name is David?)coming to work each day and really liking what he does for a living.  How many people can say that....Who puts this much time and effort in a donut?  Wild....

Doesn't he have more than one location now?
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RE: America's Best Donuts - Fri, 01/9/09 1:32 AM
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Ben, I'm game for pizza or Chinese, a;though Chinese might be the best options as we can walk through Chinatown and find some good places.  My buddy here in NYC who first put me on to Roadfood knows just about every place in Chinatown.  Is there any particular type of Chinese you're interested in trying?  Bakeries? Noodles?  Dumplings? Etc...  The "some pies" is assuming there might bee a big group of Roadfooders. Personally, I'm only good for one pie between two people.  

The Doughnut Plant guy is Mark Isreal.  Interestingly, he only has the one shop in NYC, but has 9 in Japan and one in 1 in Korea where I've heard good reports on their popularity and I think his dad has a hand in running the Japan locations.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Fri, 01/9/09 5:28 PM
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Billy - I thought dumplings and noodles with Chinese bbq pork, duck, etc.  I was with JohnA today for lunch and we were talking about Ellen and how she goes to 75 places in a day (just kidding Ellen)
 
Hey, if we can get a group and do a dumpling/noodle/bbq meats Chinese or pizza journey sort of like Lewis and Clarke..That would be terrific.  I know of a few good Dumpling places also.
 

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Fri, 01/16/09 8:48 PM
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Not everyone shares my feelings, I know, but I love the glazed donuts at Krispie Kreme. I first had them as a kid down in North Carolina in the ' 60s, and it was love at first bite. Until about a year ago, we had a place here in Lansing, the late lamented Village Bakery, that had the best cake donuts I've ever had. The buttercream chocolate frosting was just incredible. Boy, do I miss them! 

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Wed, 05/20/09 8:39 AM
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My favorite is a donut institution in Dayton. Bill's Donuts in Centerville. And for those who live in Dayton who may disagree I have tried Donut Haus (very dissapointed), Milton's Donuts (Unique Apple Filled but lackluster glazed), Stan the Donut Man (Meh!), and Jim's in Vandalia (have a great cream horn and cheese danish, but again found the glazed pretzel to be lacking).
 
Anybody else from Dayton have a favorite I haven't tried yet?

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Re:America's Best Donuts - Thu, 05/21/09 9:58 PM
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I'm familiar with the chains, DD and KK, and the local chain, Maple Donuts, but Giant Supermarket makes their own donuts. Not a huge variety, but the apple-raspberry jelly and the chocolate frosted, peanut-butter creme are the best.

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Re:America's Best Donuts - Thu, 05/21/09 11:37 PM
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Stan's Donuts in Westwood, CA.

Home of UCLA and the best donuts I've ever had.

Believe me when I say I've had a few.

Banana chocolate peanut butter.  Swooooooooooon!

http://www.stansdoughnuts.com/history.html

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Tue, 07/21/09 11:31 AM
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I realize this is an old thread but I have to put in my two cents worth. If you find yourself traveling northbound on I-65 around the Ohio river, I would highly recommend a detour at exit 0 in Indiana. Go to the bottom of the ramp and turn right. About five blocks or so on your right, on the corner of Court Ave. and Walnut is a place called Jeff's Bakery. I would put Jeff's up against anybody's doughnuts. They mostly do yeast doughnuts but on Saturday and Sunday they also do some of the best cake doughnuts I have ever eaten. Jeff's also makes the best apple fritter I have found in years. My only knock on the place is he's sometimes a little too generous with his frostings and glazes. That's why I like the weekend but you have to be quick. I've been in there at 7:00 and the place looked like a swarm of locusts hit it.  If you're traveling southbound it's not easy to get to. You have to get off on Hwy.62 and work your way through several blocks south and then east. They're open at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Tue, 07/21/09 12:18 PM
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All donuts, doughnuts are good....

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Sun, 08/16/09 5:49 PM
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Was in Louisville last weekend and took the opportunity to drive across the river and go to Jeff's. Have to agree that they were great donuts, although I only had the opportunity to sample a couple because they were almost out by 10:00 on Sunday morning. That said, I had one of the greatest apple fritters ever! Heavier loaded with apples that any I have ever had. Definitely recommend.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Sun, 08/16/09 6:37 PM
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Since the thread keeps reviving and I noticed Tobie's in Hinckley, MN was on the list and I knew of a place better. I feel I must settle this once and for all. The World's Best Donuts are in Grand Marais, MN. It says so.





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RE: America's Best Donuts - Mon, 08/24/09 10:05 PM
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Funny this thread should re-emerge and be near the top of the list.  I live in NY.  Donut Plant, feh.  Even when my Mom lived four blocks from the place I wouldn't bother with it.  Ok, maybe they are an acquired taste.

In almost ten years in NY I've been looking for a light, cake-y cake donut that was tender inside, crispy on the outside, not greasy and had just the right chocolate icing.

Marshall Field's basement/tunnel bakery had the best years ago. 

On the MI-OH leg of a NY-IL-MI-OH-NY driving trip, we got lucky.  Took a wrong turn off I-94 one exit too soon and found:

Ericann Cookies & Ramberg's BakeryAd in Union Pier, Michigan.
Right off the corner of Town Line Road and Red Arrow Highway.

Just right, still a little warm at 7:30AM, I bought two.  We wound up turning around and getting another half dozen "for the road."

They were just as good with coffee at noon in western PA. 


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RE: America's Best Donuts - Mon, 08/24/09 10:07 PM
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P.S.  Anyone with suggestions for LI, holler!


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Re:America's Best Donuts - Mon, 08/24/09 10:20 PM
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I had always heard about how great Krispy Kreme donuts were so I stopped and bought some in South Carolina one time.  Absolutely worst donut I have ever had.
 
My favorite is Yum Yum Bake Shops in Warminster, Colmar and Quakertown, PA

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Re:America's Best Donuts - Tue, 08/25/09 2:57 PM
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BillyCheesesteak


I had always heard about how great Krispy Kreme donuts were so I stopped and bought some in South Carolina one time.  Absolutely worst donut I have ever had.
 
My favorite is Yum Yum Bake Shops in Warminster, Colmar and Quakertown, PA


Yum-Yum is far better than Krispy Kreme.  But then again, most places are.  My vote for all-time worst donuts from a donut shop is Dunkin Donuts.  I understand why they chose the name Dunkin Donuts because without the coffee you'd never be able to get them down.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Tue, 08/25/09 4:37 PM
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Fluffy Fresh Donut 10123 State Line Rd
Kansas City, has the best cake donuts bar none in the region old fashion sour cream donuts especially.
Perhaps a different take on donuts was the old R donut in Ft. Lauderdale, scenery and counter service were  better than the donuts.

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RE: America's Best Donuts - Fri, 08/28/09 2:02 AM
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my 2 cents 
Hands down: BOB'S DONUTS on polk street in san francisco. After midnight is prime time as they are coming straight out of the grease. The buttermilk with a jelly cross on top is probably as close to a religious experience as I will have. 

Another great spot: Dixie Cream in columbia, MO. The cake donuts are almost poundcake dense. Perfect smaller size as well....what I would imagine homer simpson eating at the plant.

Voodoo donuts is great in concept but on my 4 or 5 visits the donuts themselves didn't really impress. Also had a high stale ratio. Dixie cream had a better bacon donut. 



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RE: America's Best Donuts - Sat, 09/12/09 12:24 PM
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For some reason, there are no real donut shops in downtown Sacramento.  You have to go at least 6 blocks from "real" downtown, or to Old Sac tourist trap and pay $2. per starting at 11am.   Best in the area, though is Marie's DO-Nut Shop on Freeport Blvd.  They split a plain raised glazed and fill it with fresh whipped cream.  Sometimes I don't want breakfast, I only want donuts and coffee.  Plural on the donuts.  Anyway, if someone wanted to open a donut shop downtown, they'd make a killing. 

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Re:America's Best Donuts - Sat, 09/19/09 11:48 PM
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Tim Hortons by far, the best donut is the Canadian Maple, long time reader, 1st time poster.

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Re:America's Best Donuts - Sun, 09/20/09 11:09 PM
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Im surprised more New england Donut shops aren't mentioned. My favorite is Congdon's in Wells ME just north of Ogunquit in on US1. GREAT cake donuts- the cake with chocolate fudge topping is super, as is the coconut cake. In Rockland is the Willow street donut shop now on US1 WITH VERY GOOD plain, cinnamon and molasses -all cake donuts. Moody diners chocolate and plain cake are very good to as are most mom and pop diners in Maine who make their donuts fresh.

i've had Donut Plant donuts but only from Zabar's- good not great, a little heavy- did the travel wear them out?? i'd rather have the homemade rugallah.

winchells in LA and the West coast were great for a chain- are they still around. Ive had good donuts on the way to Maine from Logan (not Honey Dew) but someplace near the Clam Box in a small town - anyone know where? Very old fashioned and classic donuts.

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Re:America's Best Donuts - Fri, 11/16/12 11:37 AM
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In an interesting cross-reference, Round Rock Donuts is featured in Roadside America (with pictures):
 
Round Rock, Texas - Donuts Larger than your Head
These doughnuts are truly tasty. They are a weird yellow color, but that has something to do with the recipe. You go inside to get your doughnut, but if you want to sit and enjoy it you have to sit outside at one of their four tables. That is the only downside to Round Rock Donuts. [Danielle O., 11/15/2012] 
 

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