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wmceaton

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America's Best Donuts Mon, 09/29/08 10:43 AM (permalink)
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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    mr chips

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    RE: America's Best Donuts Tue, 09/30/08 7:49 AM (permalink)
    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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      zataar

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      RE: America's Best Donuts Tue, 09/30/08 8:54 AM (permalink)
      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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        WarToad

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        RE: America's Best Donuts Tue, 09/30/08 9:01 AM (permalink)
        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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          Earl of Sandwich

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

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            RE: America's Best Donuts Wed, 10/1/08 8:32 AM (permalink)
            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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              MGWerks

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              RE: America's Best Donuts Wed, 10/1/08 9:43 PM (permalink)
              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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                kschalk

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                RE: America's Best Donuts Fri, 10/3/08 4:01 PM (permalink)
                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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                  collinf

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                  RE: America's Best Donuts Thu, 10/16/08 9:43 AM (permalink)
                  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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                    David_NYC

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                    RE: America's Best Donuts Thu, 10/16/08 10:12 AM (permalink)
                    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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                      DougS

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                      RE: America's Best Donuts Fri, 10/17/08 8:52 PM (permalink)
                      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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                        TnTinCT

                        RE: America's Best Donuts Sat, 10/18/08 8:20 AM (permalink)
                        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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                          Foodbme

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                          RE: America's Best Donuts Sun, 10/19/08 2:15 AM (permalink)
                          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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                            wmceaton

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                            RE: America's Best Donuts Thu, 10/30/08 8:48 PM (permalink)
                            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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                              mncorn

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                              RE: America's Best Donuts Sun, 11/2/08 10:46 PM (permalink)
                              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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                                Ogtree

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                                RE: America's Best Donuts Mon, 11/24/08 5:45 PM (permalink)
                                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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                                  cavandre

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

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                                    RE: America's Best Donuts Fri, 11/28/08 10:25 AM (permalink)
                                    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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                                      wanderingjew

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                                      RE: America's Best Donuts Fri, 11/28/08 11:00 AM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      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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                                        leethebard

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

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

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

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                                              RE: America's Best Donuts Sun, 11/30/08 11:43 PM (permalink)
                                              Sampled Round Rock on my visit to Austin as a present from Bushie. Like Voodoo a little better.
                                               
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                                                Rt66Mike

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                                                RE: America's Best Donuts Wed, 12/10/08 10:36 PM (permalink)
                                                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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                                                  marzsit

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                                                  RE: America's Best Donuts Thu, 01/1/09 6:07 AM (permalink)
                                                  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.
                                                   
                                                  #25
                                                    MiamiDon

                                                    RE: America's Best Donuts Thu, 01/1/09 6:22 AM (permalink)
                                                    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. 
                                                    <message edited by MiamiDon on Thu, 01/1/09 6:24 AM>
                                                     
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                                                      Foodbme

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                                                      RE: America's Best Donuts Thu, 01/1/09 3:06 PM (permalink)
                                                      Krispy Kremes are best after2-3 days. The staler the better. When they're hot, they're just a ball of greasey, undercooked slime.
                                                      <message edited by Foodbme on Thu, 01/1/09 3:08 PM>
                                                       
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                                                        Davydd

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                                                        RE: America's Best Donuts Thu, 01/1/09 3:46 PM (permalink)
                                                        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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                                                          wmceaton

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                                                          RE: America's Best Donuts Thu, 01/1/09 4:19 PM (permalink)
                                                          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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                                                            Baah Ben

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                                                            RE: America's Best Donuts Wed, 01/7/09 9:19 AM (permalink)
                                                            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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