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Martha-Girl
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/06/04 20:44:06
Good Lord! If I lived somewhere without a Krispy Kreme, I think I'd die. It was the one reason I was able to leave Athens, GA and come back to Atlanta.

I do miss all the little bakeries that used to be around, Publix and Kroger just don't cut it. There used to be a fabulous place off the Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker, GA (near Coolidge) that had fabulous cream cheese doughnuts. I'd weigh a ton if they'd been closer to me!
Tommy B
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/06/04 22:48:42
Growing up in the 60's in Allentown Pennsylvania,
on Front Street, we had a bakery called Egypt Star Bakery.

To this day I remember that on Wednesdays, was their "Glazed Donut" day. Although I do love a fresh hot Krispy Kreme, I must tell you that the Egypt Star glazed donuts had so much more character and flavor and substance to them.

The one memory I have, that I'm not too proud of, is that I would be asked to go pick up a dozen donuts in the morning for my brothers and sisters and I. I would buy 14 donuts, eat 2 on the way home,
and then when I got home I would still get my share of the dozen.

For me to cheat to get an extra donut or two, those donuts must have been good !
RubyRose
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/06/05 08:31:19
Tommy, there is still an Egypt Star Bakery with great donuts in Allentown but it's moved to MacArthur Road about 1/2 mile past the Lehigh Valley Mall.
Julia I
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/06/05 09:10:30
I've never understood the furor over KK. The texture is interesting, the glaze is nice, but I never thought that they had much flavor. No accounting for personal taste, I guess. (Mine, I mean!)

My favorite donuts come from the Bay Bakery in Whitefish Bay WI. They make tasty cruellers and long johns, along with other donut varieties. They also make a good peanut square, not really a donut but a local favorite. But the best are their plain cake donuts, what I know as fried cakes. They are about six inches across and have an almost crunchy dark brown outside and an inside speckled with nutmeg and other spices, giving them a flavor that the add-water-to-a-bag-of-powder donuts found at many places simply can't match.
johnnym
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/06/13 16:18:33
quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

Great article in the USA today 5/27/03 regarding the growth of the donut industry. Although KK is growing fast with 70+ opening's this year, the article indicated that Drunken Donut was opening 300+. They mentioned some other chains that I was not aware of ie: "Tim Hortons". DD has 3,200 stores while KK has 218 and TH has 160 in the USA and 2000 in Canada

None of them claim to be a health food which should be obvious. Krispy Kreme claims its doughnuts have less calories than a bagel with cream cheese.

I did not realize that it was a 3.6 bil industry" />" />

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN



They have way less calories/fat than a bagel with cream cheese. Go to the Dunkin Donuts web page sometime. The doughnuts are the healthiest things on the menu!
Oneiron339
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/06/18 13:37:09
Yadda-yadda..... I'm partial to cinnamon twists and can't get them at KK. Usually the locals have them and I get to sample the local flavors in addition. By the way, does anyone know if Latimer's Bakery is still around in Wildwood, NJ. They used to have the best cinnamon twists. And while we're at it, you guys need to try "Dewy Buns", usually found in the farmer's markets near Lancaster, PA. These are yeast "do-nuts", not round, but long, and covered with white powdered sugar. When fresh, these are wonderful.
CoreyEl
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/06/18 14:51:56
Actually, the best doughnut I ever had was last year from this tiny Amish bakery in central Wisconsin. It was warm, gooey and amazingly sweet, and obviously handmade. It was so good I got tears in my eyes.

During my years in Kansas City, I found John's Space Age Donuts (8124 Floyd Street, Overland Park). They've got a plain glazed that will kick some serious Krispy Kreme butt.
muzzlehatch
Hamburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/06/18 22:03:26
I LOVE Krispy Kreme...but I can live without them, or any other donuts. What I really miss are great apple fritters that I used to get at the bakery acrosst the street from where I lived in Evanston (N. Chicago suburb) Illinois, god those were amazing when hot and fresh, must have been 1/2 pound with most of it being apples.

Now I usually have a bagel or scone (currant) from a decent but not great local bakery for breakfast. And LOTS of coffee. Breakfast may be the "most important meal of the day" but it's one I skip all too often. And there are as far as I know ZERO places to get good fresh donuts here in N Vermont, just so y'all know how lucky you are.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/06/19 06:27:20
In my younger days, there was a home-delivery bakery service in Los Angeles called Helms Bakery. They had a central bakery in the Culver City-West L A area and had fixed routes (like the postal service only tastier). They used a 'Boatswain pipe' type of whistle to let folks know they were coming down the street. My mom used to have a standing order for certain types of bread on certain days of the week...much the same type of service as the milkman delivering early in the morning to your doorstep. The Helms man drove a unique shaped little van that was easily recognizable from a distance. The last one I remember seeing was in '63 when I returned from S E Asia. Our old deliveryman celebrated my return with a special cake that he had ordered when he heard I was coming home. Good Memories.
Route 11
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/06/23 13:53:47
If you value your cholesterol count, stay away from:

Spudnuts in Charlottesville, VA

and

Miss Murphy's donuts in Southwick, MA.

They are the best.

But my favorite chain name is Lard Lad from "The Simpsons".
CoreyEl
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/06/24 19:06:43
Do any of you Razorbacks have an opinion on Shipley's donuts? The Arkansas Times gave it a rave review in its "Best Of" issue, and said they had glazed donut holes. Is it worth a try?
Spudnut
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/06/30 23:01:00
Doughnuts are probably my favorite food: my dad owned a doughnut shop called the Spudnut Shop until I was two, so I figure it's in my blood (not literally, I hope). Alas, I'm also fairly health conscious, so I indulge once or twice a year. It's one of the foods I've had to go largely cold turkey on, or else I'd be addicted.

All of which brings me to what might have been my favorite doughnut place: Georgie's, in Harlem. He only served two kinds as I recall --glazed, and glazed jelly-filled. But, man, were they good. I used to polish off a half dozen and then resist the temptation to return. Unfortunately, Georgie's is no more. But my waistline is grateful.

I no longer have a favorite where I live (NYC). I come from Niagara Falls, NY, where I was/am a big fan of a place called DiCamillo's. I also like Tim Horton's "corporate doughnut." NYC, however, isn't really a doughnut place -- although it's better than it once was. A friend once speculated that a place can't be both a "doughnut place" and a "bagel place," and I tend to agree. NYC'ers don't understand doughnuts.
BigGlenn
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/07/01 00:24:43
Oh......All You Poor, Poor, deprived people. You have not experienced the true joy of eating an Irish Maid Chocolate Cream Filled Donut from my hometown. In Fact you cannot go wrong with any of their Donuts. Although I am Agnostic now, Heaven In My Mind will be Full of Irish Maid Donuts, Arthur's BBQ Sandwiches, and of course Grandma and her great Southern Cooking. Come to think of it......why wait? Grandma heat up the Skillet! Granddad open up a jar of your Pear Preserves, bake some biscuits I'm coming to the Big Kitchen in the Sky!
RockyF
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/07/07 00:59:24
I prefer a cakier, less sweet and greasy doughnut. When I lived in Boston, I bought cider doughnuts in season, I believe from the aforementioned Atkins Farm, on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Copley Square Farmers' Market. I still try to pick some up when I'm back visiting. I regret being unable to find anything like them here in Santa Fe, but there are certainly more choices here for breakfast burritos (oops, wrong topic).

Mike's in Everett did always have a good reputation, but I never tried them, even when I would go by while taking the back route between Cambridge/Somerville and the airport.

How many times do I have to post to become a cheeseburger? Can I be a veggieburger instead?
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/07/16 09:22:29
quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

Originally posted by HeidiB


Sounds like they are baked donuts and they sound good. I do not believe we have them in Tennessee. I wish I had a cup of Mello Joy coffee from Lafayette, La and a apple cider donut now!!!

having tasted both---you have managed to make me drool!!!!!and your right---you would LOVE cider donuts--esp the plain---they are the BEST!
Oneiron339
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/07/16 09:36:15
quote:
Originally posted by RockyF

I prefer a cakier, less sweet and greasy doughnut. When I lived in Boston, I bought cider doughnuts in season, I believe from the aforementioned Atkins Farm, on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Copley Square Farmers' Market. I still try to pick some up when I'm back visiting. I regret being unable to find anything like them here in Santa Fe, but there are certainly more choices here for breakfast burritos (oops, wrong topic).

Mike's in Everett did always have a good reputation, but I never tried them, even when I would go by while taking the back route between Cambridge/Somerville and the airport.

How many times do I have to post to become a cheeseburger? Can I be a veggieburger instead?
1oo posts for a Cheeseburger, and no veggieburgers here, this is roadfood for god's sake. Meat, fries, sausage, beer, donuts, chomp,chomp, growl, gulp. . . .
bw30
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/07/16 16:37:12
Palm's Bakery in St. Louis Park, MN (suburb of Minneapolis) has been there for over 50 years. Their donuts have more substance and flavor in the dough than a KK - and when you pick them up in large quantities, they are so fresh the bag over the box steams up. Great cake donuts too - and the same nice ladies behind the counter every morning. They've got great cardamom bread and other treats too.
Hillbilly
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/07/16 16:45:13
quote:
Originally posted by CoreyEl

Do any of you Razorbacks have an opinion on Shipley's donuts? The Arkansas Times gave it a rave review in its "Best Of" issue, and said they had glazed donut holes. Is it worth a try?


Shipley's cinnamon twists are great, donuts ok (at least those in Laurel and Hattiesburg, Mississippi). Better than most if there is no Krispy Kreme near.
elcoraidercheer
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/07/16 20:24:11
I've never had a KK. Though while growing up I would go to a Wonderful douhnut shop in Lititz PA, I think it was named Achenbach's Pastries. They were great doughnuts as I remember, I always got long John's with custard filling and chocolate glaze. If I was good on my way to daycare, my parents would stop and buy me one! However I haven't had one in years:-(
CheeseWit
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/07/16 20:38:16
Achenbach's in Lititz was always great. I loved the Long John's...not sure if it's still there. If so, I gotta' get back there asap!
MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/07/27 01:29:02
Well as to KK I have never had the pleasure of a freshly fried one. They were not in Calif. when I left there in 1998 and there isn't a store near me in WVa / N. Va. I did check their website and there is one in Arlington so I might have to try them if I get near there. A local convience store, Sheet'z carries them and they are pretty fresh so I do get some there occasionally. They are expensive at 69 cents each though.

Several years ago I had come here to teach a 2 week operations class and one of the students kept grumbling about there not being a DD around. I spent the first week telling him there was and how to get there. Monday of the 2nd week I brought in 2 dozen for the class and he grumbled that I forgot the coffee. Sheesh! Some people...

Back in Calif Winchell's was the big chain but have since gone under. They made decent donuts. Like someone else said Fresno has a ton of Mom&Pop donut shops. Almost 1 on every corner. There was one at Fresno & Gettysburg that I preferred. Sorry, don't remember the name.

One of the things about M'burg we found strange was the lack of donut shops. The best fresh made in town are from the Martin's grocery store. Not saying a lot though. I prefer the KKs from the Sheet'z store. Picky Peggy prefers Martins. So now I make 2 stops.
fdm813
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/07/27 07:25:55
I live 2 minutes from a KK. Very tempting around 6:30pm when they turn on that red sign. As far as local shops, while visiting my brother in San Diego, I noticed a donut shop almost on every block. More donut shops then Starbucks. OK by me, I'm a milk person.
MEL00064
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/07/27 16:15:28
Krispy Kreme came to the Twin Cities (Mpls/St. Paul, MN) area about a year or so ago. When the store in Maple Grove opened, there was so much traffic lined up for blocks around the store, that police had to direct traffic. People had heard so much about KK, that everyone wanted to see what all the hype was about. It's not nearly as busy around that store now that a majority of people have tried them, but the Maple Grove & Coon Rapids stores are still busy. Hot KK's are tasty & are airy/light like a good glazed donut should be, but that greasy taste that lingers is a reminder of why you feel guilty after eating one! Some Target and Cub Foods stores sell KKs, but they are cold and boxed, so the glaze is usually gooey/melted.

My friends & I were talking & wondering why it's so hard to find a bakery that sells good glazed donuts anymore--the light & airy kind that squishes down when you take a bite and doesn't leave a greasy aftertaste. Does anyone know where there's a bakery in MN that sells such donuts? The convenience stores, grocery stores, donut shops and local bakeries all sell the same type of glazed donut--ones that have a firm texture & are just as firm around the area from where you took a bite, as the bite itself was.

I found a place called Valley Pastries in Golden Valley that comes close to the way bakery glazed donuts used to taste--where the glazed donuts are golden brown and taste like a "bakery donut" instead of a donut shop donut. They have large glazed donut holes and regular glazed donuts. I don't like a lot of cake donuts, but the best plain cake donuts I have found are at Valley Pastries or Tobie's in Hinckley, MN.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/07/27 16:27:22
I believe that Krispy Kreme is trying to improve their volume by selling at convenince stores. That is a mistake. Their big deal is selling at their doughnut factories selling what they do best is hot doughnuts right off the line. They are delicous and wonderful. Cold, they ain't so hot, but neither is any other doughtnut.

Cold doughtnuts anyplace ain't so good. Hot Krispy Kreme's are the top of the stack.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
4fish
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/08/02 11:31:54
I have to say that I've never understood the fuss about Krispy Kreme donuts, either, but then I've always preferred cake donuts to the raised variety. Here in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the best donuts to be had are at Mr. D's at State Street and West Ave. They're big, around five inches across, crispy brown on the outside and tender inside, and come with a variety of glazes and toppings. Mmm, mmm, good!
topferment
Hamburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/08/02 14:22:38
Lamar's out of Kansas City makes a great doughnut and a great value. For instance their twists are three times the normal size. They are a chain(Kansas and Missouri, anyone know where else?) but I've been to the original store in KC and the product made here in Wichita taste just as good. If your in the area give them a try.
goldsborscht
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/08/02 15:11:34
I just came back from a road trip in which I ate my fair share of donuts. My favorite is The Square Donut in Terre Haute, Indiana. Actually square filled with cream or jelly. The owner will chat you up (maybe a little too much). But what a great place. The Czech Stop in West, Texas for their 24 hour kolaches get a special shout out. Real buttery and soft. They even heat them up. I bought four and gulped them down in my motel room.
LizzieR
Hamburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/08/26 21:37:56
Congdon's in Wells, Maine is good but I found an even better doughnut in East Boothbay at the general store. Only three varieties but they're the best I ever had: plain, sugar and cinnamon sugar. Made fresh with a great cup of coffee. The best way to start off a day! Wish I was there now.
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/08/26 23:41:37
Well--after 57 years i have finally tasted a KK donut and i am just dont see the big deal--they were ok but they are alot like 99% of the donuts i taste---to sweet---i mean glaze AND choc topping! sorry if offend any of you KK fans but im just not a bog fan of "Glaze"--give me a pplainold reg cake donut--no glaze--no toppings just flavor!Nothing better with a cup of coffee in the am- And i have found that the best of these are almost always made by someone who owns ONE store and gets out of bed about two hours after i get in it! Of course thats what "taste" is all about--and ive got mine and youve got yours. ohterwise we would all be eating Hostess sugar donuts out of a box off the grocery shelf! Of course i imagine if i'd been eating KK since they were 50 cents a dozen and my dad took me there once a week get them--i'd probably feel differently---comfort food!!!theres no reason for it to be good---it just IS! To this day if i am sick NOTHING tastes as good as Campbells tomato soup and a grilled american cheese on Wonderbread!
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/08/26 23:52:26
quote:
Originally posted by tiki

quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

Originally posted by HeidiB


Sounds like they are baked donuts and they sound good. I do not believe we have them in Tennessee. I wish I had a cup of Mello Joy coffee from Lafayette, La and a apple cider donut now!!!

having tasted both---you have managed to make me drool!!!!!and your right---you would LOVE cider donuts--esp the plain---they are the BEST!


you know this was supposed to be from me but its not----have i got a clone out there?
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/08/27 02:21:48
Gotta cast my vote FOR Mike's in Everett, MA and definately AGAINST Krispy Kreme. Too sickening sweet for me, hot or not.
With a Mike's doughnut, a nice cup of hot strong coffee from one of the Brazilian cafes.
matilda427
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/08/27 16:33:45
quote:
Originally posted by Hillbilly

quote:
Originally posted by CoreyEl

Do any of you Razorbacks have an opinion on Shipley's donuts? The Arkansas Times gave it a rave review in its "Best Of" issue, and said they had glazed donut holes. Is it worth a try?


Shipley's cinnamon twists are great, donuts ok (at least those in Laurel and Hattiesburg, Mississippi). Better than most if there is no Krispy Kreme near.


Shipley's is ok for Arkansas. It's a handy shop because it's open at 4 am...kind of rare for Little Rock. the donut holes are good and so are the twists...but personally I'll take Community Bakery on Main street in LR any day over Shipley's the glaze on the plain donuts is outta sight and the chocolate glazed are divine. I think they open at 5 am. They are a donut insitution in Central Arkansas.
Wistah
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/09/16 19:57:20
I just had several cake donuts at an apple orchard farm stand in central MA....hot out of the fryer....beats the best of Krispy Kreme by a MILE.......

Here in the Boston area and down to Cape Cod and out to central MA, fresh homemade doughnuts served in "Mom & Pop" coffe shops used to be a part of our roadfood culture.

That is, until DD's put a shop on every corner (now they are working on TWO on every corner). That just about killed the M&P's, at least in greater Boston. Even the few indy's left, many of them BUY their donuts from DD or Honey Dew.

There are still a few good ones left, some of these I haven't seen mentioned yet.

Gourmet Doughnuts in Wistah.....Anna's in W Roxbury.....Donuts With A Difference in Medford Square (they may not make their own donuts - not sure - but their honey buns are incredible)...Lori Ann in Charlestown.....


But the BEST, IMHO, are from Ohlin's bakery in Belmont.....out of this world....
BigGlenn
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/09/16 22:37:16
quote:
Originally posted by matilda427

quote:
Originally posted by Hillbilly

quote:
Originally posted by CoreyEl

Do any of you Razorbacks have an opinion on Shipley's donuts? The Arkansas Times gave it a rave review in its "Best Of" issue, and said they had glazed donut holes. Is it worth a try?


Shipley's cinnamon twists are great, donuts ok (at least those in Laurel and Hattiesburg, Mississippi). Better than most if there is no Krispy Kreme near.


Shipley's is ok for Arkansas. It's a handy shop because it's open at 4 am...kind of rare for Little Rock. the donut holes are good and so are the twists...but personally I'll take Community Bakery on Main street in LR any day over Shipley's the glaze on the plain donuts is outta sight and the chocolate glazed are divine. I think they open at 5 am. They are a donut insitution in Central Arkansas.


Sorry Folks, Shipley's can't compare to Irish Maid Donuts in Pine Bluff Arkansas. Living in California now, I miss them so much. My brother in Florida has actually overnighted them because they are so good! I brought back 7 dozen last trip home. I have a dozen left in the freezer. Uh Oh, make that 10 Donuts left now
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/09/23 11:58:13
quote:
Originally posted by lleechef

Gotta cast my vote FOR Mike's in Everett, MA and definately AGAINST Krispy Kreme. Too sickening sweet for me, hot or not.
With a Mike's doughnut, a nice cup of hot strong coffee from one of the Brazilian cafes.


Havent been to Mikes in Everett,but i do miss good old New England PLAIN apple cider doughnuts---no glaze-no frosting-no NEED!!! and i have to agrre that now that i have tried KK they are good but just TOO sweet for my taste---i mean glazed AND frosted!!Just what my alreadey overabundant waistline needs!And although coffee is great, i must admit to a fondness for apple cider with doughnuts unless i KNOW that the coffe hasnt been sitting for ages and their is 1/2&1/2 to go with it--cannot abide by powdered "creamer',and it seems to be showing up more and more nowadays---and if i wanted Irish cream flavored coffe---ID PUT CREAM AND IRISH IN IT!!!!!
Gator
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/09/23 12:19:49
I second the sentiment, tiki (and others). I always preferred the "cake" and "fried" aspects of the doughnut to the sweetness. I'm actually eating a Round Rock doughnut as I type, and though tasty, the focus seems to be on the icing. Still, a good local doughnut.

As for KK, IMHO, all that it demonstrates is that no capitalist ever went broke by increasing the sugar and fat content of something served to Americans.
KimChee43
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/09/23 14:53:43
There's an apple orchard near us that makes its own apple cider donuts during the autumn but only on weekends. They're cake donuts and always glazed. I've never seen plain ones yet. However, I don't think they're made from scratch--probably a commercial mix where they just add fresh apple cider. We like to eat them when they're still warm. People go nuts over these donuts.

By the way, are there any commercial donut establishments that still make their donuts from scratch? Or does everybody pretty much use a commercial mix? The local family-owned bakery when I was growing up "(now long gone) made everything from scratch, including the donuts, Danish, crullers, pies, cakes, etc. We took it all for granted. Now, I couldn't find a local bakery anyplace that made stuff from scratch if my life depended on it.

I read in the paper today that Dunkin Donuts is going to start competing with Starbucks and the like by selling espresso, lattes, etc. The article (and I paraphrase) said that DD's goal was to bring uppity beverages normally favored by the intelligentsia, like espresso, lattes, etc., to the common folk. Gimme a break.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/09/23 15:15:29
quote:
Originally posted by KimChee43

By the way, are there any commercial donut establishments that still make their donuts from scratch? Or does everybody pretty much use a commercial mix?


Allie's here in Rhode Island still makes their donuts from scratch. Allies has been reviewed on this site.
Liketoeat
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/09/23 15:22:49
KimChee, CNN just recently had a news feature re Dunkin Donuts going the Starbucks coffee route, as did your morning newspaper I've never been to a Dunkin Donuts and now have less reason to go.
M&M
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/09/23 18:40:20
World's Fair donuts in St. Louis. Grab a bag and walk down the street to the Missouri Botanical Gardens for a nice morning.
redtressed
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/09/24 03:46:23
I'm pretty picky about my doughnuts. I'm not a fan of commercial ones as a whole, since I grew up doing our own Spudnuts, raised and cake doughnuts here at home. I have a sentimental place in my heart for Krispy Kremes though, just because of the memories of pilgimages my parents and I made to the big bakeries of them in Raleigh NC and Roanoke Va in my young days.We convieniently had family in both towns to go visit, but our secret mission was to get to the Krispy Kreme.

We did not and still do not have any of the big doughnut chains here in this town. Unfortunately all the mom and pop bakeries are gone too and the only vendors are grocery store bakeries. Over the state line in Pennsylvania is a small regional chain called Yum Yum Donuts , which doughnut tastiness and variety varies from store to store. I do give them an A on overall variety in their choices such as one called the Chocolate covered Cherry, which is a light cherry cakey donut with a ribbon of cherry jelly in the middle and chocolate icing on top.

Besides doing our version of Spudnuts and the raised glazed ones, two of my favorites that my Mama and I developed were Lemonade Doughnuts, which was a deep fried lemony cake doughnut, then was tined with a fork and a glaze of lemonade and sugar was poured over each. The second most memorable was a Rum Doughnut, similar to a Bacardi Rum cake in taste, that had a cinnamony and pecaned laden streusel glaze on them..........

johnnym
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/09/24 11:29:40

By the way, are there any commercial donut establishments that still make their donuts from scratch? Or does everybody pretty much use a commercial mix? The local family-owned bakery when I was growing up "(now long gone) made everything from scratch, including the donuts, Danish, crullers, pies, cakes, etc. We took it all for granted. Now, I couldn't find a local bakery anyplace that made stuff from scratch if my life depended on it.

Demet's in Medford, Mass makes their doughnuts from scratch. I was in there a few weeks ago and the guy who runs the place was chatting with us, and he told us that yes, almost everywhere had switched to mixes but he was still doing it from scratch. The doughnuts were great, but pretty picked clean by 10am.
plumgoodie
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/09/29 20:24:53
Two places I would like to mention are the Donut Plant in NYC and Coffee & Donuts in Westport, CT. Both are outstanding.
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/09/29 23:56:24
What is it about people from Massachusetts horribly over-rating places called Mike's? Is it a law? I mean, both Mike's Pastry in the North End and Mike's Donuts in Everett (different shops owned by different Mikes) are raved about here, but in both cases, I find their product to range from okay to uninspired to plain nasty. If I'm in the North End, I breeze past Mike's Pastry with a sad shake of the head at the poor people waiting on line out front not realizing how disappointed they'll be when they come out, and I aim straight for Modern. If I'm in Everett...well, I just ask myself "What the hell am I doing in Everett?" and get out of town as quickly as possible, occasionally diverting my path to Saugus for a coffee roll from Kane's.
RevJATB
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/10/01 12:29:45
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Brooks Alba

P.S. to Paul: Sorry that I was so quick to judge - it just seemed a little...pushy...to have 3 (+2) of your posts talk about everyone getting compared to KK, how there's nothing like a KK [with which I totally agree], but not actually talking about what KK's products TASTE like. (There are lines everywhere for KK - and I agree with AndyNYC1 [yo, Andyyyy!] that people stand in line for the most banal stuff. Look at the Hard Rock Cafe - they could be serving deep-fried cardboard and people would STILL go on about how good they are.) I used to live near Ontario growing up, and there's very little that I remember about the region that was tasty [well, maybe a pie at Marie Calendar's, or some fried something or other at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona], so I'm sure the locals are grateful to have a place to go for some sort of nationwide food phenomenon.


Hi folks -- I'm a newbie on this BB but I wanted to reply to this thread, which I've been reading with great interest. Like Paul, I live in the South. I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and for us growing up (in the '60's) KK WAS a local place for us -- at least local to the South (its headquarters being in Winston-Salem NC). KK didn't even have a shop outside the South until the LATE 1990's. A lot of you talk like KK is some new fad, and I guess it is if you live in NYC or LA, but for us it has always been around. KK started in 1937, not 1997 as some of you seem to think. Sure, the atmosphere at a KK has changed a lot since the 60's: I much preferred the old, quiet, "sit at the counter and keep ordering doughnuts until you're stuffed" feel of the old locations, but the product itself, amazingly, has not suffered in quality at all for all of KK's rapid expansion.

As for their being too sweet, again I think that is probably a Southern thing too. The South, after all, is the home of sweetened iced tea and Moon Pies, and, lest we forget, of Coca-Cola! We definitely like sucrose down here, and we're not ashamed to admit it.
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/10/01 12:40:42
"If I'm in Everett...well, I just ask myself 'What the
hell am I doing in Everett?'" - Lucky Bishop

HA !!
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/10/01 14:37:44
Just came back from an 8-day road/air trip from Boston.......what the heck was I doing in Everett anyways? The Krispy Kremes were terrible, the traffic was unbearable. Two redeaming factors in Everett: Lily's Gastronomia Italiana and Maria's Mozzarella House.
spadoman
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/10/02 06:07:51
quote:
Originally posted by RevJATB

quote:
Originally posted by Richard Brooks Alba

P.S. to Paul: Sorry that I was so quick to judge - it just seemed a little...pushy...to have 3 (+2) of your posts talk about everyone getting compared to KK, how there's nothing like a KK [with which I totally agree], but not actually talking about what KK's products TASTE like. (There are lines everywhere for KK - and I agree with AndyNYC1 [yo, Andyyyy!] that people stand in line for the most banal stuff. Look at the Hard Rock Cafe - they could be serving deep-fried cardboard and people would STILL go on about how good they are.) I used to live near Ontario growing up, and there's very little that I remember about the region that was tasty [well, maybe a pie at Marie Calendar's, or some fried something or other at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona], so I'm sure the locals are grateful to have a place to go for some sort of nationwide food phenomenon.


Hi folks -- I'm a newbie on this BB but I wanted to reply to this thread, which I've been reading with great interest. Like Paul, I live in the South. I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and for us growing up (in the '60's) KK WAS a local place for us -- at least local to the South (its headquarters being in Winston-Salem NC). KK didn't even have a shop outside the South until the LATE 1990's. A lot of you talk like KK is some new fad, and I guess it is if you live in NYC or LA, but for us it has always been around. KK started in 1937, not 1997 as some of you seem to think. Sure, the atmosphere at a KK has changed a lot since the 60's: I much preferred the old, quiet, "sit at the counter and keep ordering doughnuts until you're stuffed" feel of the old locations, but the product itself, amazingly, has not suffered in quality at all for all of KK's rapid expansion.

As for their being too sweet, again I think that is probably a Southern thing too. The South, after all, is the home of sweetened iced tea and Moon Pies, and, lest we forget, of Coca-Cola! We definitely like sucrose down here, and we're not ashamed to admit it.


Don't forget Southern Comfort!
fummunda
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/10/03 01:05:17
I KNEW I shouldn't have looked into this thread, I'm homesick now...I grew up in Malden, Mass. right next to Everett and Mike's, where I still go for a donut fix whenever I'm back there. Out here in Kansas City one place came close to Mike's, and that was the original Lamar's in midtown. Lamar's are franchised now but they just can't hold a candle to the late lamented real deal. Now that it's gone there's Krispy Kreme, and I am totally underwhelmed by those batter lumps. I'm even getting nostalgic for *ugh* Dunkin's...wouldn't mind a regula coffee and a honeydip crulla from there right now.
johnnym
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/10/03 13:17:24
quote:
Originally posted by fummunda

I KNEW I shouldn't have looked into this thread, I'm homesick now...I grew up in Malden, Mass. right next to Everett and Mike's, where I still go for a donut fix whenever I'm back there. Out here in Kansas City one place came close to Mike's, and that was the original Lamar's in midtown. Lamar's are franchised now but they just can't hold a candle to the late lamented real deal. Now that it's gone there's Krispy Kreme, and I am totally underwhelmed by those batter lumps. I'm even getting nostalgic for *ugh* Dunkin's...wouldn't mind a regula coffee and a honeydip crulla from there right now.


Sad to say, Dunkin's no longer has crullers. Yup. I know. Tragic. They now have 'sticks' so that a machine can make them more easily. Mike's and Demet's and other shops in the area still crank out the crullas though. A stick is not as much fun to eat, or order, as a cruller.
Others can disparage Mike's all they want, but that Nut and Honey doughnut...so soft and sweet with honey and dripping nuts all over the place...at one in the morning...it humbles other doughnut offerings. Humbles them.
Mr. Spudnut
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/11/05 00:12:06
There's nothing as deleesh as a Fresh Mr. Spudnut. Back in the late forties and early fifties, my grandmother would treat us on Saturday to a glazed one. This was in Marysville, Ca. Many years went by without ever hearing of a Mr. Spudnut. In the mid eighties, while living and working in L.A. (Van Nuys-Reseda)a Spudnuts opened up on Reseda Blvd. in Reseda. I went into convulsive ecstacy. It turned out to be a revamped and updated Mr. Spudnut. Pure heaven. Made with a potato flour mixture, they are super lite on the inside with a little bit of a crust. So what happens ? I move to Oklahoma. Only two donut shops in town other than WalMart and one store bakery. What horrible torture.
danimal15
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/11/19 17:09:16
Yum Yum donut shop next to Wrigley Field in Chicago used to have great donuts - especially the old-fashioned variety. I haven't been there in years, but it doesn't appear to sell donuts anymore - it looks like more of a greasy spoon lunch place. The atmosphere was always terrible - there wasn't a no-smoking section, so you always came out smelling like an ashtray.

This is off the beaten path, but we used to pass through Freeport Illinois on the way to Galena from Chicago and there was a donut place we liked called Mr. Donut. I think it was a chain. Does this chain exist anymore? The one in Freeport is long gone.
The-Porcus
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/11/23 08:13:27
Someone may be able to help fiond this gem - one of the best doughnuts I ever had was at a little home bakery in Springfield, Ohio. It was a Sunday morning and I drove out from Dayton looking for precocious Yellow Springs, took the wrong exit off I-70 and ended up at this wee place on Springfield's south side. But I never found my way back...
The-Porcus
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/11/23 08:17:01
If ever in Vancouver, BC go a little farther out to scenic Deep Cove (15 minute drive east off the Second Narrows Bridge) and try the fat cake doughnuts at Honey's. With a cup of joe, walk out to the waterfront park and pinch yourself to be sure it's not a dream.
jm199
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/11/24 12:11:39
I just posted on another discussion board regarding the zen donuts of ORAM's donuts, of Beaver Falls, PA. Where else can you get donuts with key lime fillng, or ones rolled in crushed pecans or toasted coconut? Check out their website at www.orams.com

They make Krispy Kremes taste like wallboard, and Orams are twice the size. Their world famous Cinnamon Rolls are called hubcaps by the locals, and are only 75 cents each. I drive 45 miles for these donuts, and always buy at least five dozen each time. They are simply marvelous!!!!

ORAMS IS THE PLACE TO GO! BRING THE FATBOY PANTS AND ENJOY!!! HOHOHO!!!!!
LApalms
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/11/25 23:31:20
KK? LOL!
The biggest joke in fast food in many a year. HYPE city. Used to gert in Florida. Got them about 3 times. YAWN.....
ANY donut shop out here, heck just on Artesia Blvd alone, is much better. Artesia Donuts in Redondo beach, and almost ALL donut shops in SoCal are great.There are probably about 6 great donut places within a mile of here that put KK to shame. (Ka Ka) RANDY'S on Manchester just off San Diego Fwy by LAX. We're all laughing while they, mysteriously, get tons of free publicity in the media. They are indeed, brilliant marketers.
LApalms
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/11/27 20:21:49
WAY TOO SWEET.
peppertree
Cheeseburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/11/27 20:33:05
http://www.roundrockdonuts.com/

Round Rock Donuts now with three locations. I don't drink coffee so I just care about the donuts.

This is the place to get the donuts. Regular or chocolate covered.
acoustic blues
Hamburger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/11/29 09:08:23
Schaviones (I hope I spelled it right) on Route 6-11 north of Clarks Summit Penna. Awesome
johnnym
Junior Burger
RE: Local Donuts 'n' Coffee 2003/12/18 11:07:37
Since there were several people who responded to this thread with praise for Mike's in Everett, Mass, I thought I should mention the bad news here. I was in there a week ago and the lady behind the counter announced that they are closing. It seems that the guy who runs it has been at it for 40 years and wants to retire. She didn't know when it will close, but when it does, the rumor is...ANOTHER Dunkin Donuts.
Very sad.
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