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      1. re: Laurel

        then, I'd second Mike's recommendation of Bob's in Polk Gulch.

    1. Bob's Donut Shop
      1621 Polk St , San Francisco
      (415) 776-3141

      Apple fritters, buttermilk cakes... Yum.

      Up the street from the Swan Oyster Depot.

      1. I know it's a chain but Krispy Kremes are wonderful. Forget about the box of Krispy Kremes someone brought in to the office to share. Don't waste the calories. (ALthough KK claims one of their donuts has fewer calories than a bagel w/ cream cheese). You have to eat it right off the assembly line. And don't bother with anything but the original glaze. If it's not hot it's just a donut; if it's hot it's heaven on earth. (So drive on by if the neon "It's Hot" sign is not lit up).

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        1. re: Jennifer

          Well said - NOTHING compares to an original glazed Krispy Kreme hot off the line. Otherwise, it's just a donut.

          1. re: Laurel

            If you're in the north bay, the best chocolate old-fashioned is from Flakey Creme Do-nut in Healdsburg. Not too sweet, very crunchy edges, light and not soggy in the center.

          2. If you're in the San Jose area, try Peter's Bakery on Alum Rock. They have pretty good Burnt Almond cake (which I haven't seen anywhere outside of San Jose), coffee cake, cookies, etc. But their donuts are the best I've ever had. (Although I've never been to Bob's on Polk.) The glazed are my favorite, but the chocolate-glazed donuts and the eclairs are also very good.

            I don't know what it is about those donuts...they've got more body than Krispy Kremes, they're kind of crispy on the outside and just a tad bit chewy and very moist at the same time, and the glaze is just hard enough that it crumbles just a little when you bite into it without really making a mess.

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            1. re: macky

              But Macky, wouldn't you rather have a hot malassada?!?

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I was thinking the same thing!

                1. re: macky

                  I'd take a malassada or zha dan any day! (see my post on egg bombs)

                    1. re: Laurel

                      Malassadas are Portuguese "doughnuts" if you will. They are balls of lighter, squishier, moister dough fried and dusted with cinnamon sugar.

                      1. re: Heather

                        It's Malasadas...one "s".

                        I normally wouldn't complain, but it's been like 15 people in a row that have misspelled this!

                        1. re: Pedro

                          Yes, the correct Portuguese spelling is with one "s". But the most well-known purveyor in Honolulu spells it with two.

                            1. re: Melanie Wong

                              Although Tex Drive-In, who make the only malasadas that matter, does indeed spell it correctly.

                              1. re: Pepper

                                Thanks for another datapoint. Here's a link to Ms. Macky's earlier post.

                                Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                                1. re: Melanie Wong

                                  A friend of mine (also from Hawaii) just sent me this link. It's a guide to Hawaiian food in the Bay Area. It looks like Portuguese Bakery and Souza's Bakery in Santa Clara both serve Malas(s?)adas. They're run by two different owners, but they're located very close to each other on El Camino.

                                  Link: http://pw1.netcom.com/~halkop/food.html

                                  1. re: macky

                                    Very cool, Ms. macky.

                            2. re: Pedro

                              See Elsewhere In America Board for my post about malassadas in Hawaii.

                              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                2. Have you tried a Winchell's doughnut shop? There's also a pretty good one in Noe Valley on 24th St. It's on the corner of the J-Church line.

                  Link: http://ir.clubphoto.com/michael101559

                  1. how far will you travel for a good donut? the best in the south bay are Stan's on Homestead Rd in Santa Clara between San Tomas Exp and Lawrence Exp or Lou's (which also has the Donut Museum) down by the San Jose Children's Discovery Museum - i think the street is now called Woz Way. These 2 places used to tie for first prize in the Donut Contest they used to have down in that area - both EXCELLENT.

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                    1. re: patty
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                      Melanie Wong

                      Patty, I saw a recent news feature on TV and thought I'd heard it here first. Here's a link to Lou's home page.

                      Link: http://www.heartsdelights.com/lous/hi...

                      1. re: patty

                        I saw a posting directing you to Krispy Kreme. I have to say these donuts are COMPLETELY over rated, and suggesting that you not drive to find the local outlet. It just isn't worth your time...
                        These are very small glazed donuts which people are supposedely drooling over coming hot off the 'grill'.
                        After waiting in line for 3 of them, I found they were doughy, mushy donuts that people are remembering from their 'childhoods' in the mid-west somewhere.
                        I have found these greasy doughballs to be too small, too much glaze and too sugary, mushy and 'watery'. I have tasted better at chain stores such as Winchells...
                        Just my two cents.

                        1. re: patty

                          I saw a posting directing you to Krispy Kreme. I have to say these donuts are COMPLETELY over rated, and suggesting that you not drive to find the local outlet. It just isn't worth your time...
                          These are very small glazed donuts which people are supposedely drooling over coming hot off the 'grill'.
                          After waiting in line for 3 of them, I found they were doughy, mushy donuts that people are remembering from their 'childhoods' in the mid-west somewhere.
                          I have found these greasy doughballs to be too small, too much glaze and too sugary, mushy and 'watery'. I have tasted better at chain stores such as Winchells...
                          Just my two cents.