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Does anyone remember Cottage Donuts?

ShakeNBake Dec 12, 2006 01:48 PM

My family often went to Cottage Donuts in Newtonville (corner of Washington and Walnut) during the 80s. I still crave their chocolate-covered donuts. I heard a while back that one of the owners was still making donuts for wholesale, but I'm not sure if this is still true.

Does anyone know where I could get a delicious Cottage Donut??!!!!

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    peterconquest3 Nov 29, 2012 07:32 PM

    Don't worry about Donut Cafe II running out of donuts. Just call them the day before & they'll make any kind you want special order for you to pickup the next day! We learned about this when we used to get all the chocolate jimmy donuts they had... and they suggested ordering ahead. Works great and assures you of your favorites! Enjoy!

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      Science Chick Nov 30, 2012 07:36 AM

      What a great idea.....thanks!

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      Kcjones106 Aug 27, 2012 04:59 PM

      My older sister worked at a Cottage Donuts in Marlboro when she was in high school and would bring home trash bags full of donuts at night, it rocked and I'm pretty sure I'm still rocking an extra twenty pounds from those days.

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        peterconquest3 Aug 23, 2012 02:05 PM


        A true story... OK, I missed my childhood Newtonville Cottage Donut shop too... I moved to California 35 years ago and thought I'd never see another Cottage Donut. My Dad also moved, from Newton to Worcester, and when we went to visit we eventually stumbled on a little donut shop there that seemed to have exactly the same great kind of donuts. For the last 10 years I've always been amazed at how similar they were to the old Cottage Donuts we had as kids back in Newton. The "Honey dips", Double Chocolate", and my favorite too, Chocolate with Jimmies".

        Well today I was having a nice conversation with a gal that works at Donut Cafe in Worcester, and behold! the owner is the same baker that worked at Cottage Donuts more than 35 years ago!. I found that he moved to Worcester and started up his own shop after Cottage Donuts closed down. I also learned that they are still using the exact same hand-cut methods and recipes.

        These donuts are sooooo goooood that we actually have had them brought to us in California every time our family visits us. It's always a last stop on the way to the airport. And now we understand why!

        So, here it is... the big moment we've all been waiting for!... The reincarnation of Cottage Donuts is a reality. And the greatest donuts in the world live on...

        Donut Cafe II
        414 Chandler Street Worcester, MA 01602
        (508) 752-0653

        Worth the drive out to Worcester!. Even worth a trip from California!!

        Yours truly, peterconquest3@yahoo.com

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          Science Chick Aug 24, 2012 09:56 AM

          Thanks for this info, Peter. I've been touting Donut Cafe for some time now on the Southern New England Board...never knew they evolved from Cottage! Don't miss their shop on Shrewsbury Street as well, which is the one I frequent. Best donuts EVER. The filled ones with apricot or blueberry are to die for (they are slice open and filled). Also, their coffee rolls and glazed have an awesome hint of nutmeg that I can't resist.

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            Kat Aug 24, 2012 07:31 PM

            Must go. Do they have chocolate cake donuts with coconut flakes?

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              Science Chick Aug 25, 2012 11:07 AM

              hmmm, not sure. They definitely have coconut donuts, but not sure about the chocolates. Also, I'm not much of an early bird, and by the time I get there on a weekday (9:30 ish), they've sold out of alot of them. At least at the Shrewsbury St. store....the Chandler one might be bigger, and I suspect that's where they actual cook the donuts.

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                opinionatedchef Aug 26, 2012 03:01 AM

                sc, these are cake doughnuts,yes? iyo, are there any runner-up old fashioned cake style donuts in the Greater Boston area? thx much.

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                  Science Chick Aug 26, 2012 07:41 AM

                  Hey, OC...they have both cake and raised donuts available. For cake in Boston area, I like Anna's in West Roxbury. Solid (figuratively!), homemade donuts. If you search the boards, others have given high praise to a few shops in the more northerly direction (in Saugus or Medford maybe?), but I've never had those so I can't comment.

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            catsmeow Sep 19, 2012 09:56 AM

            Thank you Peter! Sunday, I happened to be coming back to Boston from CT and remembered your post about Donut Cafe ii. I came back via Worcester so I could try these donuts. They are the real deal. I had the best jelly culler I've had in years. I got 1/2 dz to go and the honey dipped are the best as well as the others I tried. It's been years since I had donuts this good. Some of the places recommended around Boston don't come close! I also want to mention how friendly the counter people are. Thanks again.

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              KWagle Sep 30, 2012 01:58 AM

              Now that's a proper Chowhound find! I'll need to drive out to Worcester soon.

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                Science Chick Sep 30, 2012 08:28 AM

                Yes, this really is worth it. I work literally three blocks up the street from the Shrewsbury St. store, and it is torture keeping myself from going more than a few times a year. I justify it by buying a big box for my staff! Not sure about the larger, Chandler St. store, but be aware that the Shrewsbury St. store runs out pretty early of alot of the choices and they are only open until noon. The larger store on Chandler is open until 5pm weekdays, and only until 2pm on weekends. Something to keep in mind if you are making a special trip out.

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              sallyt Jun 13, 2011 05:19 AM

              I LOVED Cottage Donuts. I grew up in Newton, and grew up eating them. My sister came to visit me when I was on an exchange program in Paris my senior year in high school, and she brought me a dozen donuts - the only thing that I missed. Ahhh, cottage donuts - I miss you!

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                dlrealife Jun 13, 2011 12:46 AM

                Cottage Donuts in Newtonville, Mass UNQUESTIONABLY made the BEST donuts I've ever eaten in my life.

                Now it's a gross and disgusting dunkins. I don't even like writing the "d' word.

                All we're left with is the memories

                1. PaulB Dec 13, 2006 10:39 AM

                  I remember fighting my brother every Sunday for Cottage's fantastic chocolate cake donuts with chocolate frosting and jimmies. Years ago someone affiliated with Cottage opened up a shop in Brighton on Washington st. in between Oak Sq. and Brighton Center and produced very similar donuts to Cottage. IIRC, it didn't last very long and I've heard nothing since.

                  LOL at the first reply, excellent reading comprehension ;-)

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                    mirage Dec 13, 2006 12:06 PM

                    Oh, Lordy, I loved those chocolate w/jimmies donuts. I don't think I ever even tried another flavor, and we had them every Sunday (remember those lines!) So sad when they closed.

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                      mmocpi Aug 28, 2012 03:32 PM

                      I recall Cottage Donuts fondly, too.

                      There is a place in Wells, ME called Congdon's Donuts which has comparable Chocolate Jimmy donuts.

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                      Blumie Dec 12, 2006 10:55 PM

                      I remember Cottage Donuts -- and their chocolate donuts -- very well. Unfortunlately it's now just another Dunkin' Donuts.

                      1. Science Chick Dec 12, 2006 10:03 PM

                        Oh my, yes! I remember I used to work downtown back in '84-85 and someone from Newton used to bring them in once in a while. They were amazing! I remember huge flaked coconut coating some of them. Now that I live in Newton, I wish they were still around..Newton could use a decent donut spot!

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                          AnneM Dec 12, 2006 09:14 PM

                          Never heard a chocolate covered donut called a "cottage donut" before but may I suggest that Kane's in Saugus may have the best...on the north shore anyway.

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                            Chris VR Dec 12, 2006 10:04 PM

                            Actually, my recent donut experiences put Demet's ahead of Kane's.

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