There's a bazaar (aka flea market) on the north side that has one of those deep-frying and flipping machines.
If you ever pass through Hinton, AB, near Jasper on a day other than Sunday and can find Peter's Bakery in the valley shopping district, treat yourself to a dozen from the German couple that works there. They are seriously the best donuts I have ever had.
I began chuckling when I read your post because I cannot think of any local spot that I would recommend for something as simple as a donut.
I will have to ask some of my police friends [smile].
As you indicated Tim Horton's no longer "fits the bill" with its premade donuts shipped out from Oakville or some such place.
I think there are a couple of chains in the area but I have not picked up any in years and years.
It is just breakfast time here and I am salivating over the prospect of a crisp, hot "old fashioned" donut. Let us know if you find a place.
I fondly recollect the 5th floor cafeteria of the Eaton's in Montreal which back in the '60's had a number of coin operated machines where one could get lunch. It included one of those which made donuts. You saw the circle of dough plopped into the boiling fat...to trans-fat issues back then...the an arm extended and flipped the donut out of the fat where one could retrieve it.
re: Bob Mac
The long lines at Tim Horton's continue to amaze me- The amazing power of the brand allows them to get away with a mediocre product and misleading advertising, at best: "Always Fresh" refers only to their coffee ( are the RCMP or CSIS going to put me on some list for writing that?)
The Donut Mill in Red Deer serves a made-on-the premises donut that merits a roadside stop on the way to Calgary