Where to find a good, freshly made donut in Edmonton
I mean not Tim Horton's.
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
Empress Bakery on Whyte Ave - I haven't had them in years, but I have fond memories of their German jelly donuts. My mouth waters just thinking about them!
I'm told the Italian Bakery on 97 st. has great donuts too.
I'd suggest supermarkets like Safeway or Superstore with a bakery. I'm pretty sure they bake their own. Or better yet, make some at home!
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.