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Jan 11, 2007 02:55 AM

Doughnut (recommendation) emergency in Phoenix, AZ!

Hi all,

I'm new to the area, and working in an "office space" environment, I've been charged with bringing doughnuts to work on Friday. In a pinch, I guess I could check to see if there's a Krispy Kreme around here, but I'd actually rather buy from a good mom'n pop store that makes 'em big, tasty, and colorful. There's only about 10 people in the office, so I don't need a metric ton of doughy goodness, but I'm definitely looking for a quality pastry. :)

I work near the cross-streets of Highland and 24th St, so anything within a few miles would be great, and if they open by 7AM, even better! Thanks in advance for your recommendations!


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  1. Unfortunately, Krispy Kreme in AZ has gone away - Chapter 7 IIRC.

    If you travel past 7st, near Butler, there is a mom-n-pop dougnut shop on the west side of the street. I cannot recommend it, but the crowds may speak for the quality.

    Otherwise, I have not a clue.


    1. You might want to try Rainbow Donuts, about three miles south of your office:

      1347 E McDowell Rd
      Phoenix, AZ 85006
      (602) 256-7404

      I haven't eaten their product in a long time, but when I was in an "Office-Space" environment of my own, I brought in Rainbow donuts and they were always a hit.

      1. i know i'll get shot for saying so.... but I was charged with donut bringing to our football get together a few weeks ago and for lack of another option, did Safeway at 7th and Glendale. I figured, they're donuts, who cares?

        Everyone raved about them. I honestly don't know doughnuts from a hole in the ground, but everyone asked where they came from. When i said Safeway, everyone was surprised.

        Just sayin.

        6 Replies
        1. re: hzp

          I have to admit, Safeway has some tasty doughnuts.

          1. re: hzp

            I agree with you. Safeway has some very good doughnuts. I was very surprised the last time I had one from their bakery.

            1. re: hzp

              Funny. I checked the Phoenix New Times site for their "Best of Phoenix" designation, and their award for best donuts went to Basha's. I guess there's a lot of support for supermarket donuts:


              1. re: silverbear

                We don't get a donut very often but when we do we find the Basha's ones to be quite good!

                I used to work at a car auction and we'd p0ut donuts out once a week for the buyers....usually Krispy Kreme....and we often had people asking us to get Basha's instead.

                What I like best about them is they're not greasy nor overly sweet...two of the things I really didn't like about Krispy Kreme. Particularly good are the maple bars!

                1. re: silverbear

                  they gave them the award for best donut deal, not best donuts.

                  1. re: amkirkland

                    Good point. I hope quality figured in the New Times ranking somewhere, but your observation below about differences in preparation, texture, and taste is well taken.

              2. Go to Phoenix Ranch Market on 16th Street and Roosevelt and pick up a bunch of pan dulce, including terrific donuts. The price is nice too.

                And yes, Krispy Kreme is completely gone from the Phoenix area; the franchisee filed for Chapter 11. That would have been a cop-out anyway, EVERYONE brought Krispy Kreme when it was their turn for doughnut duty because you could find them anywhere you looked.

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                1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                  oh GOOD idea. i haven't had their doughnuts, but we can't walk through ranch market with a churro.

                2. I haven't been there in a while...if you are in a pinch try: Try Karl's Quality Bakery

                  8847 N 7th Ave # B, Phoenix, AZ


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                  1. re: ciaogal

                    There isn't a bad pastry to be found at Karl's.