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Doughnut (recommendation) emergency in Phoenix, AZ!

ghibli99 Jan 11, 2007 02:55 AM

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. Bill Hunt RE: ghibli99 Jan 11, 2007 03:12 AM

    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. silverbear RE: ghibli99 Jan 11, 2007 03:41 AM

      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.

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        hzp RE: ghibli99 Jan 11, 2007 05:17 AM

        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.

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          dustchick RE: hzp Jan 11, 2007 05:23 AM

          I have to admit, Safeway has some tasty doughnuts.

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            Seth Chadwick RE: hzp Jan 11, 2007 01:18 PM

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

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              silverbear RE: hzp Jan 11, 2007 01:50 PM

              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:


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                ziggylu RE: silverbear Jan 11, 2007 02:23 PM

                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!

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                  amkirkland RE: silverbear Jan 11, 2007 11:21 PM

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

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                    silverbear RE: amkirkland Jan 12, 2007 12:33 AM

                    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. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: ghibli99 Jan 11, 2007 10:01 AM

                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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                  hzp RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jan 11, 2007 08:23 PM

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

                2. ciaogal RE: ghibli99 Jan 11, 2007 12:40 PM

                  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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                    mamamia RE: ciaogal Jan 12, 2007 03:10 AM

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


                  2. pgerding RE: ghibli99 Jan 11, 2007 09:15 PM

                    I think Rainbow is the best, and they have a few locations. Don't know about down that far, but they've got one on N. 7th Street, maybe around Northern or so? I go to the one on Cave Creek, just as good.

                    I have tried the place on W. Bell and I-17 called Lamars a couple times ... it's okay. GiNORmous doughnuts, that's for sure. And decent coffee, too.

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                      ghibli99 RE: ghibli99 Jan 11, 2007 10:01 PM

                      Thank you so much for all of your replies! I think for this week, I'll give Basha's a try, and will definitely sample the other locations listed as well, since I'm sure the Friday Doughnut Day will become the norm around here after a while... maybe I'll charge this task to the "newbie of the week". :) Anyway, thanks, and if anyone else has another recommendation, please post it up! I love this place. :)

                      1. amkirkland RE: ghibli99 Jan 11, 2007 11:25 PM

                        I'm going to second Rainbow. I like them better because they're fried better. They have a crisp outside. Especially the sourcream and buttermilk ones, and you can actually taste the sour twinge.

                        Someone above said LaMar's was okay, I think they're great. They've also got great texture, and like that person said, they're huge, also a bit pricier.

                        I want to push you away from basha's/safeway. They're alright, but to me they're spongy, with monotone texture. As I said above, the Newtimes award was for best donut deal, as in they're cheaper after 3 or so, not best donuts.

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                          ghibli99 RE: amkirkland Jan 12, 2007 04:41 PM

                          Thanks -- I'll try Rainbow and LaMar's next time. I tried Basha's this morning, and while they were a hit with the crew here, personally, I thought they were a bit bland and on the dry side. Who knows, maybe it was the batch? Anyway, thanks again for your help! If anything, it's giving me a chance to sample a little of everything here in Phoenix.

                        2. tastyjon RE: ghibli99 Jan 12, 2007 01:13 AM

                          Just look for a place with a bunch of police cars out front!

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                            azdolly RE: ghibli99 Aug 26, 2008 10:48 PM

                            Hi! I know you posted this over 1year ago. But if you're still looking for a donut in the area, you have to try Barb's Bakery on 24th street north of Thomas. It's a small bakery, but their donuts are terrific. I know people who drive 30min to get their donuts.

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                              AguasFrescas RE: azdolly Sep 15, 2008 05:15 PM

                              I'll have to try Barb's out. I like Bosa's but it's out of my way.

                              I thought Dunkin' Donuts new stores would become my new stop but they're just ok. I'm partial to the donuts at gas stations when they're not Krispy (icky) Kreme.

                              Bosa Donuts
                              1016 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ

                            2. Seth Chadwick RE: ghibli99 Sep 27, 2008 01:42 PM

                              I know this is an older post, but wanted to add some info for search purposes.

                              It looks like the old Dunkin' Donuts location at 28th Street and Indian School in Phoenix is going to be a...

                              Krispy Kreme.

                              They were putting the last of the corporate signage on the awning this afternoon.

                              I am not quite sure what to make of it other than they are going to try to make another stab at the Phoenix market.

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                              1. re: Seth Chadwick
                                johnseberg RE: Seth Chadwick Sep 27, 2008 06:22 PM

                                I believe there has been a Krispy Kreme open in Mesa since May. Also, I think the franchisee bears all the risk. The previous failures, in this market, were that of a single franchisee, but, I could be wrong.

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                                  JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: johnseberg Sep 28, 2008 12:25 AM

                                  You are correct; the original Arizona KK franchisee went belly-up. I think their problem was that they WAY over-extended themselves. You couldn't get away from KK donuts. If they have just a few well-placed locations, I think they'll do just fine.

                                  Now if only Dunkin would re-open the one on Thomas... not much beats the $2 large iced coffee.

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                                    aztami RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Sep 28, 2008 05:44 AM

                                    seems that Dunkin Donuts are popping up everywhere.....

                                    2910 N. Hayden Rd
                                    Scottsdale, AZ 85251


                                    1. re: aztami
                                      johnseberg RE: aztami Sep 28, 2008 07:43 AM

                                      Yeah, JK, if that's the one on Thomas you're thinking of - it has been open for a week or three, now.

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                                        AguasFrescas RE: aztami Sep 30, 2008 04:22 PM

                                        There's one on the SEC of University and Priest too.

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