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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.

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        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.


                  2. 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.

                    1. 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. 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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                        1. re: amkirkland

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

                          1. 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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                            1. re: azdolly

                              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. 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

                                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.

                                1. re: johnseberg

                                  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.

                                  1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

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

                                    2910 N. Hayden Rd
                                    Scottsdale, AZ 85251


                                    1. re: aztami

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

                                      1. re: aztami

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