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Mar 17, 2007 01:01 AM

Chuck's Donuts, Belmont

Arriving in Belmont yesterday with a few minutes to kill before our appointment, my dad pointed at Chuck's Donuts again, so I figured this was as good a time as any to drop-in for an afternoon snack. When I asked him what kind he wanted, he said, "one of those big fluffy potato donuts."

Well, no luck getting a potato donut here, but he was happy with a big fluffy raised with a very thin layer of glaze. This was very tender and moist with a nice yeastiness. I had a maple cruller, that was above average, but not as good as the raised. These seemed a few hours fresher than I'd expected at mid-afternoon, and it turns out that this 24-hour spot makes donuts around the clock. I saw plenty of Bakemark products around, so they're probably made from mix. But, you can get a freshly fried donut but checking on what's just come out and it's open 24-hours.

Chuck's Donuts
641 Ralston Ave
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 592-6404

P.S. Anyone know where to get potato donuts?

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  1. Melanie, I never heard of maple crullers. French donuts, a.k.a. "crullers" are my donut shop benchmark product, but they're hard to find. The only place in San Rafael that I know of is Jelly Donut at the Northgate One strip mall. They have crullers, and nicely eggy, too.

    I recently bought a box of Krispy Kreme "crullers" which turned out to be cake donut imposters with a frilly edge. Aaaargh!

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    1. re: Sharuf

      Oh yeah, the KK ones are particularly bad and misleading. The maple part of the one at Chuck's is the icing.

      The best cruller in my recent memory can be found right in your backyard at
      Donut Alley [Marin County]
      471 Magnolia Ave

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Sorry to horn in on a Belmont post, but because of an expiration date and the fact you mentioned Donut Alley ...

        Sharuf .. you have GOT to get to La Fayette for the donuts before the close at the end of April.

        But I have a question ... are these crullers or maple bars at Chuck's. The reason I ask is I didn't remember seeing crullers at Donut Alley.

        1. re: rworange

          I went to LaFayette for hot cross buns this morning. They were sold out, and it was only 10:00! Didn't notice any donuts but I will keep an eye out next time.

          1. re: Sharuf

            They were on the shelves at the back of the store next to the door that leads to the kitchen. I'm hoping to get over there and try a few more before they close.

          2. re: rworange

            Cruller aka French donut at Chuck's. By the time I get to Donut Alley, there's usually only a handful of donuts left to sell and I've been lucky to get a cruller a couple times.

            Last weekend I was jazzed that I had the opportunity to stop by Flakey Cream Do-nuts in Healdburg, as the crullers are only made on Fridays and I'm usually not nearby in the morning. I picked up a dozen assorted for a morning meeting, and noticed that the ownership seems to have changed. The two donuts that I sampled from the box, the chocolate old-fashioned and the glazed cruller, which had been my two favorites here were not nearly as good as before. I can only hope that they haven't messed with the biscuits too.

            Flakey Cream vintage menu -

      2. >I'm hoping to get over there and try a few more before they close.<

        A chowhounders' work is never done!!!

        1. >Anyone know where to get potato donuts?<

          Not really, but back in another lifetime there were Spudnuts, a legendary franchise chain that produced wonderful potato-based doughnuts. Within recent memory I searched the internet for information about Spudnuts to see if there were still any available in this area. The closest I found was a shop in Sacramento (haven't tried it) out of 24 places in California supposedly making Spudnuts. If you'd like to OD on Spudnut information, it's here:

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          1. re: Mick Ruthven

            Thank you for having this obsession! The list includes one in Hollister, which isn't far from Salinas where my dad is. No one's answering the phone now, but the number's in service, so might be able to try one soon.

            Cool that the inventors of Spudnuts were from San Francisco.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Our family discovered Spudnuts when I was 13 on a driving vacation (we didn''t say "road trip" then) from Missouri to Niagara Falls that took us through the eastern midwest and at some point we started seeing Spudnut signs and tried some. I think we had a lot of them. We all thought they were great and they didn't get stale quickly like other doughnuts. When we returned my father considered getting a franchise (but didn't).

              1. re: Mick Ruthven

                You coulda been a Spudnut king?!? (g)

                I've started a thread on the Chains board,

                I do wonder where my father comes up with these requests. I'll have to ask when's the last time he had a potato donut.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  I did it! I was in Sacramento today and stopped by the Spudnut place. I posted about it on the California board.