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Mar 18, 2007 09:08 PM

Spudnut in Hollister?

Wondering about the donuts here, feedback?

Spudnut & Deli
500 Tres Pinos Rd
Hollister, CA 95023
(831) 637-0555

Spudnuts inquiry on the Chains Board

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  1. A note rec'd today from a shy hound:

    "Hi Melanie;

    We moved back to Hollister a little over a year ago. In that time, I have eaten a LOT of Spudnuts! Too many for my health. And I think they are terrific. My standard of comparison is Stan's in Santa Clara, and I think Spudnuts are close.

    I ate a lot of Spudnuts in Lodi as a kid. My palate is not great, but I think the Hollister shop still uses some potato flour. Especially in the raised donuts."

    1. On my way to a morning meeting in Hollister today, I finally had a chance to stop here and try for myself. The donuts look really good in the case, fluffy and puffed up, and almost glowing with freshness. First I asked for a raised glazed, but stopped myself and asked if any were still warm. I scored a half-dozen warm donut holes for 65ยข. Very thin glaze, just enough to sweeten the fried orbs. Light and fluffy as they looked, fried in fresh oil, and nearly greaseless. When I inquired, the lady at the counter said they can't get potato starch anymore. Still, these are very good donuts and I would stop here for a snack again.

      Spudnut & Deli
      500 Tres Pinos Rd, Hollister, CA 95023

      7 Replies
      1. re: Melanie Wong

        "....can't get potato starch anymore."

        huh? potato starch? a quick google search found that potato starch is being used for non-food (but food related) products by a Richmond company to help restaurants comply with strict municipal rules on disposable food packaging. Have potato futures shot up?

        1. re: toodie jane

          Restaurants and bakeries often buy from a handful of suppliers. When one of these suppliers stops carrying something because the price becomes too high, the task of finding a new source and paying much more for something just gets too difficult for small players. I don't know if that's the story here, but I'm hearing it from other people in these times of commodity crunch.

          P.S. Driving to Spudnut from Salinas, I turned off a little earlier onto Union. Really lovely drive this time of year, a route i'd not taken before, and noticed a few farmstands. They're not up and running yet, but something to keep in mind for the months ahead.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            thanks for the head's up on Union Rd. I'm a bear-went-over-the-mountain sort of person, and have always wondered what lurked over that hill. Now I know it's a back way to Spudnuts. And farmstands too!

            Have you ever taken the road over Fremont peak towards Hollister? I've wanted to go that way but don't know the condition of the road. I would imagine vistas of the valley would be incredible on a clear day.

            1. re: toodie jane

              I've not been over Fremont's Peak for so long, i have no memory of the road conditions. But I'll mention that 5 years ago we took San Juan Grade Road into Hollister and parts of it were unpaved and felt dicey. On maps, San Juan Grade looks straighter and wider than the other route, which might tell you something. SJG Road had some very scenic stretches too, a glimpse into California's ranchero past.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                As a frequent visitor to Hollister, and being no fan of 101 between the Hollister turnoff and Salinas, I take the "Back Way" quite often. I think the road to Fremont Peak only goes to the park, so if you're thinking of a through road, it's likely San Juan Grade. It's a little bumpy, and narrow in spots, but I'll take it over 101 any day. (And I do!) It does take a lot longer than the freeway, but the views, especially in the Spring, are spectacular. If you've got the time, I heartily recommend it.

                1. re: mersidoe

                  thanks--it'll be a nicer way to get to Spudnut

                2. re: Melanie Wong

                  Also, if I recall correctly, that section is posted as "not patrolled" and cellular phone coverage is extremely spotty due to the hills.

                  Great scenery and lots of cattle grazing though