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May 29, 2007 06:50 PM

Best donuts in KC...

as I just got done working out!! :-)

I've had Lamar's, Penguin's, and of course, Krispy Kreme... not impressed with any of them. I've heard Lamar's was good back in the day, but I was not so lucky to try it then. I'm looking for great old-fashioned cake donuts, and more specifically, apple fritters. So, hounds, who has the best donuts? Will travel for great donuts... after all, I do drive 45 minutes for the best cheeseburger in town!

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  1. Don't know where in Kansas you live, but we live downtown and we drive 30 minutes on sat mornings to get our donuts. A co-workers brought these donuts into work one morning and they was out of this world. The place is kinda hard to find but worth the drive. It is Called Big Momma's Bakery and Cafe in The Woodson Village(63rd and Woodson Road) in Raytown Missouri.

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    1. re: Irishbeer4me

      Do you have to get up early for Big Momma's? (I gotta try a place called Big Momma's!)

      1. re: Katie Nell

        WOW, on Irish's recommendation my husband and I trekked all the way from Olathe to Raytown (I'll see your 30 minute trip and raise you six minutes) and we were not disappointed! I would drive twice as far for donuts this good.

        I feel like I could gush on the place all day, but I'll save it and just give you the lowdown:
        Big Mamma’s has incredibly fresh and tasty donuts, YUMMY cakes, incredibly nice and super efficient service, a sweet, immaculate and comfortable café area with toe tapping gospel music.

        We ordered a giant (and I do mean GIANT) cinnamon roll to share and one cake donut apiece (strawberry and chocolate with chocolate frosting) for later. The cinnamon roll alone filled up a large take-out box. The woman at the counter heated it up for us and it was the best cinnamon roll I’ve ever had. The cake donuts also did not disappoint.

        We arrived around 11 a.m. and there were still plenty of donuts. They also do a lunch business and cakes. There were samples of German Chocolate Cake sitting out…it was so good I’m trying to think up an occasion to order one. I suppose Father’s Day is coming up.

        1. re: amy_rc

          Wow! Okay, it's on... next weekend! (It's my birthday weekend anyway, so my husband has to do whatever I want!! ;-)

          1. re: Katie Nell

            Katie Nell! Happy Birthday! Do let us all know where you plan to go to celebrate your birthday . . .Big Momma's for breakfast . . .any other plans?

            1. re: jvergara

              Thank you! I think it's a surprise... at least I hope he's planning something!! ;-) I'll report back, wherever we end up!

              1. re: jvergara

                He took me to my favorite, 1924 Main! (Later on, much, much, much, after Big Momma's!) The highlight for me was the Mexican Chocolate Soup with Banana Empanada... oh, and the girl next to me who only ordered the spinach salad with oranges (sans dressing) and looked at her date with disgust when he gave her a bite of his app, and said "What did you just put in my mouth?!" Tee hee! ;-) What a sad way to go through life!

            2. re: amy_rc

              We went to Big Momma's Saturday (I say "jump!"; he says "how high?"! ;-) Only kidding!!) I had an apple fritter, which was about the size of my head! It was the perfect fritter... tender with bits of apple on the inside and a crispy outside. It definitely hit the spot even though I only made it through half! One of the big mommas (there are 3) came by and asked us if we were eating lunch too, and we said no, that this was our first time and we came for the donuts this time. She said we had to at least try a sandwich so she brought us a whole turkey sandwich on their freshly baked bread! How nice is that?! The bread was excellent, and we rolled out of there completely stuffed- after all, you have to eat a free sandwich! We will definitely be back... wish it wasn't so far away! (The two big mommas that we saw were the tiniest, cutest little things... definitely not what I think of when I think of a *big* momma!)

        2. I know you're in DT OP a lot -- you should stop in John's Space Age Donuts. Definitely a time warp. I think the best donut I've had in town was Fluffy Fresh on Johnson Drive. They close when they sell out and they always close early.

          If you're up for a road trip, we always used to go to Munchers in Lawrence -- it's next to the Community Mercantile. Not sure if it's still in business. I knew when I walked in the door the first time and saw a little Mennonite lady in the back that it would be a good choice. Try the cream cheese donut.

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          1. re: heatherkay

            There's also a Fluffy Fresh on State Line just north of 103rd. Outstanding donuts!

            1. re: ChrisKC

              I wonder what the relationship is between the two. The one in Mission has a man making the doughnuts and a woman working the register and helping out. Same two every time, and it looks like they've been there forever.

              I agree, fantastic doughnuts. Don't know if they do apple fritters. By the time I usually get there, they've got regular glazed, cinnamon twists, and longjohns

              1. re: Aaron Deacon

                No kidding -- how early do you have to get there? I have had cake donuts there, though, and they are outstanding.

            2. re: heatherkay

              I think I've had Fluffy Fresh too, but it was just the standard glazed donut and I wasn't to into it... I'll have to give the cake donuts a try! Although, getting up early is *not* my favorite pastime! :-)

              My parents and I used to go to Munchers every time we were in Lawrence, but I haven't been in a long time.

            3. Katie, I know this isn't what you asked for, but the recipe for cake doughnuts in James Beard's American Cookery is about the best damn doughnut I've ever found. My maternal grandad was a doughnut aficionado, and gave them the thumbs up when I made them for him back when I first moved here. Unfortunately, home frying is a bit of an ordeal, so I completely understand why doughnuts aren't homemade very often.

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              1. re: amyzan

                Yeah, I have a perpetual fear of frying that I need to get over; otherwise, that would be the ticket- I wouldn't have to get up early, they would be hot and fresh, and tasty I'm sure!

                1. re: Katie Nell

                  I used to wait tables at Joe's BBQ at 79th and State Line. One of the only consolations of being there at 5:00 in the morning was that I got to eat a donut right out of the frier. When it's that fresh, just a little cinnamon and sugar is all it needs.

                  1. re: heatherkay

                    Man I miss Joe's. Some of the best breakfast around. Dave's Favorite was mine too

                    1. re: chileheadmike

                      I miss it, too. I've yet to find someplace for standard American breakfast that I like better. *sniff*

                      The lunch and dinner stuff was pretty good, too.

              2. Hello! I really like Mr D's Donut Shop in Shawnee. They have the best doughnuts around! Very nice people also. They are located at:
                11222 W 75th St
                (the Northwest corner of 75th & Nieman, next to Johnny C's Pizza)

                1. I'm a john's space age man. Its well worth the stop. Sit at the counter, on the south side for the best people watching. And dig that logo!

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                  1. re: tastebudmagazine

                    Okay, so I took my Dad a couple of weekends ago to John's Space Age donuts based on location and these recommendations and it was a real treat. Who has ever seen in your local donut shop the owners serving their customers in baker's "dress whites" and a white paper hats? The logo is certainly worth of a t-shirt, for sure. A trip through time with the old-fashion counter service, and the place was hopping which means hot donuts coming out the entire time we were there.

                    One final question my Dad had for me, which I will now ask all of you . . . he wondered if anyone is still making fried lemon pies. He said he used to buy them from his local bakery in Oklahoma and then from local dounut shops. He describes it as a turnover made with a pie crust outside and clear glaze on it, the inside is filled with tart lemon pie filling. Any leads, please let me know. Thanks!

                    1. re: jvergara

                      My grandad talked about those fried pies. They apparently used to be a lunchbox staple, and he got them in lemon or cherry or apple. He said sometimes you could find them made with apple butter, and those were really tasty. (He worked the mail train from Union Station until the early 70's, so I'm not sure where it was he found the apple butter ones.) I would be interested to find a bakery that makes them fresh, too. I've only ever seen the various mass produced ones at discount bakery shops and gas stations.

                      1. re: jvergara

                        Depending on where he is in Oklahoma, if he's anywhere close to the east side, Russelville, AR has a great burger joint- the Whattaburger (not a part of the chain, the original, family owned one) and they make fresh fried pies in a ton of flavors. Drove through this weekend and saw them. It's about a 5-hour drive from KC.

                        1. re: lwoerther

                          What great information . . .I want to eat the Apple Butter one RIGHT NOW! We are from Claremore, OK, right outside of Tulsa . . .and my high school boyfriends grandmother lived in Russelville, AR and I drove there with him once . . .so sad I missed the fried pies.

                      2. re: tastebudmagazine

                        We also went to John's Space Age on the recommendation of this board. It was good, if I had not been to Big Mamma's these would be my new favorite. They were light and fluffy with just the right amount of icing...
                        I'm still thinking about Big Mamma's and thank goodness there are many miles between my house and their restaurant because I could eat there every day!