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Donuts in MSP

kolgrim Jul 11, 2007 11:17 AM

Today, I stopped by the Franklin Street Bakery because I had heard that they had good donuts. Unfortunately, the yeast donut I tried was not particularly good. Is there anywhere in the twin cities that has stellar donuts? In particular I am looking for a good cake donut, a good maple donut, a good glazed yeast donut and a good apple fritter. The fritter is the most important but I am craving donuts in general and don't know where to go.


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  1. katebauer RE: kolgrim Jul 11, 2007 11:22 AM

    I'm not a donut person but people rave about the donuts at A Baker's Wife (42nd St and 28th Ave I think). I once had a fritter from Mel-o-Glaze bakery on Minnehaha Pkwy and it was too sweet for me but most things are so I'm no judge!

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      happysnacker RE: kolgrim Jul 11, 2007 11:45 AM

      The cinnamon-sugar cake donuts from "A Baker's Wife" (28th Ave and 42nd St in So Mpls)-- especially when they are still warm.....ooh man! The best IMHO. and only 42 cents!!! They are (obviously) my fave, but I am looking forward to other suggestions.

      1. bob s RE: kolgrim Jul 11, 2007 11:51 AM

        Mel-o-Glaze has the best donuts I've found, but I think they've gone downhill in the past several years. I agree with katebauer about the sweetness of Mel-o-Glaze's fritters, but that's a plus in my book. (I have a spot in my heart for Krispy Kreme donuts as well.) Will have to try A Baker's Wife. Sometimes Wuollet's has good raised donuts but I've found them to be inconsistent.

        A Baker's Wife's Pastry Shop
        4200 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

        Mel-O-Glaze Bakery & Donut Shop
        4800 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

        Wuollet Bakery
        2447 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

        Wuollet Bakery
        3608 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

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        1. re: bob s
          Danny RE: bob s Jul 18, 2007 09:11 AM

          I had a glazed cake donut from Mel-O-Glaze, and it was outstanding - in the top 5. (The rest of the top 5 are from outside the MSP area)

          The raised donuts were definately above average, but those don't do much for me, I'm a cake donut kind of person.

        2. AnneInMpls RE: kolgrim Jul 11, 2007 11:59 AM

          Back my prime doughnut-eating days (I've had to cut back, alas, after Cupcake opened close to me), I loved the cake doughnuts from A Baker's Wife and the glazed doughnuts from Mel-o-Glaze.

          If you only go to one, try A Baker's Wife - everything they do is excellent. Mel-o-Glaze only has a few things, and their strength is the glazed doughnuts.

          Me, I'm on a quest for a good apple cider cake doughnut. The best I've found so far is at the Milwaukee Public Market (from the apple guy who had a stand outside last summer). But that's a long way to go just for a doughnut.


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          1. re: AnneInMpls
            bob s RE: AnneInMpls Jul 11, 2007 12:14 PM

            During apple picking season, Minnetonka Orchards makes great apple cider mini-doughnuts. Perhaps they're so good because they're so fresh, but I like them.

            They've now started charging for admission on the weekends and I think they've gotten to be pretty expensive, but it's a great way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon.

            Link: http://www.minnetonkaorchards.com

            (My attempt to add a places link did not work. The search function brought up the correct location, but when the actual link was added to my post, it ended up pointing to a location in LaCrescent, MN which is about 100 miles away from the location of Minnetonka Orchards.)

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              AnneInMpls RE: bob s Jul 12, 2007 12:12 AM

              Thanks - Minnetonka is a lot closer than Milwaukee!

              Those Indian-spiced mini doughnuts mentioned below sound really good, too.


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              Quince RE: AnneInMpls Jul 17, 2007 06:11 PM

              The St Paul Farmer's Market has an apple orchard stand that does a brisk trade in apple cider cake donuts...and they are very good. Good enough, in fact, to be my favorite donut in the Twin Cities so far. I keep trying places that have been rated by City Pages as the best donut shop or bakery or whatever and they have all been very disappointing. The scene makes Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme look darn good, sadly. I went to the Roseville Bakery exactly once and I will never be back-I didn't see at all how it differed from the baked goods at the Rainbow Foods next door, which are almost certainly concocted from large buckets of premixed batters, frostings and glazes.

            3. BillyP RE: kolgrim Jul 11, 2007 12:40 PM

              I am a big fan of the cake donut, So I would Suggest the Donut hut In Little Canada (Little Canada Rd 2 blocks E of Rice Street in Little Canada) and the Roseville Bakery (1147 Larpenteur Ave W)
              I have never been disappointed by either of their donuts

              1. Jordan RE: kolgrim Jul 11, 2007 02:12 PM

                Definitely Mel-o-Glaze.

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                  soupkitten RE: kolgrim Jul 11, 2007 02:27 PM

                  i eat donuts like once a year if that, and they're probably totally not what you are looking for, but i gotta say i tried the fresh mini-donuts at the mill city farmer's market on a chilly morning and dang they were good! fresh and hot--made to order and she puts indian spices in her sugar so they were traditional donutty-tasting with just a little bit of an addictive twist.

                  1. MplsM ary RE: kolgrim Jul 11, 2007 09:43 PM

                    For cake doughnuts I suggest Palm Bakery in Saint Louis Park. I drive so close by on Monday mornings when like so many traditional bakeries they are closed. Yes, so sad.

                    I had an outstanding apple fritter from Butter. The filling was cinnamon-y and homemade (unlike most) and it was just the right balance of dough/filling/glaze. I don't know how often they make fritters but the one I had was perfect.

                    Palm Bakery
                    6416 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55426

                    Butter Bakery Cafe
                    3544 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

                    1. bluesman13 RE: kolgrim Jul 12, 2007 06:33 AM

                      When I first moved here from LA, I was surprised to find so few Donut places. I too am a fan of apple fritters, and went on a search here for the best one. I was sadly dissapointed. Melo-O-Glaze was the best place I found - and it paled in comparison to the many places that seem to be on every corner in L.A. Actaully, one of the apple orchards (in fall) had one of the best fritters I've had - it was a real apple fritter - pieces of apple, glaze and homemade dough. Good luck - post again when you find a good place.

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                        Davydd RE: bluesman13 Jul 12, 2007 04:20 PM

                        I know what you mean. When I moved here quite a few years ago we lived near Bernie's Deli and the Lincoln Del both long gone great donut and pastry places on West Lake St. in St. Louis Park. I miss them. Then we moved out near Excelsior and had the Excelo Bakery. It too closed. I think the Twin Cities got too yuppie with bagels, muffins and scones for a while and killed the donut.

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                        pgokey RE: kolgrim Jul 12, 2007 07:12 AM

                        This is going to sound odd, but I'm going to suggest Cub Foods. Yes, I know, but the StarTribune ran a piece on the best doughnuts a coupe of years back, and for the glazed doughnut, Cub won the contest over several bakeries in town.

                        Being in a bit of disbelief myself, I went to try them. Sure enough, their raised glazed doughnuts are fantastic.

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                          pgokey RE: kolgrim Jul 12, 2007 07:35 AM

                          Some more places to add to your efforts to comb the cities:

                          The Rake also recommends Valley Pastries. Never been, myself. They also recomment Cafe Lurcat. Huh? I'm going to have to try that one out.

                          Lone Donuts Cafe won the City Pages best of in 2004.

                          Valley Pastries
                          2570 Hillsboro Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55427

                          Cafe Lurcat
                          1624 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

                          Lone Donuts Cafe (Closed)
                          330 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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                          1. re: pgokey
                            bob s RE: pgokey Jul 12, 2007 08:15 AM

                            Sadly, the Lone Donut (my regular Friday lunch stop) closed about a year ago. I'll mark it as closed.

                            I will say that the Lurcat donuts are tasty, but so are a lot of their other desserts....

                            As I was googling the Lone Donut to check on any updates, I came across a thread in mnspeak about the closing. In it were suggestions for other donuts. In addition to recs for Mel-o-Glaze, A Baker's Wife, and Palm Bakery (gotta check that place out), there were recs for the Roseville Bakery and P.J. Murphy's

                            I know nothing about either of those places, so caveat fryer.


                            1. re: bob s
                              bob s RE: bob s Jul 12, 2007 08:27 AM


                              Roseville Bakery
                              1147 Larpenteur Ave W, Roseville, MN 55113

                              P J Murphy's Bakery
                              1279 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

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                                St Paul Susie RE: bob s Jul 14, 2007 10:45 AM

                                Last time I had a donut - It was PJ Murphys and it was worth every bite. It was raised & glazed

                                Its been a while - but they certainly look fantastic when I'm in there...& they are always doing a brisk biz.

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                                  cherrylime RE: St Paul Susie Jul 17, 2007 06:25 PM

                                  granny donuts on robert in saint paul..if you like the old school raised
                                  glazed usuallythey have warm ones; all the stand bys..raised glazed, apple fritters, bismarcks, jelly donuts (my fave) they are a little more
                                  decadent than normal (fried) but oh so good. Plus I love the name. Although the link says Granny's (possesive) donuts, it's actually Granny donuts.

                                  Granny Donuts
                                  1555 Robert St S, West St Paul, MN 55118

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                                    MSPD RE: cherrylime Jul 18, 2007 08:42 AM

                                    Good call cherrylime. Granny Donuts is a good, no-nonsense donut store. Xuan To, the owner, is the kind of guy that should be running all ma-and-pa places. Just about every time I'm in there, when I get to the car and open my bag, I discover an extra donut or two slipped in there for free.

                                    The apple fritters there are excellent.

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                                      cherrylime RE: MSPD Jul 18, 2007 08:56 AM

                                      yes,my husband and I call it the baker's 1/2 dozen..you order 6 and
                                      you get 8!...The coffee's not bad either.

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                                    StPauliGirl RE: St Paul Susie Jul 17, 2007 08:26 PM

                                    I will wholeheartedly second the recommendation for P.J. Murphy's donuts. Absolutely delicious.

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                              schi0246 RE: kolgrim Jul 18, 2007 08:44 AM

                              I'd Like to add Sarah Jane's Bakery bakery to the list. It is a great little Bakery In NE MPLS. I've alway been happy with their donuts, but it may not be worth a trip cross town. If your in the area it is worth checking out.

                              Sarah Jane's Bakery
                              2853 Johnson St NE

                              1. diesel RE: kolgrim Jul 18, 2007 10:47 AM

                                Others have already beaten me to all the recommendations I'd have, so I'll second them:

                                For cake donuts, A Baker's Wife of Wuollet's.

                                For apple fritters, I really enjoy PJ Murphy's.

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