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morgasm Nov 23, 2007 02:04 PM

Hi chowhounders, Can you please tell me where the best donuts in Toronto are. Im sick of driving to krispy kreme in mississauga. And please don't say coffee time or Tim Hortons, YUCK. What is up with the junk some places in town sell??? Does nobody give a lick about quality. It's the exact same thing with pizza here. Sorry for complaining. I'm hurtin for some greasy donuts and some greasy pizza. Thanks People.

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    ylsf Apr 13, 2013 05:30 PM

    Was in Kensington today and stopped by Sanagan's. Picked up one of Rachelle's Dough donuts... Cinnamon "Ghost" Crunch. Was a spicy doughnut, I guess, the "ghost" was referring to ghost pepper? My first bite I was like "weird"... but, it actually grew on me and I liked the heat.

    1. kwass Feb 27, 2013 11:33 AM

      If anyone is interested in watching, apparently, Emma's Country Kitchen will be a competitor on Donut Showdown premiering April 2nd on Food network Canada!

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        prima Feb 27, 2013 11:41 AM

        This month's (March 2013) Saveur focuses on the World's Best Donuts, plus 28 recipes. In newstands now.
        http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...

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          julesrules Feb 27, 2013 12:00 PM

          And I just got a deep fryer! How convenient :)

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            prima Feb 27, 2013 12:07 PM

            Please take some pics, and post on Home Cooking! :-)

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              Brain of J Feb 27, 2013 12:32 PM

              What brand may I ask?

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                julesrules Feb 27, 2013 12:39 PM

                The deep fryer was a hand-me-down, it's aTfal EZ clean, no idea how old it is but the design is basically the same as the current one.

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              magic Feb 27, 2013 12:50 PM

              I'm going to NYC in the fall. Needless to say, Doughnut Plant will be my top priority. Never been.

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                kwass Feb 27, 2013 12:52 PM

                Can't wait to hear about your experience!! You lucky duck you!!

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                  magic Feb 27, 2013 12:59 PM

                  Will for sure let you know. :)

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                  kwass Feb 27, 2013 12:53 PM

                  Did you say the Fall? I was thinking Spring. Can you go any sooner? Lol!!

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                    magic Feb 27, 2013 12:59 PM

                    Every day is killin' me :-(

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                      kwass Feb 27, 2013 01:18 PM

                      I bet!!

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                    afong56 Feb 27, 2013 01:31 PM

                    if you go, skip the original location and go to the new-ish one on w23rd st in chelsea--good seating, basically the same selection and good coffee/espresso. . .imho, the cake donuts are the best. . .back in 2009 i might have stumped for their yeast donuts and their cinnamon buns as well, but now i stick to their blackout and tres leches cake donuts. . .

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                      magic Feb 27, 2013 01:43 PM

                      Hmm, good to know.

                      I'm more into cake donuts than yeast so the blackout has been on my mind, for I don't know.... years. Ok, for sure cnnamon bun too!

                      Will for sure check out W23d! Nice. Thanks so much. All great recs.

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                      GoodGravy Feb 27, 2013 01:33 PM

                      For old school doughnuts in NYC, check out Lords Bakery near the Flatbush Ave. stop on the 2&5 train in Brooklyn. They sell an actual baker's dozen. Get there in the morning.

                      Then cross the street for Jamaican beef patties at Angel Flake.

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                        magic Feb 27, 2013 01:44 PM

                        I will most certainly try. Thank you! Jotted down....

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                        itryalot Jul 3, 2013 07:07 PM

                        OMG. We LOVED that place and brought back three dozen as carry on for our coworkers. Were almost as good the next day.

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                          magic Jul 4, 2013 04:35 AM

                          Very good to know, thanks for the feedback on that rec.

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                      ylsf Feb 27, 2013 12:28 PM

                      Yeah, heard about this show from someone else but couldn't find a website/page for it when I looked before.

                    4. Brain of J Feb 27, 2013 08:04 AM

                      Who remembers Margaret's cream filled donuts from their high school cafeteria days? Talk about a sweet treat! Are they still found anywhere? (Not that the quality was anything to write home about. Just a nostalgia thing for me).

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                        magic Feb 27, 2013 08:12 AM

                        I sure do.

                        Theirs and Primrose's donuts ruled.

                        I'd take a raspberry filled cake donut from Primose over these pricey haute creations any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

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                          afong56 Feb 27, 2013 10:48 AM

                          haha, primrose definitely evokes memories of childhood--there was something comforting about their chemical and preservative laden, shelf-stable, highly-processed sugars, carb and fat bombs that signaled the 'completeness' of a high-school lunch. . .the classic glazed (with its decidedly dry crumb juxtaposed by the slimy, almost wet glaze) or the creme-filled chocolate glazed donut were the poisons of choice, with the occasional raisin twist thrown in.

                          does anyone remember the bear claws that used to be sold at the kitchen table, circa 1980s?

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                            magic Feb 27, 2013 10:54 AM

                            Sigh, I miss Primrose. I miss Margaret's.

                            I miss old school donuts. No one in Toronto seems to bother making those anymore, even though it's what most people seem to demand.

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                              kwass Feb 27, 2013 10:58 AM

                              Magic, go to Venezia. As I mentioned to prima yesterday, they're definitely serving "old style", "mom and pop style", doughnuts.

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                                magic Feb 27, 2013 11:13 AM

                                Ok, will for sure go. It's been written down!

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                                  magic May 9, 2013 07:42 PM

                                  Apologies for resurrecting this huge thread.

                                  kwass, are there 2 locations of Venezia?? Which one should I go to?

                                  Also, was this the place that had the french toast?

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                                    kwass May 9, 2013 07:51 PM

                                    Venezia IS the place that has the French toast. I've been to both locations, and although both carry the french toast, the location just south of Dundas has better french toast, and more of it...lol. The location North of Dupont is a much smaller place, with not as much yummy goodness :)

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                                      magic May 9, 2013 08:11 PM

                                      Thank you so much.

                                      Hope to go soon! :)

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                                        kwass May 9, 2013 08:21 PM

                                        Can't wait to hear all about it!!

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                                          magic May 9, 2013 08:23 PM

                                          Oh for sure, will do kwass :)

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                                            kwass May 9, 2013 08:27 PM

                                            :)

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                            julesrules Feb 27, 2013 11:01 AM

                            I don't but you have revived memories of some donut fundraiser, I think we would buy 6 packs through school of glazed donut...s mid 80s time frame... anyone?

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                              magic Feb 27, 2013 11:13 AM

                              Donut fundraisers! Yes!

                              Pure grade school. 1986-89 for sure.

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                                julesrules Feb 27, 2013 11:19 AM

                                I don't remember the donuts being all that good, or fresh?

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                                  kwass Feb 27, 2013 11:26 AM

                                  Julesrules, are you referring to Venezia or Primrose?

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                                    julesrules Feb 27, 2013 11:58 AM

                                    I don't know the brand - whatever they were selling at the donut fundraisers. And maybe they were good simple yeast donuts, I was more into cake donuts at the time so I may not have appreciated them.

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                                      magic Feb 27, 2013 12:48 PM

                                      The fundraisers were mainly Margaret's as I seem to recall.

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                                    magic Feb 27, 2013 12:48 PM

                                    I agree with Brain of J in that Margaret's is more of a nostalgia thing. They actually weren't bad for a processed product. Great? No.

                                    Primrose on the other hand made wonderful cake donuts. Even for it being a mass produced product. I'd definitely take them over what is being pushed these days.

                                    But perhaps that is just me.

                                    I think I'm talking more about the spirit of those donuts. Keeping them simple and grounded and cheap. That is missing these days.

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                                    prima Feb 27, 2013 11:37 AM

                                    I remember some donut fundraisers circa 1988, but our school sold jumbo sugar twists, roughly the size of 3 regular donuts, rather than 6 packs of regular donuts.

                              2. mnajji Feb 26, 2013 07:08 AM

                                Have now had Glory Hole - I think the "Beer" flavour, along with some raspberry eclairs - and Rachelle - coconut flavour served at Emma's Country Kitchen - doughnuts, as well as some other bakeries that I am probably forgetting about.

                                Hands down, my favourite is still the basic custard doughnut Nakamura bakery in J-Town up in Markham.

                                The actual dough is not as bland as at Glory Hole and the filling is light, fluffy and without the sugar-or-chemical-induced burn.

                                http://www.jtown.ca/English/nakamura/e.html

                                Also, I understand the Chanukkah-only doughnuts that Haymishe Bagel Shop on Bathurst are worth getting there at 8 am to get your hands on, according to a friend's mom who is quite gifted in the baking arts.

                                http://www.yelp.ca/biz/haymishe-bagel...

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                                  julesrules Feb 26, 2013 07:58 AM

                                  I actually quite enjoyed a channunkkah donut I got at What a Bagel last year, nice jelly donut fix. This time of year we can look forward to Zeppoles! I tried Longo's last year due to convenience, not bad, but the cream filling was slightly artificial (not horrible but not 100% cream...). Going to try Alimento this year.

                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/694794

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                                    barneyvernon Feb 26, 2013 09:22 AM

                                    The zeppoles at Rustic Bakery are far, far better than Longo's. Also, the was a serious fire at Haymische Bakery last month. Did they re-open?

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                                      magic Feb 26, 2013 10:23 AM

                                      Oh I'm fairly positive it's still very much closed.

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                                    kwass Feb 26, 2013 10:24 AM

                                    Mnajji, what did you think about Emma's Doughnuts? I've only recently discovered them, and I think that they're fantastic. A little dense/heavy, but really great!!

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                                      mnajji Feb 26, 2013 11:25 AM

                                      Haha, even before fully reading your sentence I started thinking, "Well, they were a LOT denser and a LOT more generously portioned..." but you beat me to it!

                                      Yes, so very dense, much bigger and with much simpler toppings - coconut shavings in my case (was the last they had, otherwise would have gone for some icing/custard).

                                      Given all that, at $3 a pop they are much better value than Glory Hole (I don't know why I keep ripping on them, I'm sorry).

                                      But still not as good as $2 for the Nakamura ones :-)

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                                        kwass Feb 26, 2013 11:32 AM

                                        Haven't tried the doughnuts from Nakamura, but I love Emma's. I'm not a coconut fan, so I haven't tried those, but the maple bacon and the cinnamon sugar are unbelievable. The thing I like about the maple bacon is that she doesn't skimp on the bacon, it's quite plentiful, and in addition to that, the bacon is thick. You can tell that it's fresh-cut, not packaged.

                                        As for Haymishe, if they do re-open in the near future, and I'm hoping that they will, you really do have to try the Chanukkah doughnuts. They're really wonderful!

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                                          mnajji Feb 26, 2013 11:48 AM

                                          Damn, those sound good. Yeah, coconut is not my thing either, but what could I do.

                                          Yeah, I wish Haymishe all the best and I hope they come out of this fire thing okay! Never got their donuts but used to go their for their bagels and other baked goods (it's very far from my house so I stopped) and the owner or the owner's wife was really charismatic and friendly. She gave me a free loaf once! They really know how to invest in repeat busienss.

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                                            kwass Feb 26, 2013 11:54 AM

                                            They were great to their customers!

                                  3. bobon Feb 25, 2013 09:21 AM

                                    Glory Hole Doughnuts in Parkdale is fantastic-- try the Banana Creme Pie one

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                                      kwass Feb 25, 2013 10:39 AM

                                      Where have you been? We've only been talking about Glory Hole for the last year. And they actually just discontinued the banana cream pie.

                                    2. TorontoJo Feb 23, 2013 05:23 PM

                                      If anyone is crossing the border into New York in the near future, I can highly recommend the chocolate glazed custard doughnut at Di Camillo bakery. It was my perfect custard doughnut. Lots of real, creamy custard (no odd fake/chemical flavour) in a yeast doughnut that had a crisp shell and tender interior. Just enough real chocolate glaze for sweetness. $1.10 with tax. I'd take one of these over a dozen of the "gourmet" doughnuts that Toronto seems to be riddled with right now.

                                      A few locations in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Lewiston. Several other flavours, but I can't imagine wanting anything else, personally. :) I went to the Lewiston location.

                                      http://www.dicamillobakery.com/info.html

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                                        morgasm Feb 20, 2013 08:30 PM

                                        After almost 6 years it appears things have turned around on the doughnut and pizza front. My dreams have come true. Toronto has grown up a lot. Although i'm not crazy about the current doughnut places that have become popular, at least people are trying. I wish the focus was more on the perfect yeasted dough rather than gimmicky toppings but I can't complain too much. Good to see my thread still alive and kicking.

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                                          afong56 Feb 21, 2013 08:10 AM

                                          eating at the feasting room last year was a good sign that toronto's dining scene is starting to come of age. . .we already were world class in so many areas of cuisine, but a lot of the gaps are finally beginning to be filled.

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                                            pakmode Feb 22, 2013 02:34 PM

                                            It's true, haha I read my first post back from 2008.

                                            At the same time, maybe it's nostalgia, but I still remember good, fresh made doughnuts being more plentiful in the 80s/90s then I do now. Sure there are boutique places in the city that have opened up charging $3/per....but back then you could get good donuts anywhere. Even at Tim Horton's which made them in-house.

                                            Doughnuts are a big part of our Ontarion coffee culture, and good ones should be more ubiqituous then a few boutique batchmade places.

                                            For the record, my top 3 in SW-Ontario are still:
                                            1. San Remo for the apple fritter.
                                            2. Global Donuts and Deli in Sarnia.
                                            3. Zehr's.

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                                              kwass Feb 22, 2013 02:46 PM

                                              +1 San Remo's and Zehr's.

                                              We've had this discussion before, but it's funny...you can't beat a good Zehr's doughnut.

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                                                ylsf Feb 22, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                Darn, why didn't I know about this place in Sarnia before my last two road trips to Detroit :) Will have to remember this for the next time I am through.

                                                Re: Jelly Modern, I am glad that the details are now "official" .. The lady had mentioned they signed the lease and it was an old pizza place so I figured out where it was... but, I decided to let them announce it :)

                                                I really hope they pull it off and execute it well. I see a huge opportunity for them if they do it right.

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                                                  kwass Feb 23, 2013 04:56 AM

                                                  I see a huge opportunity for them as well! So let's keep our fingers crossed!!

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                                                  Ediblethoughts Feb 24, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                  How can there be Zehr's everywhere in Ontario but not in Toronto? I don't think I'll be able to try these any time soon...

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                                                    pakmode Feb 25, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                    Ediblethoughts - I've found the ones at Loblaws- Maple Leaf Gardens to be just as good. The apple fritter and chocolate ones are pretty much the same as Zehr's.

                                                    ylsf - If you can get to a Global doughnuts right after they've made a batch, it's unbelievable. They make their donuts twice a day. So don't be afraid to ask for the freshest.
                                                    Tim Horton's has killed off most of the competition in SW-Ontario, but this is one of the last survivors. Make sure you go to 1603 London Line location, right beside the Sarnia Mosque.
                                                    Also, if you ever swing by Chatham, there is a place I went to once called Maple City Bakery that was pretty good as well.

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                                                ylsf Feb 18, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                Reminder. Jelly Modern Doughnut demo/sample is happening today at CB2 . Queen and Spadina. From 2 to 5 but obviously will be first come first served/while quantities last type of thing. :)

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                                                  justsayn Feb 18, 2013 09:18 AM

                                                  Thanks as always for the alert!

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                                                    kwass Feb 18, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                    It doesn't look like I'm going to be able to make it :( So, you're going to have to give us all of the yummy details tonight.

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                                                      ylsf Feb 20, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                      I know I am late with the report, but, not too much too say this time around.. I was hoping some of you would have made it down to hear your opinions. Anyway, the donut they did this time around was a bit different. Was "topped" with a filling instead of filled with one (They don't really do too many filled donuts from what I understand).

                                                      Picture here: (crappy cell phone pic)...
                                                      https://www.dropbox.com/s/1tlij3nb463...
                                                      These are their smaller size doughnuts... They sell these in their store as well. It is a good way to be able to try a few different types without having to eat like 3 or 4 big doughnuts . :) I enjoyed the donut still different than what I am used to with the "icing" type filling on top.

                                                      I don't know if they want me sharing this, but, they mentioned that they are planning to open on College, in the 300 range block. Sounds like they are aiming for the spring, hopefully they don't run into too much red tape.

                                                      She mentioned that on Valentine's day in Calgary they made like 5000 donuts! The head baker was there again and he was assembling/decorating donuts at crazy speeds. Impressive.

                                                      This place might not be the "holy grail" that doughnut lovers are waiting for (I haven't been to the big USA spots so don't know how it compares) but definitely think it will be a good addition to the Toronto doughnut scene

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                                                        kwass Feb 20, 2013 09:09 PM

                                                        I tried to make it down but couldn't. I've been talking to them on twitter though and was told that they are in fact planning to open in the Spring. I can't wait!!

                                                        If they're opening in the 300's, that would be College and what?

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                                                          justsayn Feb 20, 2013 10:50 PM

                                                          That would be west of Spadina near the computer stores. Top of Kensington Market.

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                                                            kwass Feb 21, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                            oooh...great location!! :) :)

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                                                              pakmode Feb 22, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                              That's a good location. I wish them well.

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                                                          Ediblethoughts Feb 21, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                          That icing looks very gooey and tasty (like Cinnabon's except maybe not so hydrogenated/made-for-masses?)?

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                                                        thecupcakegal Feb 21, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                        http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/fo...

                                                        Looks like its an official go! Can't wait to try when they open!

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                                                          kwass Feb 21, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                          Wow!! Thank you for that cupcakegal. So exciting!!

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                                                        ylsf Feb 12, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                        So the Jelly Modern Donuts event will be at CB2 at Queen/Bathurst on Monday (Feb 18th). Not sure what time though, if I find out more details I will post. Monday is Family Day so I imagine it will be during the day.

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                                                          kwass Feb 12, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                          Yes. Please let us know if you find out anything. I'd love to go to that!

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                                                            justsayn Feb 12, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                            Thanks!

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                                                              ylsf Feb 12, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                              K, it is from 2pm to 5pm officially but I would recommend getting there for the first part of it, and secondly to double check their twitter the day of. Last time they flew in from Calgary the day of and their flight was delayed which pushed back the demo time. The chef and the one owner that was here last time were very friendly. Definitely make your suggestions to them on location, what you think the TO market needs,etc.
                                                              Probably a similar format to last night, not a real "formal" demo last time. Oh, and keep an eye out on their twitter in case they do another contest this time around.

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                                                                kwass Feb 12, 2013 07:53 PM

                                                                Darn...I was hoping it would be earlier in the day, but I'm going to try and make it. And thanks for your suggestions. I'm going to definitely follow them on twitter.

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                                                                  kwass Feb 12, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                  Just went on their website. Do those doughnuts ever look yummy!!

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                                                                    justsayn Feb 13, 2013 08:58 PM

                                                                    Kwass, have you made it to The Saint for brunch yet? I went back for brunch after having such a great dinner. I was so happy to hear how greatly the brunch music improved because the food and coffee were all delicious!

                                                                    The cinnamon sugar donut hole starter came with an espresso chocolate sauce. The donuts are a totally different texture than typical. Hard to describe as they seemed to be some type of batter that was kind of elasticy under the crisp shell. The centre was almost like a pliable dim sum item I once ate. Can't put my finger on it. Anyway, they hit the spot and the sauce was really great!

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                                                                      kwass Feb 13, 2013 09:04 PM

                                                                      Haven't been yet, but it's #1 on my list!! Now that they open @ 10 (I'm an early bird), it will be easier for me to make it for Brunch.

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                                                                  TorontoTuna Feb 12, 2013 08:59 PM

                                                                  I've been in contact with one of the owners and they took up my suggestion to try their hand at Spudnuts. If they do it right, the rest of the Toronto donut purveyors are in trouble.

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                                                                    kwass Feb 13, 2013 04:47 AM

                                                                    I've never had spudnuts. But, if I'm correct, they're doughnuts made from potatoes, right? Why are they so good?

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                                                                      TorontoTuna Feb 14, 2013 02:35 AM

                                                                      If a Martian landed in your front yard and you offered him a Martini, how would you reply when he asked you what it tasted like? Once you bite into a Spudnut, you'll get it.

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                                                                        kwass Feb 14, 2013 05:21 AM

                                                                        Noted. Can you @ least describe the texture? Is it moist, light, dense? Is it closer to a cake doughnut or a yeast doughnut? There must be some way that you can describe them.

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                                                                          TorontoTuna Feb 14, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                          More like a yeast donut, not much heavier. Think sweet and savoury. The aroma of a hot Spudnut is beyond belief. There's some good recipes on the net, but with mashed spuds, not the potato starch ones.

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                                                                            kwass Feb 14, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                            Sounds so yummy! Thanks TT! Hope they'll be making them, because I can't wait to try them!

                                                                            I've heard that they'll be opening up in April. Any idea where?

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                                                                    Ediblethoughts Jul 4, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                    I tried JMD and also the one with custard at Sud Forno (a pity donuts don't last longer than a day... lots of donuts that won't be good tomorrow..).

                                                                    I really enjoyed JMD. I tried the powder fruit filled and it was fresh and light and sweet and lovely. The carrot was also good (and I don't usually like cream cheese icing); the chocolate and vanilla coated were both very good (edge to the vanilla) and I also tried the lemon curd. Really, no bad points in these donuts for me. After their lightness, I found (yes, I managed to try some of it also) the SF wasn't as impressive. Kind of dry. Still, I was drowning in donut flavours so hard to really give an impartial taste. I noticed JMD delivers... food for thought!

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                                                                      kwass Jul 4, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                      Ediblethoughts, I was planning on going to Sud Forno on Sunday. Are you saying that the doughnuts aren't worth a visit?

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                                                                        flonie Jul 4, 2013 08:43 PM

                                                                        Kwass

                                                                        I hope to go to SF tomorrow, I'll let you know how it goes.

                                                                        I think it just comes down to personal preferences. Some people really love JM but personally I found it to be a glorified tim horton honey glazed. Nothing fancy about them at all.

                                                                        I tried the red velvet and it didn't even have any red velvet flavor, if I closed my eyes it could have been the old fashion plain at tim hortons!

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                                                                          kwass Jul 4, 2013 08:48 PM

                                                                          Thanks flonie. I've been staying away from JMD, but I'd love to hear about your experience @ SF.

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                                                                            ylsf Jul 5, 2013 06:49 AM

                                                                            Why resist JMD.... You know it is calling your name with every other doughnut in the city... You owe it to yourself to try each and every doughnut :) I think I will get to SF this weekend as well...

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                                                                              kwass Jul 5, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                              I know!! It's killing me not to go :) Their hours are just soooo inconvenient for me. But you know what? I'm going to call them and see if I can place a special order either for Monday or a little earlier on Sunday. I'll let you know if it works out :)

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                                                                                kwass Jul 5, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                                                Ok. I relented. I called JMD and they do special orders, which means I can pick up my doughnuts before they open on Sunday. They'll have them ready for me @ 10...yay!! I'll report back on Sunday afternoon to let everyone know how they were :)

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                                                                                  ylsf Jul 6, 2013 10:57 PM

                                                                                  I ended up going to Sud Forno today. Grabbed an espresso and one of the cream filled donuts. Really nice space. Enjoyed the donut, it is a more old word style donut. Will definetly be back to try some of the other food options. Oh, and I was there around 5pm. 3 creme filled and 5 or 6 plain ones

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                                                                                    kwass Jul 7, 2013 02:42 AM

                                                                                    What do you mean when you say "old world style donut"?

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                                                                                      ylsf Jul 7, 2013 07:15 AM

                                                                                      Well the friend I was with mentioned "these are the kind of dougnuts my grandma makes"...

                                                                                      They aren't fancy with different coatings/toppings/etc. They are like a true "classic" doughnuts in the older sense (i.e. not classic like Dunkin Doughnuts/Tim Hortons) :)

                                                                                      http://gracessweetlife.com/2011/08/bo...

                                                                                      Bomboloni is the one style (This isn't theirs obviously but gives you an idea what to expect). The other doughnut there is also just a traditional ring doughnut with a bit of sugar coating (larger than the traditional doughnut at Paulettes for example).

                                                                                      I keep interchanging between doughnuts and donuts... I want to preserve the Canadian spelling but sometimes I get lazy :)

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                                                                                        justsayn Jul 7, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                                        I think their bomboloni is top notch while I find the ring donut to have way too much gritty sugar smothering it.

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                                                                                          kwass Jul 7, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                                          Thank you as well justsayn. I'm really looking forward to trying them. But right now I have my work cut out for me getting through a box of doughnuts from Jelly Modern. I'll report back this evening :)

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                                                                                          kwass Jul 7, 2013 07:54 AM

                                                                                          Thanks for explaining ylsf!! I'm going to go next week and give them a try.

                                                                                          Also, I'm like you. I try really hard to preserve the Canadian spelling, but sometimes it just feels arduous :)

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                                                                                Ediblethoughts Jul 5, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                                                I agree about preferences being key. I can see the general comparison of TH's but I think JMD is much better. Just the freshness alone makes it different. Based on other posts, I think we have different tastes in donuts so you may not like these. (I'd love to try more of their cake donuts--like chocolate on chocolate--but they only have one type each day---though possibly more if one pre-orders...)

                                                                                As for the SF, I tried it last so my mouth wasn't as receptive. Might be good if it was the only one you had.

                                                                                I tried a bit of each donut again today and I still liked them (even though I broke the cardinal donut rule and refrigerated them..)

                                                                                I'll be interested to hear what you think. One thing I wish I'd known about: they have a small size and large... small size allows more trying.

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                                                                                  kwass Jul 6, 2013 04:56 AM

                                                                                  I'm going on Sunday Ediblethoughts, so I'll let you know. I pre-ordered a few of the 3 bites, as well as a couple of cake doughnuts, because I wanted to be able to try as many as possible. So I'll have lots to report back.

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                                                                                    Ediblethoughts Jul 6, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                    That's what I've go to do--pre-order to try more cake ones. I'm also interested in the chocolate banana chip... I might have it delivered in the middle of a low-dessert option week..

                                                                                    Definitely share your take on the ones you get!

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                                                                                      kwass Jul 6, 2013 08:02 PM

                                                                                      Ediblethoughts, just so you know, the cake doughnuts don't come in the 3-bite size. Only the yeast donuts do.

                                                                                      Talk to you tomorrow :)

                                                                          2. Ediblethoughts Feb 3, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                            Probably not the best donut in Toronto but the chocolate dip at Summerhill Market is quite pleasant.

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                                                                              teegee1 Feb 11, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                              Making a good donut should not be rocket science. Some of these 'gourmet' bakeries are making it like it is. Differently flavoured doughs, baked or fried and then decorated. Voila. Should even the most extravagant cost more than $1.50, NO, but if someone is willing to pay $3 for a doughnut....shame on them. Too bad the major supermarkets are no longer making them on-site. Too much trouble and too much mess. That's why they outsource them, like Tims pretty much does does. I wish I could still find the Primrose donuts that used to be sold in some supermarkets. These were the donuts that Ma and Pa restaurants sold in the 60's and 70's before donut shops lined every corner.

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                                                                                Ediblethoughts Feb 11, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                I keep remembering how in the 80s, there were donuts everywhere and I wasn't even a little interested. It's not until the fresh ones were so hard to find that I got interested. And now, it's just waaay too much of a challenge to find them. Tim Horton's are awful but I wonder if some of the other donut/coffee shows might be better...

                                                                            2. kwass Feb 3, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                              Just had a maple bacon doughnut from Emma's Country Kitchen and I have to say that it was fantastic. One of the best doughnuts I've ever had. It wasn't a light doughnut. It was a bit dense, and it wasn't too sweet, although it could have been because of the glaze, and finally the bacon was to die for. Perfect combination of flavours. Puts Rachelle's Maple Bacon doughnuts to shame. You guys have to try them. I also tried the beignets, which were also awesome. Hot out of the fryer and they melted in my mouth. They had a caramel filling, which I wasn't crazy about, so next time I would order them without the filling. This place is a must try for doughnut lovers!!!!!

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                                                                                kwass Feb 3, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                I also got a cinnamon sugar doughnut from Emma's, which I just tried now, and OMG, it was unbelievable! I'm telling you, Emma's makes some of the best doughnuts in this city!!

                                                                                I'm actually going to start a new thread, since this one is way too long! So, I'll see you all in the new thread :)

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                                                                                ylsf Jan 27, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                                Sorry for the super last minute notice but today at around 3 15pm (was suppose to be 2pm but plane is late) Jelly Modern Doughnuts from Calgary will be doing a decorating demo at Williams Sonoma in the Eaton Centre . They tweeted that they will have plenty of doughnuts, I don't know if that translates into "free" doughnuts but I will be there regardless :)

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                                                                                  magic Jan 27, 2013 10:01 AM

                                                                                  Please report back! Cool that they are here. I plan on going when next in Calgary.

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                                                                                    kwass Jan 27, 2013 10:03 AM

                                                                                    Darn it! I wish I had known earlier :(

                                                                                    Are they planning on opening a shop here? Is that why they're coming?

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                                                                                      ylsf Jan 27, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                      Yeah, they are scouting out locations. They plan to open one in 2013. They sound like they are very open to suggestions. I had a chance to talk to one of the owners and to the head baker. I have to say the samples were pretty tasty (and plentiful.. but I had just one). I got a chance to try some of their other varieties that they flew in from Calgary too and they were quiet good with some interesting flavour combination (the orange one in particular had very "fresh" flavours). They will be back for another event at CB2 in February (he furniture/lifestyle store on Queen). I think it is Feb 18th if I remember correctly. They said it will be a similar type of demo. I will post up here when I find out more details.

                                                                                      Oh, and the head baker said about 80% of their doughnuts are yeast and 20% cake style. The ones they had were not a typical "ring" style. They were more of a "disc" style.

                                                                                      Based on my discussion with the owner/chef this place seems to have figured out how to better keep supplies more consistent. I follow another donut place on twitter (GH) and she is always running out and I don't understand why they just don't plan to make batches all day long and keep the supply there (doesn't seem like they are starting the 2nd/3rd batches at the right time, etc).

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                                                                                        kwass Jan 27, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                                        Wow! Sounds awesome! It'll be nice to have another quality donut shop in Toronto.

                                                                                        I also follow GH on twitter, and I too can't understand how she's always running out. It's not a very good way to do business.

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                                                                                          TorontoTuna Feb 3, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                                          "Hello. I am one of the owners of Jelly. Thank you so much for this wonderful idea. I will pass this on to our chef and we will really try to do this." 'This' being putting Spudnuts on the menu. As per her recent email, they plan to open here in April. If none of you have ever tasted a Spudnut...get ready for a lifechanger.

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                                                                                            prima Feb 26, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                            I tried a couple different Jelly Modern donuts in Calgary last summer. The shop is cute. I thought the donuts were ok at best. Some similar flavours to the trendy donuts we've already got (maple bacon, etc), some innovative flavours. The actual donut itself, underneath the glaze/frosting, was very ordinary. I've had tastier national chain donuts.

                                                                                            I preferred the much cheaper old school donuts I bought at Red Deer's Gasoline Alley's Donut Mill.

                                                                                            While I appreciate a fresh, well-made, indie, innovative donut, I generally prefer fresh, old school Mom & Pop donut shop-style donuts to a high concept donut.

                                                                                            Sometimes I get the feeling some of the innovative donut shops haven't mastered the art of the basic donut before they jump into the innovative frostings and fillings, and start selling their product.

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                                                                                              kwass Feb 26, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                                              You know who sells mom and pop style doughnuts? Venezia's on Ossington. I just had a chocolate sprinkle doughnut, which was so simple, but sooo good!!

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                                                                                                prima Feb 26, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                                I've tried quite a few of the Portuguese sweets at Venezia, but hadn't tried any donuts. Thanks for the heads up. :-)

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                                                                                                  kwass Feb 26, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                  Get there early though to ensure that they're fresh.

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                                                                                        ylsf Jan 14, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                        Unfortunately they aren't available anymore but I am keeping this in mind for next year's Hanukkah. Just was reading some old articles I had clipped in the Star and came across this one that I thought people would be interested in:

                                                                                        http://www.thestar.com/living/food/ar...

                                                                                        1. kwass Jan 13, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                                                          Did you hear that Le Gourmand is selling made-to-order beignets now? But only on the weekends. Unfortunately, I'm never there on the weekend, only during the week. Looks like I might have to make a special trip.

                                                                                          1. Chester Eleganté Jan 4, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                                                            justpete, I brought this thread back just for you. If you're a fan of crullers, the best doughnut in town is the Portuguese cinnamon cruller (well, my description of it anyway) at Seara Bakery on Keele. It is the cruller refined, with the insides soft and egg-y and pull-y and none of the gumminess, the outside has just the right amount of soft crunch, and a proper balance of cinnamon sugar all over.

                                                                                            Also, the Elmvale Bakery chocolate glazed cream filled is done well, but it's their eclair that really shines.

                                                                                             
                                                                                             
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                                                                                              kwass Jan 4, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                                                              OMG! Sounds delicious! They just opened a Seara Bakery in Vaughan. Do all of the locations carry the same products?

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                                                                                                Chester Eleganté Jan 4, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                                Ya, they should all carry the same products. It's prolly their version of the malasada, but I'll check next time I go in. Also try the rissois that Magic's always going on about. He loves the chicken and I'm partial to the salt cod especially.

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                                                                                                  kwass Jan 4, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                                  Thanks Chester!

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                                                                                                    kwass Jan 4, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                    Chester, tell me more about the rissois. I've never heard of rissois before, so I looked it up and it says that they're always filled with shrimp. But obviously, that's not the case. In addition to the chicken and salt cod, what else comprises the filling?

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                                                                                                      Chester Eleganté Jan 4, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                                                      Well shrimp is prolly the most popular but there can be other fillings. Seara also makes beef ones along with the shrimp. They composition varies, some are more flour like and some are more like potatoes and eggs. But they're all good. The ones at the Portuguese place in St Lawrence are popular as well.

                                                                                                      Here's a thread where he speaks of them, more towards the bottom: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/711555

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                                                                                                      magic Jan 4, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                                      I mentioned that like 2 years ago on another thread!!

                                                                                                      Jeez you have a good memory.

                                                                                                      Seara Bakery rules.

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                                                                                                        kwass Jan 4, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                                                        I'm going to try the cruellers and the malasadas this weekend. So, I will report back! And thank you Elegante for explaining what rissois are.

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                                                                                                          Chester Eleganté Jan 4, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                                          I tried them on your rec, that's why. Recalled you mentioning them several times. kwass, the crullers and malasadas should be the same thing. Try going earlier for fresher products.

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                                                                                                            magic Jan 4, 2013 03:34 PM

                                                                                                            I did. Glad you liked, even if it was a different variety. As long as you found joy.

                                                                                                            I still love the chicken and beef ones.

                                                                                                            Great baked goods.

                                                                                                            (and yes, that Portuguese place in SLM does make great chicken rissois)

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                                                                                                              Chester Eleganté Jan 4, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                              Oh, they were all good, but my chicken one was on the dry side. White meat and all that, y'know?

                                                                                                              kwass - there are many variations on the malasada, so it looks like this is theirs. It's still a doughnut ball of sorts sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

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                                                                                                                magic Jan 4, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                Oh that's too bad, I never found them dry. Quite the opposite actually.

                                                                                                                Some hot sauce might solve that issue. Grace hot sauce and rissois. Now there's a match made in heaven.

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                                                                                                                  kwass Jan 4, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                  Ok. Good to know. Thanks Chester

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                                                                                                                kwass Jan 4, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                Will do!! Are you sure they're the same thing though? Because your description of the crueller sounds different than the description of a malasadas, which is described as a deep fried yeast dough ball sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar (I looked it up).

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                                                                                                          kwass Jan 21, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                                                          Well, I tried the crullers today, as well as the malasadas. The crullers were exactly as you described them...eggy on the inside and crispy on the outside...quite yummy. I also tried the malasada, which was delish as well...not your typical doughnut, but very good all the same!!

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                                                                                                            Chester Eleganté Jan 30, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                                                            Ok you're right, the larger denser flat yeast one is the malasada, and the 'cruller' that they call small malasadas are sonhos, aka dreams in Portuguese. You can find both mentioned here in this compendium:
                                                                                                            http://sweets.seriouseats.com/2012/02...

                                                                                                            This time when I tried the sonhos, they were too wet/eggy in comparison. Still good though. Did you try any rissois?

                                                                                                            Epi's raised jelly has improved for me, a deeper golden on the outside, just right inside, and less jam so it no longer overwhelms it.

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                                                                                                              Chester Eleganté Jan 30, 2013 02:40 PM

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                                                                                                                kwass Jan 30, 2013 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                I love Epi's donuts. But I prefer the plain donuts to the filled donuts.

                                                                                                                And no, I didn't try the rissois, but they are definitely on my list. In your opinion Chester, do you find the malasadas to be more like a cinnamon sugar danish than a donut?

                                                                                                                BTW, great picture of the sonhos!

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                                                                                                                  Chester Eleganté Jan 31, 2013 10:35 PM

                                                                                                                  Ya I rather it have less jam so I could just get the plain.

                                                                                                                  Right, the way they are shaped and textured is less like a doughnut, maybe a danish as you suggest. So it was a bit odd at first, but it grew on me. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                    Ediblethoughts Feb 3, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                    Exactly. Overwhelmingly too much raspberry filling. Otherwise very tasty. I like rapberry donuts too so I always buy them and always think... should use half of this on toast..

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                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 3, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                      Funny!

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                                                                                                              Ediblethoughts Jan 30, 2013 06:52 PM

                                                                                                              So silly question: Elmvale Bakery is in... Elmvale, right? (I've never actually heard of Elmvale before I just googled that bakery...)

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                                                                                                                Chester Eleganté Feb 20, 2013 10:36 PM

                                                                                                                Yaa...it's real far.

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                                                                                                                  julesrules Feb 21, 2013 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                  And you want to get there early to get the donuts :) However, it could be part of a road trip to Mad Michael's BBQ towards Midland!
                                                                                                                  I am official over Rachel's donuts as sold at Sam James PATH, sadly. I've gone back and forth a bit on this, but the second cruller I got tasted too much of the fryer and was also slighly cold, making me suspicious it wasn't fresh but perhaps frozen. And today I got another chocolate donut. It was taller than I remember, but also had a very chewy texture, making me wonder if she is still experimenting with her recipes. But I find the product inconsistent and in the end not worth the $3.

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                                                                                                                    kwass Feb 21, 2013 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                    I've been over Rachel's for a while now. Welcome to the club :)

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                                                                                                              ylsf Dec 17, 2012 08:37 AM

                                                                                                              New place has opened on the Danforth...

                                                                                                              http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/pla...

                                                                                                              Doesn't look that great to me (as commenters have mentioned)... If anyone tries it (maybe a more plain one would be decent?) please report back.

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                                                                                                                magic Dec 17, 2012 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                Yugh. These don't look that nice.

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                                                                                                                  justsayn Dec 17, 2012 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                  Could be a record...

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                                                                                                                    kwass Dec 17, 2012 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                    I agree with Magic. They don't look very appealing!

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                                                                                                                      magic Dec 17, 2012 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                      A wrapped Kinder surprise on a donut? Is this suppose to make it taste good??! Or simply be a precictable gimmicK? A gimmick that doesn't even make sense.

                                                                                                                      And yes, sign me up for GD pretzels on a donut.

                                                                                                                      Friggin gross.

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                                                                                                                        kwass Dec 17, 2012 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                        We're completely on the same page Magic!!

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                                                                                                                          magic Dec 17, 2012 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                          Yay!! : )

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                                                                                                                            kwass Dec 17, 2012 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                            ;)

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                                                                                                                            Crispier Crouton Dec 17, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                            I don't think any other page exists in this case.

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                                                                                                                              ylsf Dec 17, 2012 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                              What was funny was the comment on BlogTO that this place could be a "front"...

                                                                                                                              What gets me is two whole strips of bacon (that don't look like they are candied at all) on that one donut!

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                                                                                                                                Yongeman Dec 17, 2012 10:01 PM

                                                                                                                                Haha...me too, ylsf. I wanted to plop a sunny-side-up egg on it.

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                                                                                                                                  pakmode Dec 18, 2012 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                  The comments on BlogTO made me laugh as well. Too funny..

                                                                                                                                  I have been by this Planet Donut location a few times, as it's directly across from Madina Mosque (and a few doors down from Makkah Restaurant). I honestly thought it was another in a litany of restaurant attempts by the local Gujrati/Indian/Bengali/Pakistani population. So I never gave credence to it.

                                                                                                                                  That location is cursed. It has been every type of restaurant under the sun the past few years. Chester Fried Chicken, Shawarma, Samosa/Fried Food place, Indian takeout, Cheap Pizza shop. You name it - it's been it.
                                                                                                                                  Guess we can now add Doughnut Shop to that list.
                                                                                                                                  Anyways, I will try it out and not cast judgement until then.
                                                                                                                                  But it does look kind of ghetto and this 'gourmet' doughnut shop is a few blocks east of where it would be justified charging these prices.

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                                                                                                                        magic Apr 13, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                        Drove by Planet Donut today.

                                                                                                                        Seemed all closed up.

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                                                                                                                          julesrules Apr 14, 2013 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                          Yes I live in the area and it hasn't seemed open recently. But I'm not exactly knocking down the door.

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                                                                                                                            magic Apr 14, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                            Yeah, nor would I.

                                                                                                                      3. kwass Nov 8, 2012 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                        Haven't tried them yet, but apparently Emma's Country Kitchen is now serving doughnuts on the weekend. Also, apparently le Gourmand is going to start serving doughnuts.

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                                                                                                                          ylsf Nov 8, 2012 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                          Vanilla Cruellers on special today at Glory Hole (November 8th) - http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid... Looks interesting for $2

                                                                                                                          Between last night and today I had 3 mini donuts from Paulettes. They were at What On the Table last night. I really want to like their donuts but I found them all overly sweet. They had a blueberry balsamic, candy apple and banana coconut I think...

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                                                                                                                            kwass Nov 8, 2012 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                            My favourite @ Paulette's are the "original" which are just plain simple cake doughnuts...absolutely delish, and the Pumpkin doughnut, which is out of this world. Unfortunately, however, it's seasonal.

                                                                                                                            ylsf, maybe you should give the "original" a try, if you find the other doughnuts too sweet.

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                                                                                                                              ylsf Nov 8, 2012 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                              Will keep that in mind for next time. Usually when they do these events it seems like they bring out the super sweet flavours. I had one of their donut holes at the last The Stop event (who am I kidding, I had a few) before they opened up their location and I did enjoy those much better (just spiced holes, no glaze).

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                                                                                                                                kwass Nov 8, 2012 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                The holes sound like their "original" flavour. It has a nice spiced flavour, and not sweet at all. If you like simple, IMO it's one of the best doughnuts out there.

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                                                                                                                            ylsf Nov 5, 2012 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                            Had a chocolate glazed donut from Hey Bakery on Roncy (I wont' spell it out because I don't know how to :) ) ... It was very DENSE, not light/airy at all. Not my preferred style. Was $3.50 total.

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                                                                                                                              ylsf Oct 15, 2012 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                              Tonight is "battle doughnut" at 86d (The Drake Monday nights):

                                                                                                                              http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/happening...

                                                                                                                              The battle for the crispy creamy crown begins tonight. Watch the doughboys from Glory Hole Doughnuts, Dough by Rachelle, the Sweet Escape + Paulette's + more battle for the best of this all-American treat - the Ultimate Donut.

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                                                                                                                                kwass Oct 15, 2012 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                Who do you think will win? My vote goes to Paulette.

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                                                                                                                                  jlunar Oct 15, 2012 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                  .... dammit. I'm sick and not downtown!! I would have gone to this...

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                                                                                                                                    pakmode Oct 15, 2012 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                    This seems pretty cool. Anybody going?

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                                                                                                                                      ylsf Oct 15, 2012 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                                      I didn't go but curious to hear about how it went if anyone did go. The only 86D challenge I went to was the prosciutto one. Bought food/drink at the drake but got to sample all of the prosciutto for free. Based on twitter it looks like full size donuts so not sure how it is all working out tonight.

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                                                                                                                                        jlunar Oct 15, 2012 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                        Oof. Whole donuts!? I mean, I sort of understand, but how to eat it all...!?

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                                                                                                                                          ylsf Oct 15, 2012 09:05 PM

                                                                                                                                          Good call kwass : As posted on twitter, the winner --http://twitter.com/Paulettesorig/stat...

                                                                                                                                          Thought originally they were whole donuts based on Glory Holes post but looking at these ones I am not sure anymore, hard to tell the scale.

                                                                                                                                          Was Paulette's the only cake donuts?

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                                                                                                                                            kwass Oct 16, 2012 04:22 AM

                                                                                                                                            Wow! I'm not surprised. Paulette's rocks. For those of you who haven't tried her donuts yet, run, don't walk.

                                                                                                                                            And to answer your question, given who was in the competition, I think Paulette's were the only cake donuts.

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                                                                                                                                              julesrules Oct 16, 2012 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                              They didn't do much for me :)
                                                                                                                                              I got 6 flavours, all the encased in glaze types. My feeling is that with all the glaze the freshness & fryer goodness of the donut is moot. I will go back to try the sugar types and donut holes next time.
                                                                                                                                              Thought the flavours were just okay. Banana Coconut Cream Pie was my surprise favourite but they should drop "cream pie" from the name because that sets up a false expectation of creaminess. But the banana flavour was there, unlike the pumpkin pie which just tasted of spice. The peppermint patty just made me want a plain chocolate glaze - they could do a good job of that with the good quality chocolate they are using but the addition of mint oil was just meh for me. Another fave was the maple walnut 5-spice, but again, I think a plain maple glaze would be great.

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                                                                                                                                              Yongeman Oct 16, 2012 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                                              Interesting post on Glory Hole's FB this morning in response to a "Did you win?" question:
                                                                                                                                              'Glory Hole Doughnuts Naw.....we were all allowed to bring people to the event...Paulette's crew out numbered everyone elses crew...oh well'

                                                                                                                                              Not exactly an even playing field, I suppose...or sour grapes??

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                                                                                                                                                kwass Oct 16, 2012 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                Sounds like sour grapes to me

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                                                                                                                                                  ylsf Oct 16, 2012 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                  They all "tweeted" out that they were going to be there too... I can totally see fans showing up of each person. Regardless, not exactly like they could do a blind taste test as anyone who ate a Paulettes would know right away it was theirs.

                                                                                                                                                  I am more curious who won out between Rachelle's and Glory Hole. I forget in the past if they announced the runner's up.

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                                                                                                                                              pakmode Oct 16, 2012 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                              I couldn't make it out, but dammit I wish I did.

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                                                                                                                                            LemonLauren Oct 16, 2012 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                            I went to the 86d Doughnut Battle at the Drake.

                                                                                                                                            As an 86d regular it was kind of crazy because the Drake double-booked and had a corporate event in the Lounge space until 8:!5, at which time the bakers/86ders (foodie hipsters and blogger types) also descended in to the space.

                                                                                                                                            They finally brought out the plated doughnuts by 9pm I think?

                                                                                                                                            Paulette's - wild blueberry balsamic
                                                                                                                                            I don't like cake donuts but mercy, I loved these. The jam-blueberry part was so tart with the added balsamic but the cake sweetness evened it out. I'd go back for these even after being previously dissappointed with Paulette's

                                                                                                                                            Glory Hole - butter and toast
                                                                                                                                            Also pretty exciting - the whipped buter topping with the barely sweet crumbled toast was really nice and the yeast doughnut was fluffy and yummy. Not full-sized fyi.

                                                                                                                                            Dough - maple bacon
                                                                                                                                            These were like mini-eclairs. Predictable that Rachelle would make these, and they are yummy. I love tasting the real maple syrup in them, not too sweet. But also, nothing we haven't seen/tasted for a while now.

                                                                                                                                            Sweet Escapes - pumpkin pie eclairs
                                                                                                                                            These were great! The topping had a nice pumpkin spice flavour and the eclair part inside had a smooth pumpkin-y texture that I really liked. I have always thought Michelle makes some the city's most under-rated sweets but hey, she's a friend.

                                                                                                                                            Bestellen - bear claws with whisky icing
                                                                                                                                            These were the least consistent of the night (yes, I tried more than one). Some were not properly risen and others were burnt. They tasted like they had potential though!

                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                            ylsf Oct 14, 2012 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                            Made it to San Remo this afternoon. Unfortunately they were sold out of the apple fritters that people talk about so highly so I went for a lemon filled donut. It was pretty tasty! Definitely a good deal at 99 cents with tax. I also had a veal sandwich there which was pretty good for $6.00 but I was surprised the porchetta sandwich was priced at $7.99!

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                                                                                                                                              petek Oct 14, 2012 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                              You gotta go to San Remo real eary to snag those delicious fritters,like as soon as they open.
                                                                                                                                              So worth it if you can swing it..

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                                                                                                                                                Yongeman Oct 15, 2012 06:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                I usually call and reserve a dozen. They do bake lots of them, but they're delicious and do tend to evaporate.

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                                                                                                                                                  kwass Oct 15, 2012 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I'm always there by 9 am @ the latest and I've never had a problem. To echo everyone else, get there early. If you can't call ahead and place an order. They'll hold the order for you until you get there.

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                                                                                                                                              ylsf Oct 12, 2012 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                              Fancy Franks (a new "hot dog" place on College) is awaiting a conveyor style doughnut machine to be delivered (held up at customs). Mention of it in this BlogTO write up about them:
                                                                                                                                              http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/fan...

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                                                                                                                                                kwass Oct 12, 2012 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                How exciting!!

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                                                                                                                                                ylsf Oct 11, 2012 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                I was in St. Catharines last night and passed by the Zehr's in the Penn Centre so I decided to stop in to check out the "doughnut" options before a movie. They had a pretty good selection. They all said "baked fresh twice daily". I ended up getting an Apple Fritter . Enjoyed it, and cheap at 90 cents. The other donuts looked good and I saw the "croissant donut" that people mentioned here too.

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                                                                                                                                                  kwass Oct 11, 2012 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Surprisingly, Zehr's really does make really decent apple fritters.

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                                                                                                                                                    pakmode Oct 11, 2012 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Good stuff ylsf. Next time you'll have to try the crossant donut lol.

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                                                                                                                                                    autopi Oct 7, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                    recently had some very fine doughnuts at pangaea -- lightly citrus, ricotta filling, went very well with what the orange cardamom "shake" served in a tall glass next to the doughnuts. at $8 for the dessert, it's actually a better deal than the new dedicated doughnut places.

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                                                                                                                                                      julesrules Oct 11, 2012 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Did you go for dessert only, or did you have dinner too?

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                                                                                                                                                        autopi Oct 11, 2012 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                        dinner, too; fish and some oysters. nicely done (would have appreciated some more detail on the oysters, as in which was which), but the doughnuts were the best part of the meal for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                          julesrules Oct 11, 2012 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, Toronto Life featured a lot of fancy-restaurant-dessert donuts that sounded great. But a $3 donut is much more my speed than a $100 dinner. I have had donut dessert at Rodney's By Bay (just okay - desserts are not their forte) and somewhere on Queen West we went after dinner elsewhere (those were pretty good but I can't remember the restaurant). The Pangea ones sound great and you're right, $8 for a great composed dessert is quite reasonable.

                                                                                                                                                    2. kwass Oct 7, 2012 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I went to Paulette's today and I must say that in my opinion, between Glory Hole, Rachelle's and Paulette's, Paulette's wins hands down. Her doughnuts are simple but faultless. They are a cake doughnut, as opposed to a yeast doughnut. Crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. Each doughnut was 6 or 7 bites of pure deliciousness. I tried the original, which was just a plain cake doughnut, the Nutmeg and Sugar, and the Pumpkin, and they were all divine. Even if I tried, I wouldn't be able to come up with one negative thing to say about any of them.

                                                                                                                                                      One of the biggest difference between Paulette's doughnuts and Glory Hole, is that Glory Hole doughnuts are over the top. As I've said previously, something that every doughnut lover should try once, but not something you could eat regularly. Whereas, Paulette's makes a doughnut that you could eat every day (if so inclined). As for Rachelle's, in my opinion, her doughnuts don't compare to either of these.

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                                                                                                                                                        ylsf Oct 3, 2012 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Rachelle's donuts will now be at Sam James Harbord and PATH locations on Thursdays starting tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                        (and still on the weekends at SJ Harbord). Found out from Rachelle that Sanagans Meat Locker is currently just carrying the Maple Bacon ones.

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                                                                                                                                                          justsayn Oct 3, 2012 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                          And still Beast back door starting at 8. Tomorrow's backdoor flavours are maple bacon, double chocolate, apple fritter, pumpkin pie and berry glazed.

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                                                                                                                                                            ylsf Oct 3, 2012 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                            yeah, I missed the obvious one :)

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                                                                                                                                                              justsayn Oct 3, 2012 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                              No worries...just that I did a double taking wondering if she closed beast in favour of SJ. I have a shopping list for the morning ; )

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                                                                                                                                                            julesrules Oct 4, 2012 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I am SO GRATEFUL for this tip... finally some fancy yeast donuts I can get at!
                                                                                                                                                            Stopped by SJ in the PATH today and will probably make it a weekly treat. I got the brown butter glazed. Very nice yeast donut and the glaze has the stated (delish) flavour + the sugar rush ya look for in a donut.. The shop is a little out of my way so I hadn't been a regular but I will be going more often - it's a coffee/donut win/win and Sam is working hard there.

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                                                                                                                                                            ylsf Oct 2, 2012 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Some of you seem like you would do really well at a "doughnut eating" competition :) Gloryhole is considering doing one. Here is a fb link where she says to e-mail her if you are interested:

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php...

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                                                                                                                                                              Main334 Oct 2, 2012 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I would love to take part in a doughnut eating contest. Just not gloryholes doughnuts

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                                                                                                                                                              ylsf Oct 1, 2012 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I bought a Rachelle "pumpkin pie" donut at TUM yesterday and had it for breakfast this morning. Was pretty tasty even the day after (stored it in the fridge, took it out 10 minutes before eating). Only issue was that the icing came off against the bag. Would have been nice to have a better container for takeout.

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                                                                                                                                                                jlunar Oct 1, 2012 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Did you see The Homer? Perfectly-coloured sprinkles on a black currant icing. I liked the pumpkin pie one better, but couldn’t resist snagging one – it was too awesome not to buy.

                                                                                                                                                                http://www.foodpr0n.com/2012/10/01/si...

                                                                                                                                                                Also, I had the same issue with my icing on the pumpkin as you did, but it didn't stop me from scraping it all off. It was boozy-good.

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                                                                                                                                                                  hungryabbey Oct 1, 2012 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  was i missing something? i didnt find any of the doughnuts that good..
                                                                                                                                                                  the bacon didnt have enough smokey bacon savoury flavour, the homer was good but the doughnut itself was lacking some flavour (maybe more nutmeg), the pumpkin pie didnt have any spice, it tasted like canned pumpkin rather than pumpkin pie. I was so disappointed because I am obsessed with yeast doughnuts- All of my friends agreed they were just meh.

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                                                                                                                                                                    jlunar Oct 2, 2012 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I still like Little Nicky's donuts better - just the style and freshness can't be beat for me.

                                                                                                                                                                    I just really liked The Homer as a look/concept, but the taste of the pumpkin pie one better - maybe just the icing on that one, really. The best donut I had from Dough Toronto was her apple & herb (I forget - thyme? rosemary?) fritter, but the one at TUMwas only okay.

                                                                                                                                                              2. TorontoTips Sep 30, 2012 04:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                For me, I just haven't loved the 'boutique' donuts I've tried, and the price is just silly. Coffee and donuts are high-margin items to begin with, no need to go crazy.
                                                                                                                                                                Apple fritters and yeast-raised donuts, I LOVE San Remo, as mentioned, and for cake donuts?
                                                                                                                                                                This will raise some eyebrows, I know, but for the cherry-cake crullers, walnut crullers, and chocolate-glazed cake donuts, I keep ending up at... wait for it... Coffee Time!
                                                                                                                                                                Still often made fresh and in-store, but sadly a hugely inconsistent product from store-to-store, depending on the specific franchisee, but Coffee Time just annihilates Timmys and anywhere else I've tried for the cake-style donuts. And some stores make a darn good real-cream-filled eclair too :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                  petek Sep 30, 2012 04:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I'm gonna have to agree with you there TT.Big Coffee Time fan here(the coffee is way better than Tims as well)I was devastated when my local(Eg & Or Parkway) C.T closed it's doors :(

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                                                                                                                                                                    Brain of J Feb 27, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I noticed the CT at Yonge and Lawrence closed recently too. It was a real mainstay at that corner.

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                                                                                                                                                                    d. hatlem Sep 30, 2012 04:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I agree w/ the anti-'boutique' donut schtick here. I'll enjoy one every now and then, just like I will a Boston Creme or Maple donut at Tim's every then and again. But it ain't the same. What we need, however, are not more Coffee Times. Chains aren't the answer, even if CT can whip off a donut every so often that hits the spot. Good old ma and pa donut shops that sell a ton of of donuts, lots of variety, but predictable, not exactly trying the next bacon basil angry or Martha Oprah donut thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Sep 30, 2012 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      And I love the boutique donut craze. I just hope more places serving "gourmet donuts" open soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Sep 30, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Baker's Dozen on King W had the very best crullers on earth so I am open to trying CT. I don't think I have ever had a donut from them. Which location(s) are you saying is so good and made in-store?

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                          magic Oct 1, 2012 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I haven't been in many years but the CT at Vic Park/Sheppard always had good, fresh donuts. Not sure if it still the same there.

                                                                                                                                                                          It was the only CT I've ever seen with very good donuts.

                                                                                                                                                                          Every other CT I've ever tried has been just terrible.

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                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Oct 1, 2012 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Just had Little Nicky's doughnuts. Hot out of the fryer. OMG! They are unbeatable. Why doesn't this place get more buzz?

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                                                                                                                                                                            magic Oct 1, 2012 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Unless you live or work downtown its location is SUPREMELY inconvenient. Feel like paying $6 parking for some donuts? I suspect most people don't.

                                                                                                                                                                            Don't get me wrong, I LOVE their donuts, but to me they are essentially the same as Tiny Toms - but bigger. So, while great, they are something already well known to many and not totally novel or new. Maybe that contributes to their lower visibility??

                                                                                                                                                                            Again, big fan through.

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                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Oct 1, 2012 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              You're probably right. But it's a shame because people are really missing out! What beats a donut hot out of the fryer!

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                                                                                                                                                                                magic Oct 1, 2012 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Agreed!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  ylsf Oct 1, 2012 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  For me it has to do with the time they are open. Usually when I am in the area they are closed :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                jlunar Oct 1, 2012 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Love their donuts. With a capp. They're my fave. Don't bother with the other sugar flavours unless you go often enough. Plain sugar/cinnamon is awesome.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Oct 1, 2012 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Agreed!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Oct 1, 2012 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Now we all have to try the doughnuts from Stack and return with a comparison report.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      jlunar Oct 1, 2012 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Stack's were crunchier - more fried, I assume. They were okay, but I preferred Little Nicky's for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Oct 1, 2012 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the report jlunar. Good to know.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          jlunar Oct 1, 2012 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          YEP YEP. Here's a photo:

                                                                                                                                                                                          Stack: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/8007327758/in/photostream
                                                                                                                                                                                          Nicky's: http://www.foodpr0n.com/2011/06/03/li...

                                                                                                                                                                                          And what I wrote on Nicky's:
                                                                                                                                                                                          "A 1/2 dozen donuts, fresh from the machine, from Little Nicky’s Coffee (375 Queen Street West, Toronto). Dusted with sugar and cinnamon, this is a nice treat paired with a cappuccino. These are the only two things I’ve ever ordered from here and I don’t plan on changing that any time soon. There’s something about taking an hour in the morning – reading the paper, doing the crossword, or sketching – accompanied by caffeine and these sugared treats."

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                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Oct 1, 2012 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Great pictures. Especially the 1st one. Makes me want to go back and get some more.

                                                                                                                                                                                            If ever you do want to branch out, in addition to the doughnuts that I bought this morning, I also bought a piece of banana bread, and it was the best banana bread I've ever had. It was much more like banana cake than it was bread. It was ridiculously fresh and it had this crispy sugary crust on the top. It was like no banana bread/cake I've ever tried before. A definite must-try for anyone who's interested.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    peppermint pate Oct 2, 2012 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, yes and yes! See my post from last week's "best thing you ate today" (7 from the bottom...) - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/865072

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                                                                                                                                                                                  ylsf Sep 27, 2012 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  For anyone doing Nuit Blanche this year and wanting a donut fix, I saw a tweet by Thor (on Bathurst south of King) that they will have Glory Holes donuts starting at 7pm until they sell out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    ylsf Sep 26, 2012 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    On Saturday I went to the open house at the Food Terminal so decided to stop by Dimpflmeier Bakery and picked up two donuts. One cream filled and one strawberry jam filled for a friend.

                                                                                                                                                                                    http://dimpflmeierbakery.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, turns out she had the same idea and she picked up 2 donuts from Sam James (Rachelle's donuts) - one brown sugar and one apple fritter. We ended up splitting the Rachelle's donuts so I got to try half of each. First time I had those flavours and enjoyed both. I ended up having the Dimpflmeier donut for dinner (yeah, my whole dinner, was so stuffed from the day at the terminal). It was pretty good but there was hardly any filling in it. I asked me friend and she said that her strawberry one wasn't very filled either. Cost was around $1.39 or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I see Dennigers's has their plum filled donut on sale this week (until October 2). Was 99 cents on sale vs. around $1.29 or so normally. Anyone tried their donuts?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Sep 26, 2012 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I went on Sunday, and had one of her apple fritters. And I must admit that they were almost as good as the fritters @ San Remo's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Yongeman Sep 27, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Ha ha! How much was the fritter, kwass?

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                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Sep 27, 2012 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          If I remember correctly it was $3. I bought 2 fritters and a doughnut, and the total came to just under $10 (I'm assuming there was tax).

                                                                                                                                                                                          I've had her apricot fritter from Beast, and it was good but not mind-blowing, so I was pleasantly surprised @ just how good the apple fritters were.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Yongeman Sep 27, 2012 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Was this apple fritter about the same size as the San Remo ones? If you buy a dozen of San Remo fritters it's, I think, $6.99! That's less than 60 cents each!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Sep 27, 2012 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              They were about the same size as San Remo's. But, there's definitely more value in buying the fritter's from San Remo's. If, however, you can't make it out there, and you're only buying 1 or 2, this is a nice option to have.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              ylsf Sep 27, 2012 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I think at Sam James there is tax "extra" on the donuts where the pricing at the backdoor "includes" tax, so, cheaper to go to the Backdoor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Sep 27, 2012 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm pretty sure there was tax, because I think it came to $9.73 or some weird number like that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Sep 30, 2012 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Went back to San James today for Rachelle's apple fritters, and they weren't nearly as good as they were last week. Upsets me that they aren't consistently good.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Next week I try Paulette's. Will let everyone know how they were.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              jlunar Oct 1, 2012 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Had Rachelle's fritter at the TUM party last night and it was only okay. A previous fritter (different flavour combo) was awesome. Sad on the consistency too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                julesrules Oct 11, 2012 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I had a Rachelle apple fritter from San James today. The best thing about it was the texture, just a little chewy/crisp on the outside, very light on the inside. A subtle improvement over a typical donut shop apple fritter. However, there was not nearly enough apple and nothing special about the flavour otherwise. And at $5.60 for a small coffee and donut, probably not worth it to me again. I hope they mix up the flavours available at the PATH location a bit because I only have the chocolate left to try!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Oct 11, 2012 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree with you about the texture, the crispiness on the outside in contrast to the softness on the inside is what made me say in an earlier post that they were almost comparable to San Remo's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            ylsf Sep 20, 2012 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Rachelle's donuts will now be at Sanagans Meat Locker (in Kensington) on Saturday morning. Not sure if just "maple bacon" as mentioned in the tweet or a variety of flavours. From twitter:
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                                                                                                                                                                                            @sanagans meat locker + maple-bacon #donuts together at last... Everything is right with the world! Starting this Saturday morning.
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                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Sep 20, 2012 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              They're also going to be @ 298 Harbord Street, Saturdays and Sundays

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                                                                                                                                                                                                ylsf Sep 20, 2012 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                What is located at 298 Harbord? I know that St. James at 297 is serving them. Was that a typo in your message or is there another place beside St. James? (297 harbord was mentioned already earlier in this thread).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Sep 20, 2012 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry...my mistake. You're right, it's 297 Harbord. And I forgot that it was mentioned earlier in the thread...oops!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    ylsf Sep 26, 2012 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I made my own mistake. I said "St. James" instead of Sam James for some reason!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                themiguel Sep 26, 2012 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Does Rachelle still sell them out of Beast on Thursdays?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Sep 26, 2012 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes. She does.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                ylsf Sep 19, 2012 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                For those Krispy Kreme fans, you can get a free donuts by "talking like a pirate" today (September 19th) for Pirate day. Or, if you dress up in a FULL pirate outfit you can get a dozen :

                                                                                                                                                                                                http://forums.redflagdeals.com/free-d...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  air621 Sep 10, 2012 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Since writing about Epi Breads, I've tried both Glory Hole and Paulette's. I found GH to be way too sweet. I just wasn't crazy about them, as I was hoping I would be. They don't stand up to my measuring stick, The Doughnut Plant in NYC. However, I tried Paulette's a few weeks ago. I bought 4 different donuts for the family to try. I got cinnamon latte, chocolate pretzel, vanilla bean nutmeg and coconut banana cream pie. They also gave us a couple maple sugar donut holes. The unanimous favourites were the cinnamon latte and the banana cream pie. As well, the straight up maple sugar dots were great. I went back on the weekend and grabbed 2 cinnamon and 2 banana. I think they're the best donuts in the city. The glaze on that cinnamon latte donut is superb.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also tried the coffee and it tasted just slightly better than Tim Horton's. I won't make that mistake again

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Sep 10, 2012 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the report. Paulette's is next on my list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      thecupcakegal Feb 13, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      My measuring stick is also Doughnut Plant as well! (I still have dreams about theirs). What's weird is that I had the complete opposite reaction to GH and Paulette's. TO be fair, I generally am more of a fan of yeast and not cake doughnuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      GH: I had the Butter & Toast - absolutely lovely. My bestie had the beer one (limited ed) and she only thought it was ok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Paulettes: Had the Balsamic and the Yuzu. Liked the Yuzu but thought the Balsamic wasn't worth all the hype. Also, did not really like their fried chicken. Dunno if that may have affected my doughnut judgment!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      **Also tried STACK's - I work in the area at a particular tea store chain ;) and they brought in a box of them free for us - the smores kind. Pretty dang amazing, especially when they were super fresh. Not blow your mind a la Tiny Toms, but hey, this was a lot closer!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Feb 13, 2013 08:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I would love to try Doughnut Plant. The next time someone I know goes to NYC, I'm going to make them bring me back a dozen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I wasn't a giant fan of GH @ first either, but they grow on you. As I've mentioned in previous posts, the Banana Cream @ GH is off the hook!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        As for Paulette's, I'm a fan of the plain and the pumpkin (which they only have @ Thanksgiving).

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've heard about the d-nuts @ Stack. They're on my list to try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You also have to try the doughnuts from Emma's Country Kitchen (sorry if I'm repeating myself). The maple-bacon are sooooo good!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      wahoooob Sep 8, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Umm yay doughnuts! I posted a separate thread on general recs', and then saw this: are any of these places near downtown (Eaton Center/Sun Life building)?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        ylsf Sep 6, 2012 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rachelle's donuts are going to be carried on the weekends only at Sam James on Harbord (297 Harbord) according to her twitter. Starting this Saturday. I wonder how quickly they will sell out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Sep 6, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow! Good to know. I'd love to give her donuts another try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Main334 Sep 6, 2012 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's a little surprising seeing that paulette's carry's sam james coffee and sam stocks delica's pastries

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Sep 6, 2012 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I just tweeted Rachelle to find out what time she'll be delivering the donuts. I'll let you all know once I hear back from her...not you though ylsf, since you're already following her on twitter (lol)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Sep 9, 2012 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just found out that they're delivered by 9 am both Saturday and Sunday. Apparently, they sell out quickly. I Didn't get a chance to go today, but I'm going to swing by next weekend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Sep 6, 2012 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks so much for letting us know ylsf!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. jlunar Sep 5, 2012 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You guys are hilarious - I could only breeze through the dialogue up there. Warning: I'm not a connoisseur, but here are my thoughts:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              - DoughTO's (Rachelle) fritter (I had a lemon/herby one) was really quite tasty. Would get again. May do so tomorrow! Gotta verify if it is still as tasty as last time. QA and all that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              - STACK's are small and fried. Cake donuts, if I'm not mistaken.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              - I really like Little Nicky's donuts. Better than Tiny Tom's some how.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              - GHole's are only okay - nice, but $$$. No stand-outs for me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              - PEC donuts (TorontoJo mentioned) are cakey and tasty. Worth repeat eats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have yet to try Paulette's and I thought The Depanneur had another girl doing donuts for them too...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Sep 5, 2012 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                -I agree with you jlunar that Little Nicky's donuts are really good, and yes, although the same as Tiny Tom's, way better
                                                                                                                                                                                                                -As I mentioned earlier, I also think that GHole was just okay, and not worth the $$
                                                                                                                                                                                                                -Still have to try Stack's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                -And wasn't a fan of Rachelle's donuts...I didn't think they had the "wow" factor, which is what I was expecting. I think that San Remo's Fritters are, without a doubt, superior to hers

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yongeman Sep 6, 2012 03:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Re: San Remo's apple fritters--It's really out of the way for me to go and get them, but at $7.00 for a DOZEN of these tasty treats which are being discussed in the same conversation as the $3.00 'boutique' doughnuts, it's well worth the trip to South Etobicoke.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Sep 6, 2012 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's out of the way for me too. But every once in a while, I make the trip. And it IS definitely worth the trip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jlunar Sep 6, 2012 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      must. make. trip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Sep 6, 2012 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You'll be glad you did!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                ylsf Sep 4, 2012 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Looks like this post is being used to talk about "southern ontario" donut spots. I was passing by Paris ontario and tried the apple fritter for a second time at Brown Dog Caffe (they have other locations including in Waterdown). Picture was posted above.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                On my way back to the car I noticed "Paris Bakery" and went in to see what they had... And I noticed donuts, so I figured I would give them a go since they said they were made in house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coconut cream and Maple Bacon. They had a variety of donuts including apple fritters as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I wasn't a fan of the Maple Bacon topping.. Too sweet. I have had various maple bacon donuts before but just didn't like the bacon or the maple on this one for some reason (not candied enough bacon, but, the frosting was too sweet). The Coconut Cream donut was good though and I am curious about all of the other flavours (they had a cinnamon twist, etc). Looked like they were mainly yeast donuts (I guess with the exception of the fritter based on how those are made normally). They were only $1 each too which sure beats $4 for a donut in Toronto. Having said that, taste wise, I did prefer the Ghole and Rachelle's donuts taste wise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  callitasicit Sep 4, 2012 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't remember if I weighed in here but I still love Krispy Kreme's doughnuts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    magic Sep 4, 2012 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As do I.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Full tummy Sep 4, 2012 10:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But only the signature glazed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        callitasicit Sep 5, 2012 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think I am alone in thinking that the glazed creme filled ones are the best.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GoodGravy Sep 5, 2012 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          KK vanilla cream filled are the best sugar bombs ever. Goes great w/ unsweetened coffee.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Sep 5, 2012 04:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can't help but agree with you all!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. justsayn Aug 29, 2012 09:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rachelle's donut flavours tomorrow (thurs) morning beginning at 8am are:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bacon maple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Double chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cherry pie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Apple fritter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brown butter glaze

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They go fast and will probably be completely gone by 9am. Silly I know but if you ask anyone in my office, these donuts are worth the inconvenience!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      magic Aug 30, 2012 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This fancy donuts craze is great and all but also profoundly boring. They all revolve around RAISED donuts. Very happy there are these young hardworking upstarts helping to revive donuts, but.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Where are the cake donuts?!?!?! That's what I want.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Everyone and their sister makes raised donuts with maple and bacon. Yawn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Give me a simple, old fashioned cake donut with white icing and colourful sprinkles for chrissake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Aug 30, 2012 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That isnt true about Rachelle's donuts. The fritter is cake based as are the double chocolate and brown butter. She does a mix of both.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          magic Aug 30, 2012 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well that's good then! But the fritter is cake based?? I'm not sure if I've ever seen a fritter that wasn't raised. In any case......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I stand by my comment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most seem to be focused almost entirely on elaborate albeit creative raised donuts or basic cake "template" donuts but with different toppings, drizzles or glazes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I would like to see old school cake donuts and chocolate cake donuts with simple glazes and old fashioned toppings. Coffee shop donuts if you will. But good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That market is absolutely being largely ignored in this craze.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            justsayn Aug 30, 2012 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's expensive to set up shop and just sell "normal" donuts so it is impossible to sell at the expected Horton's price. Therefore bakers need to re-invent and get fancy in order to create a buzz for traffic and create a relatively simple item for which we can trick ourselves into paying $3.50.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A simple cake donut with powered cinnamon sugar is awesome but most won't pay dollars for it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Isn't Little Nicky's making simple cake donuts?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              magic Aug 30, 2012 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Little Nicky's makes very nice cake donuts but they are of the Tiny Toms variety. Which, don't get me wrong, I love - but I am talking about something different.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just want a GD chocolate glazed donut man. If it's good, I'll pay what I have to for it. If it's not good, I won't.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It can be done. It's just not being done. I don't believe the economics of it is the reason. They aren't sexy. But so friggin what?! It's what a lot of us love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They don't all have to be basic, they can be creative too (Doughnut Plant, etc.). My point is that I needs to see some cake donuts in the mix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Until then, I go to the US to get my fix. Jack Frost in Cleveland here I come!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Aug 30, 2012 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You know who else makes cake donuts, in the vein of little nicky's and tiny tom's...Uncle Betty

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  magic Aug 30, 2012 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And Stack, just up the street from Uncle Betty's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Aug 30, 2012 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes. I actually just saw that on Blog To. Have you tried them?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      magic Aug 30, 2012 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not yet, no :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Aug 30, 2012 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well whoever gets there 1st, will have to report back!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          magic Aug 30, 2012 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For sure!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ThoughtForFood Aug 30, 2012 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Apple Fritters never have yeast and are always cake/batter based. Look up a recipe, you will be hard pressed to find one with yeast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  magic Aug 30, 2012 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Every fritter I've ever eaten or seen has had yeast and are raised. They are airy and chewy. They are not cake donuts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ThoughtForFood Aug 30, 2012 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What you are eating is an apple donut. Not an apple fritter. You have been misinformed. A fritter does not involve yeast, its batter based. Any apple fritter that has the look of a mass of fried batter with apple chunks in it is most likely a real apple fritter and not a yeasted dough based donut. There is a reason for the ugly shape, it's because it is impossible to form batter. I don't know where you get your fritters from but your taste buds may be playing tricks on you or they have their "fritters" mislabeled. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritter

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                magic Aug 30, 2012 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also, why aren't donuteers (ha!) only filling raised donuts?!?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cake donuts are GREAT filled!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ever had a raspberry jam filled cake donut?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Heaven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  justsayn Aug 30, 2012 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did anybody have Rachelle's cherry pie donut this morn? Was it cake or raised?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Aug 30, 2012 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Was the fritter cake based? It didn't seem so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    justsayn Aug 30, 2012 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's a batter, not yeast, not true cake. I was just wanting to point out that it is not a repurposed yeast raised donut that magic was hating on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      magic Aug 30, 2012 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm not hating on anything. I like raised donuts! But I also like cake donuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hate the fact that cake donuts are inarguably being overlooked at the moment and the focus is on spectacle over comfort. That's all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That makes sense that they're made from a batter, because they didn't taste like a cake donut.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    autopi Aug 30, 2012 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    aren't the donuts at paulette's cake donuts? next time you're in new york, check out doughnut plant; they have plenty of fancy cake donuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://doughnutplant.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      magic Aug 30, 2012 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They are cake donuts yes. And although I've never tried them they seem to be a standard cake donut but with fancier glazes and such. Which is cool! But I'm talking about something different. Where are the chocolate cake/iced donuts? Where are the cherry cake donuts? Where are the basic glazed donuts? Where are the filled cake donuts? Etc etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As it stands now there is almost no one focusing on it in Toronto.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I will def be checking out Doughnut Plant at some point yes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Aug 30, 2012 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm with you on the cake donuts magic...love them!!! And you're right...hard to find!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        magic Aug 30, 2012 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you kwass!! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          justsayn Aug 30, 2012 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most of us can surely agree they are great and hard to find!! But unfortuntely there is a reason for that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            magic Aug 30, 2012 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The reason is that Toronto is too fancypants sometimes. And I say that with love! I'm born and raised here and I even I can see that. We love grace over quality sometimes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You go to the US, and you see cake donuts far more than you see them here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think it's a Toronto thing. Maybe even a Canadian thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have hope that will change though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pakmode Aug 30, 2012 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lol. Interesting conversation going on here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We all have our vices and magic's is cake donuts lol. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              magic - the best I've had in Ontario are at Global Doughnuts in Sarnia. It's a local chain that is only down to a few stores in that area now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They do some decent cake doughnuts, obviously plain, glazed, chocolate - but other ones that I particularly enjoy like cherry and orange flavoured. When those are fresh they are unbelievable. They literally melt in your mouth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                magic Aug 30, 2012 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah I'm apparently an advocate for cake donuts. I can live with that :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's a great rec, thanks! I do get out in that direction every now and then so I will for sure stop in at some point. Thanks pakmode. Done!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yongeman Aug 30, 2012 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had 2 fritters when I was in Sarnia last week...one honey, one walnut. Both delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Main334bag Aug 30, 2012 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeast donuts out sell cake donuts 3:1 in both Canada and the U.S.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Magic,it is not possible to fill a cake donut

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      magic Aug 30, 2012 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Umm, who cares?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Does that mean they should be unavailable? Also, where did you find such an insane statistic?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, if it's not possible to fill a cake donut how is it that I have eaten many?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When I was a was a wee brat I'm pretty sure Primrose Donuts on Bermondsey in Scarborough (are they even around anymore?) made them and sold them packaged en masse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So don't tell me it can't be done. It has been done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Main334bag Aug 30, 2012 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        where have you had a filled cake donut?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          magic Aug 30, 2012 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, as I said above, Primrose Donuts used to make them. They were a large donut provider in Scarborough along the lines of Annette's (but much better), but like 25 years ago. I'm not sure they operate anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've also had them at Jack Frost Donuts in Cleveland. They are exquisite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm sure they're available at many more places too, so I'm not sure why you would say it is not possible to make them. That was odd.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Main334bag Aug 30, 2012 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Interesting Jack Frost's menu online makes no mention of filled cake donuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cake donuts have a texture just as the name implies, like cake. Cake absorbs liquids and semiliquids used as donut fillings. The cake would become saturated with it. Yeast donuts on the other hand, that are normally filled, resist saturation, making them idea for filling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perhaps you are cofused about the difference btw a cake and raised yeast donut;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              magic Aug 30, 2012 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Click here and tell me one more time that cake donuts don't exist:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://doughnutplant.com/menu/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                magic Aug 30, 2012 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As a total aside Doughnut Plant's website seems to suck now. It used to be so good! What a mess it has become.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Again, that's an aside.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Main334bag Aug 30, 2012 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can admit when I'm wrong and I guess I'm wrong. Still I'm a little shocked

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    magic Aug 30, 2012 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nevertheless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Welcome to Chowhound!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    food face Oct 26, 2012 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Snap Magic. Good link. Good info. You really stand by your stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pakmode Aug 30, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good stuff Yongeman!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I forgot about walnut! That's a good flavour too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          magic - for the record, I think they bring out fresh batches at 7AM and 4PM. Could always google them and call to make sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            magic Aug 30, 2012 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Next time I am out that way I will for sure. Awesome!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pakmode Aug 30, 2012 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              magic - The only other rec I can remember is Saunders Bakery in Georgetown. They make cake donuts but sell out early - as an fyi, they also use lard/animal products in a few of their products as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                magic Aug 30, 2012 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, I've heard of Saunders but given that they sell out early I'm not sure if I'm up for making that trek. But thanks pakmode, I appreciate it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I tried Claudia's on Browns Line and was unimpressed to say the least.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwfoodiewannabe Aug 30, 2012 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pakmode... I am a regular Zehr's shopper here in K-dub (but not a real donut aficionado)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have never had a Zehr's donut, but I find most of their baked goods "just ok" (supermarket quality?)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What donut do I want to try?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, Re: apple fritters, the best locally are in St. Jacobs, IMO, if you can handle the crowd of tourists...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            magic Aug 30, 2012 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those St. Jacobs apple fritters are outstanding. Anyone within driving distance should try them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pakmode Aug 30, 2012 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In terms of the 'apple fritters' that are sold at St. Jacobs - I find they are actually more of a Dutch apple pancake then a doughnut. It's deep fried pancake batter, served with maple syrup - and they're good, but a different style to the traditional Ontario apple fritters we know of. If you like that style - I would heartily recommend you try out Brown Dog Coffee Shoppe . They make a very good version of this as well, fresh to order. Website: http://www.browndogcoffeeshoppe.com/l...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Paris location is actually beautiful as it overlooks the Grand River- would beat the snot out of any cafe view in Toronto.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In terms of Zehr's - every location is unique. Most of their baked goods are now brought in from Toronto (baked by the mega-bakeries that the Weston's own, which makes financial sense since Zehr's is a Loblaws subsidiary) . They obviously suck compared to yesteryear when pretty much everything was baked in-house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Their doughnuts are still prepared in-house though. My favourites are apple fritter, chocolate dip, and chocolate covered or glazed croissant doughnuts. Those are diabetes in a box though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                magic Aug 30, 2012 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agreed about the St. Jacobs fritters. They are not fritters in the traditional sense we are used to, they are their own thing entirely. And they're delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  magic Aug 30, 2012 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's too bad Loblaws/Zahrs makes crappy, or at least crappier than before, donuts. Every time I go out west I enjoy Safeway's raised donuts, which are fabulous. So it CAN be done in big grocery chains. Are you listening Loblaws? Probably not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwfoodiewannabe Aug 30, 2012 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the tip!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm heading to Zehr's after work to try one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Aug 30, 2012 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The apple fritters @ Zehrs are off the hook!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        julesrules Aug 30, 2012 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Croissant donuts???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pakmode Aug 30, 2012 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yea, don't ask lol :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think they lightly fry croissants instead of baking them, then dip them in glaze and cover some in chocolate. They are literally liquid sugar. But amazing....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            magic Aug 30, 2012 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They have those at MLG Loblaws too. Probably Queen/Bathurst Loblaws too I'm guessing, as it's nealy identical to MLG location.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Aug 30, 2012 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They don't have the Zehr's Donuts @ the Queen and Bathurst location. @ least I didn't see them the last time I was there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                magic Aug 30, 2012 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ok, I just know they for sure have croissant donut at MLG.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I didn't look to see whether they had the same donut selection at the Queen St. location. Or at least I can't remember.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Maybe I should try this treat! I thought they looked very good but was reluctant due to my subpar donut experience at MLG.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Aug 30, 2012 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To be honest with you, I didn't even see donuts @ the Queen Street location. Only cupcakes...lots and lots of cupcakes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    magic Aug 30, 2012 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah they might not have had any. I honestly can't remember.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But for sure MLG!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Aug 30, 2012 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes. I've seen them @ MLG.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pakmode Aug 31, 2012 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I haven't seen donuts at the Queen and Bathurst Loblaws location - but given your bad experience with the MLG store maybe let me try one of the croissant donuts first. If it's not like the Zehr's one, it's going to suck, and you'll be 0 for 2 at Loblaws. Friends don't let friends go 0 for 2. Alot of the Zehr's don't make them anymore either - haven't seen them in Bolton or Barrie the times I visited there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      magic Aug 31, 2012 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You rock, I appreciate that!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ylsf Sep 4, 2012 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Adding a pic of the Brown Dog Fritter here. I was passing by Paris on the weekend and took a detour to grab one... They are basically a slice of apple with the donut batter around it/fried. It is different then an apple fritter you have at places like Tim Hortons or even other fritters I have had. Delicious though:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pakmode Sep 5, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yea, they're essentially Dutch Apple Pancakes - same as the ones served at St. Jacob's Market.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GoodGravy Aug 30, 2012 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cake donuts are the best for dunking in coffee. Reason enough they should be more widely available.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            magic Aug 30, 2012 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Right?!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              justsayn Aug 30, 2012 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well done everyone! The demand is clear! So let's hope the donut gods have been reading along and we will get some awesome cake donuts soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Walnut fritters and chocolate walnut fritters are often cake based differently than apple fritters are batter based.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The old Bakers Dozen at Techumseth and King used to have an absolutely amazing walnut/chocolate version that came out hot from the fryer at 4pm! I would give anything to have those again. The chocolate was incredible!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Aug 30, 2012 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here's to the donut gods!! Time to get busy!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pakmode Aug 31, 2012 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know that feeling....and unfortunately, the closest place to recreate that feeling is 300 kilometres away from Tecumseh and King on London Line in Sarnia. The things literally dissolve in your mouth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TorontoJo Aug 30, 2012 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you're ever on Gerrard East, stop in at Grinder coffee shop and ask for one of the donuts they bring in from Schroedter's Market in Prince Edward County. It's a simple cake donut with cinnamon sugar. They are soooo good. Small and simple, but done really well. The market flash freezes them for Grinder's and they pick up 70 dozen at a time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          millygirl Aug 26, 2013 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Geez, I wish I did not know this (LOL).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They are THE BEST EVER!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TorontoJo Aug 26, 2013 06:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Did you have some while you were in PEC? Aren't they perfect?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              millygirl Aug 26, 2013 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Are you kidding? I had WAY too many. They are very addictive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We almost plan our trip around a visit to Schroedter's!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TorontoJo Aug 26, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Then next time, I recommend staying at Huff Estates Winery. Not only are the rooms and grounds quite nice, they are walking distance to Schroedter's. :o)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  millygirl Aug 26, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We considered Huff but settled on The Manse Inn mainly because they have a lovely outdoor heated pool. We weren't disappointed, it was wonderful in every way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chris, the chef and innkeeper, smokes his own bacon and it was wonderful. We ran out of time but I was told by a number of guests that the dinners there are fantastic also.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ylsf Aug 26, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Do they do them every day at Schroedter's? Is there more than one type there? I am thinking of stopping by PEC on my way to Montreal this weekend (kind of want to check out the heirloom tomato event at Vickie's Veggies). I told myself I was cutting out sugar/sweet purchases for a while but I am going to make an exception for the Montreal weekend :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    millygirl Aug 26, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I would think so. They have a page on Facebook for their hours, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They have 2 types - sugar and plain. We go for the sugar ones.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TorontoJo Aug 26, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, they make them every day, but if you go too early in the morning, they may not have them yet. When that happened to me on my last day in PEC, they ended up giving me some of their frozen stash for Grinder. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm also going to Montreal this weekend, and all thoughts of healthy eating are being completely suspended for the trip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        petek Aug 26, 2013 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        @ ylsf and @ TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll be in Montreal the following weekend,where are you two eating?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          millygirl Aug 26, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If I may offer a suggestion -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Le Filet is always on our hit list. Never disappoints.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            petek Aug 26, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've already booked 400 Coups and Joe Beef,just curious to see where others were eating but thanks for the recommendation!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TorontoJo Aug 26, 2013 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I imagine we're going to get zapped for talking about Montreal, but we're eating at: 400 Coups, Joe Beef, ApdC Apple Shack, Lawrence, Kazu, Damas, Schwartz, Kem Coba, and food shopping at Jean-Talon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                petek Aug 26, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice!! I think I'm gonna check out Lawrence as well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have a good trip!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ylsf Aug 26, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am doing the Au Peid De Cochon Sugar Shack/Apple Season on Sunday. They are serving doughnuts for dessert :) I haven't really planned out my food for the rest of the weekend, going to go with more casual this time around. I will post a review up in the Quebec forum. Also hitting up some other dougnut places including Leche which I went to last time (they have an Old Montreal location now too). Feel free to send me an e-mail via the email in my profile and I can share info with you after my trip or I will try to post a trip report in the Quebec forums.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              petek Aug 26, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes Leche is on my donut radar this trip.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have a blast!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yongeman Sep 6, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You should try doughnuts from Beignes Saint Donut, often available at the following coffee spots: Myriade, art java, differance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  petek Sep 8, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  <You should try doughnuts from Beignes Saint Donut, often available at the following coffee spots: Myriade, art java, differance.>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't get a chance to check out Leche,but I had some great filled d-nuts at Lawrence.They were so good as was the rest of my brunch( full review to follow at a later date on the Montreal board)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Sep 7, 2012 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hey magic, did you read the article in the Star today about doughnuts? Apparently, Paulette's doughnuts are cake donuts. They're not simple, or old fashioned, but they are cake doughnuts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                magic Sep 7, 2012 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Haha, thanks Kwass. I know, yes. I make it my business to know things like this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In fact I think there was a bit of discussion on that on this thread :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just read the article.... thx!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Sep 7, 2012 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Magic, I love that "you make it your business to know things like this" :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    magic Sep 7, 2012 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lol, it's true!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JennaBean Feb 12, 2013 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I tried one of the banana ones this weekend. After two bites I tossed the $3 doughnut in the trash. It tasted like artificial banana flavouring. It was seriously gross. I'm not a big doughnut person but this was just icky!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    teegee1 Feb 12, 2013 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Some bakers can't just improve on a classic donut. Instead, they try to gourmetize it. Save that when baking cakes. A donut...deep fried flavoured dough with a variety of fillings or glazes. No need for a Cordon Bleau baking degree. Large and fresh and priced at about a buck. That's it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 12, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Was it from Paulette's JennaBean? If so, I've never had the banana donuts, only the plain, the pumpkin, and the sugar donuts, all of which were fantastic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But if what you're saying is true, and I'm sure it is, there's nothing worse than artificial banana flavour.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        julesrules Feb 12, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oddly the banana cream pie (which should be renamed banana coconut IMO, nothing creamy about it) was my favourite. But it probably did use some kind of extract/flavouring as it would be hard to get much banana flavour into the scant amount of glaze otherwise.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But I'm no great fan of Paulette's, although I should go back and try the fresh plain ones.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Feb 12, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The plain ones are really good!! If you're a fan of cake donuts, they're worth trying!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pakmode Aug 27, 2012 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just to update this thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you read my past posts, there's no doubt I label Zehr's (a subsidiary of Loblaws) as the most consistent anywhere in southern Ontario. (though their apple fritters are a close second to San Remo)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was pleasantly surprised that the new Loblaws in Maple Leaf Gardens sells doughnuts as well. And I think they use the same batter/recipe as Zehr's. I tried one yesterday and they were pretty damn good. They had many varieties with all sorts of toppings as well to mimic smores, or turtles, and the gourmet doughnut craze. Priced at $1.29 each this will be my new go-to place when I'm craving a Zehr's doughnut.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Aug 27, 2012 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was there a couple of weeks ago and they're definitely the same doughnuts that you would find @ Zehr's, which is so exciting since you can only find Zehr's outside of Toronto.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    julesrules Aug 27, 2012 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Based on our mutual like of the 7-11 donuts I will have to check these out. But let's face it, I probably would have anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Aug 27, 2012 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You're funny!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pakmode Aug 28, 2012 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think if we started a Doughnut's Anonymous support group - we''d have a full house lol. I've tried to cut back to once or twice a month as a treat only for health reasons. At the end of the day it is fried dough haha.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Aug 28, 2012 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fried dough from heaven!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    julesrules Aug 27, 2012 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Out of curiosity, have you checked out Elmvale Bakery's donuts? Not sure if that counts as Southern Ontario ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pakmode Aug 28, 2012 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No I haven't. If I'm up north I'll definitely try it out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    julesrules Apr 20, 2012 05:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You know that a trend (or two) has jumped the shark when 7/11 has sea salt caramel donuts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That said, I finally succumbed to the advertising and tried their glazed donut, hoping they were aiming for a Krispy Kreme copycat, being a fan of that style. It was similar & pretty tasty. Not quite as yeasty or over the top sweet as KK, which is not a bad thing. Very fresh, soft and pillowy at 7:30 am anyway. Way better than TH and something I will get again when the craving strikes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Apr 20, 2012 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hate to admit it, but I recently tried the donuts @ 7/11 as well, and I was surprised @ just how good they were!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        julesrules Apr 20, 2012 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The plain glazed or the caramel sea salt? I'm pretty sure the latter has to be bad, right? But I may have to try it anyway, purely for research purposes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Apr 20, 2012 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I tried the plain glazed. I didn't even see the caramel sea salt.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            julesrules Apr 20, 2012 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They don't look that great tbh. I had a feeling the glazed donuts would be good, glad I'm not the only one who likes them :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Apr 20, 2012 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You're definitely not alone!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. TorontoTips Apr 18, 2012 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone know of any donut joints that ARE crappy coffee shops?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would love to find a REAL 'donut shop' that still cared enough to make a variety of great donuts, as opposed to a trendy, over-priced joint selling tiny bits of fried dough and sugar with an exotic name for $15.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pakmode Apr 18, 2012 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Try Claudia's on Browns Line/QEW.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jlunar Apr 18, 2012 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not sure if the donuts are great, but there's Donut Factory on Queen East and Pape:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Donut Factory (101 Pape Avenue, Toronto) makes and fries their donuts on-site. At least, that was the nugget of information I read online that prompted me to enter a place I scurried past almost daily. With a mix of anticipation and trepidation, I stepped into this shop and went back in time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Donuts, coffee, and candies (and toiletries!) are on offer. Trying to verify the “fried on-site” claim, I peered into the back kitchens and spied large mixers and equipment that looked like it would have been used to fry donuts every morning. Sorry folks, didn’t have the gumption to chit-chat. The donuts? Well, they’re donuts. But obtained with adventure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's a shot of the interior: http://www.foodpr0n.com/2011/03/09/to... It's super old-school. With a "smoking" room and old timey clientele.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Food Tourist Jan 27, 2013 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Donut Factory scares the beejeebers out of me. (All the hard-core Leslieville ungentrified hang out there.) But your post has given me the courage I need for next time...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jlunar Jan 30, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aaaadventure!~!! hehehheheh...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Big_Shooter_28 Apr 20, 2012 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I know it's not Toronto but, Hollywood Donuts in Ajax make a really great donut and it is a truly crappy coffee shop. (it's at Westney and Kingston Rd)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            julesrules Apr 17, 2012 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I really do love the beef bacon donuts from Caplansky's truck at Queen and Dalhousie, weekday lunch hours. They are fried to order and come with maple syrup. They are cake donuts and I detect a little nutmeg and/or cinnamon a la TH old-fashioned, but so much better. Could only be improved by actual bacon ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              afong56 Mar 25, 2012 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              both are not in the gta, but. . .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hank's pastries in port perry does great jam filled donuts, and other decent donuts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              as for apple fritters, there's kawartha wholesale bakery in lindsay, on. they do the old fashioned big fritters with actual chunks of apple

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JesseJensen Apr 10, 2012 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If going to cottage country, Bredins Bakery on the Main Street in Uxbridge (Brock Road) is an old fashioned bakery out of the 60's. Chocolate dip doughtnut and jelly are just like some of us remember from that era. Delish!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Crispier Crouton Feb 6, 2012 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sticky Rice Sesame doughnuts at the Korean bakery inside the Galleria supermarket at yonge and steeles. Take 'em home and heat them up and enjoy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  air621 Feb 5, 2012 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My son and I often 'donut hunt', we seek out places that make donuts (that aren't crappy coffee shops) to see who makes the best. So far, Epi Breads are the clear winners. They're donuts are filled, either with pastry cream or raspberry filling. They're pretty awesome.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That being said, and I apologize for talking about another city's food, but I agree with the other. If there was a place like the Doughnut Plant on the Lower East Side in Toronto, they would sell a thousand donuts a day. I fricking love that place. Last trip to NYC, my wife and I ate 5 of them before hoping on the place back home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Feb 5, 2012 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree with you 100% about the Donuts from Epi. Here are 2 more places to add to your list:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glory Hole Donuts @ Thor Espresso Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Apple Fritters from San Remo Bakery

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yongeman Feb 5, 2012 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh man, I totally agree with you two about the doughnuts from Epi and the apple fritters from San Remo. I am dying to try the Glory Hole varieties. Any hints on where to find them, other than ordering?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pinstripeprincess Feb 6, 2012 05:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.gloryholedoughnuts.com/loc...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        they are krispy kreme-esque but a bit drier and somewhat less sweet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yongeman Feb 6, 2012 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks psp. So only 2 locations so far...and one of those (Burger Bar on Augusta) only on Saturdays? That's not a lot of distribution yet. The site indicates that their retail location is 'coming soon'. Hope so.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, your description doesn't really make me want to go out of my way for them. Or do you see that as a positive, psp?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pinstripeprincess Feb 6, 2012 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i prefer less sweet. i should have mentioned that with the drier, i think that might be purposeful design. a lot of them have fillings or other soft toppings that end up soaking into the donut so they hold their structure much better by having a drier donut. i only really noticed that with the chicken n' waffles one because that one is glaze, fried chicken bits and waffle shards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i actually quite like that they are krispy kreme-esque because i don't like cake style donuts. i like mine quite airy and light, which these are... well if not filled.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              justsayn Feb 6, 2012 09:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Personally I much prefer Bakelabs donuts over G-hole. Drake normally has tasty donuts on the weekend as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Feb 8, 2012 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Where can one fine Bakelabs donuts?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  justsayn Feb 8, 2012 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There are only two spots I know of - Depanneur on College and Coffee and Clothes on Dundas - the former having the larger inventory. G-Hole donuts are decorated and novel while Bakelab donuts rely on awesome flavours and combinations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I believe Dep only has them on the weekends and you need to go early - not sure about C&C.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Manybears Feb 8, 2012 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    'Coffee and Clothes' a.k.a. 'Lost and Found' at 1255 Dundas St. W, I think?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      justsayn Feb 8, 2012 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LOL - yes thats it! Poorly signed place. Thanks for clarifying.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 8, 2012 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And where on College is Depanneur?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Feb 8, 2012 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.google.ca/#sclient=psy-ab&...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            justsayn Feb 5, 2012 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Apple Fritters from San Remo Bakery !! Amazingly consistent for years and years!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. KhaoSanRoad Dec 1, 2011 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          heres another candidate at gabardine: http://bit.ly/rBtX38

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TorontoJo Dec 1, 2011 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How was the stout caramel? I'm intrigued. The creme anglaise on the other hand looks frighteningly yellow. I hope that's just from the photo. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KhaoSanRoad Dec 1, 2011 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sorry, have not been. just wanted to let others know of the option :/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ylsf Dec 1, 2011 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Are you planning a Thai inspired donut soon? I am glad you are keep us updated on Toronto's donut scene :) Making me really hungry to try some with that last pic!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  KhaoSanRoad Dec 1, 2011 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ha! yeah, if we ever get time to pull our brunch together, donuts will be on it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Food Tourist Dec 2, 2011 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tamarind donuts would rock my world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pinstripeprincess Dec 1, 2011 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              seems like i should just be posting my twitter feed here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. KhaoSanRoad Nov 21, 2011 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              found another one: maple bacon donuts made fresh for sunday brunch at beast (but go early as they tend to run out)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                justsayn Nov 21, 2011 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                it is a good doughnut but the entrees were a let down!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  plug Nov 21, 2011 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyone been to the doughnut factory on Queen?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    magic Nov 21, 2011 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Donut Factory has been chatted about on this thread. Reviews are lukewarm:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/761894

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ylsf Nov 21, 2011 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Had this donut from their "Po" branded truck brand at the Food Truck Eats. Thought it was tasty.. I haven't been the restaurant yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. The Chowhound Team Nov 17, 2011 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Folks, if you've tried Glory Hole Donuts, please do post your opinions about them. If you want to discuss the virtues of the name, that discussion would be better suited to a thread on the Not About Food board.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    julesrules Nov 18, 2011 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm going to vote nobody starts that thread. I suspect there are a lot of nice but perhaps older/more sheltered people on chowhound who will find this info TMI and the thread will eventually be removed anyway. I'm enjoying the humour but it's not really topical/appropriate for the board at large IMHO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mrdtp Nov 17, 2011 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glory Hole at Thor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Went early this morning and scored a Coconut Cream.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pillowly soft, filled with creamy coconut cream & flakes, topped with a mound of fresh whipped cream & chocolate sprinkle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $3.25 included FREE cappucinno to celebrate 1st anniversary of Thor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Went back an hour later to grab another for Brown Eyes and they were sold out down to a couple of varieties.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dolce de Leche & Hazelnuts will be the treat for tonite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If it can sit in the kitchen and elude me for a few more hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's hoping for a permanent Glory Hole location.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GoodGravy Nov 17, 2011 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coconut cream you say? I love the coconut cream doughnuts from Doughnut Plant so I'll have to swing by Thor tomorrow morning and hopefully score one. I hope they're as good as my doughnut/coffee combo from Joe in GCT.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Nov 17, 2011 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They are pretty darn good....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Nov 17, 2011 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here's hoping for a permanent Glory Hole location.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ....and if so, here's hoping they change their name!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          KhaoSanRoad Nov 17, 2011 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          personally i like that you can find a Glory Hole at coffee shops and bars through out TO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GoodGravy Nov 17, 2011 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I like the name. It's an inside joke to GTA players and a little naughty to other people. To some it's a lot naughty, but at least it catches your attention and sticks in your mind. I can't wait to read the reviews. "I went to the Glory Hole and stuffed my mouth with creamy goodness."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              justsayn Nov 17, 2011 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There are a million names that "catches your attention and sticks in your mind" without being so fringe and risky and disturbing to some. But if you can't control your hormones, you call it Glory Hole Donuts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodyDudey Nov 17, 2011 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just to set the record straight, it didn't offend me. I just find it tasteless and not the slightlest bit humorous, even though I'm about the last to complain about something offensive. Glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks there were better choices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GoodGravy Nov 17, 2011 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My hormones are under control. So's my sense of humor and my realization that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But if you're more offended by the name than the product than I'm glad I won't have to stand behind you to buy a donut or 6. Just sayin'.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    justsayn Nov 17, 2011 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GG - it wasnt your hormones I was speaking of. It was the person who laughed at the idea and then actually went ahead and named his/her company. I would have laughed too, but it wouldn't have made the short list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am not offended by it for the record. I tried two flavours that were shared with me and I would have bought it myself and will in the future. I would however be offended to see it up in lights like Tim Hortons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Standing behind me won't get in your way. lol lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    At that price - 6 would certainly add up!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GoodGravy Nov 17, 2011 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glad we got that resolved. Let's go eat donuts and suggest new names like brown starfish or Thor's cream filled balls.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      justsayn Nov 17, 2011 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And at that price - 6 would certainly add up!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              magic Nov 17, 2011 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Damn dude that sounds good. Exactly the kind of donut Toronto needs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                themiguel Nov 21, 2011 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Would love a head to head comparison with NYC's the Doughnut Plant. If they are even three-quarters as good as that I am ordering some ASAP!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  justsayn Nov 21, 2011 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Never been to Doughnut Plant but my impression of Glory is that there is definitely room for improvement with the batter. For me, I expect the novelty of these doughnuts will wear off but of course it is too early to really know that.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    themiguel Nov 21, 2011 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am tired of the cupcake obsession - there is definitely a market out there for some outstanding doughnuts that don't come from an ex-hockey player.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      justsayn Nov 21, 2011 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They have been predicting "gourmet" doughuts in Toronto for well over a year now - the city is definitely ready!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      IMO someone just needs to start with fresh doughnuts and they are 3/4 there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just give me donuts that have the quality and taste of San Remo fritters and you can have the over-stuffed, over-glazed Glorys.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pincus Nov 21, 2011 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm going to get there when they open next weekend, optimism made me drop by Saturday afternoon, but realism made me not be too disappointed when they were sold out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. KhaoSanRoad Nov 16, 2011 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  has anyone tried these yet?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.gloryholedoughnuts.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  available at thor, 416snackbar & burgerbar so far...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodyDudey Nov 16, 2011 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm not eating any doughnut that is called "glory hole". Are you aware of what that slang term means?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      magic Nov 16, 2011 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I absolutely would.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The name is hysterical.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The donuts look good! Will have to check them out. Thanks KhaoSanRoad!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Food Tourist Nov 17, 2011 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah it's a risqué double-entendre name but at least they deliver, and the minimum order is 6 (not 6 dozen)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        More damage done by the movie American Pie which changed the innocence of apple pie forever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GoodGravy Nov 16, 2011 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyone that's played Grand Theft Auto will be familiar with Glory Hole's commercials.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As for doughnuts, I've been bringing a dozen of the "can't get 'em here" doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts whenever I drive up. My in-laws love them and keep wondering why they can't get chocolate cream or bavarian cream doughnuts from TH.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          justsayn Nov 16, 2011 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think its an ignorant name also. I will try the donut but I will still give them an F for marketing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Like Fat Bastards Burrito. I know older people who live out there who detest the name and the sign. They won't eat there because of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There is a certain maturity that dictates how far to go with a name in order to stand out and in my opinion these guys are immature for Toronto. But again, its just my opinion as a marketer, I will try the donuts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            julesrules Nov 17, 2011 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Unfortunately the link is blocked by my workplace filter. And now I look like a porn surfer. Who has to work with the IT g