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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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    phoenikia Nov 23, 2007 10:10 PM

    Bavarian Baker, does Cafe Bavaria make krapfen or berliners? Or just Canadian style donuts?

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      CeeQueue Nov 8, 2009 10:20 AM

      I realize this is a very old question, but since someone has recently updated this thread, I thought I should point out that Cafe Bavaria closed down last year.

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      pakmode May 29, 2008 02:27 PM

      I'm going to revive this thread as I'm having a serious doughnut craving.

      Are there any places in the GTA that still do doughnuts well?

      Growing up all the grocery stores used to carry them. The best being Zehr's.

      Unfortunately I think too many people have come to accept outsourced donuts from Timmy's as adequate enough for their donut cravings.

      Any ideas?

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        abscissa May 29, 2008 02:37 PM

        In case there are people who don't know, Tim Horton's freezes all its "bakery" products and ships them to the stores. What a very dry, floury taste.

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          estufarian May 29, 2008 03:15 PM

          As does almost every other 'mass market' baker - including Ace Bakery etc.
          New developments in 'flash-freezing' mean that we can now get imported baguettes from France and all the Moisson bread products from Montreal too.

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            Full tummy May 29, 2008 05:55 PM

            Yes, but it's one thing to freeze an unbaked loaf of bread which is then fresh baked before you purchase it and another to freeze an already deep-fried and glazed doughnut.

            I like the doughnuts at Piegus and at Milbree Viking Smokehouse.

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              pinkprimp May 30, 2008 06:18 AM

              Don't they only freeze the dough and then glaze it after heating it up again? Logically, wouldn't all the glaze just melt off in the oven/warming device? It wouldn't be a thick hard glaze llike it is now.

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                Full tummy May 30, 2008 08:17 PM

                Do you think they bake the frozen doughnuts at the Tim Hortons' locations? I've never seen or smelled anything remotely like baking at any Tim Hortons... The closest to cooking I've seen there is the use of a toaster and microwave. Perhaps you know otherwise...

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                  deelicious May 30, 2008 08:31 PM

                  I know they bake the muffins at Tims.

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                    cakesncookies May 31, 2008 09:24 AM

                    They bake everything from frozen.

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                      deelicious May 31, 2008 12:03 PM

                      I know the muffins are not mixed from scratch at Tims, but they are baked from a raw dough, on-site, are they not?

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                        acheronbeach Apr 1, 2011 06:33 AM

                        The donuts are par-baked at the factory (or at least they were when I worked there). After finishing the baking, they're dipped into the glaze - glaze is also made off-site and comes in giant plastic buckets.

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                  LadyPB Jul 31, 2008 10:28 AM

                  I was going up toward Petsmart today - remembered your comment re Milbree. Went in and grabbed some of the plain sugar donuts, cheese pastries and cinnamon twists (as well as smoked eel). The donuts and pastries are excellent - prepared this morning. You have to take a real bite of the donut - like an old-fashioned donut - not a rip or tear like the Timmy's donuts. I was very happy with this discovery. Thank you for mentioning it.

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                    Full tummy Aug 1, 2008 09:28 PM

                    Glad you enjoyed it LadyPB!

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              fickle May 29, 2008 02:45 PM

              I know what you mean, I'm still looking for a sugar donut today that rivals one from my childhood. It came from a local grocery store (can't remember the name of it now) somewhere in Toledo Ohio (of all places!) but it made such a lasting impression.

              Riviera Bakery on College used to make really good donuts, we would order five dozen or so for work gatherings so they were made fresh for us and boy, were they yummy. Now I'm partial to the sugar donuts from Nova Era (Oakwood & Rogers location) and in a pinch, I'll settle for the sugar twists from the Bathurst subway station bakery (west side one in the station) but only if they're fresh.

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                elrik May 29, 2008 03:00 PM

                Bakery Nakumura in Jtown http://www.japantown.ca/nakamura/e.html has the best Boston Cream donut I have ever had, and it's cream puffs are really good as well. Their savoury items are also awesome. I haven't tried any of the other donuts, and they sell out of the boston cream's by around 12-1 but man are they good. Only donut I have ever had that was better were from a hutterite bakery out west in Waterton lakes national park, they would dip (read, completely encase) them in milk chocolate and were to die for.

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                  food face Aug 10, 2008 04:52 PM

                  Riviera Bakery on College makes the best American style chocolate dip I've had. It's worth the trip going early to get them when they are super fresh. I went to school in the area and would get them at around 8:30AM on the days they make them (mondays and Thursdays). They are hot and topped with rich oozing chocolate. They are very light chewy and fluffy.

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                    ekim256 Aug 12, 2008 10:53 PM

                    The lady at Riviera Bakery on College was quite unpleasant. She was not very welcoming and glowered for our entire transaction...my pastry was not fresh at all. Maybe I went on an off day, but her glare and frown are enough to stop me from going back any time soon..

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                      magic Aug 13, 2008 05:39 AM

                      Yeah, their staff is not super warm.

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                        food face Aug 19, 2008 06:58 PM

                        I feel you. I know the Bakery ladies can be pretty grumpy. Many others share the same sentiment. I would be too serving for the amount of $ they get paid. Too bad though. I'm not sure what you had? A Doughnut? The doughnuts really must be purchased immediately after being baked. I have found most of their goods reasonably to super fresh.

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                        Ginsugirl Jun 1, 2009 05:21 PM

                        Nova Era also has locations at College & Shaw (near Ossington), Dundas west of Ossington, ans St. Clair & Landsdowne. Can't speak to the quality of the donuts, but I'm a glutton for natas (custard tarts), so I've found them all.

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                          justinisthebest Apr 17, 2012 09:15 AM

                          Epi Bread on Bayview makes the best sugar donut I've ever had.

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                          moggiemac Jul 24, 2008 01:51 PM

                          I second Zehr's! Zehr's still does their own donuts and they are much fresher than the supposed donut shops.

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                            mainja Jul 30, 2008 06:47 PM

                            is there a Zehr's in Toronto?

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                              smr714 Jul 31, 2008 07:25 AM

                              Zehr's in Toronto is the Loblaws chain. Just like in Hamilton instead of Zehr's or Loblaws we have Fortinos

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                                mainja Aug 7, 2008 10:20 PM

                                Gotcha. I knew Zehr's were Lablaws (I'm from Guelph), but I was confused, I thought you meant there were Zehr's in Toronto.

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                                pakmode Jul 31, 2008 01:23 PM

                                Closest Zehr's are in Barrie, Bolton, Orangeville, Guelph, St Catherines...etc...basically Ontario - SW of the GTA.

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                              pakmode Aug 9, 2010 06:37 PM

                              Folks,

                              It pains me to say this. But I found ONE Tim Hortons that actually makes their own doughnuts and has pleasantly-tasting, freshly made, different varieties.
                              I don't know why or how - but they're actually good.

                              It's located in Cambridge just off the 401, if you take the Hespeler Rd exit and turn right and right it's located on 150 Holiday Inn Drive.

                              I've been there twice, and both times they had some creative doughnuts that I've never seen anywhere else.
                              Examples:
                              Banana Split - A boston cream like doughnut, with rainbow sprinkles on top of the chocolate icing and a banana custard filling.
                              Coconut Cream - Coconut flakes on top of vanilla icing with a coconut cream filling.
                              Peanut Crunch - A generously coated old fashioned dip absolutely smothered and covered with chopped peanuts.

                              You will see some other doughnut varieties here that Tims trialed the past few years as well...

                              Worth a stop if you're driving by and need a fix.

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                                acheronbeach Apr 1, 2011 06:40 AM

                                Did you ask if they're actually making the donuts there? I was an assistant mgr at Tim Hortons when they switched from fried in-house donuts to par-baked donuts from a factory. I was told by TDL managers that the franchisees had no choice and HAD to get rid of their bakery equipment and switch to frozen. My franchisee was not happy at all.

                                Sounds more like the shop is just being creative with the donut filling/topping combos.

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                              phoenikia May 29, 2008 08:05 PM

                              I was surprised how good my Top Pot apple fritter from the Starbucks on College near Beverly was. A little pricey at $1.95, but the best donut I've eaten at a chain coffee shop. Didn't try the Top Pot chocolate glazed or old-fashioned ($1.75), but they looked like they would be tasty. Are there any other sources for Top Pot doughnuts besides Starbucks?

                              For independent doughnuts, I liked the paczkis that Leslie Deli used to sell. Guess I'll have to get myself to Roncesvalles to do a paczki taste test one of these days.

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                                pinkprimp May 30, 2008 06:20 AM

                                Starbucks is the only retailer in Ontario that has Top Pot donuts, according to my barista friend. They have many, many more flavours in the Top Pot stores in the US, with flavours like Pink Feather Boa! (Vera Wang's favourite, apparently)

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                                  spades May 30, 2008 07:56 AM

                                  I tried the apple fritter with my coffee this morning. Great doughnut. It was nice and crunchy on the outside and really soft and moist on the inside. Hefty and with loads of glaze, which I liked. A huge calorie bomb, but Starbucks did a pretty good job with sourcing doughnuts from these people. I wonder if there's a retail Top Pot outlet coming to Toronto soon?

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                                    phoenikia May 31, 2008 02:50 PM

                                    Just wanted to follow- up. I tried the Top Pot chocolate old-fashioned at Starbucks today. It was pretty ordinary. Maybe a little better than Tim's, but not as good as the Top Pot apple fritter.

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                                      sunshine89 Nov 19, 2009 12:44 AM

                                      If it's paczkis you crave, Granowska's on Roncesvalles is excellent. They pack a real wallop too- half of one is too much for me.

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                                        missnomer Apr 29, 2010 07:33 AM

                                        I have to second/third Granowska's on Roncesvalles. They have delicious doughnuts (paczkis?). I was there on Sunday and bought 3 doughnuts, rosehip, plum and custard. Custard wasn't traditional French custard, it was a bit more whip creamy.

                                        Everything was delicious, and all the other things in the case looked fantastic.

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                                        175 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2L3, CA

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                                          pinstripeprincess Apr 29, 2010 08:26 AM

                                          can you describe them in more detail? the last time i was there on a weekend they seemed rather stale.... i've pretty much written them off because my prior experience was only so so. they weren't chewy, they weren't yeasty, they were just dry and meh.

                                          for something in a similar vein, i highly suggest portuguese doughnuts. they don't have that same yeasty flavour but they're nice and chewy and delicious. my favourite one is from a place called courdense near dovercourt/bloor that has an egg yolk filling similar to the chinese egg yolk filled white dough steamed sweet buns that can be had at dim sum. the lack of sweetness in the filling is made up by the sugar the doughnut is covered in!

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                                            missnomer Apr 29, 2010 12:01 PM

                                            oh yeah? did you accidentally get a day old? usually day-olds are in a tray above the case.

                                            they're nice and yeasty and airy, with glaze on the outside. glaze is nice and sugary, and doughy part is airy and light. jam is all right. i've never had one that was dry.

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                                              pinstripeprincess Apr 29, 2010 12:11 PM

                                              not day olds, straight from the glass case. 3 flavours all stale.

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                                            Chitlin Apr 9, 2012 05:40 PM

                                            Sorry everyone. RIP Granowska's. They have closed permanently as of April 2012. Inferior paczkis are available down the block at Victoria Bakery and Benna's.

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                                            Pieji_oh Nov 11, 2010 04:34 PM

                                            I get their paczkis too, but they are abit different from Berliners or Pfannkuchens. I found that paczkis are too dense and they are a bit chewier than Pfannkuchen. However. Granowska's paczkis always seems not very fresh. Maybe I just don't know when they make new batches. If you happen to go to Germany, Back-Werk is cheap, always fresh and they are everywhere, not just Pfannkuchens but all their other stuff are amazing!

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                                            Granowska's
                                            175 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2L3, CA

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                                          orbitgirl May 29, 2008 08:19 PM

                                          There used to be this little kosher bakery at the corner of Bathurst and Caribou (just south of Lawrence) that made THE most amazing homemade doughnuts with crunchy stuff on top. Honestly I've not tasted anything like it since...

                                          I know this doesn't answer your question but your post made me think of this amazing little find...

                                          1. Bobby Wham May 29, 2008 08:39 PM

                                            I'm looking for an awesome cake donut, you know the dense ones??? love those.

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                                              pakmode May 29, 2008 09:16 PM

                                              Wow...thanks for all the replies and suggestions.

                                              I would classify (edible) doughnuts into two kinds:
                                              1. Gourmet doughnuts.
                                              2. Nostaligic doughnuts. (quality may lack but they hit the sweet spot)

                                              I grew up in SW-Ontario and for a time there were a plethora of doughnut shops scattered about: Robin's Donuts, Global Donuts, Country Style and Timmy's were even decent, and ALL the chain grocery stores would specifically have those doughnut display cases that we all craved as kids.
                                              Zehr's is the only chain grocery store I've seen that still carries them.
                                              I remember even crossing over to Michigan and the local doughnut shops were decent as were the chain grocery stores.
                                              But it seems like it's all gone to hell in a handbasket, which is sad considering how Hamilton is the home of Timmy's.

                                              In terms of Gourmet Doughnuts, I have found a movement afoot in Manhattan and LA, but nothing really seems to be here in the GTA. I'm going to check out some of the suggestions posted above, hopefully I'm proven wrong.

                                              Also, I'm looking for just a plain, simple chocolate dip doughnut.

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                                                jillybean38 May 30, 2008 06:58 AM

                                                Sanders Bakery in Rockwood has a fantastic jelly donut. I would definately consider it a nostalgic donut. They're small, about the size of your palm and covered in granulated sugar - Yummy

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                                                  acheronbeach Jun 29, 2010 07:24 AM

                                                  Saunders Bakery. On Highway 7 going straight into Guelph. They sell cake donuts, either with an (overly sweet) raspberry filling, or traditional sugared. Get there before 1 pm or they'll be sold out.

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                                                  wazoo Jul 5, 2011 09:17 AM

                                                  There is a bit of a donut trend going on in Toronto too. You'll find them now as desserts in resutrants now, such as Deluxe and Terroni and at some of the newer trendy resturants. But, Toronto does not make sense to me. This is a city of donut lovers, yet there are no truly creative and interesting donut places like you will find in NYC, LA, or Texas. Yes, Texas is legendary for their donuts!!!

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                                                    TexSquared Jul 5, 2011 09:29 AM

                                                    This is not a city of donut lovers. It's a city of Tim Horton's addicts. Not the same thing. The zombies craving Timmies all day won't know nor care about some high end gourmet donut put out by some top pastry chef. "Gimme my Timmies and nobody gets hurt...." (anybody who wears that shirt in public is automatically a "redneck" to me)

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                                                  torontofoodiegirl May 30, 2008 02:28 PM

                                                  Not technically donuts, but there was just a thread (including a link to an article) about "Bomboloni" (Italian donuts). They look/sound absolutely delicious.

                                                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/523354

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                                                    magic May 30, 2008 03:31 PM

                                                    The Drake Hotel's cafe (not sure what it's called) makes homemade donuts. Wonderful. I strongly prefer to glazed to the chocolate covered ones.

                                                    Harbord Bakery also makes lovely fresh donuts. Nothing fancy, just damn tasty and fresh. Go for the cinnamon sugar. Donuts might just be weekends though, not sure....

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                                                      deelicious May 30, 2008 08:14 PM

                                                      Drake donuts ARE fantastic!

                                                      San Remo Bakery on Royal York Road south of the QEW makes incredible fritters. I think you would forget all about Starbucks. If you get them freshly made, you will not stop with one. In addition, I think they make one or two other donut styles.

                                                      They also bake fantastic, stuffed corn bread loaves and delicious pizza slices....

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                                                        atomeyes Jul 25, 2008 07:04 AM

                                                        I third the Drake, even though I haven't had them since last summer. used to be addicted to them. Fresh, flavourful, fried to perfection.

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                                                          Boodah Nov 8, 2009 06:02 AM

                                                          San Remo's coconut cream donuts are sublime.

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                                                            red dragon Dec 12, 2009 09:07 AM

                                                            I agree, Sanremo donuts are delicious! I got my birthday cake from them today and also had a quick lunch there (italian sandwich), I bought a lemon donut and wish I had bought more!! They are soft, moist, not greasy at all, hard to describe, but they remind me a bit of the donuts I had at Iberostar in Mayan Riviera!! It's a good 45 minute drive for us, but I'll be back!

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                                                              Chitlin May 29, 2011 05:54 PM

                                                              San Remo's apple fritters are the greatest - chock full of apples and drenched in fondant. Very sweet and fresh. Maybe weekends only.

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                                                                Yongeman Jan 29, 2012 11:42 AM

                                                                I finally got to try the apple fritters at San Remo Bakery on Royal York. I must say that they were excellent! I tried to get them on Friday at about 10:30, but they were already sold out. So, not to be disappointed again, I arrived just after opening this morning (Sunday). I brought home a dozen of the still-warm fritters (well, 11, since I had to consume one in the car). I must say that while the warm one was delicious, they improved as they cooled to room temperature with a nice almost-crunchy crust. Imagine buying a dozen of these for only $6.99! My family was more than pleased.

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                                                                  26Marushka Sep 25, 2012 10:29 PM

                                                                  So glad San Remo got some love on this thread. I'd eat their donuts 8 days a week if I could....that being said...

                                                                  I stopped by Glory Hole the other day at 1145 on my way to a playdate in Oakville and they were completely sold out. Ok, well I'm headed west so I'll swing by San Remo. A baker's dozen of wonderfully soft and delicious yeast donuts of all sorts ran me $7.99....compare that to what I might have spent at Glory Hole?! I'm not hating, I just saved a pretty penny and had a good ole donut time anyway!

                                                          2. sugarcube May 31, 2008 06:50 PM

                                                            I had a plum filled doughnut at Granowska's on Roncesvalles. Pretty good, but wish there had been a bit more of the filling

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                                                              koknia Jun 4, 2008 10:27 AM

                                                              I had a plum one at another place on Ronces this a.m. Like you say, not a ton of plum, but @ 40 cents for a big fresh hunk of stuffed dough, not a bad deal!

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                                                                Jar Jul 31, 2008 11:36 PM

                                                                Perhaps filling small, delicate and exquisite! But most important,. a very light sticky clear sugar glaze, a delicate yet soft enclosing crust, and the doughnut dough filled bite by bite with real yeast flavour, the dough is the thing, yeasty!!!!! Plums the main selected and recognized fill, but in Polish homes, there can be other fruits, cheese, etc, Making about 3 dozen dooughts can yield half plunm, some other fruits in others, some with cheese ---- you select your doughnut at the table, and 50/50 chance of a surprise ------ but, the essential doughnut must be clear sugar coloured on a delicate soft outer coating and the doughnut must be yeasty,chewabke,tasty and enjoyable. It took time and effort, but I have created wonderful " Fusion Food " doughnuts a la Thai, Mexican, etc. Little filling within the doughnut requiren=ments!!!

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                                                                snackboy Jun 1, 2008 06:42 PM

                                                                Speaking of apple fritters . . . I recently had one at the pastry/pie/cake place on the bottom floor of the St. Lawrence Market and it was fantastic!! . . . there were lots of apples in it and it was extremely fresh , , , definitely one of the better ones I've had...check it sometime...

                                                                SB

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                                                                  pinkprimp Jun 4, 2008 11:17 AM

                                                                  Do you remember what it was called or where it was close to? Is it the one with all the cakes and stuff in the glass display case near the stairs?

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                                                                    Chocaholic Jul 11, 2008 07:56 PM

                                                                    How about the Giant Ricotta Ball from Riviera Bakery. We asked what it was called. She told us it was called "Inus"...but I am sure this is not how you spell it.

                                                                    I had it a few months ago after dining around the neighbourhood.

                                                                    It's really good, its baked with ricotta and fruit inside. I think like spumoni. Then fried with bread crumbs.

                                                                    Does anyone else know the spelling of this baked good?

                                                                    I really enjoyed it even tho its not chocolate : D

                                                                     
                                                                     
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                                                                      magic Jul 23, 2008 07:51 PM

                                                                      Oh my, I just tried the ricotta pastry donut thing from Riviera bakery. Don't know if I'd call it a donut, but I guess it's kinda an Italian version of one. I think she said it was called a Sicilian Inus or something. No clue how to spell it.

                                                                      Sweet Jesus it was tasty. Thanks for the tip!!

                                                                      Riviera's donuts, when fresh, are super duper.

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                                                                        mrbozo Aug 1, 2008 02:58 AM

                                                                        Killer apple turnovers as well.

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                                                                          magic Aug 1, 2008 05:39 AM

                                                                          Hmm. Good to know. Will have to procure said turnover. Thanks!

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                                                                      snackboy Aug 3, 2008 08:03 PM

                                                                      Hey Pink,

                                                                      Sorry for the slow response . . . yes it was the one close to the stairs . . . they also sell coffee as well as other pastries and cakes . . . let me know what you think

                                                                      SB

                                                                  2. Otonabee Jul 12, 2008 05:22 PM

                                                                    I had an amazing one a Brunch at Brassaii. More churros style but served with a chocolate coffee sauce. Hot and fabulous!

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                                                                      dubchild Jun 2, 2009 08:28 AM

                                                                      I've also had good experiences at Brassai for brunch. They are also open for breakfast. And I agree the doughnuts are hot and tasty.

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                                                                        jennjen18 Aug 7, 2010 08:51 PM

                                                                        Do they still have doughnuts there now?? I think their menu changed then ...
                                                                        http://www.brassaii.com/pdf/20242_Bra...

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                                                                        wazoo Jul 5, 2011 09:29 AM

                                                                        I was incredbly disappointed with Brassaii's donuts. They tasted like they were made first thing in the morning. not fresh at all... but I was wowed by their lemon riccotta french toast! yum!

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                                                                        461 King St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K7, CA

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                                                                        d. hatlem Jul 20, 2008 05:45 AM

                                                                        I'm a transplanted Californian with a sweet tooth who is totally on board with those bemoaning the pre-fab donut craze in Toronto and elsewhere. In southern california basically every strip mall has a terrific, actually store baked - you know, where the baker gets there at like 3am to make the goods - donut shop. A few places in my area, Parkdale, have donuts made fresh somewhere else in town (they tell me it's Scarborough:( ). I'm going to try the Drake this morning I think, but what I'm looking for, anywhere in Toronto, is a place where they specialize in donuts and make them fresh that morning. You know, the kind of place that has sprinkle donuts and pink frosted donuts and plain cake with chocolate and good apple fritters and lemon powders and chocolate crullers ... I mean I don't expect a great Mexican food joint in Toronto, but donuts? Come on, a good fresh donut store (and a reasonably priced Italian dive) are totally necessary. (I did run into a decent bakery in the warden subway stop, but don't know how good their donuts are fresh, or even when they're fresh, I arrived around dinner time and they tasted great, but not fresh).

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                                                                          magic Jul 21, 2008 05:54 AM

                                                                          When I was in Los Angeles I reveled in their fresh baked donuts, which, as you say, were found everywhere. Sadly, I'd be surprised if you found that in Toronto. When I was growing up it was fairly common here. Now you need to travel outside the city, often to the States, to get the kind of donuts you speak of. I have no idea why this city doesn’t bake them fresh anymore… they used to. Just so sad.

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                                                                            koknia Jul 21, 2008 08:01 AM

                                                                            The regular donut at Granowska is the best one I've had in town.

                                                                            However, I have not done much research.

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                                                                              magic Jul 21, 2008 08:19 AM

                                                                              Hmm, never heard of Granowska. What/Where is it? Sounds interesting...

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                                                                                koknia Jul 21, 2008 09:01 AM

                                                                                It's a very well known bakery on Ronces. Their plum jam filled donut was featured on City TV last week.

                                                                                http://www.granowskas.com/

                                                                                http://videotoronto.citytv.com/?fr_ch...

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                                                                                  pinstripeprincess Jul 21, 2008 09:31 AM

                                                                                  polish bakeries along roncessvales are easily your best bets. they're not all made in house but pretty much always fresh and filled with simple and delicious fillings like plum.

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                                                                                    fred wesley Jul 30, 2008 11:12 AM

                                                                                    Venezia Bakery on Ossington just north of Queen has really good doughnuts. They make a few different kinds. My favourite it cream filled with lots of sugar on top.

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                                                                                      magic Jul 30, 2008 11:35 AM

                                                                                      I must say, I love this thread, but it'd be great to see if anyone has any recs on "American" style donuts. I'm thinking fresh-made, glazes, sprinkles, cakey goodness. What you used to be able to find in Toronto before they became horrendous and gross, as seen now in the chains. Anyone? Bueller?

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                                                                                        peppermint pate Jul 30, 2008 07:31 PM

                                                                                        Sorry, don't have a rec for you but just had to say I LOL'd at the Bueller reference...:)

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                                                                                          magic Jul 31, 2008 05:50 AM

                                                                                          Haha, thanks :)

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                                                                                      Pincus Dec 15, 2009 10:25 AM

                                                                                      Old thread, but these Roncesvalles posts made me start reminiscing for Starsky's in Misssissauga, Dundas St. E. Every Friday I would head over to grab some unhealthy but delicious steam table food for lunch, and some delicious Polish doughnuts for the weekend. Not near there any more, but I think I have one more place to visit over the holidays.

                                                                            2. mainja Jul 30, 2008 06:52 PM

                                                                              Okay, not Toronto, but people keep talking about apple fritters, and I can't leave without saying that the apple fritters at St Jacob's market are among the best tasting things I have ever experienced in my life...

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                                                                                magic Jul 31, 2008 05:51 AM

                                                                                Agreed. They are divine.

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                                                                                  Full tummy Aug 1, 2008 09:29 PM

                                                                                  Oh ya! I'm with you on that one. My god, I can eat quite a few of those. Trouble is they're only good when fresh; no point taking them on the road with you.

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                                                                                    pinstripeprincess Aug 3, 2008 09:37 AM

                                                                                    super delish... the fresh sliced apples are the winning part but also what would prevent them from travelling well.

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                                                                                      Full tummy Aug 3, 2008 08:14 PM

                                                                                      Oh, they just turn into soggy little lumps. Boo hoo!

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                                                                                      mainja Aug 7, 2008 10:22 PM

                                                                                      actually, they travel okay if you reheat them in the over briefly when you get home. It crisps them back up. Yum. Man. Now I have to go to St. Jacob's. sigh...

                                                                                  2. jo blam Jul 30, 2008 07:35 PM

                                                                                    What about the bakeries on Bloor between Jane and Runnymede. I can't remember any of their names. I think one of them is the Sweet Gallery. If not that there are a handful.

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                                                                                      Pharah Jan 12, 2010 09:26 AM

                                                                                      I love going to Anna's for paczkis. It's right at Jane subway. The only other bakery I can recall around there is Hot Oven at Runnymede, but I know there are more I'm not remembering. I don't know if Hot Oven sells doughnuts because I always go to Anna's.

                                                                                      Bread&Roses is an amazing cafe/bakery just West of Runnymede, but they unfortunately do not sell doughnuts.

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                                                                                        Boodah Jan 13, 2010 06:51 AM

                                                                                        It's not a donut but Anna's sells some of the biggest turnovers I've ever seen, the cherry ones are great.

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                                                                                          fickle Jan 13, 2010 12:29 PM

                                                                                          I love Anna's poppy seed cake roll. I'll have to try their paczkis and turnovers next time. I'm also addicted to those danish ring thingy with the almond slivers that look like a sweet pretzel. Yum!

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                                                                                      smr714 Jul 31, 2008 07:30 AM

                                                                                      I got some Krispy Kreme doughnut holes yesterday and had to throw them away. The whole box of them were soggy...

                                                                                      I miss being able to get a good lemon doughnut, but even the so-so places have discontinued them

                                                                                      1. happycamper Aug 1, 2008 09:46 PM

                                                                                        I like the sugar donuts and berlin ball from Nova Era on College/Shaw.
                                                                                        They are always warm and fluffly and never skimped on sugar sprinkles!

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                                                                                          chaptwo Aug 3, 2008 03:37 PM

                                                                                          Last week in the Spadina area I had what was close to a chocolate donut with mousse in the middle that was insanely good from Le Gourmande. Personally, nothing will ever top the glazed doughnuts I used to have from Steinberg's as a kid...Timmy's sucks, Krispy Kreme is overrated....because of that I'll check out some of the recs on here...

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                                                                                            wazoo Jul 5, 2011 09:36 AM

                                                                                            Le Gourmande's Beignet's would melt in your mouth!!! Are they still around?

                                                                                        2. sugarcube Aug 4, 2008 05:18 PM

                                                                                          I just went to the drake hotel for brunch yesterday and saw that they had a coconut cream pie donut... it looked delicious... alas I didn't have room for it :( I had their chicken and waffles and shared the croissant bread pudding with my buddy.

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                                                                                            magic Aug 8, 2008 05:47 AM

                                                                                            It all sounds so good. Oh my.

                                                                                          2. DockPotato Aug 8, 2008 01:59 PM

                                                                                            This should make you all cry.

                                                                                            Every Monday morning I buy two doughnut items at our local flea market from Armstrong Bakery out of Lucknow - apple fritter, glazed doughnut, or dutchie. They are huge and cost only a buck apiece. I'm told that a lot of honey is used, but by any road whatever you buy out of their "single" tub is unbelievably gooey and sweet - with those hard crystal sugar flakes. Nice semi-leathery skin over a bouncy, yeasty inside. My favourite is the apple fritter - a single, tiny slice of apple inside the dough.

                                                                                            Here is the crying part - someone said to me that she didn't like the doughnuts because they tasted "yeasty" - yikes.

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                                                                                              fred wesley Aug 10, 2008 03:33 PM

                                                                                              Lucknow!

                                                                                              I'll remember this.

                                                                                            2. sugarcube Aug 12, 2008 05:15 PM

                                                                                              This post has some great suggestions for where to find yeast leavened doughnuts. However I am wondering about cake-like doughnuts and where the best spots to find them are.

                                                                                              Also, on a related note: how would you revive a doughnut's freshness? Say if I purchased one, brought it home and wanted to re-heat it? Would I use a toaster oven, or regular oven? Would using a microwave be a doughnut reheating sin? Please advise doughnut experts.
                                                                                              Thanks!

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                                                                                                magic Aug 12, 2008 08:57 PM

                                                                                                Personally, I'd for sure use a microwave. I'm not a huge proponent of microwaves but they are useful for certain things. A quick blast on med/hi for 11ish seconds might be a good bet. I think a toaster oven would not be super ideal for bringing donuts back to life. Or so I think.

                                                                                                Also, I tried the coconut cream donuts at the Drake. Thanks for that rec! They were really good. They make lovely donuts. The donut was loaded with custard. Almost too much custard actually. But it was quality stuff and you could see vanilla beans in it. That was a donut first for me. They really make such a wonderful effort to put out quality donuts. So nice to see.

                                                                                                Still, I agree with you…. as I've mentioned previously on this thread, some cake donut recs would sure be nice. If that even exists in Toronto anymore. I wonder if they do…

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                                                                                                  sugarcube Aug 13, 2008 06:04 PM

                                                                                                  Ooh thanks for the update on the coconut cream doughnut magic. I def need to head back there.. i also had my eye on this 5 layer cake that day... soo many good eats in that cafe!

                                                                                                  hmmm i guess the search is on for some good cake donuts then.
                                                                                                  although, i recall eating fluffy, tender donuts (they arrived as small timbits) rolled in cinnamon-sugar at Canoe--however they were not the cake variety but the yeast leavened kind). i remember them being so good because they were made to order, so they were nice and warm when they arrived.

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                                                                                                    pancake Aug 13, 2008 06:24 PM

                                                                                                    I've heard the bakery inside bathurst subway station sells freshly baked ones. Cannot vouche for the flavour but some co-workers were talking about how good they were.

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                                                                                                      sugarcube Aug 19, 2008 07:53 PM

                                                                                                      Thanks pancake. what's the name of the bakery (I've never made a stop at bathurst subway station).

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                                                                                                        pancake Aug 20, 2008 10:24 AM

                                                                                                        I am not sure what the name is - but it is located right inside the subway station. From what I am told - you cannot miss it, by sight or smell.

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                                                                                                          Ginsugirl Jun 1, 2009 05:30 PM

                                                                                                          It's called Bakery On The Go, and it is on the mezzanine level of Bathurst station. Good bet for a yeasty sugar twist. They also have some rockin' beef patties.

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                                                                                                jillybean38 Aug 20, 2008 08:09 AM

                                                                                                Ok - I know this one is a drive for all you Torontonians but sometimes you need to leave the city limits. Dars Delights have wonderful cider donuts - they are cake donuts and come rolled in either white sugar or a combo of white sugar and cinnamon. They are in Moffat - not from from the 401 between Milton and Guelph. 905-854-4331

                                                                                                1. dinin and dishin Aug 20, 2008 09:12 AM

                                                                                                  Another outside of Toronto suggestion - but worth the drive. I get fresh donuts made daily onsite from the Tyrone Mill in Tyrone. It's on Liberty St and the 7th Concession - north of Bowmanville. It's an old and still functioning mill. If you are lucky, you can get them when they are still warm. They are either plain or rolled in sugar with a little cinnamon I think. They also have some other great backed goods and they produce their own flours. It's a good day trip and you can stop just south of their on Liberty and the 6th concession at Archibald Orchards Estate Winery to taste their fruit wine or pick apples with the kids

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                                                                                                    philehohfish Sep 19, 2008 08:29 PM

                                                                                                    The United Bakers Dairy Restaurant (in the plaza @ Bathurst & Lawrence) has a fantastic counter selection. Only a few varieties of donuts, but very good quality.Boston cream, jelly ,plain glazed. They also make a terrific item called an " Apple Ball" that I consider myself both altruistic and stupid to be mentioning. Your gain, my loss....but heh I'll find something that's left !

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                                                                                                      Dr Butcher Jun 2, 2009 07:42 AM

                                                                                                      Another out of town suggestion for an amazing apple fritter, the Village Bake Shop in Orono (up the 115 on the way to Peterborough). They are on the thin side, crisp and full of apple chunks, I can't get enough of them.

                                                                                                      For Boston creme, the Port Union Bakery (port Union Rd in Scarborough) makes awesome ones, they are sliced in half and stuffed with filling and have a nice thick coating of chocolate on top.

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                                                                                                        sugarcube Jun 24, 2009 02:35 PM

                                                                                                        Dr. Butcher,
                                                                                                        For Port Union Bakery, will varieties of their doughnuts be limited if I went in the afternoon? I can't make it in the mornings because of work.
                                                                                                        Any other suggestions from this place in addition to the Boston creme?
                                                                                                        Thanks!

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                                                                                                          Dr Butcher Nov 8, 2009 08:37 AM

                                                                                                          Unfortunately yes. The bakery itself is very small. They only make a certain number of donuts per day. I've been in a few times and the selection has been depleted. Your best bet is to get there before the afternoon.

                                                                                                          Try their empanadas if you get a chance, they are addictive as well.

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                                                                                                            qtxniki Dec 11, 2009 05:56 PM

                                                                                                            OMG! Yes...this place is amazing for it's donuts. Been going all my life. It's the same family who's owned it. As a child, they used to give the donut holes away for free whenever I came in. They make the best chocolate dip in the city! Too bad I live downtown now...

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                                                                                                      Toronto Fastfoodie Jun 1, 2009 04:57 PM

                                                                                                      Finally I have found it! My year-long quest is over! A great doughnut that is not from your typical doughnut chain. Was at Loblaw at Yonge and Yonge and felt compelled to try their doughnuts in the fresh bakery section. SO GOOD! These are huge, fresh yeast doughnuts, just the way I like 'em. I picked up one of each of the three they had: maple, sprinkle, and chocolate dip. It was so big & there was no hole so I thought it was cream filled. But I was mistaken. Nonetheless, it was great. Like eating a real dessert. I will definately return for more. Anyone else share my experience or one like it somewhere else?

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                                                                                                        Pizza Lover Jun 2, 2009 09:53 AM

                                                                                                        I've tried these doughnuts and they are very much like the sufganiot that are sold in Jewish bakeries around chanukah.

                                                                                                        You should also try the doughnuts that are sold at Starsky's out in Mississuaga - especially the Rosehip filled - top notch and fresh, fresh,fresh.

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                                                                                                        Hmm Jun 1, 2009 06:16 PM

                                                                                                        Am I the only one w/ a love for sour-cream based donuts? Growing up back west a couple of places made something akin to a sour-cream glaze from Tim Hortons but properly. Unfortunately, a good home-made sour-cream cake donut is hard to find now adays.

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                                                                                                          thatlankyfoody Jun 2, 2009 11:23 AM

                                                                                                          On a recent NY trip I visited donut plant in the L.E.S and it made me drool about fresh made donuts of yore. Anywhere in TO to get something that resembles that delicious product?

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                                                                                                            Dflip Jun 3, 2009 07:41 PM

                                                                                                            Port Union Bakery on Port Union Road at Lawson Rd, south of the 401 and north of Lawrence makes great Boston Cream Donuts, and several iced donuts. They are very good.

                                                                                                          2. Moimoi Nov 8, 2009 11:14 AM

                                                                                                            This place has been on my list of things to do for years, but I'm sure if beignets qualify as doughnuts...

                                                                                                            I've heard that Cajun Corner (920 Queen St E 416-703-4477) make fresh beignets and serve Cafe du Monde on weekends. I don't even know if the place is still in business. I'm also not a coffee expert, so I can't comment on the Cafe du Monde, but the old review I had was pretty excited about it. Most anything, hot and just out of the fryer or oven is usually good in my books however...

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                                                                                                            214 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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                                                                                                              TorontoJo Nov 8, 2009 11:17 AM

                                                                                                              Cajun Corner is long closed...

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                                                                                                                Brain of J Nov 12, 2009 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                I guess that move to Leaside didn't quite work out......but that's a topic for another day.

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                                                                                                                  Moimoi Dec 21, 2011 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                  Guess I'd better take it off my list of places to go if I'm downtown early on a Sunday... Thanks.

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                                                                                                                geekazoid Nov 8, 2009 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                We recently went to a little donut shop called Claudia's in the Alderwood area in Etobicoke. It's located just east of Sherway Gardens on Browns Line. The place is a real joint and the donuts made the brown paper bag all greasy. The toasted coconut donut was very fresh and almost creamy tasting. Good place for fresh homemade cake (and raised) donuts.

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                                                                                                                  magic Nov 9, 2009 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                  Hmm, sounds interesting. Think I might have to pay a visit. Their adress btw:

                                                                                                                  Claudia's Donuts
                                                                                                                  744 Browns Line

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                                                                                                                    Boodah Nov 9, 2009 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                    What did it for me at that place is their plain cake donut is really good, intense ginger and nutmeg flavors.

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                                                                                                                      magic Nov 9, 2009 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                      Damn. I'm there!

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                                                                                                                        Boodah Nov 9, 2009 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                        My better half has pointed out that my brain has failed me, that Claudia's isn't the place with intense ginger and nutmeg flavors in the plain donut. She says the place in question is actually Highland Farms. I could have sworn it was Claudia's but I'm going to defer to her memory which is generally far better than mine. The toasted coconut donut from Claudia's was fabulous, that I remember for sure but for the plain...get yourself over to Highland Farms :)

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                                                                                                                          magic Nov 9, 2009 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                          No worries, thanks for clarifying. Both sounds fantastic.

                                                                                                                          Highland Farms.... as in the grocery chain??

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                                                                                                                            Boodah Nov 9, 2009 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                            Yep. All of their other donuts are forgettable but that plain one suprisingly has some depth to it. Also, today I had a Berliner (German jelly-filled donut) from Dimpflmeier Bakery on Advance Dr. and it took me straight back to when I was living in Germany, fabulous.

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                                                                                                                              magic Nov 9, 2009 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                              Hmm, thanks for the scoop!

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                                                                                                                                Boodah Nov 9, 2009 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                No problem, people who like real donuts (e.g. not Tim Hortons) gotta watch out for each other :)

                                                                                                                                p.s. my SO is a pastry chef and she's been threatening to make her own donuts for a while now. I think I might just hit the jackpot if I can convince her to go through with it.

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                                                                                                                                  magic Nov 9, 2009 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                  Luckeeeee. :)

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                                                                                                                                    Full tummy Nov 9, 2009 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                    What you need to do is create a holiday time tradition, like we are establishing (if I keep up the pressure) in our family at Christmas. Doughnuts are part of the activities; that way it's not something we do all the time (it's a lot of work), but it's fun, rewarding, and everyone gets to enjoy it, so all that hot oil isn't wasted on doughnuts for two!!!

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                                                                                                                                      Boodah Jan 20, 2010 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                      Was at Highland Farms in Mississauga again recently and got the plain donut that had been rolled in sugar. I can confirm this is the same excellent ginger and nutmeg flavored donut as the plain.

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                                                                                                                                    duckdown Nov 9, 2009 09:17 PM

                                                                                                                                    Dimpflmeiers makes lots of good stuff :)

                                                                                                                                    I really like their pretzels especially

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                                                                                                                                  magic Nov 10, 2009 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                  Which Highland Farms location do you frequent btw? Do other locations carry the donut as well?

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                                                                                                                                    Boodah Nov 10, 2009 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                                    Mississauga and Downsview, both carry them. I have never been to any of the other Highland locations so I can't say whether they carry donuts or not.

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                                                                                                                                      magic Nov 10, 2009 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                      Okay, thank you.

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                                                                                                                                    magic Jan 20, 2010 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                    I finally tried Claudia’s. Nice donuts. Growing up, donuts like that used to be literally everywhere. Now I have to drive to Etobicoke to get them. So sad. I think back in the day, I'd have considered Claudia's slightly better than average but now, with the lack of donut shops like there used to be, I'd rate them as good. Back in the day my go-to spot was a place around Yonge/York Mills called Dip & Sip. Where a McDonald’s now stands. I’d put those well ahead of Claudia’s. And that was just a whatever donut and coffee shop. One among many that were fairly similar. Certainly though, Claudia’s is better than the chains. A good solid 7.5 out of 10. Might make the shlep once a year or so depending on my craving intensity. I did not try the toasted coconut however...

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                                                                                                                                      Yongeman Jan 20, 2010 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                      Yeah, Dip & Sip. Good doughnuts. But if you got one later in the day, it tasted like smoke. Mmmmm, memories of smoke in the coffee shop...blechhhhh!

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                                                                                                                                        magic Jan 20, 2010 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                        Man that place was such a dump. But delish donuts somehow. Good times.

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                                                                                                                                          toveggiegirl Jan 21, 2010 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                          There is a place called Dip 'n Sip on Kingston Rd. It looks very retro (and sketchy) from the outside. Any connection?

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                                                                                                                                            magic Jan 22, 2010 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                            Hmm, I wonder. I'm guessing no, but hey who knows, that is just a guess. This other Dip & Sip, from days gone by, was legitimately run down.... not the kind of place that would be aware of something like a retro motif. But who knows. Maybe I'll call and find out....

                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the interesting info!

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                                                                                                                                              toveggiegirl Jan 22, 2010 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                              By retro, I mean it looks like a relic of the past, not faux-retro. It is "legitimately run down"!

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                                                                                                                                                magic Jan 22, 2010 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                Haha. Well, I called them. And the nice lady who did not speak a ton of English told me that it was not the same as the Yonge St. location I was mentioning. Not quite sure she understood me entirely or was giving me accurate info, but there you go.

                                                                                                                                                I guess I'd have to check their donuts out myself to see if they are the same but right now I'm thinking it's not the same... but who knows….

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                                                                                                                                                  toveggiegirl Jan 23, 2010 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for doing the sleuthing! I guess Dip 'n Sip is not such a rare name for a doughnut shop. I still don't understand why a good doughnut is so hard to find in Toronto.

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                                                                                                                                                    magic Jan 23, 2010 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Not a problem!

                                                                                                                                                    And I hear you :)

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                                                                                                                                                    d. hatlem May 8, 2011 04:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Went to that Dip 'n Sip two or three years ago after several times of passing it with a hopeful gleam in my eye. Looks like I'll have to try Claudia's at some point. I usually get my fill once a month or so on a trip to either my parents (in California - one to two times a year) or my in-laws in Michigan where a local coffee joint makes their own. On the California donut scale they rate a 10 for quality and a 7.5 for selection. It's a dilemma about going that far out in Etobicoke for an overall 7.5 on a scale that sounds very similar to mine. Still the best I've found otherwise in Toronto barely comes in around 5.0 (combining quality and selection scores, that is).

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                                                                                                                                                      d. hatlem May 8, 2011 04:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                      [post intended for below, don't know why it showed up here]

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                                                                                                                                      magic Dec 15, 2009 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                      I went to Highland Farms today for that plain donut. I'm not sure if they had they plain. All I saw were cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar. So I tried both. The cinnamon sugar was good, but yeah, not sure if I'd rush back for it. Same for the powdered sugar one. That one I ended at one bite. I got the idea. Don't get me wrong, they were well above Tim's but not sure if they were worth the calories. Still nice to see cake donuts that were not mass produced garbagio.

                                                                                                                                      So was the cinnamon sugar one I had the plain you speak of?? I didn't pick up any ginger or nutmeg (plus it wasn't really plain I guess, with the cinnamon/sugar and all). Maybe I got there too early for the plain donuts to be ready?? I really wanted to try one...

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                                                                                                                                        Boodah Dec 15, 2009 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                        No, the plain one really is plain, absolutely nothing on it.

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                                                                                                                                          magic Dec 15, 2009 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                          Yeah, maybe they'll have those next time. Ok, thanks then.

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                                                                                                                                    duckdown Nov 9, 2009 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                    Neat, I found it on google maps street view, sounds excellent.. an old-school no-frills donut shoppe, I'm a fan already

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                                                                                                                                    urbanegastrojedi Nov 14, 2009 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                    Well I cant suggest a donut shop donut. I can suggest the best bakey style donut I have had in North America. Its in mississauga at a bakery called LAZAR its on central at or near confederation. One type PLAIN SUGAR! do NOT let them fill it for you its gross. Instead take them home and slice them in half and serve with a smear of raspberry jam and dollop of real whipped cream. If anyone has been to a good bakery in London you will know what I am talking about. IMHO THE BEST DONUT IN CANADA!

                                                                                                                                    1. blue bike Nov 15, 2009 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                      Any chance to find hot, fresh doughnuts like these in Toronto?

                                                                                                                                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q_ugg...

                                                                                                                                      The doughnuts are shown at 5:20.

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                                                                                                                                        rapsrealm Dec 12, 2009 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                        You can go to the Tiny Tom Donuts which opened in Markham they make it fresh right in front of you.

                                                                                                                                      2. KidDracula Nov 15, 2009 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                        If you're looking for profoundly cheap donuts dished out of a coffee shop setting, allow me to suggest Baker's Dozen on the corner of Sherbourne & Wellsley. They have a varied selection and a dozen with a lagniappe is around $5.
                                                                                                                                        If you've adjusted your expectations accordingly, the quality is surprisingly high. They might even be freshly baked throughout the day, but I can't be sure. I do like 'em, though.

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                                                                                                                                          pakmode Dec 15, 2009 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                          Finally tried out Port Union Bakery last weekend - that place is a gem. The powdered jelly filled ones were good, I liked how they sliced them in half and filled the jelly. Nice touch. Also found the chocolate dip very likeable as well.

                                                                                                                                          Tried out United Dairy Bakers a few days ago. $1.50 for a lacklustre jelly filled doughnut (the only ones they had at the time). I was there at 7PM so it was late in the day and the doughnut tasted as such. Will not be back.

                                                                                                                                          I am going to try and go to Claudia's on Browns Line sometime in the next couple weeks.

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                                                                                                                                            1sweetpea Dec 15, 2009 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                            Pakmode, I'm not sure that you've given United Dairy Bakers a fair shake. If you went in the last few days, they may only be making jelly doughnuts since it is Chanukah. I'm sure you're well aware that no doughnut is at its best after sitting in a display case for hours, and in light of the time of evening you purchased your doughnut, it was likely several hours old. You should make another visit early in the day, once Chanukah is finished. If it were me, I'd go there for breakfast one morning and pick up some doughnuts on the way out.

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                                                                                                                                              longolame Dec 15, 2009 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                              I love Chanukah donuts!
                                                                                                                                              They're usually jam/jelly filled (and generous) with white sugar powder on top.
                                                                                                                                              Too bad they're only for one week a year.
                                                                                                                                              And yes, get them fresh and early in the day and eat them asap.

                                                                                                                                              My favourites this year were from Isaac's Bakery at 221 Wilmington.
                                                                                                                                              The donuts are small and round and delicious.
                                                                                                                                              At $1 a piece, it keeps me from eating too many.

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                                                                                                                                                Yongeman Dec 15, 2009 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                On weekends, the baker at Epi Bakery (Bayview and Millwood), makes an awesome jelly doughnut. At $2.00 each, they should be (and they are!).

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                                                                                                                                              pakmode Jan 11, 2010 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                              Wanted to report back, as I had the opportunity to try 2 more places that were recommended above.

                                                                                                                                              The first was Claudia's Donuts. Had a chocolate dipped and a powdered strawberry-filled one as well. Very simple, very old school and very good. Recommended if you're in the area. The place has an old-school vibe, and even though I went late in the afternoon the doughnuts were still very soft and fresh tasting.

                                                                                                                                              The second place I tried recently was Saunder's Bakery in Rockwood (on Hwy 7 between Guelph and Brampton). This was on a Saturday afternoon and there were only 3 sugar covered doughnuts left. If you dont get there early on Saturdays you're out of luck. Anyways, I still purchased one sugar covered to try out, and it was sensational. Incredibly moist, the batter was excellent and fried to perfection. Didn't care much for the granulated sugar - but if this doughnut was that good I can only imagine how good the other types are.

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                                                                                                                                                acheronbeach Jun 29, 2010 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                They only make granulated sugar coated donuts - once in a blue moon they'll make chocolate dip, but these are a rarity... mmmm Saunders, my favourite. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                stonedtoronto Jul 23, 2010 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                Just tried it, that place inded is a gem. Wow, can't think of any other place in Toronto that still does it the way they do.

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                                                                                                                                                jb1986_345 Jan 21, 2010 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                Anyone know of any doughnut places in the durham region? besides the tyrone one...

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                                                                                                                                                  Dr Butcher Mar 8, 2010 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                  For the best apple fritters go to the Village Bakeshop at 111 Byron St just south of Dundas in Whitby. I doubt you'll be disappointed.

                                                                                                                                                2. GoodGravy Mar 1, 2010 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                  So I saw this article about the 10 best places in the US for donuts (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-...) which made me remember this thread. Any places in the GTA doing the artisanal donut thing? Or just freshly made doughnuts made in-house, and selling a baker's dozen? I'd re-read the thread for an answer, but ummm...I don't want to.

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                                                                                                                                                    magic Apr 28, 2010 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Did anyone here know that Krispy Kreme at Mavis/Britannia is still operating?!?!?!

                                                                                                                                                    I had no idea. I assumed that, like the rest of them, it had folded years ago. But no, it's still very much alive.

                                                                                                                                                    I remember going there the first time it opened, hour-long wait and all.

                                                                                                                                                    Anyways, I know some here are not fans, but I always liked them quite a lot. I loved the river of donuts floating through the glaze 'waterfall'. Certainly they are much better than Tim’s or Country Style.

                                                                                                                                                    Crazy that they are still open. I went in and all the donuts looked great and superfresh. It smelled fantastic too. I did not buy any this time, but will return soon. The donuts aren't being pumped out 24/7 as in its salad days, but a nice guy working there told me they usually make fresh batches twice daily, in the morning and around 5ish.

                                                                                                                                                    I'll be. I just assumed they were closed!

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                                                                                                                                                      TexSquared Apr 29, 2010 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Definitely a fan here. I was "sold" on them when I had them on a trip to the south, and was ecstatic when they expanded to Canada.

                                                                                                                                                      I am surprised, but glad, they're still alive and kicking there too. It's the only Ontario location left. I know they lost all their upstate New York locations too, the original one in Buffalo (Tonawanda) is now a Vitamin World (irony....). Even locations in metro New York City are gone -- Middletown, NY is now a Starbucks! The company just crashed and burned when Low Carb was the fad right in the middle of their expansion. Very bad timing. Damn you Atkins...

                                                                                                                                                      It was a sad day for me when Scarborough (the one closest to me) closed and became Swiss Chalet....

                                                                                                                                                      I said it then and I'm still saying it now. KK Hot Original Glazed vs Tim's Honey Dip... no comparison.

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                                                                                                                                                        magic Apr 29, 2010 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                        You should definitely make the trip out to Mavis/401 area then. I cannot believe they are still around. They were the first location in Canada I believe. And the only surviving one I believe as well. Carbophobia and overexpansion just killed them. Too bad, I for one thought they had a good product and going to an outlet was a unique experience.

                                                                                                                                                        Honestly, the donuts still looked and smelled great. We are VERY lucky to still have this location open still. Take advantage I say, and go.

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                                                                                                                                                          TexSquared Apr 29, 2010 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                          That's the frustrating thing, it's out in Mississauga and I'm in Durham Region, so I'm rarely in the area. I think closed their Markham factory too since they don't even sell boxed KK's at Petro-Canada and Walmart over here anymore.

                                                                                                                                                          If I'm on a trip to the U.S. and see a location with the Hot Light on I always stop and get some. You'll never catch me in a Tim Horton's drive through...

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                                                                                                                                                            magic Apr 29, 2010 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                            The only reason I even was there was because I started working in that area recently. Otherwise I'd have had no idea.

                                                                                                                                                            Well, hey, at least you know.... if you're ever driving around Mississauga.... No U.S. runs needed. :)

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                                                                                                                                                              HSz Jun 25, 2010 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Although very late, I did see boxed KK's at the local Costco (Woodbine/Hwy 7 location) so you might have some luck at the Costco locations in Durham region. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                TexSquared Jun 29, 2010 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Have never seen KK at the Ajax Costco. We used to see them in Petro Canada and Walmart in Durham Region but that ended over a year ago. So, for me, it's Mississauga or the U.S.A. And you're hard-pressed to find them in Buffalo since there are no more KK's in Western New York.

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                                                                                                                                                                  HSz Jun 29, 2010 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Ah, tough situation with the lack of KK's at Costco. I think I saw them only a few times on my usual (weekly) trips to Costco... always stacked in the fruits/veggies area on a pallet.

                                                                                                                                                                  I don't know if you'd like the Tiny Tom's doughnuts but there *is* there store up at Woodbine (just north of Steeles) in Markham. I know... you're already halfway on the 401 to Brittania by that point. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                          peppermint pate Apr 29, 2010 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Wow - talk about a flashback. I made the roadtrip to that location with some friends during its first week - we lined up, salivated with anticipation and ate a couple of donuts apiece before we left the lot. Warm, squishy, sugary, beautiful things. I didn't know they had any locations left - used to see the boxes in gas stations and things like that and I thought the company had gone under.

                                                                                                                                                          For a more highbrow taste sensation, Petite Thuet has a seriously tasty sugar donut that put a big smile on my face a couple of months back. Warm, sugary deliciousness.

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                                                                                                                                                            magic Apr 29, 2010 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the Thuet tip. Did not know that. Right on, will check it out as well.

                                                                                                                                                            That first week it was open was crazy, I remember it well. I'm very happy, and suprised (!!), it is still there.

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                                                                                                                                                              julesrules Nov 20, 2010 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Warm? Sigh. I just bought one (at 9am Saturday) and it was barely fresh. Not actually stale but certainly not fried in the past few hours. I definitely find the Yonge & King location of Thuet to have consistency/freshness issues.

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                                                                                                                                                              duckdown Apr 29, 2010 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I live near Heartland and I shop there all the time, that Krispy Kreme is the last location and their "distribution point" from my understanding. All the baking is done here, then shipped to Petro Canada's or Highland Farms etc. from there

                                                                                                                                                              We actually went here on their opening night and there was a 1 & a half hour drive-through lineup with police escorts and everything.. Me and 3 other friends waited in line at least an hour to try them (hey we were young and had the munchies, haha). They're definitely good but wow are they ever sweet.. Very sugary if I can recall, even the non-glazed donuts are like a sweet cake

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                                                                                                                                                                magic Apr 29, 2010 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I like em!

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                                                                                                                                                                  duckdown Apr 29, 2010 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Definitely better than the abominations Tim Horton's calls donuts... bleeccchh!

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                                                                                                                                                                pakmode Nov 7, 2010 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                A Krispy Kreme 'cafe concept store' has opened on the corner of Harbord and Bathurst in Downtown Toronto.

                                                                                                                                                                I was driving by a couple days ago and quickly stopped by to check it out.
                                                                                                                                                                It's a simple 200 sq ft takeout store only, and sells coffee, doughnuts, muffins, bagels as well as some frozen drinks.

                                                                                                                                                                From what I understood from the franchisee, KremeCo is no longer around, and he and his partners are trialing out this new concept store to see how it fares.

                                                                                                                                                                All the goods are baked at the Mavis location and then brought in every morning.

                                                                                                                                                                Coffee was decent, and they have a $.99 coffee special to try and spurn traffic. But to be honest there was quite a bit of foot traffic and people stopping by for a drink/doughnut.
                                                                                                                                                                Doughnuts obviously weren't as hot and fresh as they are at the Mississauga location, but this place is worth checking out especially if you're a diehard Krispy Kreme fan.

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                                                                                                                                                                  magic Nov 7, 2010 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Very interesting! Shall for sure check it out! Thx for the info.....

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                                                                                                                                                                  wazoo Jul 5, 2011 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I am sold on Krispy Kreme. There is no such thing as a bad donut hot out of the oven!

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                                                                                                                                                                  srhz Jun 30, 2010 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I have to agree with the person who commented on the bakery in Warden Station. I haven't been there in a while, myself, but have fond memories of popping in quickly while waiting for a bus and picking up a sugar or cinnamon twist. When fresh they were amazing, and passable when they weren't. They also had wonderful beef and chicken patties and a varied but small selection of other pastries, sweet and savory. I also remember the prices to be quite cheap which was a nice bonus.

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                                                                                                                                                                    somewhere4 Jul 23, 2010 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    My all-time best doughnut in Toronto was a vanilla-icing glaze @ the U of T's Hart House Cafe of all places. I kid you not.

                                                                                                                                                                    Mind you, that was 16 years ago (I'm not a frequent doughnut eater). But it was an exceptionally good one.

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                                                                                                                                                                      jayt90 Aug 8, 2010 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Old reports re not very Chow-useful. Is there anything more recent?

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                                                                                                                                                                      Yongeman Jul 26, 2010 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Oh interesting. Glad to see they included the excellent Epi Breads doughnut. They also have creme anglaise filling (excellent) and plain.

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                                                                                                                                                                        wazoo Jul 5, 2011 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        My sister LOVES Epi donuts. She gets them every single sunday! She has a standing order in which they put 4 donuts aside for her.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. ekim256 Aug 13, 2010 10:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Perhaps not the greasy donut that you're hankerin for, but OMG@Hoof Cafe's Bone Marrow Donut. Their jelly changes seasonally, right now it's strawberry & long pepper jelly, whereas in the past they've had rhubarb.
                                                                                                                                                                        Picture: http://cookiesandtomatoes.blogspot.co...

                                                                                                                                                                        YUM!!! $5, brunch appetizer

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                                                                                                                                                                          PhilH Aug 18, 2010 10:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          One of the servers at Hoof Cafe actually remembers me for ordering their donuts at the end of the meal rather than in the beginning.

                                                                                                                                                                          I had a chance to try out Stockyard's brunch a few days ago and their beignets are pretty darn tasty. 4 for $4, fresh out of the fryer, dusted with sugar, insides just oozing with warm dulche de leche... oh, man.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. ekim256 Sep 13, 2010 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I almost forgot about this thread - must add Little Nicky's Coffee to the list!
                                                                                                                                                                          Fresh made to order mini donuts
                                                                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7161...

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                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Mar 31, 2011 06:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Have to agree with ekim256...Little Nicky's makes really good donuts...hot out of the fyer

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                                                                                                                                                                              sweetcreations84 Apr 4, 2011 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Yes had amazing mini donuts there in march, so warm and fresh and yummy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                ekim256 Apr 4, 2011 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Yum! I think tomorrow calls for a donut run :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  jlunar Apr 5, 2011 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Whoa! So close to me. Will have to check this out soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                            smartygirl Oct 25, 2010 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            not exactly a doughnut, but the sonhos at alcoa have me addicted. they're deep-fried choux-type pastry with cinnamon sugar. yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                              millygirl Nov 8, 2010 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              So disappointed last week. Went to Hoof, esp for the damned donuts only to find they only do them on weekends. Almost cried. Truthfully. Very sad.

                                                                                                                                                                              Instead I had my fix at The Brickworks Saturday market. Just hot outta the fryer. Not quite like Hoof but still good. More like a little apple fritter. Actually very yummy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                peppermint pate Nov 8, 2010 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Argh, I missed the market this weekend. Who was frying them up there? Was it just a one-off?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  millygirl Nov 8, 2010 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Hey peppermint pate, I unfortunately did not catch the name of these particular vendors but I have noticed them in the past. They are the table situated right beside the crepe guy. They only serve waffles and donuts from what I can gather. Very yummy. Had ours rolled in cinnimon sugar. The apple was nice and gooey, just how I like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                  It was very cold out though. I had thought they were moving indoors this past weekend but were told it's been delayed. Might not happen now until sometime in December. So if you go, dress warm. Unless of course we are lucky to have a day like today :) Although it was nice. They even had a huge fire pit going.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    peppermint pate Nov 8, 2010 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Hmm, I need to pay more attention because I don't remember those guys. There are the regular waffle guys but I've never seen them make donuts (and never found their waffles to be exciting). We arrived around closing time a couple of Saturdays ago and tried a sweet crepe from the crepe guy for the first time (have only had the breakfast crepe before) - it was also a chilly morning but we warmed up very nicely with our hot, buttery, cinnamon sugar crepe!

                                                                                                                                                                                    I heard about the construction delays. Looking forward to the indoor market + skating rink + Brad Long restaurant + the many other things they're doing there - totally interesting gem of a spot in this city.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      millygirl Nov 8, 2010 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes it will be great.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Actually Brad Long was there on Saturday. He was serving up a duck broth and noodle soup. Look good but we opted for brekkie instead. And of course, JK's fries.

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                                                                                                                                                                              battenberg Jan 16, 2011 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              If you heading out of Toronto Elmvale bakery has amazing doughnuts..............follow the line up

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                                                                                                                                                                                magic Mar 31, 2011 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Blog.to featured a vegan taco place in Kensington Market called Hot Beans.

                                                                                                                                                                                The article mentions a Coconut Lime donut made fresh there that looks yummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone tried it?

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  pakmode Apr 4, 2011 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I went and tried Hot Beans this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Extremely disappointed.

                                                                                                                                                                                  For $2 apiece I expect a 'destination doughnut' worthy of wowing the masses, but I was so underwhelmed.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The best part was definitely the frosting. Could taste the lime juice, and it accented the toasted coconut well.

                                                                                                                                                                                  However the actual doughnut itself was pretty bad. Perhaps it was an off day - but the cake doughtnut's exterior did not have the crisp or crunch you would expect from frying. It tasted really spongey.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyways, will not go back for the doughnuts - but maybe for the tacos/burritos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    magic Apr 4, 2011 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Hmm, interesting. Thanks for the report pakmode. Appreciated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      battenberg Apr 5, 2011 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I tried these "best" doughnuts as well and I was also dissapointed. The dough was too heavy, the lime was over powering.....................the search continues.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Perhaps another drive to the Elmvale Bakery is in order.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      b.craftie Apr 5, 2011 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Went just for the doughnut and Loved It ! I went midday and there were a few dozen waiting to be frosted. The one I had was still a bit warm - very fresh. It was crispy, a bit chewy, and soft [almost custardy] in the centre. The lime was a welcome note in the pleasantly sugary icing and mild coconut provided a slight crunch. Whenever I describe it my mouth waters. Frankly the $2 price tag is the only thing that keeps me from going back more often, which is probably a good thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. kwass Mar 31, 2011 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Best donuts in Toronto can be found At Epi Breads on Bayview, and Venizia Bakery on Ossington!! Both of these places make unbelievable donuts!!!! If I've posted this already, please forgive me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        mlukan Mar 31, 2011 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Ive been to Venizia on ossington for their donuts via chowhound recommendation. They do not fry fresh everyday. The one I got had to of been days old. I can't in my right mind force myself to go back after that. Much of their baked goods sit there for longer than I think they should.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 31, 2011 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          It's so interesting to hear of your experience there. I go there all the time, and have had nothing but fresh donuts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Mar 31, 2011 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I always go first thing in the morning. I wonder if that makes a difference.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Manybears Apr 1, 2011 05:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm glad I'm not the only one that's had this experience there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            pakmode Apr 5, 2011 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Thought I'd update my go-to list:

                                                                                                                                                                                            In the GTA:

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. San Remo - Royal York/QEW. Hands down the best apple fritters in Southern Ontario. Haven't had their other doughnuts, but after trying an apple fritter the other month, I'm addicted. They seem like they are literally double or triple dipped in glaze.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Their other baked goods, breads and pastries are also excellent.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Claudia's Donuts - Brown's Line/QEW.

                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Port Union Bakery.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Honourable mention: The best thing to closely resemble a doughnut without being a doughtnut is the 'Cinnamon Ring' from Select Bakery on Donlands/O'Connor. That thing is seriously amazing. It's like a baklava meets a doughnut. Tastes way better then any Raisin Dutchie out there.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Mini-doughnuts: Little Nicky's. Plain and simple.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Near GTA: Saunder's bakery in Rockwood -halfway between Guelph and Brampton. I just found out though that some of their doughnuts use lard as an ingredient so they're not vegetarian.

                                                                                                                                                                                            SW-Ontario: Zehr's Markets. It's a Loblaws chain, but they still make their own doughnuts in-store, and for the most part are pretty good. Each store is different, and there's some comfort in that. Can never go wrong with their apple fritters or chocolate dips.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Sarnia: Global Donuts. London Line/402. They bake twice a day, and if you happen to be there after they've been freshly baked, you will have died and gone to doughnut heaven. I have never experienced that number of doughnuts that good, that fresh. Cherry blosson, raisin dutchie, etc etc...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Yongeman Apr 5, 2011 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              pakmode, you really ought to give the doughnuts at Epi Bread a try. Only Saturdays (not sure about Fridays and Sundays). It's by no means a doughnut shop, but they are very tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                pakmode Apr 5, 2011 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I will definitely try them out soon, thanks Yongeman.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Apr 6, 2011 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  They make their donuts Saturday AND Sunday...and you're right...they are the best donuts ever!!! If you can get them when they're just out of the fryer, you will be lucky enough to be snacking on a little piece of heaven. I get them every single Sunday...haven't missed a week in months.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yongeman Apr 6, 2011 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Can't say I blame you, kwass. Which variety is your favourite?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Apr 6, 2011 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      My favourite is the plain, although I like to indulge in the apple cinnamon when they have them, which isn't very often.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yongeman Apr 6, 2011 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's funny...I've only had the raspberry and creme anglaise, both of which are fantastic. I'll have to try the apple cinnamon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          magic Apr 6, 2011 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Are any of Epi's cake donuts? Or all they all raised yeast donuts? I'm curious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yongeman Apr 6, 2011 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            They're yeast doughnuts, magic. I love cake doughnuts too, and I'd usually choose them, but these yeast doughnuts are superb.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              magic Apr 6, 2011 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks Yongeman, I will most certainly be trying them. Cake donuts are my favourite, but these sound special. Look forward to trying them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Apr 6, 2011 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The apple cinnamon donuts are really good. They use fresh apples in the filling and cook them down with cinnamon. The donuts are then dusted with cinnamon/sugar

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      minto Jul 5, 2011 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have to say that Epi Bread is my all time favorite for doughnuts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Love the custard filling one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    justtasteit May 8, 2011 03:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I read the entries here so far with a heavy heart ... I've eaten at most of these places and was disappointed. I dispaired of finding a good doughnut around here ... until now! There's a new barbeque place on Roncesvalles called Barque. I could go on and on about the amazing food there (and it IS really, really good) but I want to mention the beignets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok, not doughnuts per se but oh my god, these are doughy, sweet fried goodness. The beignets are a good size (about 2 " square) and there are 4 or 5 to an order -- sorry I don't remember, I went into an orgasmic haze while eating ... They are puffy and light but substantial enough to give them substance. They are dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Hot from the kitchen, they do not disappoint. They are served with an orange dipping sauce on the size that I could have lived without -- only because it was a bit bitter. I think they need to work on the sauce a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    These are heaven -- definitely check them out. There have been lineups at this place every night of the week since they opened. Good luck to them and hats off for finally bringing Toronto an excellent serving of delicious, fried dough!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      julesrules Jun 23, 2011 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not a donut but perhaps a reasonable substitute - the vanilla cream-filled brioche from Brick St. Bakery. I was trying to avoid the Tim Horton's Boston Cremes my co-worker brought in and musing about crappy commerical custard fillings in general (a pet peeve). So I headed over to the PATH Brick St. I'm not totally crazy about a lot of their sweets or pastries but this hit the spot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        julesrules Jul 5, 2011 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Another sorta-donut - the Cinnie Mini from Altitude Bakery on Queen East (Leslieville). These taste like yellow cake donuts, but kind of muffin shaped and covered with cinnamon sugar. I'm pretty (but not 100%) sure they are fried rather than baked. I've had a lot of things from this bakery that were disappointingly "off" in some way, but I LOVE the cinnie mini, as does everyone else at the parties where they have been served.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. heathercheryl Jul 5, 2011 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was enlightned yesterday about Tim Horton's donuts...they bring them in frozen and spread the toppings on before bringing them out to the racks. This is to keep them standard all the same in every store. What happened to making them onsite...doesn't anyone do this anymore?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            TexSquared Jul 5, 2011 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            They haven't been made onsite in years. They're made in Oakville, frozen, then shipped nationwide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you want fresh and made onsite go to Krispy Kreme in Mississauga.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              ylsf Jul 20, 2011 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just for the record, Tim Horton's doesn't have a production facility in Oakville anymore. The converted their warehouses into offices years ago. I think they maybe par-bake the donuts in Cambridge or somewhere now. I am pretty sure they don't have any local warehousing either but a huge multi story warehouse out Cambridge way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                pakmode Jul 21, 2011 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Actually out of Brantford. They used to have partial ownership in Maidstone Bakeries, but divested out of it earlier this year. You can see the facility off the 403 in Brantford.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ylsf Jul 22, 2011 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ah great, thanks for correcting me :) Maybe it was a coffee roasting facilty or something else at the other location I was thinking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jocko B Jul 20, 2011 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This may be out of the way for some, but Grandad's Donuts in Hamilton (James North @ Burlington St) has restored the glory that was once Tim Horton. They are Canadian style made fresh on site - Boston Cream is ridiculous and Vanilla Dip is as big as your head. Their coffee beats Hortons as well. A Grandad's donut and a nice coffee chaser on a rainy day will make you weep for the Tim Horton's you remember from your childhood. Be thankful if it is not near your house, because it can do some damage if you ate these all the time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              acd123 Jul 21, 2011 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Best ever are the floaters at Wychwood on Saturday mornings. Crazy addictive. They're fried in coconut oil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Jul 21, 2011 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                What is Wychwood...and can you tell us more about them?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tochowchick Jul 21, 2011 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wychwood Barns Farmer's Market....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Open every Saturday 8 am to noon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. (at St. Clair)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lots of mentions on this board...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Jul 21, 2011 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cool...Thanks! One more question though, what are floaters?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      acd123 Jul 22, 2011 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Those tiny tom type donuts that float down a conveyor type system, like the ones I used to get at the ex when I was a kid. Except these are a much higher end version. And much much better than the tiny toms.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Jul 22, 2011 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Little Nicky's @ Queen and Peter sell those as well. They are made to order so they're always hot and extremely delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jlunar Jul 22, 2011 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Love them at Little Nicky's...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. TorontoTuna Jul 22, 2011 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Best doughnuts I've ever had were spudnuts, which are still sold in the States and are making a big comeback. Made with potato flour, these beautys are lighter and have an amazing texture and taste. If any Chowhounder knows of a place in southern Ontario that still makes these, I'd sure like to know.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Malcolm Ruthven Jul 23, 2011 10:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The only place I know of in Canada that makes Spudnuts is Crazy Cakes in Lethbridge, Alberta, not exactly close to southern Ontario. There's more information about Spudnuts at http://spudnutinfo.com .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. justsayn Jul 24, 2011 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Had an awesome peach filled donut today at The Drake!! They can sometimes be greasy, but this batch is perfection!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Jul 24, 2011 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OMG...that sounds so delicious! I just recently heard that the Drake makes donuts. Are they made every day or just on the weekends?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      justsayn Jul 24, 2011 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It REALLY was good! I only go on the weekends - sorry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Otonabee Jul 24, 2011 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Brickworks on Saturdays has a booth that sells fresh (made there!) beignets that they sprinkle with either cinnamon sugar or icing sugar. So good when paired with coffee from the Merchants of Green Coffee!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 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 guys who manage our internet proxy. Great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pincus Nov 16, 2011 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for sharing, I'll see if I can snag some this Saturday at Bathurst...

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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. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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. 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.

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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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

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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 ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 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 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!!

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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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Aug 30, 2012 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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