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Dec 24, 2007 08:29 AM

Do-Nuts in Pittsburgh?

I've found two good do-nutteries in the Pittsburgh area, Orams in Beaver Falls, and Boldy's in Butler. Problem is, they're both about an hour's drive from downtown. Does anyone know of a real old-fashioned do-nut closer to home (Shadyside, in this case)?

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  1. Oram's is the best donut shop I've ever been to so far. I look forward to the day that a place can trump theirs. I've never heard of Boldy's, but hope to try theirs soon. When I'm away from town, my next favorite is Peter Pan in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NYC. A close (but distant) second to Oram's.

    For those that haven't been to Oram's, make sure you get there early - when they're sold out, they're sold out for the day!

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    1. re: lambretta76

      Boldy's (technically Boldy's Homemade Goodies) is cut from the same cloth as Oram's, so I'm sure you'll like it. It's a little easier to get to than Oram's from downtown Pgh, but like any good do-nut shop, they'll run out if you're not there early (in fact, I believe they close at 10 a.m. on at least some days). If you know what you want, it's a good idea to call in your order ahead of time at both places. One word of caution regarding Boldy's, they say their coffee is good, but it isn't. Don't be tempted.

    2. There is a donut shop on Braddock Avenue as you first enter Braddock (below the Rankin Bridge). Don't remember the name, but it is the first store on the right. Great donuts, but get there early as they sell out by about 9 or 9:30.

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      1. re: swami49

        Swami, I work down by the Waterfont ever since A&B donuts closed I've had no good place to get donuts to bring in the office. If i was on 8th ave in homestead headed towards the Rankin Bridge, how would I get to this place?

        1. re: Rick

          Hey Rick, I just to let you know that A&B donuts on 8th ave in Homestead is back open again, in case you didn't know. I didn't get a chance to try their stuff, but I hear the donuts are very good.

          1. re: pontormo

            Thanks pontormo. Once A&B originally closed I ended up finding Blue Bonnet Bakery just a couple blocs away and haven't made the switch back to A&B. The absolute must try at Blue Bonnet is the long donut with cream filling (shaped like a hot dog bun more or less, with amazing cream filling). it's only $0.80 and so good! The seem to run out of them by 10:30-11.

            338 E 8th Ave
            Homestead, PA 15120

            1. re: Rick

              OMG that is my favorite donut in the world!! Growing up every time we would go down to 8th ave with my grandpap to shop we would go to BB and I would get one. Man I love them . Also remember getting A & B's at ridiculous hours in the morning so they wouldn't be sold out. The stop-n-gos (and for some reason only certain ones) used to have good donuts, the cream filled chocolate iced were my favorites. Now I have no idea how they are these days as they are all "Co-Go's" now and I live in Berks County... Faschnact, anyone?

              1. re: mkmccp

                Well be glad to know that Blue Bonet still seems to be going strong and making really good donuts!

      2. There's a little pink donut house in the West End called Better Maid Donut Company at 1178 Steuben Street.

        They generally sell out by like 9:30am and close promptly after they sell out every day but they are giant, delicious, old fashioned cake donuts. They also have donut holes.

        1. I think the place you are referring to under the Rankin Bridge is called Jimmy's. I have had their donuts but never been to the store.

          1. I just saw an add for Big Daddy's Donuts at 90 Noble Ave in Crafton. Open 24/7. Sadly, that's ALL I know about the place. Never been.