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Best doughnut/donut in Western Mass?

fame da lupo Feb 24, 2008 01:48 PM

I haven't tried every donut shop in Western Mass (although I'd like to!), but I have to put the doughnuts at Sunrise Bakery in Easthampton on the top pedestal. Their old fashioned glazed is incredible. The outer dough has a great bite to it, al dente so to speak, and the inner dough is soft and tender. Perfection.

What's your fav doughnut out here?

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    celeriac RE: fame da lupo Feb 24, 2008 02:47 PM

    My knowledge of Western Mass donuteries is far from encyclopedic, but I have had very good experiences at Donut Dip in Springfield... actually West Springfield I believe? I've been a few times, and in particular, I liked the unique flavor of their sour cream donuts and the great, moist texture of their seasonal pumpkin donuts. Great building and vibe as well. I found the donuts much better when I got there earlier in the day, but that's got to be true at nearly every donut shop.

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      geminigirl RE: celeriac Feb 24, 2008 03:27 PM

      gotta agree on the pumpkin and the cider donuts!

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        trufflehound RE: geminigirl Feb 24, 2008 04:46 PM


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      hollerhither RE: fame da lupo Feb 24, 2008 04:17 PM

      Atkins Farms makes a good cider doughnut. Also Adams Donut in Greenfield has a "time stood still" feel that's fun.

      (Although nothing in MA so far has come close to the PA Dutch doughnuts of my childhood -- it's a regional thing.)

      1. BerkshireTsarina RE: fame da lupo Feb 24, 2008 04:47 PM

        Hands down, Bartlett's Orchards in Richmond makes cider doughnuts to die for --- or at least to drive scores of miles for. Atkins is good, but Bartlett's is the PhD. Luscious!

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          mjoyous RE: BerkshireTsarina Feb 25, 2008 06:11 AM

          Ditto on the Tsarina. Bartlett's Orchards donuts are great.

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            hollerhither RE: BerkshireTsarina Feb 25, 2008 10:45 AM

            Hmmm, will give those a try once I figure out where Richmond is! :)

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              BerkshireTsarina RE: hollerhither Feb 25, 2008 05:28 PM

              Not so easy to find --- but a beautiful ride in the country. Here's their website:
              But it's not terribly helpful. Maybe Google maps can do the job. Basically Swamp Road runs north through beautiful, bucolic Richmond, paralleling Route 7 which runs north from Lenox to Pittsfield up toward Williamstown. Swamp Road (and Richmond) are west of Lenox and P'field. (BTW, Swamp Road changes its name to Barker Road when it passes the airport and heads toward Route 20. Doesn't make sense in your mind's eye, but helps with maps.)
              Richmond is open, rolling country that still has some of the flavor of the Berkshires 75 or 100 years ago. Catch it quick, the developers undoubtedly are planning their attacks right now. Combines well with Hancock Shaker Village, or even with a trip up to the Clark Art Institute. And Bartlett's is usually open 7 days a week. Gosh, this sounds complicated --- but I have a hard time finding Atkins! Maybe the best cider doughnuts require a pilgrim's fortitude!

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                hollerhither RE: BerkshireTsarina Feb 26, 2008 05:55 AM

                Sounds like a great trip, thanks! As soon as we're out of snow season, and into mud season, I'm there.

          2. BerkshireTsarina RE: fame da lupo Feb 24, 2008 04:49 PM

            I forgot to add: your choice of plain (crispy to bite into) or with cinnamon sugar.

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              Tinkerbelldee RE: fame da lupo Feb 24, 2008 05:50 PM

              Sour Cream donuts at Donut Dip are great as are the cider donuts from Atkins Farms. I used to love Mrs Murphy's in Southwick, but they seem to have gone down hill recently.

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                sophie fox RE: fame da lupo Feb 25, 2008 02:38 PM

                Homer's - I think it's called Homer's - little corner store in Lenox, MA has wonderful plain sugared donuts. Warm, the outsides nearly crisp, quite pleasantly spiced.

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                  Big Fat Moe RE: sophie fox Feb 25, 2008 05:35 PM

                  A couple of sloppy sticky glazed donuts at Dunkin Donuts and Moe is a happy guy

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                    pinehurst RE: sophie fox Nov 20, 2008 07:20 AM

                    Sophie, where in Lenox, please?

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                    japhyryder RE: fame da lupo Feb 27, 2008 06:58 AM

                    The donut kitchen in holden has the absolute best glazed donut i've ever had. a bit of nutmeg in the dough...i miss those donuts.

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                      fatheryod RE: japhyryder Nov 19, 2008 03:40 PM

                      interesting to see atkin's got a shout in the new "saveur" for their cider doughnuts. i remember someone here commenting on their high trans-fat count, but they do taste pretty great if you heat them up. i freeze bags and send them in care packages to my son down in new orleans. he prefers them to beignets. go figure, anyway, article is here.


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