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Mar 12, 2008 07:24 AM

Donut Holes

I love all things donut - jelly-filled, in a stick-form, and especially as holes. Other than Dunkin Donuts, who has great donut holes in Boston/Cambridge?


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  1. ... and a donut with no holes, is a danish.

    -T. Webb

    1. I am drawn to donuts too. You probably know about Betty Ann Food Shop (Bennington St, East Boston). Very fresh (made on site), flavorful, uncommercial looking. They are sold from 7-10 am only (closed Mondays). I got myself a half dozen donuts today ($2.40!).

      A recent discovery for me are the Polish Poonski's (?sp) at Baltic Deli (Dorcester Ave, South Boston). These are a kind of donut, but the dough is beautifully scented like panettone. B&J Deli around the corner on Boston St also has another version which is less scented.

      I apologize for straying from the topic of donut holes, but your comment "I love all things donut" got me going.

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      1. re: whops

        I wonder if Betty Ann's would make them if asked? I had my first Betty Ann's yesterday after reading about them on C.H. It brought me way back to the 60s. Didn;t know there was still donuts this good still and so close....and 40cents. Unbelievable!

        1. re: catsmeow

          Wowzie - thanks for the tip. I adore donuts - and I have to drive by Kane's in Saugus very frequently. Will need to try Betty Ann's.
          There was (is?) an old time donut shop in Charlestown. I cannot recall the name. Anyone know about the tiny place I am referring to on High Street (I think)?

          1. re: taxi

            Yesterday af about 2 hours after I went to Betty Ann's, I found myself going by Kanes. I haven't had one of those in a few years. I stopped to do a comparison test and opted for the wonderful looking chocolate honey dip. After one bite, I threw it out. It paled in comparison. It tasted stale and like it was made with something worse than artificial chocolate flavoring.. I couldn't believe something that looked so good could taste so bad. I didn't notice if Kanes had donut holes. They had a huge variety of donuts in lots of different combinations like chocolate buttercrunch so it wouldn't surprise me if they did.

      2. Add me to the list of people who love Betty Ann's in East Boston. We got another dozen this morning - jelly, sugar raised and lemon filled. OMG they were sublime and still warm this morning. These are real old fashioned handmade donuts and a bargain as you can see from the other posts.

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        1. re: meg1641

          I'm adding a Place link and a hearty me too. Betty Ann's is simply the best cake donut around.

          Betty Ann Food Shop
          565 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

          1. re: Chris VR

            Does anyone remember Steve's Donuts in Orient Heights? They had an unusual consistency. Sort of like Krispy Kreme but ever more so. I'm wondering about the recipe.

        2. Try the donut holes at Ohlins Bakery on Common Street in Belmont!! They are huge.... and awesome!!