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Sep 29, 2008 04:27 PM


any recommendations for delicious doughnuts- besides dunkins? also, ive never had an apple cider doughnut before, and hope to try one this fall!


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  1. Try searching the board for "donut"; I think you'll get better results than with "doughnut".

    Some favorites are Kane's, Donuts with a Difference, Betty Anne's in East Boston, and the one in Arlington - Verna's?

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      1. re: Prav


        That's Verna's Donuts in North Cambridge:
        2344 Massachusetts Ave
        Cambridge, MA 02140

        (617) 354-4110

        1. re: JoJo5

          Verna's is closed. Sad but true!

          1. re: gansu girl

            really?! when did that happen? i was there about a week ago and had a great chocolate frosted. oh i hope i really hope they're still open!

            1. re: autopi

              I drove by there last week and they seemed open then as well...can anyone confirm, this is upsetting. The zoning braintrust in Cambridge recently allowed the opening of ANOTHER &#(^@ Dunkin Donuts nearby not too long ago, and I hope that's not what did them in if they did indeed close.

              1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                I just called the phone number on their website, and I was told they are open today until 6pm. I'm going there in a few hours, will report back!

            2. re: gansu girl

              Perhaps you are thinking of the near-closing of Verna's a year or more ago?

              1. re: gansu girl

                I call BS too - they remodeled the place this year, expanding the seating area. And I got a donut from there a couple of weeks ago.

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  Yeah, I think someone was just misinformed from the closing-scare Verna's had a while ago.


                  1. re: Prav

                    I was there this afternoon and scared the nice lady behind the counter when I told her the rumor. My first time there, and it was great! The "famous" honey dipped was very good- I would love to try it in the morning.. I loved the vanilla cream donut, although I know that one might be a little too sweet for most tastes. I didn't try the coffee- is it any good?

                    1. re: voodoocheese

                      I like the coffee, but it is standard doughnut shop coffee, which is to say 10x better than Dunks.

                      1. re: Bob Dobalina

                        Amen to that Bob. ! needless to say the donuts are 10000x better than dunks.

                    2. re: Prav

                      hooray! Will make it a point to drive by there on my next opportunity.

                      1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                        I live less than 300ft from Verna's. They are open and doing well. I smell the doghnuts being made every night... I have to use the other side of the street when I walk by, otherwise I'd be 400lbs. My girlgriend loves the bagels too.
                        Stop in, they are great folks!

            3. Definitly Betty Anns. Flour on Washington St on Sunday mornings are good too.

              1. I live probably just over a mile from Kane's and it is hard to drive by on the way to work without wanting to stop there every morning for a nice disgustingly good donut or dinner-plate sized coffee roll. Mmmmmm....

                1. Someone at work brings in Linda's Donuts from Belmont on occasion. I am not a big donut eater, but these things are practically gifts from God- light, moist, delicious goodness. They are absolutely irresistable.

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                  1. re: mem53

                    2nd Linda's Donuts. Try the HoneyDip and the HoneyDew (one is a cake donut, the other is a yeast donut, and they both have a sweet glaze) to start and then branch out from there. It's best to go SUPER early when the donuts are painfully fresh and warm.

                    Linda's Donuts
                    247 Belmont St, Belmont, MA

                    1. re: mem53

                      I third Linda's. I cannot control myself when these things are in the house. We live nearby, and even if we didn't, we'd go out of our way for those tasty treats. It is great to get them warm, but you have to get there early . . . .

                      1. re: gansu girl

                        Another vote for Linda's. in addition to their "honey" varieties, i also like their boston cream, and sometimes they have one called "buttercrunch" which is great but they run out early!

                      2. re: mem53

                        Kane's schmanes! I heart Linda's in Belmont!!! 7am is about the optimal time to get em still hot and have your pick of types. Honeydew (cake donut w/ glaze) and the jimmie donut (plain donut with choc frost and jimmies) are my faves. Be warned their coffee is horrible but the doughnuts are the best I've had - and believe me, I've had alot!!!

                      3. Kane's is great but I was duly impressed with Heavenly Donuts in Methuen, MA. I am betting that place has its legions of cider donuts at Russel Farms, Ipswich on the road to Crane Beach.

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                        1. re: ipsofatso

                          You're speaking my language. Heavenly Donuts for honey dipped (yeast with glaze) and Russel Farms for apple cider donuts, till hot from the fryer. Mmmmmmm.

                          1. re: ipsofatso

                            I wonder if that Heavenly Donuts in Metheun is a successor to the similarly named place in Melrose that got killed when our alderman allowed a DD to open one block away over a decade ago.

                            1. re: Karl S

                              I don't know - I moved to Methuen in 1980 and it was there at that point. Maybe they tried to expand to Melrose?