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Oct 3, 2008 06:35 AM

Killer Cider Donut's at Ohlin's in Belmont

Ohlin's in Belmont is an old school bakery. Some of the items are amazing, others just so so. Today they had nice challah and Irish soda bread.

I have learned to avoid anything in the case along the wall furthest from the register. Usually that is where things end up that have been around for a day or so. Always good to make sure it is something they just baked that day. And you can special order just about anything.

That said, today I was craving a morning pastry... they had fresh cider donuts that were still warm. The donuts were nice and big, with a perfectly crunchy outside and an inside with a bit of that cider taste and an amazing crumb. Usually I rank Verna's above Ohlin's and even Linda's for local donuts, but this donut is as good as I have EVER eaten. They said it is a fall thing for them, but get 'em while you can. I could eat one (or maybe two ;-) every day for breakfast on an ongoing basis.

Ohlin's Bakery
456 Common St
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 484-0274

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  1. Ohlin's relly does hit a home run with some of their donuts, the cider one is wonderful. I drive a morning carpool with three large, hungy high school age boys, and we pass Ohlin's every morning. When we stop & get donuts there, you should see the look on their faces - pure bliss!

    Speaking of great donuts, does anyone remember Cottage Donuts? Their maple sticks were an ethereal experince !

    1. Thanks for this idea -- I will stop by.
      By the way, is Linda's Donuts misnamed? Once when I stopped in, it appeared they had very few donuts and were more of a standard breakfast place.

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      1. re: Lucymax

        Linda's makes excellent donuts and has a pretty good selection but some days are fairly sold out by 10:00 or so, sometimes even earlier.

      2. I'm reviving this thread having just tried the butter crumb donut at Ohlin's. Still warm and melt in your mouth. $1.00 + 7 cents tax. Childhood bliss made real by seeing dads bringing their toddlers in to pick their own donut.

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        1. re: gourmaniac

          Yah the butter crunch is my fav as well when the don't have the cider (fall season only).

          If you get a chance try the, heart attack waiting to happen, apple fritter. That thing is nuts, raisiny appley, cinnamony, glazed goodness too!

          1. re: StriperGuy

            Talk about yer Killer donuts. You might as well shove that baby directly into your aorta. Nice way to go though...

            1. re: StriperGuy

              I can't walk by an apple fritter without buying it and biting it. I've been loving those things since before I was born. And... and... and...just got my HDL/LDL #s...and those #s look I never even looked at a fritter. Whodathunk? So maybe if you just believe an apple fritter is good for you (it's rich in Vitamin G ("grease")), maybe your body will play its role and act like it _is_ good for ya!

              1. re: hondodog

                Nice to get such sound clinical advice ;-)

                FRITTER ON DUDE!

            2. re: gourmaniac

              The jelly-filled glazed is killer too.

              1. re: AndyGT

                I agree they do a rather respectable jelly donut. It's just that when it comes to jelly donuts, personally I can't eat anything other than Verna's which just rocks. Bottom line, at Ohlin's I can't get past the butter crunch, the glazed, or the fritter, and have never been a true jelly fan.

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  I think one of the problems with jelly filled donuts is the quality (or lack thereof) in the jelly used. Donut shops almost always seem to use some plasticized, overly sweetened, unnaturally flavored industrial goo that was made near, not with, real fruit.

                  I'll be happy the day when I fin a donut shop which uses real jelly/jam. I ain't holding my breath.

                  1. re: hondodog

                    Kane's! Yeasty, jammy donut, no goo.

                    1. re: hondodog

                      Try Verna's. They use pretty decent filling which is why I like them.

                      And in all honestly, Ohlin's filling is pretty decent as well.

                      Neither is the quality of the best bottled jam you can buy, but both are surprisingly good.

                      1. re: StriperGuy

                        mmmmm...OK. I'm convinced. I'll give Verna's a try for a filled donut.

                        We stop at Verna's for a Sunday fill-up on donuts quite often. Love their butter crumb cakes (gotta get there early to grab 'em as they go fast).

                        1. re: hondodog


                          Ohlin's Bakery
                          456 Common St, Belmont, MA 02478

                          Verna's Donut Shop
                          2344 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

                          Linda's Donuts
                          247 Belmont St, Belmont, MA

                          1. re: okra

                            Linda's make a very respectable donut as well. I like their plain, cruller, butter crunch, chocolate glazed. Their jellies are not so strong.

                            1. re: StriperGuy

                              SG -- is there a butter crunch you don't like?

                              1. re: hondodog

                                Funny thing is other than Ohlin's or Linda's it's not the donut I usually get. I usually go for the plain cake or cruller or chocolate glazed. At Verna's I never get butter crunch.

                                Ohlin's plain is a little well, plain so I tend to skip it there.

                      2. re: hondodog

                        Betty Anns in East Boston uses good jelly in their donuts.

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