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I just wanted to alert the donut crowd who might not otherwise read a thread about what looks like a discussion about a Cambodian restaurant.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5962...

In a recent visit abstractpoet mentioned that Yellow Brick Cafe on Univesity had fresh banana donuts, maple bacon donuts and donut burgers (on the weekends)

Then chocolatetartguy said they also had curry donuts.

From abstractpoet ...
"I tried the banana-cream ($2), which was quite good--they take a Long John donut with chocolate glaze, cut it open, and then slice up a banana and put it inside the donut along with whipped cream--kind of like a banana sandwich."

From chocolatetartguy
"In the past they have had a raised doughnut with a curry ground meat filling. It was surprisingly good. Curry doughnuts are supposed to be popular in Japan"

I went in last week and had the maple bacon donut. It was a maple frosted Long John donut with two slice of bacon on top. $2

These are just the standard donut shop donuts with the different fillings or toppings. I guess they just post a sign about any donut special that day. They had a sign about the banana donut but not about the maple bacon donut so I asked.

The lady at the counter said that they didn't have any plain frosted maple bars ... only cream filled maple bars ... I guess the cream in it would be like putting lipstick on a pig ... it just isn't done. I thought it amusing that a maple donut with bacon is accepted but not a creme filled one. I got this look like "who would do something like that?"

A regular customer came in who had to wait awhile and she explained she was putting together my special donut and proudly showed it to him and giggled. She said they make donuts that way in NY ... and giggled and giggled.

Anyway, I thought it was better than the fancy, dancy Dynamo bacon donut which I wanted to spit out after one bite. Nope this isn't artisan. Nope no fancy bacon. And while I thought it was tasty enough, nope I wouldn't order it again. However, if a maple donut and bacon sounds good to you, here's the place to get one.

The Cambodian food is expanding a bit also.

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  1. The lady at the counter said that they didn't have any plain frosted maple bars ... only cream filled maple bars ... I guess the cream in it would be like putting lipstick on a pig ... it just isn't done. I thought it amusing that a maple donut with bacon is accepted but not a creme filled one. I got this look like "who would do something like that?"
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    I'm confused. In the first sentence you say they have *only cream-filled maple bars,* and in the second sentence you say "I guess the cream in it would be like putting lipstick on a pig ... it just isn't done."

    So which is it?

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      I think it's that they usually put bacon in the regular maple bar donut (similar to the banana cream version that I had), not the cream-filled one. I do think putting bacon in (or on) a Bavarian cream donut sounds kind of disgusting--but rworange, I guess you liked it?

      1. re: abstractpoet

        As I shut down my computer I was thinking ... did I mention they found an unfilled, plain maple bar ... even I would have passed on the cream-filled version. So I had a plain maple bar, no filling, topped with two slices of bacon.

    2. Just an FYI, I went today hoping to try the donut burger, and there was only one woman working--older, didn't speak as much English--and she said she wasn't able to do any of the specialty donuts today. Not sure if it's because she's not the one who does them normally or if they were just out.

      On the whole, it was a much more harried experience than when I went on a weekday, when there were three or four people working. She was taking orders and doing all the cooking, so I couldn't really ask too many questions. I think she said to try back on Monday for the donut burger, but I'm pretty sure the Cambodian-American girl I talked to last time said they only had them on the weekends.

      Ended up having some Cambodian BBQ instead, which was good, but not what I was in the mood for. So I'd maybe call ahead if you're going to make a special trip for the donuts. Though their regular raised and filled donuts are quite good anyway.

      They really need to update their signage, too, as a lot of the things on their coffee menu seem to be holdovers from the previous ownership and aren't actually available. My wife tried to order iced coffee, and they didn't actually have any--she offered to give us ice cubes to put in the regular hot coffee, which wasn't exactly what we had in mind.

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      Yellow Brick Cafe (Formerly All Star Donut)
      1255 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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      1. re: abstractpoet

        The person who helps on the weekend wasn't in today and will be out tommorrow, so this one woman is only doing simple things.

        I had my heart set on the second Cambodian breakfast and had manned-up, so to speak, and was going to add fish flakes to the stew ... somehow this just conjured up what you sprinkle on the water in an aquarium.

        I know asking what the heck fish flakes are is going to get me nowhere, so I figured I'd just get that and find out. How much scarier can that be than a maple bar with bacon slices on top.

        But no Camodian breakfast this weekend for me.

        Not too much out there on the web about Cambodian breakfast
        http://www.phnomenon.com/index.php/ca...

        An article bemoaning the lack of a Cambodian breafast joint in NYC ... or much of any Cambodian food
        http://www.salon.com/mwt/food/eat_dri...

      2. Went back today and was told that, despite Internet reports, they've never actually served the donut burger and it is not (and has never been) an available item. The younger "donut chef" who'd originally mentioned the donut burger to me wasn't there, so I couldn't ask her if it was still something she might do in the future. I imagine there wouldn't be enough turnover on an item like that to make it worthwhile to keep beef patties on hand, unless they put regular burgers on the menu too.

        In lieu of the burger, I opted for the cream-filled maple bar, which was delicious.

        Anyone know if they're still calling this "Yellow Brick Cafe"? I didn't notice any such signage this time, and there's no indication that they'll be taking down the big All Star Donut sign.