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Oct 10, 2009 09:47 AM

best donuts in Berkeley?

i want a good old-fashioned.
where to crew?

good coffee would be a big plus too.

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  1. There are good jelly donuts and good custard filled donuts ... but old fashioned ... hmmm.

    Berkely Bowl West carries King Pin donuts. The cafe has Peet's Coffee and the Bakery has another coffee brewer, whose name I forget.

    Local 123 has great coffee and Pepple's vegan donuts. I like them, but some don't share my opinion. They don't make old fashioned donuts .However the donut shop a few doors down has reliable enough, though nothing special, old fashioned donuts. They are nice people. The coffee is sucky donut shop coffee though. You could buy a donut there and go over to Local 123 for your coffee.

    1. i know it's an untraditional old-fashioned (oxymoron much?), but I love the doughnut muffin, made with old-fashioned batter and topped with cinnamon sugar, at Bette's To Go on Fourth. They've got decent drip and espresso, but Peet's is across the way, and it's a few blocks up to Local 123, too.

      1807 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

      1. Dream Fluff. But I don't know how their coffee is.

        Dream Fluff Donuts
        2637 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

        1. Or you could get King Pin donuts from the location on campus. When they're hot and fresh, they're great. Otherwise, I think they're just so-so. They do have old-fashioned. Don't know about their coffee.

          I also like the donuts at Yellow Brick Cafe, which is perhaps better known now for its Cambodian BBQ. They also do made-to-order donut specialties there, like a banana-cream donut and, supposedly, a donut burger (though I still haven't read a report from anyone who's successfully ordered this). They serve Peerless coffee, but from a thermos (not fresh brewed).

          More detailed reports here:

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

          2 Replies
          1. re: abstractpoet

            King Pin around 9 - 10 PM when they're fresh and hot is sooooo good... but that probably applies to almost any donut.

            1. re: kimchee411

              Ahh there's something about freshly fried sweet dough at midnight when you're in college... Kingpin :)

          2. Anyone know of a place East Bay way that uses potato flour for their doughnuts..."spudnuts?"

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            1. re: Munching Mark

              We have a spudnut shop in Hollister. I ate a lot of spudnuts as a kid, and these sure taste like they have potato flour in them.