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bathtubninja Oct 10, 2009 09:47 AM

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

good coffee would be a big plus too.

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    rccola Aug 28, 2011 09:05 AM

    Hopkins Street Bakery, not open Sundays as far as I know, has handmade yeast-driven donuts. During the week: raspberry jelly filled and maybe lemon curd. On Saturday, Italian pastry cream.

    They are like homemade donuts from the 50s and early 60s.

    Most donut places use a mix to make their donuts and I can taste the baking powder/artificial vanilla/etc.

    I have brought Hopkins Street many times as office treats and they were always appreciated muchly, with surprise by the recipients.

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    Hopkins Street Bakery
    1584 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA

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      hyperbowler Aug 27, 2011 02:51 PM

      Speaking strictly about jelly doughnuts, it's worth a trek to Andy's Donut Stop in Richmond. They have a few different filling flavors, there's an appropriate jelly to dough ratio, and the texture of the dough is the good place between firm and chewy. I can't find their hours online, but I've gone there for great doughnuts in the wee hours of the morning.

      All Star and Kingpin have large doughnuts, but I find them to no different from the other oversized crappy doughnuts you find throughout the Bay Area.

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      Andy's Donut Stop
      971 23rd St, Richmond, CA

      All Star Cafe
      1550 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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        rworange Aug 31, 2011 03:12 PM

        If you look at the link provided for ther Andy's Donut Shop restaurant record you will see that they are open 24/.7. Unfortunatley, Google no longer turns up Chowhound restaurant records inb the search results anymore.

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        oldunc Aug 27, 2011 06:39 AM

        Gotta be Dream Fluff, though they're a shadow of their former self- the crullers used to weigh in at 1 1/2 lbs despite being feather light. Most of the donuts have been driven out of Berkeley by commie hippie weirdo organic health freaks apparently in denial over the necessity of fried dough as a nutrient.

        1. JasmineG Oct 19, 2009 10:01 PM

          Not in Berkeley, but I had read in this article in the Chronicle that Pizzaiolo is making doughnuts now in the morning http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article... so I stopped by on Saturday morning to sustain myself for a busy day. They had two kinds, an old fashioned buttermilk and a pumpkin, so I got one of each -- each doughnut came with a doughnut hole, which was a nice touch. These are big fluffy cakey doughnuts, sprinkled in sugar, for $2 each, and they were pretty delicious. I didn't taste that much pumpkin in the pumpkin one, though -- I mean, it tasted good, just not particularly pumpkiny. They were fresh when I bought them, but I didn't eat both of them that day, and they were still pretty tasty reheated in my toaster oven for breakfast this morning.

          I also had Dream Fluff doughnuts on Sunday (it was a doughnut kind of weekend) and their old fashioned still have my heart.

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            DandySF Oct 16, 2009 11:27 PM

            King Pin on Durant is where I'd go for a donut when I was a student.

            Aaron
            http://www.thesluicebox.com/

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              gordon wing Aug 27, 2011 01:10 AM

              I was working in Berkeley near UC tonight ...... after work I stopped by King Pin Donuts to see what was in the case. The case was pretty full and most of the donuts looked pretty fresh - I asked the counter woman what was fresh and she mentioned that the chocolate buttermilk donut was still warm ..... I went for one of those. It was perfect! It was crispy/crunchy on the exterior and moist and tender on the inside. The chocolate glaze was still soft and gooey and the chocolate chips didn't hurt either!

               
            2. raeanne Oct 16, 2009 01:10 AM

              I know this may sound crazy but I All Star Donuts on University has awesome old-fashioneds. Even crazier, they have a huge sign outside that advertises Cambodian BBQ that's also really good. The hours for food are a little wacky cus it depends how many people are working there at the time but really good an cheap when u can get it. I've also seen people ordering a big chocolate cream donut that's sliced in half and stuffed with banana slices and whipped cream that's probably awesome when you're in the right mood. Anyway, their chocolate old fashioned donuts are totally solid an delicious. Here's a previous thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/566455
              All Star Donut‎
              1255 University Ave, Berkeley, CA
              (510) 666-0878‎

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                Hungrymama Oct 14, 2009 04:05 PM

                Although not in Berkeley, All Star Donuts in El Cerrito is just a hop, skip and jump away and I've always enjoyed their chocolate and glazed old fashioned donuts. They also do a delicious, apple fritter though some might find it a bit too sweet. The folks who own/run the shop are really nice as well.

                Don't go for the coffee.

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                  pepper Oct 14, 2009 03:26 PM

                  Berkeley Bowl on Oregon has'em, not sure if they are good or not.

                  Dream Fluff is ok, nothing special.

                  I know you specfied old fashioned, but Hopkins St bakery makes killer jelly filled.

                  You might try Happy Donut (I think that is the name) on University or Gilman. They do a decent job at it.

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                    Munching Mark Oct 11, 2009 12:20 AM

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

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                      bobgh Sep 15, 2010 08:00 AM

                      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.

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                      abstractpoet Oct 10, 2009 05:29 PM

                      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: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/632099

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

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                        kimchee411 Oct 15, 2009 04:28 PM

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

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                          marilees Oct 16, 2009 06:41 PM

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

                      2. JasmineG Oct 10, 2009 05:14 PM

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

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                        Dream Fluff Donuts
                        2637 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

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                          pockyjunkie Oct 10, 2009 04:04 PM

                          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.

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                          Bette's-To-Go
                          1807 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

                          1. rworange Oct 10, 2009 03:14 PM

                            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.

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