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Boston area's Best Donuts

Looking to hear about where people think Boston's best donuts are. Please don't respond with Dunkin Donuts. Location and favorite flavors appreciated!

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  1. Searching this board yielded the following threads:
    The Best Donuts in the Planet are in East Boston...
    Best Donuts: Yeasty Wonders, Betty Ann Food Shop, E. Boston...
    Kane's Donuts
    Donut Holes
    Mmmmmm.... DONUTS
    Kane's Donuts - amazing!
    Hello Fellow Hounders, What do y’all think of the 2005 Donut Rankings (as linked below)? Donuts with a difference.........really!

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    1. re: greygarious

      I've mentioned the donuts at this place many times and I never get any opinions.
      Try Doughboy Donuts on Dorchester Ave near A St.
      It's across the street from the MBTA train and bus yards.
      Much better than Donuts With A Difference and Demets.
      Betty Ann's donuts are very good, but also very different from what you usually get at most donut places.

      1. re: janzy

        I liked Betty Ann's a lot, but the jelly donut i had was almost as yeasty as sourdough and the size of a softball. its hard to even think of it as a donut. also, if i remember right they're only open for like three hours a day.

    2. We are huge fans of Linda's, on Belmont St. in Belmont - but get there early for best selection!


      1. I've been craving the coffee roll / cinnamon bun at Verna's and Lyndell's for the last few weeks. These aren't torii, but they're fried dough. Both are more of an excuse for confectioners' sugar icing than they are for cinnamon, fyi.

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        1. re: enhF94

          I agree about Verna's! Their coffee rolls are amazing, as well as the honey dipped. I love the classic 70s feel to the shop, but I usually pick mine up at Mike & Patty's.

          1. re: enhF94

            I'm a huge fan of Verna's unglazed old fashioned (just a plain old cake donut). Crispy edge, fluffy and flavorful interior, not greasy.

            BTW, enhF94, plural of torus is tori, not torii, but i appreciate the topological exactitude.

            1. Verna's on Mass Ave. a few blocks south of Davis Sq. has some fantastic donuts. I highly recommend the glazed old fashioned ones. Their butternut is also a regular choice of mine.

              1. I am not a donut expert, so bear with me on the descriptions...

                In Malden, Sun Guang on Main Street in Malden Center (closed on mondays). The twist donuts - light but chewy dough, with a slightly crisp, sugar-coated surface.

                In Medford, Donut Villa on Highland Ave in a strip mall. Donut heaven! Go early, even on a weekday, for best selection. I love the classic plain donut and the cruller is to die for - maybe a buttermilk batter, with a bit of nutmeg?

                in Brookline, Japonaise on Beacon Street. The small, sugar-coated donuts are great. And I love the curry donut - chewy dough, crispy outside filled with beef curry...sigh.

                Donut Villa
                1A Highland Ave, Malden, MA 02148

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                1. re: gimlis1mum

                  There's a place in Weymouth in the same small strip mall that the Chicago Hot Dog place is that is talked about on this board. I can't remember the name, but my fav marble twist donuts bring me back to years ago when Dunkins use to make fresh warm donuts with a slightly crispy outside.

                  1. re: catsmeow

                    The donut shop in the same plaza as Windy City hot dogs is called Donut King. I haven't ever tried their donuts.

                    I quite like the cream filled donuts available at Flour Bakery on Sundays. Their jelly donuts are good as well.

                    Flour Bakery + Cafe
                    12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA

                  2. re: gimlis1mum

                    Donut Villa is not in Medford but it's in Malden. The strip mall is called the Town Line Plaza, it's on the Malden/Medford city line. I haven't been to Donut Villa recently. I used to go there in the morning to pickup breakfast and coffee to take to work. Their donuts are very good but go early because they sell out.

                    Donut Villa
                    1A Highland Ave, Malden, MA 02148

                  3. My favorite places for donuts:
                    1. Kane's in Saugus
                    2. Donuts with a Difference in Medford
                    3. Honey Dew Donuts (much better and larger than Dunkin Donuts imho)

                    Honey Dew
                    912 Main St, Wakefield, MA 01880