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Boston area's Best Donuts

FeastNut2008 Nov 7, 2009 05:17 PM

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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    buffet king Nov 9, 2009 07:06 AM

    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

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      gimlis1mum Nov 8, 2009 04:07 PM

      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
        catsmeow Nov 9, 2009 04:02 AM

        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
          mangorita Nov 9, 2009 07:22 AM

          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
          buffet king Nov 9, 2009 07:11 AM

          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

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          cambridgesidefoodnerd Nov 8, 2009 09:36 AM

          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.

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            fishmanator Nov 8, 2009 06:17 AM

            That about sums it up!

            1. enhF94 Nov 8, 2009 04:27 AM

              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
                pang Nov 8, 2009 01:40 PM

                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
                  bella_sarda Nov 9, 2009 06:52 AM

                  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.

                2. gansu girl Nov 8, 2009 03:50 AM

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


                  1. greygarious Nov 7, 2009 05:47 PM

                    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
                      janzy Nov 8, 2009 02:04 AM

                      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.

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                        the modern serf Nov 8, 2009 06:00 PM

                        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.

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