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Best Doughnuts in Philly?

AgentRed Mar 3, 2010 06:09 PM

Hey folks,

I thought I'd throw this out there since I haven't seen any doughnut places really discussed. Does Philly even have a doughnut place? I'm thinking in the vein of Doughnut Factory in NYC where the doughnuts are freshly fried and filed with really tasty combinations (peanut butter + jelly doughnut = best dessert ever).

The only places I've seen doughnuts so far are in bakeries but they didn't look that fresh. Are there any hidden gems?

Any and all suggestions welcome, many thanks,


  1. phillybakingqueen Mar 11, 2010 06:18 PM

    I plan my summer vacation around what I call "the doughnut festival" at the RTM in August.... You can get warm, glazed, yeast doughnuts that you will dream about all year :)

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      givemecarbs Mar 11, 2010 07:52 PM


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      mazza3 Mar 9, 2010 08:23 AM

      i just remembered the apple cider doughnuts at the fitler square farmer's market. they are delicious!

      1. Delucacheesemonger Mar 7, 2010 01:38 PM

        When you go to RTM, get an apple fritter from the Dutch. It prevents breezes from blowing you over, whether being carried or already in your gullet.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger
          bluehensfan Mar 9, 2010 02:51 AM

          Do you mean an apple fritter from Beiler's (at the top of the second picture below) or the apple dumpling from the Dutch Eating Place? If you are talking about the fritters at Beiler's, the guy who makes them had part of his roof collapse from the snow so they have not had the fritters since the holidays. Another reason to eat a dumpling I guess.

          BTW the warm donuts at the Market are on the first weekend in August and at the Harvest Festival in October. As much as I like donuts I find them to taste a bit lardy for my tastes.

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          gardens4me Mar 6, 2010 03:46 PM

          Flourtown Bakery on Bethlehem Pike...great cinnamon cake donuts. Kimberton Fire Company donuts, made famous by Kimberton Fair in the summer. They make them two times a month during the year. Check the Kimberton Fire Company website for dates...incredible cake donuts.

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            Bob Loblaw Mar 5, 2010 03:52 AM

            I like the chocolate iced donuts at the bakery in the C-Hill farmer's market. So, that's 1 kind of donut, 3 days a week. And, I shoudl add, I'm not really a donut guy, so donut (doughnut) aficionados might disagree. which would be fine.

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              AgentRed Mar 5, 2010 01:32 PM

              I'm sorry, C-Hill?

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                TeamPhilly Mar 5, 2010 08:24 PM

                C-Hill = Chestnut Hill. Tnanks for starting this thread. Donuts are my life but this isn't a real donut town. (Guess it's time to move.) Yum Yum has good cake stick donuts.

                Do you mean the Doughnut Plant in NYC on Grand Avenue?. They are nice and fresh but I'm not a fan of big puffy yeasty donuts. People seem to fall into two camps, yeast or cake.

                Some of the Giant Markets have a good sour cream donut occasionally. Jo Anns in Bridgeport is decent. Some of the farmstands in the burbs wil have apple cider donuts that are usually fresh.

                Wow it's sad. Not really much to report.

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              Bigley9 Mar 4, 2010 10:02 AM

              Go to the Reading Terminal Market during the PA Dutch days and other celebrations. The Amish make and fill them there fresh for events.

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                AgentRed Mar 4, 2010 07:11 PM

                I'd heard about this but isn't Dutch Day a semi-annual event? Plus I bet the day it happens is the day I'm stuck in Wisconsin or something

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                  Bigley9 Mar 5, 2010 05:12 AM

                  yes, but they made them for a "buy local" event too and maybe something else - definitely worth keeping an eye on the market schedule for!

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                    AgentRed Mar 5, 2010 01:32 PM

                    Will do, plus I'm always looking for an excuse to visit RTM! Thanks,

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                pamd Mar 4, 2010 08:14 AM

                Zebers (plymouth mtg) makes such a great cream filled powdered one!

                1. RC51Mike Mar 4, 2010 03:09 AM

                  Suzy Jo in Bridgeport and apparently now in Royersford too.

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                    808eater Mar 5, 2010 10:59 AM

                    you can't beat suzzy jo

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                    givemecarbs Mar 3, 2010 10:36 PM

                    I like Yum Yum but it is in the 'burbs.

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                    1. re: givemecarbs
                      JohnnyKBar Mar 4, 2010 02:43 AM

                      I have to second Yum Yum. Best donuts I've found in the area, and I can't really think of places outside the area that are better, either.

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                        FayeD Mar 8, 2010 04:47 PM

                        Hi. I will travel for a great cream donut - the kind where the cream doesn't taste commercial (not sure how else to describe it) and there is plenty of it. Do you think Yum Yum meets the taste test? Is it worth 1/2 hour car trip? I recently went to a bakery some people felt had the best donuts in the Philadelphia vicinity (not mentioned in this thread) and I was not impressed.

                        By the way I agree that the Reading Terminal Donuts made for that special fall festival are great when they are warm. But the festival is only once a year. Thanks for any donut help.

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                          bluehensfan Mar 9, 2010 02:45 AM

                          They also make the donuts at Reading Terminal at the Dutch Festival the first weekend in August as well. But there really is not anything in Philly like the Donut Factory. There used to be a dump of a place on Juniper that made their own munchkin like donut holes called Lil' Spot that was pretty good though.

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                          givemecarbs Mar 11, 2010 05:38 PM

                          Stopped at Yum Yum in Colmar early this evening for some donut nirvana. Asked for a coffee roll and even though there were two or three out front, the donut goddess who waited on me quickly stepped in back and got me a really really fresh one. Yeah like that roll was going to make it home intact. I didn't even try, but sat in my car and tried to eat that yummy pastry slowly. So hard not to just inhale it. :) I will try a creme filled donut someday maybe, but the coffee rolls and chocolate glazed donuts are heavenly. And they have monster donuts.

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                          Phillystudent44 Mar 4, 2010 04:33 AM


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                            AgentRed Mar 4, 2010 07:10 PM

                            Agh Yum Yum looks perfect and I'm all about the 'burbs but their stores are just way too far North =( Is there anywhere in the city that sells their stuff?

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                          barryg Mar 3, 2010 06:22 PM

                          Frangelli's Bakery in South Philly, 9th & Ritner. The place is kind of a dump, but the jelly donuts are great. They don't fry them to order, but they do fill them to order.

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