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Best Bakery -- not refined, not French, just good donuts

Gretchen P Mar 11, 2010 07:22 AM

I've been on the lookout for years for the best bakeries, which are on the decline as more people buy their donuts from grocery stores and gas stations. And to be specific, I'm not looking for a French bakery or something frou frou (no Rustica, Salty Tart, and so on), but a good solid bakery with cake donuts, maple fried, long johns, and the like.

My favorite is Emily's Bakery in Hastings, but Hastings is too far away just for a donut run. Their donuts are pitch perfect and they have some treats that no one else seems to have, like Holland Cream Sticks (oh yum!). They also have my grandma's favorite: peanut cakes (white cake with a light frosting coated in chopped peanuts).

I've been to P.J. Murphy's and can't recommend it. Their chunky frostings put me off. Their selection seems small too and their donuts mediocre in general.

Where else should I be sure to go? Trips to the Shakopee Bakery and New Prague's bakery (not sure of its name) are in my near future, but what about in the nearer metro area?

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    keithinmpls RE: Gretchen P Mar 11, 2010 07:44 AM

    Gotta go to Mel-o-glaze for donuts. On the Corner of Minnehaha Parkway and 28th Ave S. The place has some of the best old school donuts I've ever had. They have some other offererings, but I'd stay away from them, bring your own coffee, and stick with the donuts.

    I would also highly recommend A Baker's Wife, which is right up 28th Ave at 42nd St. A much more diverse selection of breads and pastries, possibly too "frou frou" for the intent of this posting, but still worth a look.

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      AnnyM RE: keithinmpls Mar 11, 2010 09:33 AM

      I will second the Mel-O-Glaze recommendation - I'm lucky enough to have it in my neighborhood!

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        getgot211 RE: keithinmpls Mar 11, 2010 11:08 AM

        this exactly.

        Mel-o-glaze for raised, Baker's Wife for cake.

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          Gretchen P RE: keithinmpls Mar 13, 2010 02:31 PM

          I've stopped in at Mel-O-Glaze before and was sorely disappointed by their variety. All they seemed to have was cake donuts. Maybe it was the time of day?

          I know they've been around forever, though; do they still make the "mega-mel-o" (or however that's spelled?

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          turtlebella RE: Gretchen P Mar 11, 2010 08:07 AM

          ha! When I read the title of your post I immediately thought of Emily's... buy yeah, too far for a donut run. In the summer we like to go to a (organic) farm to pick our own berries just past Hastings and we *always* have to stop at Emily's to get donuts.

          I have no advice, sadly. But will look forward to trying some of the suggestions in this thread. We love us some donuts in our house (although we have a split family- my husband likes cake and I like glazed ones. Our daughter does not discriminate).

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            leeniebeanie RE: turtlebella Mar 11, 2010 08:44 AM

            I totally agree with "keithinmpls". Mel-o-Glaze has the best raised, glazed donuts around. Their apple fritters are good, but because they are the size of Volkswagen hubcabs, can be a bit much.

            A Baker's Wife has wonderful cake donuts. You can get them either plain or with sugar/cinnamon. If you get them straight out of the oven you will think you have died and gone to heaven. They make a good baguette also. YUM.

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              MayrMN RE: leeniebeanie Mar 11, 2010 06:07 PM

              OMG-I need a plain cake donut! My DH thinks I'm crazy for not liking sprinkles etc.

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                BPfahnl RE: MayrMN Sep 26, 2010 01:06 PM


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                babaoriley7 RE: leeniebeanie Sep 25, 2010 05:51 PM

                I've never heard of a cake donut that was baked. is that unique to A Baker's Wife?

            2. MSPD RE: Gretchen P Mar 11, 2010 09:24 AM

              Sounds like you're in the south metro. Have you tried Farmington Bakery or Puffy Cream in Eagan? If not, give them a try.

              Also, and people will have a hard time believing this, Kowalski's in Eagan -- the earlier the better. Their caramel rolls are flat out spectacular in the morning when they're still warm. I know it's not a bakery per se, but if it's really just about the food, it's worth a stop. They have good donuts as well, but oh the caramel rolls....

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                Seige RE: MSPD Mar 11, 2010 10:25 PM

                Puffy Cream, Puffy Cream, and did I mention Puffy Cream? :) We had a big dispute at work a few years back. One colleague who lives close to Mel-O-Glaze disputed that Puffy Cream was better so we had a taste off. And while Mel-O-Glaze was good for the raised donuts, Puffy Cream prevailed overall. I'd suggest getting there early for the best selection.

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                  Gretchen P RE: MSPD Mar 13, 2010 02:32 PM

                  I saw mention of Puffy Cream in a separate post. I'll certainly give them a try when I'm in the vicinity. Same goes for Farmington. Is Farmington really good? Or just okay?

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                    MSPD RE: Gretchen P Mar 14, 2010 01:08 PM

                    Farmington Bakery isn't as good as many of the places mentioned here, but if you live nearby, it's the best thing between there and way up into Eagan. Again, earlier the better.

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                      Gretchen P RE: MSPD Apr 10, 2010 03:14 PM

                      Anybody know the hours of Puffy Cream and, specifically, if they're open on Sundays? A trip is in my future . . .but only if they're open tomorrow.

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                        Seige RE: Gretchen P Apr 10, 2010 10:22 PM

                        I'm fairly certain they're open on Sunday (since I know churches get donuts from them on Sundays), but I'm not certain of the hours. Regular weekday hours are 6am - 2pm, I believe.

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                          Gretchen P RE: Seige Apr 11, 2010 05:35 AM

                          Aha! I called this morning and learned they are open seven days a week from 5 to noon! Wish they set up voicemail for their closed hours . . .

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                    Gretchen P RE: MSPD Jun 2, 2010 01:29 PM

                    A report on Puffy Cream: My maple had glossy frosting and a light texture, though I usually prefer a crispier exterior. I noticed that some of their donuts run BIG, especially the long-john types. Apple fritters were also big and unusually flat, though I didn't try one.

                    Service was very friendly. At 11ish on a Sunday, the place was empty.

                    Puffy Cream seems to meet the standard of a good donut.

                    I'm coming to realize the role that nostalgia plays in donut appraisal . . .

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                    HuaGung RE: Gretchen P Mar 11, 2010 09:58 AM

                    Granny Donuts on Robert St in West St Paul. 33 years ago my first job was at a Winchell's Donut Shoppe in New Hope. Granny Donuts seems to be a reincarnation of an old Winchell's. I may just be nostalgic, but the stuff really tastes good to me.

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                      KC612 RE: HuaGung Mar 11, 2010 11:44 AM

                      Wuollet's too fancy? Too French? Not sure about the donuts, but i've had some good pastries from there in the past...

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                        Quince RE: KC612 Mar 11, 2010 02:34 PM

                        Unfortunately, the donuts from Wuollet's are nothing too special in my experience.

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                          NugarifiK RE: Quince Mar 11, 2010 05:30 PM

                          Agreed. Nothing (2 donuts, 1 nutbar thing, and brownie) I've had from Wuollet's has been anything to write home about.

                          I've been to Granny's and they are the best I've had since this place I went to as a kid in Crystal.

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                            latte4me RE: NugarifiK Mar 11, 2010 06:42 PM

                            Ditto on Granny's, and I'm not even a donut person, but will always partake if someone brings them in.

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                              MSPD RE: latte4me Mar 12, 2010 05:25 PM

                              Stickler alert: It's "Granny Donuts".

                              And they make one of the best apple fritters in MSP. Right up there with Delicious Donuts on Douglas Drive in Golden Valley.

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                                turtlebella RE: MSPD Mar 15, 2010 04:54 PM

                                We stopped by Granny Donuts early this afternoon (who said doughnuts were just for breakfast?!). It has a great vintage donut shop vibe, particularly in the seating- classic. I got three raised donuts, my husband got three cake donuts and then the owner gave us a couple of other (glazed) ones to eat right away (not 100% sure if/what we were charged for these...). I wanted to get a french twist but there were all out-- those were my favorites when I was a kid. Anyway, speaking for myself, the raised donuts were quite yummy- fluffly and chewy at the same time. The owner is a total character too. Extra bonus.

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                                  HuaGung RE: turtlebella Mar 15, 2010 05:17 PM

                                  If you can handle the sugar and calorie hit, their apple fritters are phenomenal, as MSPD mentioned. And, ditto the love for their raised donuts. I love 'em, even though I shouldn't.

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                                    MSPD RE: turtlebella Mar 15, 2010 08:57 PM

                                    turtlebella, the folks running Granny are notoriously kind. They almost always toss a couple extra donuts in your bag. At least that's been my experience and what I've heard from others on here and abroad.

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                                      clepro RE: MSPD Apr 11, 2010 09:39 AM

                                      Read this the other day and as a direct result, my butt has now been reinforced with one of those huge, moist, fruit packed, greasy (but in a good way), apple fritters from Granny's. It thanks you.

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                            Gretchen P RE: KC612 Mar 13, 2010 02:33 PM

                            Wuollet's is too . . .bad. Really unremarkable donuts/pastries. I also remember trying Russian teacakes there around the holidays. Don't.

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                            turtlebella RE: HuaGung Mar 11, 2010 02:45 PM

                            oooh, I grew up on Winchell's (in California) and so I have that kind of nostalgia too...

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                            MayrMN RE: Gretchen P Mar 11, 2010 06:05 PM

                            Dara did a donut thing a few years back and one that she highly recommended was Denny's 5th Ave. Bakery which is over by Sam's Club on American blvd just west of Nicollet. Went there a few weeks ago and really liked the 'standards', however, my mother who was visiting liked Mel-o-glaze's regular glazed better. Plus free coffee (nothing special) with purchase....

                            They are not open Sunday FYI.

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                              The Dairy Queen RE: MayrMN Mar 11, 2010 09:31 PM

                              Dara also recommended the donuts from this place place on Snelling in St. Paul just across the street from St. Clair Broiler (Rosemark Bakery or something like that?) that served flat-out the worst donut I've ever tasted. My husband wouldn't even finish the donuts I brought home, and this is a man who doesn't throw out food, especially not deep-fried food. It made me distrust her donut-meter.

                              I'm glad to hear that Denny's 5th Ave is better, though!


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                                Quince RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 12, 2010 03:53 PM

                                I went to a bakery in NE Minneapolis that advertised winning a best donut award in the Citypages...and it was horrible as well. Any Holiday gas station, alas, does a better job.

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                                  Gretchen P RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 13, 2010 02:34 PM

                                  I tried Rosemark once and it was closed but I'm in that vicinity, so I'll have to try it again.

                                  I remember that specific recommendation from her in that article about her kid and donuts and the donut book.

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                                    The Dairy Queen RE: Gretchen P Mar 13, 2010 03:13 PM



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                                      St Paul Susie RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 15, 2010 04:54 PM

                                      Ditto - the place is not worth any type of stop at all.

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                                        Gretchen P RE: St Paul Susie Apr 2, 2010 07:39 AM

                                        I stopped. I walked in. I walked out.

                                  2. re: The Dairy Queen
                                    plymatt RE: The Dairy Queen Jan 2, 2012 07:37 AM

                                    I disagree. Yes, their building could use some work but don't let it taint your review.
                                    Rosemark has one of the best raised glazed donuts I've ever had; so light, with a lemony vanilla glaze.
                                    Unlike so many that are too firm-- like eating a fried hamburger bun with a hole in the middle and some sugar on top. Way better than krispy kreme.

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                                      sheepy RE: The Dairy Queen Jan 6, 2012 08:27 PM

                                      My dad owned the dry cleaners that was next to Rosemark Bakery (it has now been replaced by another cleaners). Rosemark was not good, but before it was Baldingers, and they were great.

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                                        The Dairy Queen RE: sheepy Jan 7, 2012 01:21 AM

                                        Sheepy, I wish Baldingers were still there because, as you say, Rosemark is not good. (and Plymatt, my assessment was not in any way based on the building...it was based entirely on the inedible food. Even my husband --who can eat pretty much anything if he puts his mind to it-- threw his out.) Granted, we only gave it one shot, but with a flat-out awful experience like that, why give it another?

                                        Sad, that would be a great location for a donut shop. Snelling's always on your way somewhere, so it would be easy to pop in.


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                                          Special Dish RE: The Dairy Queen Jan 8, 2012 10:38 PM

                                          Rosemark is sort of weird place. So weird that I did some digging up of information on the place a while ago. Most of their business is wholesale and their main product is bread. I know they supply Acme Deli for bread (which is just around the corner from Rosemark on the same block). I believe I read somewhere they supply bread to many Twin City restaurants. Perhaps the strength of their wholesale operation negates much care for their retail presence.

                                          That said, it's odd they make non-bread items, because I agree they are pretty mediocre! The bread is good and normal, though! Last time I was there--which was a while ago--it was something like $2.50 per loaf. If it's day-old, I think they sell it for just $1.00.

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                                            Seige RE: The Dairy Queen Jan 10, 2012 05:56 PM

                                            I have not had any real pastry-type items from Rosemark, however, I know they supply Joan's in the Park with their bread and it is delicious! Like, I could just eat the bread and be a happy girl, delicious. So, I wouldn't completely write them off.

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                                              The Dairy Queen RE: Seige Jan 11, 2012 06:43 AM

                                              Interesting! I liked the bread at Joans in the Park, too. Does Rosemark sell their bread to the public or just their dreadful donuts?


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                                                Special Dish RE: The Dairy Queen Jan 11, 2012 01:51 PM

                                                Yes, it's $2.50 a loaf if I remember, and they also have a day-old shelf with bread for $1.00. They have white, wheat, marble rye and probably a few other kinds. They'll slice it thin, regular, or Texas if I remember correctly.

                                                Like I said, I don't know why they even bother making anything other than bread!

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                                            karykat RE: sheepy Jan 7, 2012 10:42 AM

                                            When did the dry cleaners change? I've been going there, maybe not knowing it changed hands. Maybe it has been a while since I've been in.

                                            And did go to Baldingers occasionally when I had laundry to bring in. Remember it as pretty good.

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                                              sheepy RE: karykat Jan 7, 2012 10:51 AM

                                              It has been the current cleaners for a long time. Until around 1986ish it was St Clair Cleaners. Sweeney's bought the building and completely redid it; it is beautiful, and includes air conditioning, which my father always said was impossible in a cleaners. The new owner passed away a bit later (maybe a year) but his children were running it last I heard and they do great work. I don't know if they do work by hand or are automated, but I'm thinking it is by hand. Not many places still do that.

                                              And my dad liked Rosemark when they came in because every morning he'd park his car, go in through their back door and take two fresh, hot donuts. Until the day my mother went into Rosemark and someone ratted out my dad, who was supposed to be on a diet.

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                                                plymatt RE: sheepy Feb 2, 2012 07:16 PM

                                                Just had a donut from Rosemark; it was definitely NOT the donut I had from there a few months ago which I liked so much. It was bad. Something changed, their consistency is suspect, but I know they are capable of making good donuts.

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                                          MSPD RE: MayrMN Mar 12, 2010 05:26 PM

                                          Denny's has over-the-top nice people working there. I'm not quite as sold on their donuts as some of the others mentioned, but it's a fairly regular stop for me. They have a huge selection of bars, donuts, cookies, etc.

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                                          GutGrease RE: Gretchen P Mar 15, 2010 07:08 AM

                                          Denny's also has a senior discount day! Too bad that I'm not old enough.

                                          I grew up eating Dunkin Donuts on a weekly if not daily basis, so I'm a junk donut kind of guy. Denny's is good for that and it's a local bakery like the others mentioned. I live by Melo-Glaze and never tried it, mostly because I don't like being a part of the coffee-drinking Sunday morning paper scene -- that's my problem though. I also used to live a block from Wuollet's in Uptown. I would occasionally get donuts for work meetings and was constantly disappointed. They do other things very well, but donuts to them are an after-thought and too fancy.

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                                            BigE RE: Gretchen P Mar 15, 2010 09:38 AM

                                            They may not have a wide donut selection, but I've never had a better plain cake donut than the one at A Baker's Wife.

                                            I've passed Mel-o-glaze dozens of times and never stopped in. I guess I'll have to remedy that.

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                                              MayrMN RE: BigE Mar 15, 2010 02:40 PM

                                              Went and had the cake donuts this weekend at Baker's Wife. YUMMY. But sadly, nothing resembling a 'long john w/ nuts' for the hubby.

                                              TomAto - Tomato, I suppose.

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                                              mmm789 RE: Gretchen P Mar 16, 2010 08:08 AM

                                              While it's not local, World's Best Donuts in Grand Marais are superb. It's a must-stop for me on trips out of the BWCA and Quetico.

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                                                Davydd RE: mmm789 Mar 16, 2010 08:13 AM

                                                ,cept Grand Marais is about 300 miles away. :( I too get up there often.

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                                                  Gretchen P RE: mmm789 Apr 2, 2010 07:38 AM

                                                  I like World's Best Donuts too. We tend to get up to Grand Marais in the offseason, though, when they're closed.

                                                2. nlewarne RE: Gretchen P Mar 16, 2010 08:33 AM

                                                  Not sure what it is at Mel-O-Glaze but there seems to be something that screams 'lemon' in their frosting... Not that it is a bad thing, it's just a little different than any others I've tried.

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                                                    Gretchen P RE: Gretchen P Apr 2, 2010 07:43 AM

                                                    I have a report on the Shakopee bakery, which is definitely an old-school place.

                                                    One of their defining characteristics is that they seem to offer two or three versions of the same donut; the variations consist of chopped nuts or sliced almonds.

                                                    Surprisingly, they had peanut cakes, just like Emily's in Hastings (though they were inexplicably called "mochas"). They were incredibly light -- better than Emily's.

                                                    I opted for a plain maple and it was solid, but not spectacular.
                                                    (And what makes a spectacular maple? Glossy frosting, a soft interior and -- here's the challenge -- an exterior with the slightest bit of crunch to provide a good counterpoint to the interior).

                                                    Overall: good. solid. if you want a donut and you're driving on 169, it's worth the brief side trip.

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                                                      Latinpig RE: Gretchen P Apr 2, 2010 08:31 AM

                                                      Best old fashion donut in town is on Douglas Drive and Medicine Lake Road in Golden Valley/Crystal. The place just says donuts and is in a strip mall by the Crystal Cafe.

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                                                        MSPD RE: Latinpig Apr 2, 2010 11:29 AM

                                                        It's called Delicious Donuts (the one in Golden Valley) and if you can get the apple fritters just after they're made, they are as good as it gets. I used to work down the street and went there far too often.

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                                                          1chowlover RE: Latinpig Aug 24, 2010 05:13 PM

                                                          yum. 2nd that. their good.

                                                      2. buenosds RE: Gretchen P Apr 2, 2010 10:44 AM

                                                        Go to Nelsons Bakery at 116 shady oak rd at excelsior blvd. great fresh donuts...lots of varieties , cakes , breads, cookies and a 20ft walk across the room to Nelsons meat market.

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                                                          snowwish RE: Gretchen P Apr 2, 2010 10:57 AM

                                                          I would recommend Donut Hut in Little Canada. Its only open till 2:00pm each day. I would recommend getting there before 11:00 on the weekends. By then they are pretty much sold out.

                                                          1. saharaliz RE: Gretchen P Apr 3, 2010 01:05 AM

                                                            Head north, just a teeny tiny bit--to Hans' Bakery in Anoka.
                                                            Drooling. Just a little.
                                                            Huge, old school case of donuts, cookies, rolls, and many more delish treats.
                                                            Go for the Beehive. They even make them mini if you don't want to share.

                                                            1423 5th Ave, Anoka, MN 55303
                                                            (763) 421-4200

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                                                              Special Dish RE: saharaliz Sep 20, 2010 12:01 AM

                                                              I have heard of Hans' before. Being that I live in St. Paul, and am a bakery enthusiast, it must be good.

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                                                                Bobannon RE: Special Dish Sep 27, 2010 01:40 PM

                                                                I heard that Han's closed recently.

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                                                              charliepete RE: Gretchen P Apr 14, 2010 12:32 PM

                                                              I'm a big fan of Osseo Bakery in Osseo for Donuts. Their custard filled choclate is my favorite.

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                                                                Postalbich93 RE: charliepete Apr 11, 2011 05:12 PM

                                                                I had been going to osseo bakery for 22 years. I am addicted to there snoopy bars. They are now closed and I have no clue how to get their recipe ,,, I need help!!

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                                                                  harleyjt RE: Postalbich93 Mar 5, 2012 10:41 AM

                                                                  I will try to get you the recipe for snoopy bars will post soon

                                                              2. Davydd RE: Gretchen P Jun 2, 2010 05:04 PM

                                                                I miss walking to Lincoln Del on Lake Street near where I used to live. I also miss Excelo Bakery in Excelsior near where I now live. It does seem I have to settle on Lund's supermarket now if I want a donut. :(

                                                                I'm puzzled why bakeries are in decline. I just kind of accepted that but then was in Houston, TX in April and realized you could not drive around a block without running into a bakery that made donuts fresh on premise. I envy Texans. Donuts are alive and well in Texas.

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                                                                  lindainwi RE: Gretchen P Jun 10, 2010 06:24 PM

                                                                  If you are willing to make the occasional drive to Hastings I would suggest a detour across the St. Croix to Prescott, WI and The Bake Shop and More. They have the best donuts I've had, anywhere... even better than Spudnuts in Galesburg, IL. They make their donuts in small batches so they are always fresh. The best are the Boston cream, filled with wonderful pastry cream (NOT whipped cream) and topped with a scrumptious dark chocolate glaze. They also have great danish, coffee cakes and breads. To find the Bake Shop and More, take Hwy 10 across the bridge into Prescott and turn right. The bakery is located on the left side of the street in the first block right across from Most Pharmacy. They are closed on Mondays.

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                                                                    mfrahm RE: Gretchen P Jul 1, 2010 08:20 PM

                                                                    Not in the metro at all (100 miles away or so), but if you're in southeast Minnesota, go to Bloedow Bakery in Winona for doughnuts.

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                                                                      Davydd RE: mfrahm Jul 3, 2010 07:06 AM

                                                                      Sigh! However you're right. Why is it one has to go to Winona or Grand Marais (World's Best Donuts) just to get a donut? :( I was in Texas in April and was pleasantly surprised by how many on premise fresh donut shops there were in and around Houston.

                                                                      Excelsior used to have a great donut shop. Now all they have is a French patisserie and no donuts. When I first moved to Minnesota I lived within a short walking distance to the Lincoln Del and Bernie's Del on West Lake Street. That was donut heaven. Both are long gone.

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                                                                      amk RE: Gretchen P Aug 23, 2010 01:29 PM

                                                                      I would recommend Donut Connection in Richfield (and I think they have other locations in Burnsville, etc.). They make a pretty good donut: chocolate raised, glazed, old fashion, etc. Wouldn't recommend their coffee.

                                                                      I will also let you know in advance that service is less than ideal, as is the overall appearance of the store, which is located in a little strip mall. That said, my husband and I thought the donuts were good enough to come back again and again, though admittedly we always wish there was another option closer to us.

                                                                      1. johnnybgargoyle RE: prasantrin Aug 24, 2010 07:09 PM

                                                                        Delicious is good (the one at Douglas and Med. Lake Rd. in Golden Valley) I live pretty close to there, but I got hooked on the place down the road from there on Medicine Lake Road and Hwy 169 in the strip mall. Valley Pastries.

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                                                                          KosherVeg RE: johnnybgargoyle Sep 14, 2010 03:32 PM

                                                                          Seven Stars Coffee House in Edina. Actually, though they don't have donuts, their baked goods ESPECIALLY THEIR CINNAMON BUNS are out of this world. And, IMHO, I think they have one of the best bagels in the Twin Cities.

                                                                        2. Special Dish RE: 1chowlover Sep 20, 2010 12:05 AM

                                                                          I too am very surprised Sarah Jane's didn't get mentioned until this late in the thread. I've been buying treats here for the last 10 years or so. Their donuts are not spectacular, but they're definitely above average. I'd say B- on a grading scale.

                                                                          1. Special Dish RE: Gretchen P Sep 20, 2010 12:30 AM

                                                                            Ok, here's my three recommendations for good doughnuts.

                                                                            Sarah Jane's Bakery
                                                                            2853 Johnson St NE
                                                                            Minneapolis, MN 55418

                                                                            The best thing this bakery produces, their all-time house specialty, is a rhubarb-custard pie. It is the most delicious pie I've ever tasted. Try NOT to eat at least half the pie in one sitting.

                                                                            A Baker's Wife's Pastry Shop
                                                                            4200 28th Ave S
                                                                            Minneapolis, MN 55406

                                                                            I've only had some goods from this bakery a few times, and they've been quite good. Everyone I know who buys stuff from this bakery regularly raves about it.

                                                                            712 University Ave W
                                                                            St Paul, MN 55104-4854

                                                                            Very fresh, delicious raised doughnuts. I haven't tasted their cake ones yet. In the Frogtown neighborhood on University Avenue, just a block or so west of the Rondo Community Outreach Library on Dale Street.

                                                                            Many people have mentioned Mel-O-Glaze. Yes, they are sinfully delicious raised-glazed doughnuts. The doughnut is pillowy and soft, and buckles under the pressure of your tongue compressing it to the roof of your mouth. However, I think they're a little too liberal with the glaze, and the doughnuts also seem a bit on the greasy side.

                                                                            I still haven't stopped into Granny's Donuts on South Robert Street in West St. Paul, I will have to try it sometime. I've heard from many people that their donuts are spectacular. From the street, this place looks like a traditional doughnut shop, like a Winchell's or Dunkin' Doughnuts from the 1960s that hasn't kept pace with modern marketing or frontage design. Which is a good sign, because it shows where their priorities are.

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                                                                              sarahcooks RE: Gretchen P Sep 25, 2010 02:10 PM

                                                                              There is a new donut shop that just opened up by us - Lee's Donuts. It's on Larpenteur near Hamline Ave in the little building that houses (used to house?) a laundromat. My husband just picked some up and we all thought they were really good, though I'm no donut connoisseur. The donuts were light and slightly eggy inside and a bit crispy on the outside. Everyone was pleasantly surprised how much the one with strawberry frosting actually tasted like real strawberries, and the chocolate frosting on the other was nicely fudgey. My husband said it was pretty picked over by 1pm and the owner said to come at 6am next time because they have a big selection then and they go fast. DH said he may have to start getting up earlier, which is the biggest recommendation of all! It's an asian family that runs it, a real mom and pop kind of place - dad was running the register, mom was making donuts and the kids were boxing them up.

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                                                                                faith RE: sarahcooks Sep 26, 2010 02:02 PM

                                                                                There is a new donut shop coming to 23rd Ave S near 35th St, across from Chatterbox Cafe. It is called the Donut Cooperative. They have been teasing us on their facebook page for weeks with gorgeous photos of their donuts, including some great looking vegan ones. Probably at least a month before they get the place open.

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                                                                                  bob s RE: faith Nov 19, 2010 07:31 AM

                                                                                  I am so, so, so, so looking forward to trying them. I've been following them for months. I'm almost afraid that I'll be let down by the actual product.

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                                                                                    faith RE: bob s Nov 19, 2010 10:25 AM

                                                                                    Well bob, I will say I've had one flavor- they have a table at the Turf Club in St Paul on the nights of 'Trash Film Debauchery' - free movies... the donuts were mercifully smaller than usual and $1 each. I bought one , went back and bought 2 more, thinking to myself 'I'll save one for my roommate'.......................ate all 3. They had a nice mapley icing, kind of chewy, I liked them.

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                                                                                      bob s RE: faith Nov 19, 2010 01:15 PM

                                                                                      I'm glad to hear it was good. I know they're at lots of events at the Turf Club, but it's been years since I've been there.

                                                                                      Their flavors look great and their photos are tantalizing, but I'm always afraid that I'm going to set my expectations so high that I'll inevitably be disappointed.

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                                                                                  KTFoley RE: sarahcooks Nov 18, 2010 11:25 AM

                                                                                  I picked up a baker's dozen from Lee's Donuts this week for the office. Dear and hungry co-workers went for them as soon as the box was open, so I can report on only one sample. The cinnamon sugar cake donut was as good as sarahcooks says -- the best I have tasted in a long time.

                                                                                  Lee's signs are on the building only, so it's too easy to pass the place unless you know that yes it is in the same spot as the dry cleaners.
                                                                                  1237 Larpenteur Ave

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                                                                                    The Dairy Queen RE: KTFoley Nov 18, 2010 11:56 AM

                                                                                    I've had donuts from Lee's twice. Tasted strongly of stale grease. Really offputting. There will not be a third time for me. Nice people though.


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                                                                                      KTFoley RE: The Dairy Queen Nov 18, 2010 02:07 PM

                                                                                      Wow, that has to be disappointing. And icky. Maybe we hit it on a different spots in the oil-changing rotation -- would you happen to remember what days of the week/time of day you went?

                                                                                      Tuesday morning, 8:30am was good.

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                                                                                        The Dairy Queen RE: KTFoley Nov 18, 2010 03:57 PM

                                                                                        Very early weekday mornings. Don't remember which days of the week though, alas.


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                                                                                      tstein83 RE: KTFoley Apr 26, 2011 01:30 PM

                                                                                      Tried Lee's this morning for the first time and found the doughnuts to be quite good. Not sure if my doughnut palate is refined enough to detect stale grease, but we tried three different varieties (old fashioned with maple glaze, raised with chocolate glaze, and cake with strawberry glaze) and had absolutely no complaints. I don't usually dunk my doughnuts in coffee, but I did with the old fashioned maple one and was very pleased with the melt-in-your-mouth result.

                                                                                      The location is odd and might hurt their ability to get walk-in traffic, but the guy working was extremely nice. Perhaps it was Lee himself, or maybe Lee is the family name? I'm usually very loyal to the Roseville Bakery (also on Larpenteur, closer to Hamline Ave.), but Lee's seemed to me to be superior for doughnuts, as far as this corner of St. Paul/Roseville is concerned. For those in this part of the metro, Mel-o-Glaze and Baker's Wife are quite a journey for early morning doughnuts, so my hope is that Lee's might offer a reasonable proxy.

                                                                                      The doughnuts at Lee's evoked memories of those of my youth in La Crosse, WI from the now-defunct "Mr. D's." Their fresh offerings would go on sale the night before at their late night walk-up window. Warm doughnuts for 40 cents at 2am just blocks from the college campus...now that's delivering to your clientele. Their flagship item was a 10-inch diameter apple fritter that could serve a small family. Mr. D's was also a diner serving the most beloved greasy spoon (with a twist) breakfasts in town. Sorry as I wax nostalgic...

                                                                                      Roseville Bakery
                                                                                      1147 Larpenteur Ave W, Roseville, MN 55113

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                                                                                    carolita RE: Gretchen P Nov 18, 2010 01:21 PM

                                                                                    we love byerly's old fashioned chocolate covered donut at byerly's roseville. crispy outside, soft inside and good solid chocolate icing. also are very fond of their poppyseed kolaches which are just loaded with a moist poppyseed filling.

                                                                                    1. parallevar RE: Gretchen P Apr 12, 2011 06:30 AM

                                                                                      Didn't see a mention of YoYo Donuts off Shady Oak Road in this whole discussion. Made it there thanks to Heavy Table: http://heavytable.com/yoyo-donuts-cof...

                                                                                      Maple-Bacon long john is highly recommended. As is the blueberry old-fashioned.

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                                                                                        leeniebeanie RE: parallevar Apr 12, 2011 07:30 AM

                                                                                        I second the Maple-Bacon long john at Yo Yo Donuts. I picked up a box of donuts for a meeting at work and only choose one of them. The plan was to divide it into pieces so that more than one person could have a taste. I ate the whole thing myself and didn't feel bad about it in the least!

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                                                                                          shanemio RE: leeniebeanie Apr 12, 2011 09:14 AM

                                                                                          Denny's 5th Avenue is an old fashioned bakery that is quite good, not great, but CHEAP. I mean ridiculously cheap in this day and age of upscale and expensive designer food. If you are used to Wuollet/Lunds/Byerly's prices (ridiculous) you will go nuts here. I always buy my Christmas cookies there - they are great and very affordable, including rosettes. And you just cannot help buying about a dozen other really attractive goodies while you are at it.
                                                                                          They also do fancy: but at a good price. Wanted to buy special cupcakes as a thank you but cannot stomach paying $3 for a cupcake. They have them. They are your basic flavs - chocolate, vanilla, carrot cake, red velvet, and are nicely decorated. I think they were 1.25.
                                                                                          Check it out.

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                                                                                        japanabanana RE: Gretchen P Nov 12, 2011 04:53 PM

                                                                                        Tried this place this a.m. Got there about 9, line out the door. By the time I got to the counter, there were not many "flavors" left. Apparently, you can call in to pre-order, which is definitely the way to go. Couldn't find anything on their website listing the menu though. I had a 1) pistachio cake donut, which, disappointingly, only had pistachios on the top and not in the donut itself, 2) a plain glazed, which was nothing to write home about, and 3) pumpkin donut holes, which I'd get again.


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                                                                                          MSPD RE: japanabanana Nov 12, 2011 07:17 PM

                                                                                          I've managed to try a few different things there and although they use really good ingredients and have some unique combinations, they just didn't do anything for me. Certainly not worth waiting in queue down the street.

                                                                                          The two donuts I've managed to snag at Donut Cooperative have been outstanding. They have been getting clobbered though and I'm hesitant to go up there and have them be out. At some point I'll put more thought into getting there early.

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                                                                                            Quince RE: MSPD Nov 13, 2011 07:32 AM

                                                                                            I agree with MSPD...while the beingets were good at Mojo Monkey, the cake donuts were nothing special and not worth the long wait. We may try calling in an order for some raised donuts to give them one more shot. The Donut Cooperative donuts were very good. I hope they start making raised donuts in the future.

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                                                                                              karykat RE: Quince Nov 13, 2011 12:27 PM

                                                                                              If the beignets are good, I will need to get there. Have not had them since New Orleans and they have been a highlight of trips there.

                                                                                              Do they have them only on certain days?

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                                                                                                Quince RE: karykat Nov 13, 2011 04:29 PM

                                                                                                I think they are only available on the weekends. We went on a Sunday. They are made to order. We waited for maybe 10 minutes to get ours.

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                                                                                                  karykat RE: Quince Nov 13, 2011 06:21 PM

                                                                                                  Sounds good. We will check it out.

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                                                                                                foreverhungry RE: Quince Nov 14, 2011 10:17 AM

                                                                                                We went to Mojo monkey a few weeks ago before there was much press. No wait, great selection. I had the maple glaze with the bacon, it was one of the best doughnuts I've ever had. The maple glaze was fantastic - real maple syrup, great flavor. The doughnut itself was a great example of what a doughnut should be - light and flavorful on its own.

                                                                                                I'm not a fan of cake doughnuts, so didn't try any of those.

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                                                                                                  karykat RE: foreverhungry Nov 14, 2011 11:29 AM

                                                                                                  Do they have seating there and coffee? Or is it just a pick-up-your-doughnuts-and-go place?

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                                                                                                    KTFoley RE: karykat Nov 14, 2011 11:55 AM

                                                                                                    Yes, seating and coffee. However, the coffee was the weakest part of the operation when I visited before all the press hit. The space is pretty nice.

                                                                                                    Sadly all the cake doughnuts were gone by noon so I have nothing substantial to report (don't like raised doughnuts well enough to say much about them).

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                                                                                                      karykat RE: KTFoley Nov 14, 2011 12:15 PM

                                                                                                      Good to know. Thanks.

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                                                                                                      foreverhungry RE: karykat Nov 14, 2011 12:15 PM

                                                                                                      They do have coffee - I can't remember the coffee supplier, but it was excellent coffee. They also have a small seating area, a few tables.

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                                                                                                      erics667 RE: foreverhungry Nov 15, 2011 02:23 PM

                                                                                                      My daughter and I went to Mojo Monkey on a Saturday morning....what a disaster. We get there and there is a line out the door. No big deal, I promised her a donut. So we wait, and wait and wait for about 30 minutes. Finally we get inside and all they have is 3 donuts! Cake, Cinnamon Sugar Cake and Glazed Raised. The menu lists well over 20 donuts, if not 30. If they can't keep up with the demand let us know! A sign or something would be nice. Maybe tell the 20 people waiting that they have 1/20th the donuts you've heard about. Beignets? Forget about it. Maple donut? Never. Mojo Monkey needs to get it together. Hire some help. Make more donuts and if you can't, let us know. FYI we really enjoyed our hard earned Glazed donut. Slight crispy outside but very tender insides. It's just not worth waiting for....

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                                                                                                        foreverhungry RE: erics667 Nov 16, 2011 08:39 AM

                                                                                                        I think Mojo (and it sounds the same thing happened to the Doughnut Cooperative) got slammed because of the press generated. We went a few days after they opened, and before all the buzz. Zero wait, but even then then didn't have their full line of doughnuts because they work on producing different kinds throughout the morning. That makes sense. It's a small shop with a small staff - it's not a Dunkin Doughnuts where they can produce 2000 doughnuts a day, have all varieties available all the time, and eat the loss on what they chuck at the end of the night. So they produce different lines throughout the morning. I kinda like that - I might want the same maple-bacon doughnut I had before, but if they're out, I try something else. That's fine. It's doughnuts, not car shopping.

                                                                                                        To be honest, I think the disaster is in going to a hyped about place in a couple weeks after major press. Same thing happened when Smashburger opened - I know folks that waited 2 hours for a burger.

                                                                                                        I'm not sure what Mojo could have done differently. In a couple weeks, after the buzz dies down, they'll be back to a regular crowd. They can't hire additional staff for an unknown period of time, and nor do they have the kitchen space. As a doughnut lover, I don't think any doughnut is worth waiting more than 10 minutes for.

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                                                                                                          erics667 RE: foreverhungry Nov 16, 2011 09:31 AM

                                                                                                          Yeah, I was mad at the whole situation in general and must finally admit that I was at the Donut Co-op earlier and ran into the same situation so I thought I would try my luck at Mojo.....Duhhhh! They still could of told us there weren't any donuts to speak of though... Anyway, with the lack of donut shops I am/was eager to get some good donuts when I've heard so much about them. Lesson learned and I am sure that I will go again if in the area.

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                                                                                                            MSPD RE: foreverhungry Nov 16, 2011 12:14 PM

                                                                                                            I was in Mojo Monkey yesterday (Monday) just after noon, the place was empty, and they had a ton of donuts although my impression was that there were some items not available on their overhead menu. I was more impressed with them this time -- the cruller was especially delicious, as was the apple dumpling cake donut.

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                                                                                                              docfood RE: MSPD Nov 18, 2011 07:06 PM

                                                                                                              After these posts I went to Mojo monkey today. After having a hard time finding it, I did go in. Alas, not bacon donuts, but I asked the gregarious young man at the counter to get me six he thought were special. I took them home and shared with worthy spouse. I have to say I really liked the cake donuts much better than the raised ones, because the raised ones were too sweet. The cake ones were denser, better spiced, yet I found there was a tacky greasy mouth feel after I ate one. I found the plainer donuts better than the fancy ones. Considering the price, this is a good thing. There is something challenging about paying $1.89 for a frosted glazed donut. I am not convinced I will return. I like a good donut, but these are not appreciably better than others in town.

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                                                                                                        Bobannon RE: Quince Nov 18, 2011 08:42 AM

                                                                                                        I love donuts.

                                                                                                        I stopped at Donut Cooperative this morning and got 5 cake donuts, one each of their non vegan offerings. I brought them to work, still warm and we all agreed these were really terrible. I've never eaten such a greasy donut. Not sure if they are having an off day, or if these were just not our style but they were pretty bad. One of the five of us finished theirs and the rest got thrown away. My car smells like grease, my cube smells like grease and I've washed my hands and still i smell grease.

                                                                                                        The service was great and everyone was super nice and I really really wanted/expected to love these. I won't be back......

                                                                                                        I was there at 9am and there was no line or crowd if anyone wants to check it out.

                                                                                                        On the other hand, I stopped at YoYo on Tuesday and got 2 dozen of various kinds and we all loved these. I think we'll stick with YoYo.

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                                                                                                          Special Dish RE: Bobannon Jan 11, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                                                                          I *hate* that grease smell, and I totally empathize if you suffered with it lingering around like that. Just an embarrassing reminder that you're eating stuff you shouldn't be! LOL

                                                                                                    4. re: japanabanana
                                                                                                      Special Dish RE: japanabanana Jan 11, 2012 06:21 PM

                                                                                                      Mojo Monkey's (MM) concept seems really awesome: gourmet doughnuts, danishes, and other fried-dough goods with unique flavors and ingredients that are rarely found in such goods. Mango glazed doughnuts with organic coconut flakes. Banana Pecan fritters.

                                                                                                      That's all fine and good, but the reality bites: this business is up against low-cost commodity offerings at all area bakeries and gas stations serving up regular doughnuts for a fraction of the price and twice the convenience. Who is going to make a special trip to MM when just a regular doughnut will suffice?

                                                                                                      The Twin Cities in general is a pretty hostile market for doughnut shops in general. We've seen both Dunkin' and Krispy Kreme enter and leave our market. People here really don't eat doughnuts regularly (unlike in say, Boston, where you can find a Dunkin' Donuts on every corner).

                                                                                                      I think MM could survive if they produce in huge volume, because volume is what is conducive to the doughnut business. MM will always attract customers for the novelty of its offerings but I don't think it will remain sustainable.

                                                                                                      I feel the same way about cupcake shops that seem to be popping up in places... total fad.

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                                                                                                        KTFoley RE: Special Dish Jan 11, 2012 08:20 PM

                                                                                                        I've been here 21 years. When was Dunkin Donuts here?

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                                                                                                          sheepy RE: KTFoley Jan 11, 2012 09:29 PM

                                                                                                          the last DD I remember was a combo DD/Baskin Robbins (OH I MISS THAT!) in Brooklyn Park. I am guessing it has been over 10 years since they closed. I don't go to that area very often anymore, but I think the only thing left on that block that was there back then is Rocky Rococo.

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                                                                                                            Special Dish RE: sheepy Jan 12, 2012 04:50 PM

                                                                                                            Ha! I remember Rocky Rococo. LOL!

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                                                                                                            Special Dish RE: KTFoley Jan 12, 2012 04:49 PM

                                                                                                            There were a few of them scattered around the metro area, I think mostly in the suburbs. Very short-lived existence, though. People just don't care about doughnuts in the Twin Cities! We're just not that into them.

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                                                                                                            foreverhungry RE: Special Dish Jan 12, 2012 06:11 AM

                                                                                                            "That's all fine and good, but the reality bites: this business is up against low-cost commodity offerings at all area bakeries and gas stations serving up regular doughnuts for a fraction of the price and twice the convenience. Who is going to make a special trip to MM when just a regular doughnut will suffice? "

                                                                                                            The same can be said for any food product - McD's versus good burgers like Busters; Wonder Bread vs Rustica Bakery; etc. Given the lines at Mojo Monkey on weekends, I'd say there's a good demand for a quality product.

                                                                                                            Perhaps Mel-O-Glaze isn't in the same league as Mojo Monkey, but I regard it as one of the best doughnuts in the Twin Cities. It's been operating just fine for a long time, in a veyr out-of-the-way location.

                                                                                                            No, people aren't as passionate about doughnuts here as they are int he Northeast, but I believe there's a market for a few high end doughnuteries, such as Mojo Monkey and Doughnut Cooperative, with enough room for Mel-O-Glaze, Baker's Wife, and a few others. Time will tell, but so far, the results are encouraging.

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                                                                                                              Special Dish RE: foreverhungry Jan 12, 2012 04:45 PM

                                                                                                              Normally I would agree with you, it could be said that good food is always worth a special trip for. But fried dough? I can understand going across town for a great dinner experience, but not doughnuts. Doughnuts can only taste so good... It reaches a point where the doughnut is still just a doughnut, no matter what great ingredients or care go into making it.

                                                                                                              In my opinion burgers have much greater magnitude of potential for extraordinariness to make it worth a trip. For what it's worth, I think Busters does have a tasty burger but they need to work with Baker's Wife--their supplier of buns--to develop a denser bun that doesn't get so soggy from burger juices.

                                                                                                              Mel-O-Glaze does well (and will continue to) because a) they've existed on that Minneapolis corner for generations, and are extremely well-known, b) they have the best glazed raised doughnut in the universe, c) their list of offerings is simple and their prices very reasonable. No fancy-shmancy there, just a solid, reliable and reputable doughnut shop that's perfected its craft.

                                                                                                              I haven't been to Doughnut Cooperative yet. Given my lackluster experience with MM, I don't have any real interest in trying it unless I happen to be in the area.

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                                                                                                                foreverhungry RE: Special Dish Jan 12, 2012 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                Yes, doughnuts have a smaller range, from very bad to excellent. As you said, a doughnut can only taste so good. But that being said, the maple bacon doughnut I had at Mojo Monkey was one of, if not the, best doughnut I have ever had. And it had nothing to do with the bacon. The doughnut - simple fried dough as you said - was fantastic: crispy exterior and light inside. Not greasy. Flavorful, with a very slight yeasty taste. The maple frosting was made with maple syrup, not maple flavor like most, and the flavor was intense. For something as simple as a doughnut, it was excellent.

                                                                                                                The same can be said of pasta. In the end, it's only water, flour, and egg. But there's meh, good, and excellent. Heck, bread is the same basic ingredients as a doughnut, and there's a vast difference between the good and the bad - and people are willing to cross a city to find the good.

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                                                                                                                  Special Dish RE: foreverhungry Jan 12, 2012 11:07 PM

                                                                                                                  Yeah, I just think their downfall is going to be financial. You can only charge so much for a doughnut, and MM is pretty much charging the maximum the market will bear without widespread people balking at their prices. Even if they are making 95 cents on a one-dollar doughnut, it's still only 95 cents.

                                                                                                                  But it seems to me that they must sell a hell of a lot of doughnuts to cover not only the overhead but also their startup costs. They do have the benefit of being a new business by having the goodwill of new customers looking at the novelty factor. But the impression I got after leaving there is they were spreading themselves too thin with having too much abundance of variety, and not having the staples that people expect from any regular doughnut shop: plain cake, chocolate-iced cake, powdered, glazed raised, sugar raised, etc.

                                                                                                                  I was disappointed they didn't have the doughnuts that I wanted. I got a chocolate-iced cruller that was squishy and the icing was semi-sweet, which was edible but certainly not delicious. The only raised doughnuts they had were "vanilla" which had white frosting over an already-glazed doughnut, then had blue-colored coarse sugar sprinkled on it. It was disgusting. Only the plain cake doughnut I had was good, but it was no better than a cake doughnut that I had anywhere else. I dropped nearly five bucks for those three disappointing doughnuts!

                                                                                                                  In the long term, people are just not going to have the patience for a business that may or may not have what they want, when they want it, especially paying premium prices for the product. I could be wrong, but time will tell.

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                                                                                                          Grandview RE: Gretchen P Nov 14, 2011 10:15 AM

                                                                                                          I'm still mourning the loss of Palm Bakery in St Louis Park.

                                                                                                          Palm Bakery
                                                                                                          6416 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55426

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                                                                                                            MplsM ary RE: Grandview Nov 14, 2011 02:30 PM

                                                                                                            I know. It seems doubly rotten since it''s now twice as easy to get to that intersection. Are there any good cake doughnuts west of, say, Lyndale?

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                                                                                                            kamper RE: Gretchen P Jan 2, 2012 09:13 AM

                                                                                                            I got donuts a few weeks ago at "Valley Pastries" in Golden Valley. There is nothing pastry about this place, they only sell donuts and cookies and only take cash or check. The owners are AWESOME (offered to let me take my donuts even though I didn't have cash and said I could pay next time - that doesn't happen everyday) and the prices are really good. They have really limited hours, but it's worth going to.

                                                                                                            Valley Pastries
                                                                                                            2570 Hillsboro Avenue North
                                                                                                            Golden Valley, MN 55427

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                                                                                                              MplsM ary RE: kamper Jan 2, 2012 07:17 PM

                                                                                                              Could you describe the doughnuts, please?

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                                                                                                                kamper RE: MplsM ary Jan 3, 2012 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                Ummm...doughnuts. They have all the standards and they are really good and fresh. There isn't anything special or gourmet about them, just yummy doughnuts. They have raised and cake, glazed, sugared, chocolate covered, long johns and other filled doughnuts as well. I just picked one of each and everyone that had one agreed that they were really good. I don't eat any filled doughnuts, so I don't specifically remember what they have. Next time I go back, I will try to pay more attention.

                                                                                                                Mmmm I see some doughnuts in my future!

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                                                                                                                  Bobannon RE: kamper Jan 3, 2012 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                  I stopped by here on Saturday...I really like this place too. Nothing fancy, but a good solid donut. I've only had the raised versions as this is my preference. Saturday I picked up a couple of donut holes (deceiving as these are huge, more the size of an average raised donut), a rasberry filled bismark, a cookie and 2 bottles of orange juice and the total was $3.45. Amazing. The bismark was really good...filled with seedless rasberry filling which is my preference with a nice frosting on top. Their raised glazed donut holes are super sweet. They are a little on the greasy side...in a good way.

                                                                                                                  I stopped here a couple of months ago and got donuts for the office and all the guys loved them.

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                                                                                                                    Fudist RE: Bobannon Jan 3, 2012 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                    Waited in line Saturday at Mojo Monkey for 35 minutes. Couldn't wait any longer because I was about to pass out from starvation. Many friends have said they have very delicious things.

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                                                                                                                      sheepy RE: Fudist Jan 6, 2012 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                      I went to Mojo Monkey yesterday at about 2. I figured they wouldn't have much, but they did have two that I really wanted to try. A custard filled bismark and a lemon filled bismark. The custard was just okay, I didn't really care for the chocolate icing. The lemon was amazing. Tart filling and a perfect donut. I'll be back.

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                                                                                                                        karykat RE: sheepy Jan 7, 2012 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                        What didn't you like about the chocolate icing. I don't like mine too sweet and lots are. Maybe we're on the same chocolate wavelength.

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                                                                                                                          sheepy RE: karykat Jan 9, 2012 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                          It wasn't too sweet, which is good because the glaze is very sweet. It didn't really taste of chocolate, though. At first I thought perhaps it had coffee in it, then I thought it was just bittersweet chocolate, but I finally realized it didn't really have a flavor. It was just a dark icing of undetermined flavor.

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                                                                                                                            Special Dish RE: sheepy Jan 11, 2012 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                            What you had was semi-sweet chocolate icing. I had this same icing on a regular cake doughnut and found the combination insufficiently sweet. When I order a chocolate iced doughnut, I want a chocolatey sweet treat!

                                                                                                                            I was thoroughly unimpressed with Mojo Monkey's raised doughnuts--which were already glazed before they were iced. Krispy-Kreme did this too, and to me it seems wrong. If you glaze a donut, you stop right there. It's a glazed doughnut and can't be anything else. Otherwise it's just gross--you have this doughnut just completely coated with crap.

                                                                                                                            If you're making a chocolate-iced doughnut, whether raised or cake, you start with an unglazed doughnut and dip one side of it in SWEET chocolate icing. That is the traditional, simple, common, chocolate-iced doughnut that people expect...

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                                                                                                                              karykat RE: Special Dish Jan 13, 2012 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                              I have a different chocolate icing philosophy. I don't like it too sweet because then you can taste the chocolate and not just sugar.

                                                                                                                              Oddly, Krispy Kreme's chocolate icing fit the bill -- not overly sugary for me.

                                                                                                                              I continue to look for a local chocolate iced donut that isn't too sweet for me.

                                                                                                                              If you thought Mojo's wasn't sweet enough for you, it might be right for me.

                                                                                                                              Will check it out.

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                                                                                                                                Special Dish RE: karykat Jan 13, 2012 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                You would definitely like MM's chocolate-iced doughnuts then, because it is distinctly semi-sweet dark chocolate. I do like this kind of chocolate in finer pastries such as a croissant (pain au chocolat), or as chips in a chocolate-chip cookie (where the sweet cookie fills in the other sweetness missing in the chocolate).

                                                                                                                                Sweet chocolate frosting on a typical doughnut is sweet, but not cloyingly-so only because it's usually just a thin coating. And the doughnut itself is semi-sweet. So if you have a semi-sweet icing on a semi-sweet doughnut, you have an insufficiently sweet baked good.

                                                                                                                                Another thing I found in MM's stuff was an essence of saltiness in their goods. It's true a dash of salt foils an otherwise too-sweet taste, but I think MM exaggerates the foil slightly, this making their good actually have a noticeable salty sting to it. Just was not impressed at all with MM. I wish it weren't the case, because I love bakery goods!

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                                                                                                                                  karykat RE: Special Dish Jan 13, 2012 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                  I am intrigued and will have to get there soon.

                                                                                                                                  I'm also intrigued with the SugaRush recommendation on University. That's not far out of my way so I will have to check them too.

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                                                                                                                                    Special Dish RE: karykat Jan 13, 2012 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                    They're very different places, to be sure. I much prefer SugaRush, they are a very traditional doughnut shop with a commodity selection you'd expect to see at a regular doughnut store (doughnuts, twists, long johns, bismarks, apple fritters, etc.). Their apple fritters are my absolute favorite anywhere. Their prices are very cheap--it's the sort of place where you'd order a dozen doughnuts for the office and not really give it much of a second thought.

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                                                                                                                                      karykat RE: Special Dish Jan 14, 2012 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                      This SugaRush is someplace I've never heard of. And close by. So I will give it a try. Thanks for your report.

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                                                                                                                                        Special Dish RE: karykat Jan 16, 2012 11:50 PM

                                                                                                                                        Here's a story about it.


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                                                                                                                                          plymatt RE: karykat Feb 2, 2012 07:25 PM

                                                                                                                                          Since we're listing bakeries I must add Dorothy Ann Bakery in Woodbury. It's in an odd place-a business park- but their icing alone is worth seeking them out.

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                                                                                                                                          AnneInMpls RE: Special Dish Jan 17, 2012 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                          I really like SugaRush. They make good quality doughnuts for a reasonable price. Best of all, they sometimes have my favorite type of doughnut - that swirly, eggy, iced piece of puffiness that is the elusive French doughnut(*). Their version isn't the best I've ever had, but it's very good.

                                                                                                                                          (*) What's a French doughnut? You know - these things:

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                                                                                                                                            Special Dish RE: AnneInMpls Jan 17, 2012 11:34 PM

                                                                                                                                            That looks like a cruller to me. Not a big fan of those, I found they tend to have the fried crumb of cake doughnut but the squishy-ness of a limp raised doughnut. Just not a good combination, in my opinion.

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                                                                                                                                              splatgirl RE: Special Dish Jan 18, 2012 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                              Non! A French donut is like a donut shaped Dutch baby, aka puffy pancake, with icing.
                                                                                                                                              But I can see why they're not for everyone.

                                                                                                                                              Around here crullers seem to be just stick shaped cake donuts.

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                                                                                                                                                Special Dish RE: splatgirl Jan 18, 2012 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                Every cruller I've seen look just like that French doughnut... they're fluted and ring-shaped.

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                                                                                                                                      sheepy RE: karykat Jan 14, 2012 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                      I would have been okay with it if it had tasted like chocolate. It really was tasteless.

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                                                                                                                                        karykat RE: sheepy Jan 14, 2012 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                        Hmmmm. Not a good sign. But something for me to check out.

                                                                                                                  2. bob s RE: Gretchen P Jan 9, 2012 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                    For those who are interested, I saw that Spyhouse Coffee is now serving Mojo Monkey doughnuts at their Hennepin location. I assume they are at the Nicollet branch as well.

                                                                                                                    It did not look like a super-wide selection but it may beat heading over to St. Paul.

                                                                                                                    1. countersurfer RE: Gretchen P Mar 11, 2012 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                      I did a quick read through and don't think this place was mentioned, so I'll add my favorite to the list: Heights Bakery in Fridley area. It's a tiny bakery in a strip mall. They have all the old-school donuts like raised (in various shapes and fillings and toppings), cake donuts, and that cruller kind. Although I'm very partial to raised and don't even like cake donuts so much, I thought theirs was pretty good.

                                                                                                                      I like raised donuts that are yeasty, not greasy, and not too sweet—their donuts fit the bill perfectly for me. Even the ones with that jelly-like colored filling aren't excessively sweet for some reason. Their raised ones taste like they were baked instead of fried or something; not at all oily. They taste very *honest*. I think three donuts and an apple fritter was around $3.50. Super affordable.

                                                                                                                      IIRC, they are closed on Sundays and Mondays, and open until about 6pm. There's usually high school (?) kids working the counter, and everyone is always super polite and pleasant. I really love this place.

                                                                                                                      Heights Bakery
                                                                                                                      4925 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, MN

                                                                                                                      Heights Bakery
                                                                                                                      4925 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421

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                                                                                                                        Bobannon RE: countersurfer Mar 12, 2012 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                        Yeah I like the Heights Bakery too. Every once in a while I'll stop if I'm in the area and get a long john. I too prefer raised, non greasy donuts. Also, they always have something with coconut on it so they get extra points from me. They do a decent birthday cake as well.

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                                                                                                                          countersurfer RE: Bobannon Apr 13, 2012 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                          Yay, more Heights Bakery love! I didn't know they had cakes, and hadn't noticed any coconutty things. Maybe they're all gone by the time I get there. :) I'll have to give both a try some time. Thank you for the suggestion!

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                                                                                                                        jenniegirl RE: Gretchen P Mar 12, 2012 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                        Mel-O-Glaze grosses me out. There are always flies buzzing around inside the display case. Just my two cents.

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                                                                                                                          gryffindor249 RE: jenniegirl Mar 14, 2012 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                          I went there recently and was treated to a bag full of stale baked "goods."

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                                                                                                                            foreverhungry RE: jenniegirl Mar 15, 2012 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                            Mel-O-glaze was my standard in the Twin Cities for raised doughnuts, until Mojo Monkey. At 2nd place though, they still sit very high on my list. Though some batches are better than others, I've never had a bad experience at Mel-O-Glaze, nor have I ever had anything stale there.

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                                                                                                                            Musky_Hunter RE: Gretchen P Apr 2, 2012 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                            Since it sounds like several posters are in the south metro I will suggest A nice little family owned place in downtown Prior Lake called Edelweiss Bakery. They have great cake donuts and even better parties.

                                                                                                                            Edelweiss Bakery SE
                                                                                                                            16186 Main Ave
                                                                                                                            Prior Lake, MN

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