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Fried Dough in the Bay Area

CarrieWas218 May 6, 2010 11:23 AM

RWOrange and I started chatting about it over in the Braeburn Apple Donut thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7060...

I know that Frances is on my list for the bacon beignet. I have been to Dynamo, but will be going back for pictures. I've been to Bob's but haven't written it up yet. And I just heard about PsychoDonut down in Campbell.

What other stunning fried dough offerings should I seek out?

  1. rworange Sep 29, 2010 09:58 AM

    Buried in an old thread is a recent tip about an Austrian bakery.
    http://www.konditoreidavis.com/menutr...

    One of the items they make is krapfen, deep fried dough filled with apricot marmelad or custard. I

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    1. re: rworange
      CarrieWas218 Sep 29, 2010 04:29 PM

      Thanks! I might be moving back to Napa making a trip to Davis that much easier!

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      rotiprata Jul 31, 2010 10:10 PM

      One more for the collection: Age at Benkyodo. This is donut with red bean filling. Wish they would sell them warm.

      http://www.benkyodocompany.com/images...

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      1. re: rotiprata
        CarrieWas218 Jul 31, 2010 10:50 PM

        I love you guys...

        I am in Los Angeles this weekend doing some *major* fried dough consumption. The thread is here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7212...

      2. Cynsa Jul 31, 2010 07:36 PM

        head north to Santa Rosa for mini donuts
        http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/careysweet/
        http://www.castleminidonuts.com/

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        1. re: Cynsa
          Melanie Wong Aug 1, 2010 09:17 AM

          Here's my February post on Castle Mini Donuts.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/688699

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          Castle Mini Donuts
          122 Calistoga Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

        2. ssfire Jul 31, 2010 05:27 PM

          Another fried dough alert: the churros at Joya in Palo Alto are very good (see photos). Comes with Ibarra dipping sauce. Nice and crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.

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          Joya
          339 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301

           
           
           
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          1. re: ssfire
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            rotiprata Jul 31, 2010 11:24 PM

            Contigo has something similar:

            http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/...

          2. Cynsa May 28, 2010 09:06 PM

            sopaipillas with honey - basket of four $3.95 at Green Chile Kitchen after 5 pm daily
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/694510?tag=boards;topic-694510
            sugar egg puffs at Shanghai Dumpling King
            http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2010...
            sugar egg puffs at Tai Wu
            churros at Chilango
            beignets at Brenda's French Soul Food
            beignets at Just For You

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            Just For You
            732 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

            Brenda's French Soul Food
            652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

            Tai Wu/Mr. Fong
            950 King Plz, Daly City, CA 94015

            Shanghai Dumpling King
            3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

            Green Chile Kitchen
            1801 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94117

            Chilango
            235 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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            1. re: Cynsa
              CarrieWas218 May 29, 2010 11:59 AM

              Oooh - great list! I just had the sugar egg puffs at Koi Palace (but haven't written them up yet) and while I've had Brenda's beignets before, didn't have a camera so I'm heading back there this weekend.

              The rest are all new for me, thanks!

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              Koi Palace Restaurant
              365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

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                artemis Jul 31, 2010 05:37 PM

                Did you get them hot out of the fryer? I always order the sai yung when I go to KP, but if they aren't hot when they come, I will ask for a fresh batch because that's when they are at their best.

                1. re: artemis
                  ChowFun_derek Jul 31, 2010 06:59 PM

                  Yup! Special Order...crispy chewy airy sugary eggy all at the same time! Sai Yun, sometimes called Jah Dahn....(egg bomb!) these were killer!

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                  Sai's
                  505 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                Sebby Sep 30, 2010 03:05 PM

                The crawdaddy beignets at Brenda's are sublime. I dream of them :-)

                1. re: Sebby
                  CarrieWas218 Sep 30, 2010 07:17 PM

                  Sebby - with all due respect, I disagree...

                  They *used* to be fabulous, but recent reports have them gummy and tough.

                  My report here: http://frieddoughho.com/brendas-soul-...

              3. JasmineG May 11, 2010 01:00 PM

                I adore the Zeppole at Dopo in Oakland. You could also try the doughnuts from Pizzaiolo in the mornings, they're made fresh each morning (they're a little heavy and cakelike to me, though).

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                Pizzaiolo
                5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

                Dopo
                4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

                1. The Dive May 11, 2010 10:02 AM

                  If you are going to include fried bread, then I love the Malawach at Holy Land in Elmwood.

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                    indigirl May 10, 2010 08:22 PM

                    On the savory side: bhatura cholle at Vik's. It's the dramatic big-as-your-head puff that always makes Vik's virgins freak out & shout "I want that!"

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                      gordon wing May 28, 2010 07:28 PM

                      here's a picture of the bhatura cholle from Vik;s - enjoyed the accompaniments: diced onion , cilantro relish & preserved mango? plus a container of garbanzos with tamarind.

                       
                    2. majordanby May 7, 2010 03:48 PM

                      pilipino desserts:

                      buchi, often made with rice flour. Also, a beignet like dessert...carioca. This is made out of rice flour (mochiko), fried and dipped in some syrup concoction. i rarely eat this, but when i do....

                      available at most filipino bakeries (well, maybe except goldilocks). I like Valerios, so if i buy filipino desserts, i go there.

                      1. rworange May 7, 2010 11:00 AM

                        The holy grail of all fried food and worth a pilgirmage from anywhere ... preferably on your knees in reverence ... are the fabulous Brazilian pasteles from Smart Coffee BR
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/691729

                        There are over 30 types, they are both made and fried to order. My favorite sweet pastele is the banana. The chicken, corn and cheese is maybe my favorite savory pastele

                        They make some pretty wonderful Brazilian donuts that are like crullers. They are best in the morning hot from the fryer. The other Brazilian donut called a sonho is good too, but not as good as that cruller

                        1. nicedragonboy May 7, 2010 09:47 AM

                          Angeline's in Berkeley has beignet's buried under a mound of powdered sugar.

                          1. Ruth Lafler May 7, 2010 09:36 AM

                            Picarones (sweet potato donuts with syrup) at Inkas (I liked them better than the version at La Mar, but there may be even better versions).

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                            Inkas Restaurant
                            3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                            1. re: Ruth Lafler
                              Melanie Wong May 8, 2010 12:31 AM

                              Yes, the picarones at El Hueco in Redwood City trumps both of them.

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                              El Hueco
                              593 Woodside Rd, Redwood City, CA 94061

                            2. Glencora May 7, 2010 07:15 AM

                              In Berkeley, the Hopkins Street Bakery's jelly filled donuts are (were) good. I assume they're still making them. After my third, I was sort of done with them. They're greasy, but worth a try.

                              Tacubaya on 4th street makes good churros.

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                              Tacubaya
                              1788 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

                              Hopkins Street Bakery
                              1584 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA

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                              1. re: Glencora
                                rworange May 7, 2010 09:41 AM

                                The churro center of the Bay Area is 23rd Street in Richmond. There are at least a half dozen street vendors who sell these long coiled churros that are fried to order, chopped up, rolled in sugar. The best of the stationary vendors is the one across from Portumex in front of the laundry
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/618017

                                This guy who sometimes shows up near the church on MacDonald is the best, but it is not easy to, um, catch him
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/319236
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/321240

                                My understanding is that there is or was a vendor at the Alameny farmers market in SF that made these coiled churros.

                                The best filled churros I've had have been from the vendor at Fruitvale BART near the Cinco de Mayo ice cream
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/395003

                                I thought Churro Station in San Rafael was only ok
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/419609

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                                Churro Station
                                26 Medway Rd Ste 3, San Rafael, CA 94901

                              2. rworange May 6, 2010 11:51 PM

                                Another place holder cuz I've got a ton of stuff more. The piroshki at Golden Orb in San Rafael ... IMO, worth the drive
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/664542

                                San Rafael: Golden Orb - Warm spinach parmesan donuts. Wonderful !!! ... so worth the two block drive off the 101 exit
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673537

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                                Golden Orb
                                811 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

                                1. ssfire May 6, 2010 09:11 PM

                                  Pepple's Donuts is opening a kiosk at the Ferry Building on May 15th. They do vegan donuts, and will have both the cakey-style (OK, not great), and also raised donuts (which I have not tried).

                                  The brioche donut at Satura cakes is excellent.

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                                  Pepples Donuts
                                  6037 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608

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                                  1. re: ssfire
                                    CarrieWas218 May 6, 2010 09:19 PM

                                    Ooooh - thank you both Daveena and SSFire. Both very helpful...

                                    1. re: ssfire
                                      choctastic May 11, 2010 01:37 PM

                                      Yes! Thanks for the heads up on Peoples!

                                      I mean Pepple's. Didn't know about the name change until now.

                                      1. re: ssfire
                                        Melanie Wong May 14, 2010 10:19 PM

                                        I had the brioche donut filled with raspberry preserves today, and yes, it is special. Promoted as a healthier donut, it's made with soy milk and fried in olive oil. The olive oil does give it an almost buttery, richer flavor, whereas typically, i'd want the frying oil to be neutral.

                                        http://www.saturacakes.com/store/prod...

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                                        Satura Cakes
                                        200 Main St, Los Altos, CA

                                      2. daveena May 6, 2010 08:37 PM

                                        The four fried doughs I crave the most:

                                        Glazed raised doughnut - Stan's Donuts, San Jose
                                        You tiao (chinese cruller) - China Stix, Santa Clara
                                        vanilla custard and plain churros from the cart outside Mi Pueblo in Oakland
                                        Egg puffs from Delicious Food Co., Oakland

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                                        China Stix
                                        2110 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050

                                        Stan's Donut
                                        2628 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA

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                                          recycleit May 7, 2010 05:49 PM

                                          The only glazed doughnuts I will eat are from Johnny's doughnuts on Mt. Diablo in Lafayette. They are just perfect.

                                          1. re: daveena
                                            Melanie Wong May 8, 2010 12:32 AM

                                            I've tried Stan's (in Santa Clara) but once. My favorite donut is still Larkspur's Donut Alley. I've heard that there's a new owner and the offerings are even better now. Anyone have a recent report for Donut Alley?

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                                            Donut Alley
                                            471 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA

                                            1. re: Melanie Wong
                                              daveena May 10, 2010 06:48 PM

                                              Awww... does that mean you weren't impressed by my beloved Stan's?

                                              :p

                                              1. re: daveena
                                                Melanie Wong May 10, 2010 07:13 PM

                                                Stan's is definitely a cut above. Clean flavors without the icky taste of industrial leaveners that ruin too many donuts. Better than Bob's in SF, I'd say if asked to rank Raised glaze, which is the best offering at Bob's.

                                          2. Melanie Wong May 6, 2010 01:13 PM

                                            Good idea. Here's a thread with some suggestions.
                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/688741

                                            Don't forget the fried to order churros springing up on menus, such as Don Pisto's in North Beach.
                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6782...

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                                            Don Pisto's
                                            510 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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                                            1. re: Melanie Wong
                                              Caitlin McGrath May 7, 2010 02:05 PM

                                              The fried-to-order churros at Chilango are very nice.

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                                              Chilango
                                              235 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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                                              Jeni Bean May 6, 2010 12:53 PM

                                              Dierk's Parkside Cafe in Santa Rosa serves these:

                                              Grandma Dierk’s Pull-Aparts – tender fried bread dough, dusted
                                              with cinnamon and sugar and a bit Grandma Dierk’s love (better than donuts)

                                              They are freaking delicious. And I am NOT a doughnut person AT ALL. I mean, worth the drive delicious!

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                                              Dierk's Parkside Cafe
                                              404 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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                                                ML8000 May 6, 2010 11:58 AM

                                                Malasadas or Portuguese donuts are tasty. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/489002

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