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Fried Dough in the Bay Area

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?

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    1. 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!

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

      1. Good idea. Here's a thread with some suggestions.

        Don't forget the fried to order churros springing up on menus, such as Don Pisto's in North Beach.

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

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

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

          235 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

        2. 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

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

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

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          1. re: daveena

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

            1. re: daveena

              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?

              Donut Alley
              471 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA

              1. re: Melanie Wong

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


                1. re: daveena

                  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. 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.

              Pepples Donuts
              6037 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608

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              1. re: ssfire

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

                1. re: ssfire

                  Yes! Thanks for the heads up on Peoples!

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

                  1. re: ssfire

                    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.


                    Satura Cakes
                    200 Main St, Los Altos, CA

                  2. Another place holder cuz I've got a ton of stuff more. The piroshki at Golden Orb in San Rafael ... IMO, worth the drive

                    San Rafael: Golden Orb - Warm spinach parmesan donuts. Wonderful !!! ... so worth the two block drive off the 101 exit

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

                    1. 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.

                      1788 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

                      Hopkins Street Bakery
                      1584 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA

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                      1. re: Glencora

                        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

                        This guy who sometimes shows up near the church on MacDonald is the best, but it is not easy to, um, catch him

                        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

                        I thought Churro Station in San Rafael was only ok

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

                      2. 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).

                        Inkas Restaurant
                        3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

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

                          El Hueco
                          593 Woodside Rd, Redwood City, CA 94061

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

                          1. 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

                            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. 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. 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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                                1. re: indigirl

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

                                  1. 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).

                                    5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

                                    4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

                                    1. sopaipillas with honey - basket of four $3.95 at Green Chile Kitchen after 5 pm daily
                                      sugar egg puffs at Shanghai Dumpling King
                                      sugar egg puffs at Tai Wu
                                      churros at Chilango
                                      beignets at Brenda's French Soul Food
                                      beignets at Just For You

                                      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

                                      235 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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                                      1. re: Cynsa

                                        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!

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

                                        1. re: CarrieWas218

                                          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

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

                                            505 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                                        2. re: Cynsa

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

                                          1. re: Sebby

                                            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. 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.

                                          339 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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                                            1. re: Cynsa

                                              Here's my February post on Castle Mini Donuts.

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

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


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                                              1. re: rotiprata

                                                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. Buried in an old thread is a recent tip about an Austrian bakery.

                                                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

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