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?
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
26 Medway Rd Ste 3, San Rafael, CA 94901
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
811 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901
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.
6037 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608
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.
200 Main St, Los Altos, CA
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
2110 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050
2628 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA
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.
510 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133
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