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May 6, 2010 11:23 AM

Fried Dough in the Bay Area

RWOrange and I started chatting about it over in the Braeburn Apple Donut thread:

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