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Jun 21, 2010 03:45 PM

Gourmet Donuts

Any place that has unusual, gourmet or decadent donuts?

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  1. Donuts with a Difference in Medford on Riverside Ave is excellent. Try the Jelly Sticks!

    1. I don't this doesn't really help, but shortly before they closed, I had wonderfully decadent beignets at Aujourd'hui in the Four Seasons Hotel. Other fancy restaurants might also serve beignets, but I haven't had any myself. An earlier thread ( has some suggestions, including Flour Bakery for interesting donuts.

      Flour Bakery + Cafe
      12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA

      200 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

      1. Sofra in Watertown generally has some smaller filled donuts with more Mediterranean flavors-- Persian spice, for example.

        1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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        1. re: newhound

          I had a 'dukkah' donut there last Saturday - a long donut with this Egyptian spice and nut mix affixed to the top with some sort of sweet adhesive. Liked it a lot.

          On another note, however, I was really frustrated with the service on Saturday. Long story short, ordered an iced coffee and watched the drink making person literally fumble about for several minutes. There was literally one order ahead of me. I got back in line, thinking that if it was not poured by the time I came back around, I would simply ask for a refund. I got a refund. In all honesty, it probably was not that long of a delay, but watching the fiasco take place just got the blood pumping without the caffeine. You'd think that the cashier would have pitched in to help too, but she watched the whole scene unfold, and continued to take more orders. Interesting dynamic. Anyway, between that and Cantabrigian customers at their most neurotic, I am thinking Dunks may ultimately be a healthier experience.

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            I must have been on line with you, Bob. Service is odd-- slow, non-linear. It's weird to have a dozen staff bustling about in back while one or two servers bend around each other, start a second order without competing the first, etc.

            Your post makes me think that this would be a good thread: "Where are Cantabrigian customers at their most neurotic?"

            1. re: newhound

              The one time I went the service was totally spaced out. I almost lept across the counter and poured myself a drink.

              That said, I enjoyed my dark chocolate glazed donut with cocoa nibs. Donut itself was rather regular but I enjoyed the topping. Best was the dark chocolate and date bar, though!

              1. re: astrid

                FYI - Since my post from last year, I feel like they have smoothed out some of these bumps a bit. Although I also try to be there before 9 a.m. on the weekends before it gets nutty.

        2. For decadent, the jelly donuts at Betty Ann's Food Shop on Bennington St in East Boston (the place is tiny and like a step back in time to the 1950's) may kill you but you will die happy. Same with pretty much any of the donuts at Kanes in Saugus,

          1. Sorellina had amazing apple cider donuts in the fall. I hate to say they were better than any cider donut you'd get at an orchard store, but it's true :/

            Rattlesnake is doing an amazing donut dessert right now. They also have a donut item on their brunch menu that is to-die-for.

            1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116