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Any great donuts in Metrowest?

I've been spoiled by living close to Linda's Donuts in Belmont and Ziggy's Donuts in Salem. Now, we live in . . . Maynard. Which seems to be a donut wasteland as far as I can tell. Well, I should qualify that--there are plenty of great cider donuts at the apple orchards in Stow, but not year-round. So what's a girl with a donut craving to do in February? I especially love really simple cake donuts, very similar to cider donuts actually. Any ideas short of making my own? I don't mind a bit of a drive as long as it's an easy one (not super trafficky). I feel like maybe there's something great waiting to be discovered in Marlborough or Ayer or ????

Actually, that's not Metrowest at all, is it? I have no idea what it is, but hoping someone can help anyway.

Thanks hounds!

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Linda's Donuts
247 Belmont St, Belmont, MA

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  1. Unless you're a fan of a Dunkin' Donut, you're pretty much out of luck trying to find a good donut around the Maynard/Acton area. Sweet Bites Cafe, 5 Spruce St in West Acton, makes a good donut muffin. It's sort of like a cake donut rolled in cinnamon sugar. They also sell them at Idylwilde Farms on Central Street in Acton.

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    1. re: skippy66

      Good idea--I have actually had their donut muffin once, and while i loved the idea of it, in practice I really missed the crust to interior ratio of a donut . . . the muffin just seemed so *doughy* and almost heavy compared to a good donut. (Not that I'm saying donuts are light, but hopefully you know what I mean!) I did like Sweet Bites' homemade Pop Tarts though :)

      I happened to stop at Verrill Farms in Concord for some milk today and they had cider donuts so I picked one up. It was a bit sad and tired by the time I was there (late afternoon) but earlier in the day, this could be good in a pinch. I need to figure out if they have them daily or only on weekends.

    2. Probably more west than you want to go, but I think Donut Cafe in Worcester has some of the best donuts in the state. I usually hit the Shrewsbury Street one.

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      1. re: Science Chick

        Thanks, Science Chick! I just might find a reason for a road trip to Worcester if there are great donuts to be had there. Things are getting rather serious with my craving--the only way I could stop myself from buying a bag of Powdered Donettes at the supermarket yesterday was by standing and reading the ingredient list for like five minutes. Luckily that did the trick and convinced me to hold out for the real thing :)

        1. re: butterfat

          Yes, it is worth a special road trip.....beautiful handcut...nice filled donuts that they cut in half and lovingly fill with blueberry, apricot or lemon. Amazing cream filled too. Very wide variety of glazed, cake styles. Hmm, I may need to pick some up for my staff on Monday morning! Not sure what their weekend hours areAs a plus, you can stop in at Wegman's on your way out or back!

      2. There is a new place in Framingham called Carrie Anne's (186 Waverly St, which is Rt 135). It was opened by the grandaughter of a guy named Lou, who apparently used to serve up some pretty tasty donuts, and she has resurrected his recipe. I'm not a big donut fan, so I'm not the right person to gauge, but tried one once, thought it was good but didn't think it was anything earth shattering. It might be what you are looking for though.

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        1. re: Framinghound

          They are very good - I liked the lemon ones quite a bit, and they have some other interesting flavors. I just got back from NYC and brought back a giant box of doughnut plant doughnuts. They are so damned good, in the fancy doughnut category. In some ways, I'm glad I don't have easier access to them.

          1. re: Framinghound

            We're big donut fans. We tried Carrie Anne's 2 - 3 months ago. Got ourselves 6 different donuts to share between 3 of us. Haven't been back.

          2. A few years back,there was another breakfast place in Maynard in the spot where Babico's is located. They made their own donuts. In the evenings, you could smell the sweet donutty goodness wafting out the vents as you walked by. I haven't found anywhere around here that makes their own donuts. There are two local baked good providers, Hobson's Homemade and The Cookie Lady, but they do bread and cookies, not donuts.

            1. Bringing this thread back. Carrie Anne's is closed. Any good donuts in the Franklin/Medway/Millis/Holliston area? Thanks.