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Mar 24, 2012 05:19 PM

Doughnut Dolly - Outstanding doughnut pop up in Oakland

I've been kvetching about the lack of quality, artisan doughnuts in the Bay Area for years now. I like Dynamo, but it's so damn far into the Mission. Pepples, like all vegan desserts, is a disgrace. Yes, there are restaurants that do a good biegnet or zeppole, but sometimes I just want a good doughnut without a pricey, sit down dinner.

So, I was delighted to read the recent grubstreet report on Doughnut Dolly - a new pop-up doughnut vendor frequenting Temescal and Old Oakland. I was able to try her product at Cosescha last night, and it was incredible.

The concept here is filled donuts, but these aren't those nasty jelly things that sit around in windows all day: they are filled to order with her own delicious concoctions. Yesterday she had sour cherry, lemon curd, and her standby - the "naughty donut" with a creme fraiche and vanilla bean pastry cream. All of these were amazing, but the creme fraiche was the favorite. Of course the doughnut itself is also great - light, fluffy - the perfect base for these fillings.

I highly recommend this product. This is the doughnut I've been craving all these years. I can't wait to eat more of them. Good news is that she'll be opening a shop in Temescal soon, so I won't have to wait for the pop-up days. Until then, you can follow her on Facebook to find out when she'll be popping up next.

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  1. dolly make an appearance at the swan's popup, every fridays, 5-9, in swan's marketplace.

    each donut is 3. all fillings homemade. i prefer them to cupcakes.

    1. if you haven't tried them already, you might like Pizzaiolo's doughnut, but it's pretty traditional in style. in a similar vein, during Lent only , the malasadas at Boniere Bakery (for .75 each, nothing like them on the mainland -- the baker's family is from the islands).

      1. This thread was featured in this week's SF Bay Area Digest. Thanks Morton for the great post.

        1. Does anyone know if the bricks&mortar location is open yet?

          I tried going through the facebook posts for news, but it's so confusing to try to read anything on facebook now. I get the sense they're/she's opened last friday?

          5 Replies
          1. re: eethan

            I don't think the remodeling has started yet. She just finished fundraising.


            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Wow, amazing command of the internet. =]

              Any word if she still 'pops up' or is the renovation full-time right now? It looks like nothing since March. (Sorry if there was sth. missed in the video--this computer hasn't any sound)

              1. re: eethan

                She's scheduled to be at Swans / Cosecha this Friday from 6-9pm.
                Starting April 26th she'll be poppint up in Temescal Alley Thur, Fri, Sat from 9am to "sold out"
                Projected storefront opening is mid-May.
                She's not great at keeping facebook / twitter feeds up to date. Only reason I have intel is that I donated to her kickstarter and got an update email.

                1. re: Morton the Mousse

                  Thanks for the info I won't be up there until Saturday--won't get my doughnut fix this time. =(

                  1. re: Morton the Mousse

                    Here are her facebook posts from today:

                    Doughnut Dolly
                    47 minutes ago
                    And, We're Back! There will be Naughty Doughnuts at Cosecha Friday, April 20th, (that's tomorrow), from 5:30-9pm. Fillings are: Naughty Cream and Raspberry Jam. Dominica is featuring Grilled Swordfish with Spicy Olives for Friday Night Supper! I can't wait to see you all there! It's been 2 weeks=too long! ♥


                    Doughnut Dolly
                    33 minutes ago
                    Doughnut Dolly is proud to be part of this Earth Day celebration! Did you know, that doughnuts, and their packaging are compostable? Of course you did! So, do your part and join Me, San Francisco Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, and Trumer Pils USA after the beach cleanup this Sunday! There will be music, "Naughty Cream" doughnuts, and some of SF's favorite Food Trucks! Pick up some trash, and get some cream on your face!
                    Surfrider & Trumer Pils Earth Day Block Party & Ocean Beach Clean up!
                    ‎22 April at 10:00

            2. Caught her this morning on 49th & Telegraph.

              They're fat and roundish. The creme fraiche and vanilla pastry cream filling was brilliant. She's generous with the filling, and because they're filled in front of you for immediate consumption, she's not shy about letting them ooze all over the place. I'm not sure I could compare their dough to other places without a side by side test, but it's in the same league as Arlequin Cafe's beignet and Bellanico's bomboloni, and better than the bomboloni formerly at the Ferry Building.

              The Twitter feed is more reliable than Facebook:!/DoughnutDolly

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              1. re: hyperbowler

                I'd had a similar contemporaneously filled doughnut called naughty doughnut at Local 123 about 6 months or so back. Was that her?

                1. re: hyperbowler

                  re: Bellanico's bomboloni. I recently revisited them, and they were overly bready and overcooked. The dipping sage custard sauce had too much sage and the chocolate sauce was too intense. Otherwise, a great breakfast.