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Best Doughnuts in Toronto: 2013

I've decided to start a new thread, since the last one has been around since 2007, and it's way too big @ this point.

As a self-described doughnut connoisseur, these are, what I believe to be the best doughnuts in the city:
1. Emma's Country Kitchen: Maple Bacon Doughnut
2. Glory Hole: Banana Cream Pie
3. Paulette's: Plain Cake Doughnut/Pumpkin Pie Doughnut (Seasonal)
4. Emma's Country Kitchen: Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut
5. Epi's: Plain Sugar Doughnut

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  1. Do you have any opinion on Amazing Donuts at Bathurst/Wilson? I don't typically seek out the kosher offerings in the 'chood, but we got fresh boston creams there once on a whim and they were quite good.

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    1. re: gimel

      I know of Amazing Doughnuts, but I don't think I've ever tried them.

      1. re: gimel

        It's been there for years and years and I don't think I've ever seen it open.

        1. re: magic

          I know. I've driven by it countless times. I've just never gone in.

        2. re: gimel

          I've walked by Amazing Donuts everyday for years on my way to work . I'll just say the place looks like it has maintenance issues and as such I would never eat anything from there.

          1. re: gimel

            Amazing is Kosher. Haven't had one in a few years, but I've enjoyed the donuts I've had.

          2. San Remo's apple fritters!!

            Where is this "Emma's Country Kitchen" you speak of?

            Never mind,just googled it.Sounds real good..

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            1. re: petek

              I forgot about San Remo's Apple Fritters...and you're right. They must be added to the list.

              Emma's Country Kitchen is @ 1108 St Clair Ave W. Between Ossington and Dufferin on the North Side. Here is a link to pics of the doughnuts:

              https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

              And here is a link to the webste:

              http://emmascountrykitchen.com/

              I wrote about my experience on the old "best doughnut" thread, but I'm going to repeat it for the benefit of the new thread. The maple bacon doughnut was one of the best doughnuts I've ever had. It wasn't a light doughnut. It was a bit dense, and it wasn't particularly sweet. It had the perfect combination of flavours and puts Rachelle's Maple Bacon doughnuts to shame. I think Emma's makes their own bacon, so it was thick cut and extraordinarily delicious!

              1. re: kwass

                Thanks kwass! Ya I'm gonna get me sum...

                1. re: petek

                  You must!! And please report back so we can hear your thoughts. Also, just so you know, I could be wrong, but I think they only serve the doughnuts on the weekend.

                2. re: kwass

                  What is the other donut there--the one that isn't the (very yummy-looking cinnamon sugar)?

                  Their website doesn't mention donuts...

                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                    They have maple bacon, which are fantastic, and they just started serving raspberry custard and coffee glazed toffee, neither of which I've tried yet.

                    1. re: kwass

                      ooohhh... raspberry custard sounds delish and so does coffee-glazed toffee... will have to try to get there soon!

                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                        I know! I really want to try the raspberry custard!

                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                          So I bought a few on the weekend and I'm sorry to say, I'm not enthused, The donut base is doughy and heavy and not very tasty overall (maybe not enough frying?). I tried a part of the raspberry custard (and I don't like that they split the donut and sandwiched in the filling---also think fresh raspberries isn't the way to go------it should be jam). I haven't tried the cinnamon sugar but did try the the peanut butter and chocolate and while the topping was decadent, it doesn't change the base.

                          But wow that restaurant is VERY popular!

                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                            The doughnuts are heavy and dense. I mentioned that in my 1st post about this place. I haven't had the 2 you're speaking of, but I generally like the doughnuts there. Sorry to hear that you didn't like them.

                            1. re: kwass

                              You did mention it too! Maybe if they are fresh off the whatever-they-make-them-on they might be better.

                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                That may be true. I always get them 1st thing in the morning. I hope I didn't come off as rude in my last post. That wasn't my intention.

                                1. re: kwass

                                  You didn't sound rude at all. It's always really awkward to rec something honestly and then have someone else not like it! (I've been there!).

                                  I tried cinnamon sugar this evening and that one is better. Still not going to go out of my way but better. If you try the raspberry custard, you'll have to say what you think.

                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                    I will try it, and when I do, I'll let you know what I think :)

                            2. re: Ediblethoughts

                              You are referring to Emma's right?

                      2. re: kwass

                        Finally tried the apple fritter at Sanremo Bakery. Good call, it was quite good!

                        Ranks up there with the apple fritter at Elmvale bakery, but obviously much closer so that's nice to have in the GTA.

                        I actually forgot about it (I actually went there to check out their hot table offerings), and when I saw the fritter a light bulb went off in my brains.

                        Would for sure get again. A quality treat at a great price too - $1 for a huge fresh fritter.

                        1. re: magic

                          Incomparable in my opinion :) So glad you finally got to try it!!

                          1. re: kwass

                            kwass if ever in the Elmvale area you should try Elmvale Bakery's apple fritters. When warm they are outstanding.

                            For GTA, Sanremo's is the best I've had so far.

                            1. re: magic

                              I definitely will! Thanks magic! The thought of warm apple fritters makes me want to hop in the car right now :)

                              1. re: kwass

                                It's worth a summer day trip.

                                Ten minutes away (driving) from Elmvale Bakery is Mad Michael's - a fantastic restaurant with a stunning patio and building and the best cornbread you will likely ever eat.

                                So.... worth a day trip!

                                1. re: magic

                                  That's sounds like the perfect day! I love cornbread! Speaking of which, if you're a fan of cornbread magic, you have to try Rose and Sons' cornbread. They grill it and then pour maple syrup on top and drizzle it with hot sauce. I always get the hot sauce on the side, but it is one of the best versions of corn bread that I've ever had!

                                  1. re: kwass

                                    Ok, Rose and Sons and their cornbread is now on the list. Thanks kwass. I am a cornbread fanatic, so this is great!

                                    1. re: magic

                                      A pic of the excellent cornbread at Mad Michael's....

                                       
                                      1. re: magic

                                        OMG!!! That really does look phenomenal magic!! Ok..Mad Michael's has definitely been added to my list!

                                      2. re: magic

                                        I'm a fanatic too!! We should start a cornbread thread so everyone can chime in and let us know where to find the best cornbread :)

                                        1. re: kwass

                                          Good idea. If you have time, perhaps start one and I will add my two cents.

                                          1. re: magic

                                            I'm going to do it right now.

                            2. re: magic

                              It looks like I'll be adding this item to my 'must eat at San Remo' list. I've always gone for the sfogitalle and freshly made cannoli and bypassed this. Do you know if it's made fresh each morning?

                              1. re: Nevy

                                If you like cannoli Nevy, you have to try the cannoli @ Sud Forno...soooo good!!!

                                1. re: kwass

                                  Both 'forno' (Forno Cultura and Sud Forno) are on my 'must eat 2014' list... I keep getting detoured this year from going to these bakeries. I've heard great things about them. Supposedly one of the has these awesome ground hazelnut meringue cookies that I have to buy!

                                  1. re: Nevy

                                    That would be Forno Cultura. You have to go to Forno Cultura for their cookies and Sud Forno for their doughnuts, cannoli and pizza. The plum/apricot tart/cake/cookie (I'm not quite sure how to describe it) is something you have to try @ Forno Cultura as well. You should make it your New Year's resolution :)

                                2. re: Nevy

                                  I have no idea, but I'm guessing... yes?

                                  Everything seemed to be pretty well stocked. Doesn't seem like the type of joint to serve day old fried treats.

                                  While not warm when I got them, they were still damn good and seemed freshly baked. At 1pm there were perhaps 2 dozen of them.

                                  1. re: magic

                                    Yes, San Remo does make their apple fritters (and doughnuts and everything else) fresh every day. I've often had them warm, or just off warm at 8:00 am or so. I do LOVE the San Remo apple fritter, It could be improved by the use of fresh apples rather than the apple pie mix that they appear to use, though. I'll have to try Elmvale bakery's version when I'm up that way next summer, magic.

                            1. Tried a few wheat-free at Paulette's today. Not at all GF tasting and still really loving the intense frosting flavours and relatively smaller donut size.
                              Maple 5 Spice Walnut - least favourite, though still yummy frosting, could have had more walnuts.
                              Bananda Coconut Cream Pie - very moist, yummy, lots of levels of flavour.
                              Vanilla Cherry Cola - WOW. WOW. WOW. The icing had a great kick, so flavourful. A hit!

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                              1. re: LemonLauren

                                Are you gluten intolerant or were you just curious about them?

                                1. re: kwass

                                  Curious and not a gluten fan in general. ie. if I've run 15k or biked 40k I'll eat a donut but in general I don't eat wheat/bread/pasta. They call them wheat-free, not GF, so I'm not sure they would pass the celiac test, but they didn't taste overly dry like many GF baked goods do.

                                  1. re: LemonLauren

                                    That's good to know. Thanks LemonLauren.

                              2. I mentioned this on the old thread, but I wanted to repeat it here as well, Emma's also makes made to order beignets. They are served hot, with icing sugar, and a caramel filling. They were so yummy! They just melt in your mouth. Though I wasn't crazy about the caramel filling. Next time I go, I'm going to see if I can get them without the caramel.

                                1. I was at the Longo's Burloak on the weekend and noticed they have a mini donut machine now. Looked like they were selling powdered sugar ones. Anyone tried them? They were packing them into plastic clamshells. - $4.39 for a package but not sure the quantity or weight.

                                  I just googled it and it looks like they actually travel from Longo's to Longo's. Not sure if it was just this past weekend at Longo's Burloak but some more details here:

                                  http://longosblog.com/warning-mini-do...

                                  I don't think I could buy a whole package... I would eat them like popcorn :)

                                    1. re: canmark

                                      Has anyone walked by this place recently? Is anything happening? They are supposed to open this month but all we seem to get are these teasers on their Twitter page "opening soon" (we've heard that before.....see Ben & Izzy)

                                      1. re: barneyvernon

                                        I've contacted her several times on Twitter, and all she will say is "very soon". I find it incredibly frustrating that she won't give any more information than that :(

                                        1. re: barneyvernon

                                          I walk past on my way home from work almost every day. There was still paper up on the window as of last week.

                                          1. re: ramenramen

                                            So much for an April opening, which is what she said originally.

                                            1. re: kwass

                                              I knew there was no chance of them opening in early April. I don't know why she even said that. No way you can get a place setup and open in a few weeks (Which was what they had based on when the lease was signed/etc). On Facebook they are saying May... I imagine by mid May it will be open but that is just a guess at this point..

                                              Sure they will want to cash in on their Doughnut Showdown appearance.

                                        1. re: justsayn

                                          I know. I've already written the date down in my blackberry, so that I don't forget to tape it :)

                                          1. re: justsayn

                                            I wonder why Ashley from Glory Hole isn't participating.

                                            1. re: justsayn

                                              I am curious if there is a way to get to a taping of this, or, has it all been taped/done already? They talk about "big batches" of doughnuts :)

                                            2. So For the doughnut lovers in this thread, Krispey Kreme has a freebie on Sunday. Free original glazed. They make them fresh at the Mississauga location still and bring those to the other two Toronto stores . Freebie info here http://f.redflagdeals.com/showthread....

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                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                Oh nice! I love those.

                                                Also, their cinnamon buns are great!

                                                1. re: magic

                                                  I've never tried their cinnamon buns. I didn't even know that they made cinnamon buns.

                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                    They do. More like a donut-style cinnamon bun. I think quite yummy.

                                              2. Good news doughnut lovers!! Jelly Modern Doughnuts is planning on opening in early April. Less than a month to go :)

                                                1. Finally got down to GHD-nuts the other day and I have to say I was impressed.Expensive?..yes($4.50 a piece or 6 for $20.) but real good d-nuts.These are more of a special occasion treat for me.I'll go back,just not as often as I'd like..

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                                                  1. re: petek

                                                    I agree. They're definitely a special occasion treat...not a doughnut you'd want to eat everyday. What flavours did you get? And which were your favourite?

                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                      I got the PB&J,Toast & Butter,Chocolate Hazelnut,.PBB&C,Vanilla Glazed and Chocolate Pudding.

                                                      I'd have to say my fav was the Vanilla Glazed followed by the Toast and Butter...Least fav was Chocolate Pudding.
                                                      I'll add that I was there on a Wednesday afternoon so it wasn't busy,I don't think I could handle the weekend crowds..but that's just me.

                                                      1. re: petek

                                                        The Vanilla Glazed is one of her new doughnuts. I think it's a cake doughnut...haven't tried it yet, but I'd like to. Thanks for sharing your experience.

                                                        And btw, I can't handle the crowds either. That's why when I go, I get there right @ opening. The only downside to that, is she never has any specials @ that time of the day, just the doughnuts that are on the menu :(

                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                          The vanilla glazed should be a keeper if you ask me.Simple yet delicious,not over the top like some of the other flavours.

                                                          1. re: petek

                                                            Exactly. She needs more doughnuts like that! Too many of her doughnuts are over the top. Two bites and I've had enough.

                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                              That being said, I'm still grieving for the banana cream pie doughnut. It's such a shame that it's no longer on the menu, because it was, without a doubt, IMO, the best doughnut that she made.

                                                  2. Beast Restaurant has different donuts as daily specials, best I ever had. Go for brunch on the weekend and finish with one of their donuts

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                                                    1. re: dgnr8

                                                      Those are rachelle's doughnuts. Hate to say it, but I'm not a big fan. Her doughnuts actually gets mixed reviews on CH. some people love them, and others, like myself, not so much. But FYI, unless things have changed, you can also get her doughnuts @ San James on Harbord on weekends.

                                                    2. Just had a sugar doughnut from Hey! on Roncesvalles, and it was pretty damn good. Simple but delish! Also for those of you who like cinnamon buns, I had the best cinnamon bun from there that I've ever had. It wasn't too sweet, incredibly soft on the inside (like the best bread you've ever had), with a crispy sugar coating on the top! OMG...BEST EVER!!!!

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                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                        I had a chocochip cookie still warm at Hey Meatball that was fantastic, so i can see this :)

                                                        1. re: magic

                                                          It wasn't Hey Metball. It's just called Hey! (the exclamation mark is actually in the name)

                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                            No, I know, but both share the same chef/owner, so.....

                                                            1. re: magic

                                                              I didn't know that! Well magic, you have to go to Hey! Their baked goods are off the hook!! They also had cookies there. They were probably the same ones as those @ Hey Meatball. I didn't try them, but I will, the next time I go back.

                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                I should really go. Ok, good. Thanks for the scoop!

                                                      2. New mini doughnut place opening in Kensington market May 1st - http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

                                                        Guess similar to Little Nicky's setup?

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                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                          Definitely similar to Little Nicky's and fairly close as well, but that's awesome!

                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                            Kensington....keep 'em coming!

                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                Yay,more donuts!!!! D'oh.... :D

                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                              boy, this sounds exciting, icing sugar doughnuts off a conveyor belt... how new and fresh

                                                            2. Went to Hey! on Roncy again today, and this time I tried their glazed doughnut (last time it was the cinnamon-sugar). It was so light and airy, and not overly sweet...so good!! I can't recommend this place enough. The doughnuts rock! Simple perfection!!

                                                              1. So I tried Paulette's and while some of them were not bad, some where waaaay too sweet--the blueberry balsamic . And because they are not all on the website, I'm not sure which couple of donuts I did like... hard to match descriptions with tastes. I believe I was to have gotten a white chocolate cherry but nothing really tasted like that either. I was also miffed that the one recommended to me as the best (lemon meringue, I think it was called) somehow didn't end up in my order after all. Or maybe they just weren't as described because I didn't notice any lemon curd inside. The good thing about them is with the thick layer of glaze, these babies do stay fresh longer than the average donut.

                                                                A pity they didn't have the pumpkin Kwass liked...

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                                                                1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                  I think the pumpkin is seasonal. So you'll probably be able to get it again in the Fall. As for the other flavours, I find that Paulette's does the simple ones really well. I really liked the plain and the sugar doughnut.

                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                    kwass, did you know that Harbord Bakery makes plain and sugar donuts (on Saturdays I believe)?

                                                                    They're good old fashioned basic donuts and they are really good.

                                                                    It's amazing Harbord Bakery doesn't get glowing mentions more often on CH. A jewel in this city.

                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                      It really is a jewel in this city!! I had no idea that they make doughnuts. Do they only make them on Saturday or are they available Sunday as well? I work Saturdays, so it would be difficult for me to get there.

                                                                      1. re: magic

                                                                        BTW, how much do you love their cinnamon buns, magic?

                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                          Their cinnamon buns are just stupid. So good. Seriously, almost everything they make is best in class (or so I think).

                                                                          I think the donuts are just a Saturday thing, but I might be wrong. Call and find out maybe :) Haven't had them in a while. But I thought I’d at least bring it to your attention. Even if it is just Saturdays maybe they’d do special orders??

                                                                          I don't believe Harbord Bakery is open on Sundays. Someone can correct me if that is not the case but I recall going on several Sundays and them being closed.

                                                                          Sundays would be much more convenient to get there for myself as well. I hardly ever have time on Saturdays, which is sad. But I don't think they're open Sundays. Oh well, they deserve a break for the happiness they bring to people.

                                                                          1. re: magic

                                                                            You're so funny magic! I'm definitely going to call. It does seem weird though that a bakery like Harbord Bakery would be closed on Sundays, but I'll check and get back to you. And I agree, their cinnamon buns are sick! Speaking of which, you have to try the ones from Hey! and let me know what you think. They're more bread-like than Harbord Bakery, but they're some of the best cinnamon buns I've ever had. Try to get there early though, like around 9:30, so you can get them while they're hot. They also make decent doughnuts, both of which I think I've mentioned before.

                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                              Ok, I will bump Hey! to near the top of my list. Got to. Their cinnamon buns sound so good. Donuts too. Thanks, kwass!

                                                                              I loved Hey Meatball the one time I was there. Their chocolate chip cookies were so good. Got lucky and got them fresh.

                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                I'm so glad you're going to try it! I don't think you'll be disappointed! They had cookies the last time I was @ Hey! but not chocolate chip, so I didn't get any. But I'll keep checking. Who knows, maybe I'll see you there one Sunday morning :)

                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                  I'd be honoured.

                                                                                  Will definitely let you know about Hey! too.

                                                                              2. re: kwass

                                                                                Hi magic. I just called Harbord Bakery, and they are open Sundays, but they only make their doughnuts Fridays and Saturdays :(

                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                  Thanks for calling and for letting me know! Apologies for giving misinformation. I thought it was closed Sundays.... I'm sure I remember going on a Sunday or two, finding it closed.

                                                                                  Anyways, at least I was kinda right about the Saturday donuts. I guess it’s Friday as well. Hopefully that might work a bit easier for you?

                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                    Friday's still tough for me, but it won't keep me away. If I can't make it Friday or Saturday for doughnuts, there's still lots of stuff to love from there :)

                                                                                    And please, there's no need to apologize. It took all of 2 minutes to make the phone call.

                                                                                  2. re: kwass

                                                                                    kwass, just a heads up, I think they gave you the wrong info about Saturday. I went today and they didn't have any. I asked them if they still did doughnuts (remembering your post) and the lady behind the counter said only on Fridays. So, you might want to double check before making a trip out there for the doughnuts.

                                                                                    I ended up getting this cheese filled pastry thing that was quiet decent/filling. I had never been in the bakery before despite having passed by many times so it was interesting to see what they had regardless. Doubt I will ever get to try the doughnuts though since not really anywhere close on a Friday :(

                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                      Thanks for posting. Good to know not to go--and I will likely never get their donuts either since I'm not getting their Fridays... pity.

                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                        Thanks for the info ylsf. Unfortunately I'm in the same boat as you and Ediblethoughts. It's hard for me to get there on Fridays as well :(

                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                          That is odd. Pretty sure it used to be Saturdays. It must have changed.

                                                                                          1. re: magic

                                                                                            And recently...because they did tell me Saturdays and that was only 2 weeks ago.

                                                                          2. The new mini doughnut place opened today in Kensington. It's called Lightweight Mini-Doughnuts and it's @ 214 Augusta.

                                                                            I'm going to go on Monday, so I will report back :)

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                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                              Stopped in today on the way home from College St. Had no idea it was their first day. I guess that explains why they were kind of slow to get things moving. Had to lineup a good 10 mins for my doughnuts.

                                                                              That being said, they were pretty good. Not sure I understand the "lightweight" aspect of it, since they're fried. Maybe it's just a size reference? I haven't had the Tiny Tom ones in ages but I think these were better.

                                                                              1. re: ramenramen

                                                                                Have you tried Little Nicky's? If so, how do they compare? Also, was there a line up? Is that why you had to wait 10 minutes, or were they just disorganized?

                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                  There was a lineup about 7 or 8 ppl deep, and we were all just waiting around while they sorted themselves out -- no one was being served. It really wasn't a big deal, especially since now I know it was their first day.

                                                                                  I haven't tried Little Nicky's so I can't compare, but it's definitely on my to-try list now.

                                                                                  1. re: ramenramen

                                                                                    Little Nicky's is awesome! You have to try it. I was going to go on Monday, but I'm wondering now if I should wait a few weeks until they iron things out?

                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                      I wouldn't suggest making a special trip but since you're going to be in the area anyway I say check it out! Hopefully they will have gotten into the swing of things by then (there really isn't anything more to the place than a doughnut fryer).

                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                  I didn't end up going. I had my dog in the car with me, and he wasn't very happy, since I'd already left him for 5 minutes to go to Pancho y Emiliano (which was closed). But I will get there soon :)

                                                                              2. Stopped by Glory Hole on the weekend in the morning this time. A bit of a line but everything was available. I was tempted by many but decided to get the double chocolate smores one. I had "assumed" it was a filled donut because the thing was so huge and I didn't notice a "hole" in it. Also, it was called "double chocolate smores" so I figured maybe a chocolate filling...Well, it wasn't filled and there was a "tiny" whole. I felt like the donut was out of proportion, maybe people love a HUGE mass to bite down on but I would have preferred it to be less thick.

                                                                                There were a bunch of donuts that caught my eye though, anyone tried any of the recent flavours there?

                                                                                And, to answer the question of why they don't open earlier... She basically said "I am here at 2am already to start the process". I asked her if she considered hiring more staff and she said the kitchen was too small maybe down the road... So, maybe the kitchen space is limiting factor but I would think they could somehow get the logistics down that they aren't running out of all of their product at points during the day. As I mentioned before I would like to know confidently that I could go there and have a choice of 3 or 4 donuts without having to check their twitter.

                                                                                Oh, and I walked by Frank's the hot dog place on College by Augusta and they were giving out samples of their donuts. Tasty. It was like a mini donut with a sauce/coating on top. Not sure if that is how they serve them normally in the restaurant.

                                                                                I also tried a Pusateri's donut last weekend. Got the chocolate filled one for $2.00. It was decent for a store bought donut, not sure where they get them in from (Cake donut).

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                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                  I don't like the hugeness of the donuts at all. I think she is trying to increase value (quantity) to offset per donut labour but it doesn't work for my preferences.

                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                    I agree with you justsayn. Her doughnuts are too big and too expensive. And the truth is, if they were smaller and a little more reasonably priced, people would probably buy more, and buy more often, and she'd end up making more money.

                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                      Then she would have to actually make enough donuts...

                                                                                      1. re: julesrules

                                                                                        Yes she would, which it seems she isn't able to do. And I find it odd that she opens @ 10 and gets there @ 2 in the morning to start baking. That seems a little early for a 10am opening.

                                                                                2. Looks like Jelly Modern Doughnuts is getting ready to open. They didn't give a date, but they posted something about a contest on Twitter in preparation for their Toronto opening.

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                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                    after seeing the jelly doughnut tweet, I walked by the store @ College & Borden today and I saw the door open with a carpenter guy working away. The counter didn't look finished and the store looked further behind than the Bruger's Priest location @ Queen & Spadina. Though the doughnut store doesn't require a grill and fryer in the front so they could be further along.

                                                                                  2. Here is the schedule for Mini-Donuts Express at Longo's - http://longosblog.com/2013-mini-donut...

                                                                                    They do other locations including some Costcos (not sure if in Ontario, didn't look too closely?). Mini-Donuts Express facebook at :

                                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mini-D...

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                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                      Thanks! Leaside is coming up soon again - I missed out last time they were there but won't make that mistake again.

                                                                                    2. Has anyone heard of J'adore Cakes Co. They were featured on Donut Showdown Last night. Here is a link to the website. Doughnuts look interesting!

                                                                                      http://www.jadorecakesco.com/donuts

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                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                        Does look good! Thanks for posting. Someone go please and report back... Looks like based on their FB page that they were giving out free doughnuts earlier today (the 15th)...

                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                          That doesn't surprise me. Because they just won Donut Showdown last night, so it was probably their way of capitalizing on it, and letting people try their product.

                                                                                          I wish I had known!

                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                            I happened to drive past this place today! Donuts are very good indeed. Boston creme, lemon, pb&j and the "winner", caramel custard dusted lightly with pecan and coconut. All very good to great. We got minis which are a good size (we cut them in half and I found that a perfect two-bite flavour sampling size).

                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                              So I tried a bunch of small donuts from J'adore Cakes. Cherry pie was good but not great (nice cherry filling but otherwise unremarkable); creme brulee was maybe the best (nice balance of the custard inside and the glaze outside and nice flavour of the custard--not sure it's exactly creme brulee flavoured though); boston cream again good but not great; the plain sugar and cinnamon was quite tasty on the outside but the inside was a bit too chewy; lemon curd was fine but liked Jelly Modern's better. The plain glazed was too sweet on the outside for me... So overall, I'd say tentatively that JMD edges them out, primarily for the fresh yeastiness of the donuts.

                                                                                              However, I was hungrier when I ate the JMD. And that factors into impressions in ways that are hard to define.

                                                                                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                I'm surprised! I was expecting the doughnuts to be a lot better than that! Thanks for the report Ediblethoughts!

                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                  Again, interested to hear your view also.

                                                                                                  Despite the claims that donuts don't last more than a day, I think you can refrigerate the custard or cream ones and leave them out (esp. with these summer temperatures) on the counter for a half hour before eating and they are still pretty good. I tried them again tonight and same feelings for the most part. I also tried the peanut butter and jelly this evening and it was quite nice, actually---high and messy topping notwithstanding! It blended nicely with the donut.

                                                                                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                    I do want to try these doughnuts, so I'll let you know as soon as I do. This weekend if all goes according to plan, I'm going to try the doughnuts from Sud Forno and the crookie from Clafouti :)

                                                                                                    I'll report back on those Sunday night.

                                                                                            2. If you are like me your probably haven't had a Krispy Kreme donut in a while. Well, reason to have one on June 7, 2013 . It is National Donut Day and you can get one for free. I hope other doughnuts places jump on this too and at least do a decent promo :)
                                                                                              Read about it on RFD, here is the link to the thread discussing it :

                                                                                              http://forums.redflagdeals.com/free-d...

                                                                                              1. I finally tried Paulette's. Pretty tasty!

                                                                                                I got D'oreo and the Vanilla Bean & Nutmeg sugar donut. Both very good!

                                                                                                It's good there's a place focusing on CAKE donuts. My favourite.

                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                  I also love cake doughnuts! And I agree with you magic, Paulette's does them very well! I havent tried the oreo, but i love the Vanilla Bean and Nutmeg! Her plain donuts, interestingly enough, are really good as well. And in the Fall, you have to try her pumpkin donuts! They're unbelievable!!

                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                    I absolutely will try her pumpkin donuts. Those sound unreal.

                                                                                                    For my pumpkin donut fix I actually love the pumpkin scones from Starubucks. They are only available for a few weeks in the fall and they are to die for.

                                                                                                    Will be nice to have another option. Can't wait.

                                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                                      We like too many of the same things magic :) I LOVE Starbucks pumpkin scones as well!!

                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                        Yeah we're on the same page here :)

                                                                                                      2. re: magic

                                                                                                        Aren't they available year round at Whole Foods?
                                                                                                        I bought them a few times at the Oakville location years ago, and they were really good.

                                                                                                          1. re: pakmode

                                                                                                            I think they are available year round at Whole Foods. Last time I checked they were.

                                                                                                            I must say though, while they are good I think Starbucks has those pumpkin scones beat :)

                                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                                              I wonder where they source them from...any idea?

                                                                                                              1. re: pakmode

                                                                                                                Where does Starbucks sources their pumpkin scones? I have no idea! Good question.

                                                                                                                I don't know who does their baking. A major food service provider perhaps??

                                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                                  I believe FGF Brands does their muffins, not sure about scones..

                                                                                                                  1. re: Truffles

                                                                                                                    Well that's very interesting. Thanks Truffles.

                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                          I also thought Paulette's was smart in not putting actual Oreos on the donut, but broken chocolate wafer cookies instead. Actual Oreos on top would probably not work well in execution and make the treat way too sweet. For myself at least.

                                                                                                          On the other hand Paulette's had a baklava donut, which while sounding good on paper was executed kind of strangely. Phyllo sheets were spiced (as I understand it) and arranged whimsically on top of the donut. To me at least, it didn't look too appetizing and would be tough to eat. The girl working the cash said she liked them but said she ate the phyllo topping separately. Personally, I don't care for that. I don’t care for donuts topped with something crazy, with the default thinking being it will make the donut appetizing. I just find it gimmicky. That said, I didn't actually try it, so at the end of the day I don't know. I just know it didn't appeal to me.

                                                                                                          But well done on the D'Oreo, Paulette's. That was a great treat!

                                                                                                          1. re: magic

                                                                                                            I'm with you magic on the gimmicky stuff. And I can't wait to try the Oreo cookie now.

                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                              Yeah I thought the Oreo was delish. Do try.

                                                                                                      3. I just wrote this on the Glory Hole post, but I thought I would repeat it here as well.

                                                                                                        Went to Glory Hole today and had the stuffing doughnut, and the glazed cake doughnut, and was so disappointed! The stuffing doughnut was good enough, but there was no stuffing in it. It tasted like a glazed doughnut with bacon on top. Definitely not worth the 4.50, when I could have had a glazed doughnut anywhere and had the exact same experience, for a fraction of the price.

                                                                                                        As for the cake doughnut, it was wet inside. For those of you who like cake doughnuts, don't waste your time @ Glory Hole. Head straight for Paulette's!

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                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                          Despite what I said in my earlier post, I have to say that I also got a glazed yeast doughnut, which I just had, and it was by far, the best glazed doughnut I've ever had!!

                                                                                                        2. Jelly Modern Doughnuts is now accepting pick-up and delivery orders. However, the store is not yet open, so I'm not quite sure what that means.

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                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                            Sounds like the kitchen is in full operation but the "display" area might not be ready yet. I saw they tweeted some media outlets (or at least to CityLine) asking them if they wanted some doughnuts.

                                                                                                            Guess they are probably doing training of local staff/etc too by having the kitchen operational.

                                                                                                            Any of you downtown? They were running a contest on twitter asking people to tell them who to deliver doughhnuts too. Maybe that is running still.

                                                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                              That makes sense. I saw Caplansky welcoming them to the area on Twitter, and asking them to bring over some doughnuts.

                                                                                                            2. re: kwass

                                                                                                              For a pickup order today, I went to the store on College St, took a leap of faith, opened the store door and entered.

                                                                                                              Inside the store, the counter has been finished but not much else - I have no idea what's going on in the back of the store - though I could see a woman hunched over a laptop tapping away at the keyboard.

                                                                                                              I had ordered one dozen doughnuts, but the guy said that they were only making smaller 3 bite doughnuts today - they'd have the bigger doughnuts starting Tuesday - so they gave me two dozen of the 3-bite doughnuts.

                                                                                                              The doughnuts were all raised doughnuts - no cake doughnuts. I'm not a big fan of raised doughnuts.
                                                                                                              The doughnut in the middle row, 2nd from right, tasted weird - maybe it's the creme brulee or salted caramel.
                                                                                                              Maple bacon was pretty good.
                                                                                                              The marshmallow doughnut tasted okay but was messy.
                                                                                                              Other flavours were less memorable.

                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                1. re: mstestzzz002

                                                                                                                  Did you have to call ahead for your pick up order or just walk in? How much were they?
                                                                                                                  Thanks for the info.

                                                                                                                  1. re: cheesymama

                                                                                                                    Just walked in - but you give them your email and phone # at order time. Cost $29.95 + tax. Just check out their online store @ http://jellymodern-toronto.myshopify.... for other options

                                                                                                                  2. re: mstestzzz002

                                                                                                                    Thanks for the post!

                                                                                                                    I hope they will offer cake donuts too. Prefer cake to raised.

                                                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                                                      Their website lists half a dozen different cake doughnut flavours - but my dozen flavours didn't include any of them - see http://jellymoderndoughnuts.com/menu/

                                                                                                                      1. re: mstestzzz002

                                                                                                                        Oh that's great that they have cake varieties! Yay! Thanks for the link and info :)

                                                                                                                2. Rachelle's Thursday Backdoors are done with... She tweeted earlier and linked to a blog post with the only explanation of "due to unforeseen cirumstances".. I never was able to go to to living/working far away from there but still was nice for some I am sure:

                                                                                                                  http://doughtoronto.blogspot.ca/2013/...

                                                                                                                  Still available at retail and at Beast Brunch and by special order.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                    I had brunch at Beast on Sunday. Everything was awesome - I forgot how much I liked that place. In any case, the cinnamon sugar twist donut was a standout - so good that I got one for the road.

                                                                                                                    1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                      <I had brunch at Beast on Sunday>
                                                                                                                      Planning on going soon.. What time did you go,and how was the lineup if any?

                                                                                                                      Cheers

                                                                                                                      1. re: petek

                                                                                                                        Early afternoon - no lineup. err... wait. I think it was on Saturday. ps. I have the worst memory ever.

                                                                                                                        1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                          No worries..We'll be there first thing anyway. Thanks!

                                                                                                                          P.S I bet you I have the worst whatchamacallit thingy ever.

                                                                                                                          P.P.S Just had 2 fresh outta the fryer d-nuts(Salted Caramel Pecan&Vanilla Glazed) from GHD and I gotta say,they were probably some of the best donuts I have ever had!

                                                                                                                          1. re: petek

                                                                                                                            I agree that her vanilla glazed is pretty awesome! I think I wrote in an earlier post (after bashing her a little), that the GH vanilla glazed doughnut, was possibly the best glazed doughnut I've ever had!!

                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                              They were still warm!!!! :D sooo good!

                                                                                                                              1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                omg, I so do!!! whatever that thing is... !

                                                                                                                      2. I know this thread is supposed to be about the best doughnuts in TO, but I just came across this article, and I wanted to share it. Has anyone heard of the cronut? You have to read this! Could you imagine if someone started selling these in Toronto?
                                                                                                                        I could die happy :)

                                                                                                                        http://lifewise.canoe.ca/FoodDrink/20...

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                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                          Heard it was a lot of "hype" and that it wasn't as amazing as it sounds.... Haven't read this article but supposedly they have the ability to produce over 2000 with no problem but limit production to 200 a day.. That kind of stuff annoys me and I would probably not bother trying it because of that.

                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                            So disappointed to hear that it's just "hype"!

                                                                                                                        2. Jelly Modern is now open according to their twitter. On Friday, in addition to Krispy Kreme Jelly Modern tweeted that they are giving out doughnuts too (imagine maybe their 3" ones?).

                                                                                                                          Also, anyone tried the vegan doughnuts from Kelly Bakes in Burlington - http://kellysxo.com/menus
                                                                                                                          Only available on the weekend

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                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                            You're right! I just went on Twitter and today is their grand opening. Guess I know where I'm going this weekend :)

                                                                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                              Just went to Jelly. The doughnuts were fresh, with a range of flavours from "the fan" with peanut butter and pretzels to maple bacon. We got a lemon curd, couple of jellies, and a peanut butter cup. For some reason on the drive home all the jelly fell out? of one. Overall they were worth trying out :-)

                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                Modern Jelly was good but didn't blow my mind, they are all the same dough with different glazes and toppings. It's sort of like tim hortons yeast dough, nothing crazy. I tend to compare all these doughnut places to Doughnut Plant in NYC which incorporates flavour into the dough for explosive flavour.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Bobby Wham

                                                                                                                                  I had a feeling it would be similar to a Tim Horton's experience, however, with more variety...and of course flavours that you wouldn't find @ Tim's...as well as a guarantee of freshness, which is definitely something that you DON'T get @ Tim Horton's.

                                                                                                                                2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                  Knowing the way to my heart, hubby surprised me with half a dozen Jelly Moderns. I quite enjoyed them, though I agree the yeast base is nothing special. The jelly one was nice simply because it used good raspberry jam (with seeds). The more elaborate ones were fun. We especially enjoyed those with the peanut butter filling. The chocolate glazes, now that I think about it, didn't stand out much flavour-wise.
                                                                                                                                  So far J'Adore stands out, the base seemed richer/better, although hard to tell for sure because theirs were so much about the amazing custards. I don't know if Modern does any custard fillings. One comment about MJ, and I don't know how early in the day DH bought the donuts, plus it was a rainy humid day, but the pretzel and popcorn toppings just weren't crispy and fresh. Better idea in theory than practice if the donuts aren't going to be eaten quickly, I suspect.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                    Went to Jelly Modern Doughnuts today. I was there @ 9:15 this morning and they were closed. Their website says that they open @ 7, so I tweeted them, and this was their response:

                                                                                                                                    "Oh Dear! we are testing out later hours for out toronto location! Sorry for the confusion!"

                                                                                                                                    There was no confusion. They changed their hours and didn't bother posting it on Twitter or on their website. What a horrible way to run a business. I was (and continue to be) so ticked!!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                      That sucks! Totally unprofessional..It's weird(to me anyway) that Glory Hole also opens late (10am) even on the weekend. They sell donuts AND coffee,sounds like breakfast to me.. :D

                                                                                                                                      1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                        I know! I agree! You'd think a doughnut place would be open @ least by 9. I think they see that Glory Hole is closed on Mondays and that they open @ 10, and they're just following suit, as opposed to paving their own way and filling the void that is left by Glory Hole's hours.

                                                                                                                                        But yes, changing the hours, and not posting them anywhere WAS totally unprofessional, and it makes me not want to go back. Furthermore, their response was ridiculous! As I said it my initial post, to characterize this as "confusion" is ridiculous!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                          They just don't know who they're mess'n with! ; )

                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                            PS: Worst hours for me in Toronto is Nu Bagel not open by 8am

                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                              I'm with you justsayn. I wish some of these places would open for us early risers.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                I was at Rahier for their 7 AM opening this morning to fetch some Father's Day treats. It was the best - I had my choice of any parking spot on Bayview, which was free at that time. Great selection, fast service. Fabulous!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                  See...that's how it should be! I find it frustrating that it's so hard to find places that open early on the weekend.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                    There are times when I want to go for brunch @ 10 or 11, but there are other times when I'd like to have breakfast @ 8 am.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                      Agreed! And day old stuff isn't an option!

                                                                                                                                                2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                  Places that serve "breakfast-type" food, should be open in time for breakfast.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                              Better response would have been: Oh my gosh, so sorry we forgot to update our info. Please come by at your convenience for a free six-pack!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                Exactly. Some contrition would have been nice. I found their response to be worse than the fact that they weren't open.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                  EXACTLY! I don't understand why restaurants/etc don't update their "about us" info on Facebook/websites/etc with correct info. This is what they should be doing FIRST before changing the hours. This is where customers go to find this type of info nowadays.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                    Agreed!! Who calls a restaurant anymore? Unless of course they're not on social media and don't have a website, which is NOT the case for most establishments these days.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                      And another thing...not everyone lives right around the corner from the establishments that they visit. So if people are making a special trip, and the restaurant/bakery (whatever the case may be) isn't open because they've changed their hours and failed to inform their patrons, well then you've possibly travelled a fair distance to get to a place, only to be disappointed. It's just completely inconsiderate in my opinion, and doesn't show much regard for said patrons.

                                                                                                                                            3. They're offering a coupon for Lightweight Mini Doughnuts in Kensington. $9 for 4 dozen doughnuts, which would normally cost $16. Here's the link:

                                                                                                                                              http://www.teambuy.ca/en/toronto/2814...

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                I am staying far away from that... What am I going to do with 4 dozen doughnuts.... besides eating them all!! It is a trap, run!

                                                                                                                                              2. Someone should FEDEX some 'Cronuts' up from NYC and compare it with our 'best of the best'??!! Ha!!

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                  i'm sure we'll have a cronut rip off available from one of these places before the month is out

                                                                                                                                                  i was at glory hole this weekend when i found myself in the area... i was disappointed. i had a blood orange and sesame seed thing that was just a big fluffy donut with some glaze on it. i get that all the donuts there are done this way, no real integration of flavour just whatever it is plopped on top of the same donut, but i didn't like it. lacked depth of flavour and, really, anything interesting enough to make me want to go back

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                                                                    That doesn't even SOUND good. I think blood orange is totally overrated as a "flavour" (more lack thereof) and with sesame?

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                    Modern Jelly is thinking of making cronuts as a special. It's only a matter of time until this comes to Toronto.

                                                                                                                                                  3. Went to Modern Jelly on the weekend with los ninos. We ordered one of each, carrot cake, red velvet, smore and maple bacon. Overall, they weren't bad but everyone thought they were really sweet. Almost too sweet to eat an entire doughnut.

                                                                                                                                                    My son liked the maple bacon one best, I'm not a huge fan of that flavour overall, but they were pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                    Red Velvet was our general least favourite. It was bright red opposed to a deep red that you normally find in RV. I could barely taste any chocolate at all. Just run of the mill

                                                                                                                                                    Smore was a huge messy thing with a melted marshmellow in the hole. It was really tasty but way too sweet. Good chocolate tho.

                                                                                                                                                    Carrot cake, this I was really excited for. I've been hoping that one of the new crop of donut joints would make one and this was one of the big reasons we drove crosstown to hit MJ. This was my fave but again, the frosting was way too sweet. Nice cake and a delicious touch with a piece of candied carrot on top.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Had the vegan doughnut at Kelly's XO... reminds me why I am not vegan :)

                                                                                                                                                      http://www.kellysbakeshoppe.com/

                                                                                                                                                      It was okay but I wouldn't get it again. Had the sugar one.

                                                                                                                                                      I can't recall if it has been posted on here before but Painted Box in Regeant Park does doughnuts on certain days/times. Anyone tried them? I saw they had them at the Luminato Distillery District thing. They were charging $5 for 2 at the event. I didn't try them though.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Checked out the new Sud Forno on Queen West and tried their donut with vanilla custard - it was so delicious. Perfect yeast donut as I don't really care for the cake style. So glad that they're open!

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cutehinano

                                                                                                                                                          One of my girlfriends has been raving about Sud Forno. I'm definitely going to have to get there and try their doughnuts. Any idea what time they open on Sundays?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                            I think they open at 8 - have been back 3 times now and the donuts are gone! They had this awesome passion fruit tartlet though. Love this place.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: cutehinano

                                                                                                                                                              Thanks cutehinano! What time are the doughnuts sold out by?

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                I am hoping cutehinano didn't mean they are gone for good! Been wanting to go and try them.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                  I think she meant that they're gone by the time she gets there.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                    Yes they still serve them. They must make them through the day because I've been able to get them at all times of day. There are some serious eats in that place!!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                      Awesome! Can't wait to try it!

                                                                                                                                                        2. I would add the carrot cake donut from Jelly Modern Donuts - now open in Bloor W.

                                                                                                                                                          Most of theirs are yeast donuts - and really good, but the carrot cake - a cake donut - was just fantastic.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lucywinchester

                                                                                                                                                            I love carrot cake! Is there a cream cheese type glaze/frosting on it? If so, I am making an emergency stop on the way home today!

                                                                                                                                                            P.S. Jelly is on College St., not Bloor W., in case people are searching for it.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ramenramen

                                                                                                                                                              Shooooot yes College St. (not Bloor) near Borden. I was only just waking up when I wrote that :)

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ramenramen

                                                                                                                                                                Oh and yes: cream cheese frosting and bits of dried carrot I believe. Now, I just remembered that they only have some flavours on particular days - there is a full schedule on their website.

                                                                                                                                                                http://jellymoderndoughnuts.com/menu/

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: lucywinchester

                                                                                                                                                                As much as I'd love to try their doughnuts (especially the carrot cake doughnut...sounds delish), I'm so turned off by their changing hours, without keeping their clientele informed, that I just won't go there. In fairness to them, they finally have made the changes to their website, so that it states that they now open @ 11 on Sundays and that they're closed on Mondays...but what doughnut shop opens @ 11 on a Sunday? Come on!!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                  Who cares? Let them open and close whenever they want. It's their prerogative. I don't even like waking up before 11am on Sundays!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                                                                    Of course it's their prerogative, as it is yours to wake up late on Sundays. But some of us are early risers and like to eat earlier than 11. It's a doughnut place for heaven's sake...they're not serving brunch. It's just a personal preference for me. So, I PERSONALLY just wish that they'd open earlier. For me, I've done everything that I need/want to do by 11. Waiting around until 11 for them to open is just an inconvenience.

                                                                                                                                                              3. Jelly Modern Doughnut Report (Part 1):

                                                                                                                                                                I'm doing this in 2 parts because I'm 1/2 way through my box of dougnuts. OMG...this is no easy feat, but I'm doing it for all of you :)

                                                                                                                                                                Maple Bacon: Absolutely delish!! Nothing out of the ordinary or over the top, but incredibly fresh and really yummy! If you like maple bacon, I would highly recommend JMD's version.

                                                                                                                                                                Lemon Curd: Not one of my favourites. The lemon curd in the center was really good, but the lemon glaze on the doughnut was very grainy. I would not order this one again.

                                                                                                                                                                Banana Chocolate Chip: I'm left asking where was the banana and wondering what happened to the chocolate chips. The BCC is a cake doughnut, and as far as cake doughnuts go, it was good. However, the icing was way too sweet, and there was way too much of it. Has anybody had the icing filled doughnuts @ Krispy Kreme? Well, that's what this icing was like. It was dolloped on top of the doughnut and it was both sickeningly sweet and really grainy. Instead of chocolate chips throughout the doughnut, there were chocolate shavings on top of the doughnut. And like I said, I couldn't detect the banana. It tasted like a plain cake doughnut with way too much icing.

                                                                                                                                                                Finally (so far) the Cinnamon Bun Doughnut: The actual doughnut itself was unbelievable!! So fresh and the perfect amount of cinnamon. I find that people sometimes overdue it on the cinnamon in "cinnamon buns", but this doughnut had the perfect amount. As for the marscapone icing...it was way too much. that is, they put way too much of it on top. So I scraped most of it off, and after scraping it off, this doughnut was ridiculously good! I would definitely go back for that.

                                                                                                                                                                All of the yeast doughnuts were in the 3-bite version, which in my opinion, is the perfect size...especially if you want to try more than one of their doughnuts.

                                                                                                                                                                Back tonight with the rest of my review. Stay tuned for carrot cake and peanut butter cup :)

                                                                                                                                                                1. Jelly Modern Doughnuts Report (Part II):

                                                                                                                                                                  Peanut Butter Cup: Fantastic!! If you love peanut butter and you love chocolate, then I really recommend this doughnut!!

                                                                                                                                                                  Carrot Cake: Huge disappointment!! Way too much icing! And again, the icing is gritty and much too sweet. As for the carrot doughnut itself, it has a very subtle carrot flavour, not overpowered by the usual spices that you would taste in a carrot cake. In fact, you don't taste any spices at all. If you like that, then you'll like this doughnut, but I wasn't particularly impressed.

                                                                                                                                                                  Overall, i wouldn't rush back. If you're looking for incredibly fresh doughnuts, you'll find them here. And don't get me wrong...some of the doughnuts are really good...but not so good that you can't stop thinking about them, or that you're already planning your next visit in your head. I say, if you're in the area, stop by. If not, don't make a special trip.

                                                                                                                                                                  It's on to Sud Forno next week to try their doughnuts :)

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                    I have a higher tolerance for sweet icing--or sweet buttercream-like icing (which is how I found the icing on the carrot). I didn't try the peanut butter cup because it looked like it had too much... stuff. But I will try it next time I go.

                                                                                                                                                                    And I definitely agree that the freshness of the donuts is the best part. I'll also take note of your cinnamon bun review....

                                                                                                                                                                    I liked the glaze on the lemon curd but I only had smallish bites at a time (shared them with others so I had a bunch of flavours at once) so maybe that's why...

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                      Yes. You must try the cinnamon bun! Really delicious! And I'm not saying the lemon doughnut was bad...I just didn't particularly like it.

                                                                                                                                                                      In terms of their cake doughnuts, in my opinion, they don't even come close to Paulette's doughnuts.

                                                                                                                                                                      That being said, I'm glad I tried JMD. Thank you ylsf for the gentle nudge ;)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                        For whatever reason, I didn't really like Paulette's. Maybe it was the little pieces of faux cookie on top... I'm not sure exactly why. If I could readily have a donut from there now and then, it wouldn't be the torrents of donuts or nothing that it is now but I have no place anywhere close to me that does donuts except Epi Bread..

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                          I LOVE the doughnuts from Epi's. but in terms of cake doughnuts, I think Paulette's plain, sugar, and pumpkin (in the fall) are some of the best cake doughnuts I've ever had.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                            I'll try to remember in the fall... I like pumpkin.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                Can you order ahead and reserve just one or two donuts?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes. That's the nice thing. There is no minimum for pre-orders.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                    Good to know; for some reason I had this idea you had to order a dozen...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                      I thought so too. So, I asked, and I was actually surprised when she said that there is no minimum order.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks so much for this in-depth report. They were on my list, but, after your review, maybe not so much now. Either way, at least I know what to try and what not. I still can't wrap my head around $30 or so for a dozen. Maybe they'll offer a Groupon or Living Socia deal at some point. And I still say nothing beats Paula's Donuts in Buffalo. But then, they're in Buffalo. Sigh.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: barneyvernon

                                                                                                                                                                        The doughnuts are expensive, especially when you consider that they're just a slight notch above Tim Horton's. That being said, a nice way to try them is to buy the 3-bite version of the doughnuts.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: barneyvernon

                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the Paula's mention, will check that out next time in Buffalo

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Anyone been to J'Adore Cakes, on Danforth east? Apparently, they have doughnuts!!

                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.jadorecakesco.com/donuts/g...

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                                            I've been dying to try their doughnuts, but haven't as of yet. They're definitely on my list! They were featured on Donut Showdown.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                                              I reviewed them above. Excellent donuts, especially the custard ones. Worth a special trip IMO.
                                                                                                                                                                              Got two boxes of Elmvale donuts while at the cottage last week (so, not in Toronto, forgive me). Even with the recent Toronto donut craze these still stand out as good - a simple, decidedly ungourmet, fresh treat at an old-fashioned price.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                                                                Wow! I missed it or didn't put two and two together. So great to have an east end option. Dessert for my wedding anniversary in August - check!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                                                  I look forward to another review! I don't get out that way often and it was a random drive-by past flashing "donuts" sign that drew me in... well worth the U-turn. If it were local I would have been back several times by now.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. I had a fantastic plain yeast, sugar-coated doughnut from Cafe Florentina on the Danforth yesterday. They would have filled it with strawberry, apple or lemon for me but I took it plain and unfilled. Light, slightly chewy and just sweet enough.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lucywinchester

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for that lucywinchester. I wasn't aware of this place. Will have to check it out!!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                  They also had Boston Cream doughnuts - I didn't try one but I was told by someone who did that it was very good. Cafe Florentina has just undergone a renovation and is a lovely little cafe with baked goods at the counter: brioche, croissant, macarons, and the aforementioned doughnuts. Not sure if everything is available all week or if certain items are weekend-only.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lucywinchester

                                                                                                                                                                                    I believe their donut recipe was featured in the Globe before Christmas and at that time they only did them on weekends. Actually, I made the recipe (a brioche-style yeast dough with lots of eggs/butter). Turned out ok but I needed more rising time than they called for, which happens a lot in my kitchen, not sure why.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: lucywinchester

                                                                                                                                                                                  I just went to the website. Apparently, the owner/baker used to work @ Epi's.

                                                                                                                                                                                3. For anyone who's interested, JMD is giving out free breakfast between 7 and 10 am tomorrow. Here is the link:

                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/de...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gwiloo

                                                                                                                                                                                      On Bathurst? I drive by there all the time, but I've never gone in.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. So, anyone interested in getting together for a doughnut rating and ranking event? Everyone who comes out can bring doughnuts from their neck of the woods, enough to share, and we can create a Chowhound doughnut connoisseurs' list of top doughnuts, or something like that...

                                                                                                                                                                                      If interested, I have an email address attached to my profile.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Went to Sud Forno today for doughnuts. I got the sugar doughnut and the custard-filled doughnut. The sugar doughnut was as big as my head. I couldn't get over the size of it. It's not your typical doughnut. Not as sweet as you would expect, and quite dense, but still good! When I got it, it was still hot...and there's nothing better than a hot doughnut :) That being said, I wouldn't rush back for this doughnut.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The custard-filled doughnut, on the other hand was sheer perfection. I'm not a giant custard fan, but this custard was sublime. It added the perfect amount of sweetness to the doughnut. I really enjoyed it.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I also got a cinnamon bun, which was very good as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                        For those who haven't been yet, you should check it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I've been giving a little more thought to the doughnuts from Sud Forno, and I just wanted to say that they're more akin to a sweet bread, than they are to a doughnut. Delicious, but if you're looking for your typical doughnut, you may be disappointed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                            Getting it warm sounds nice. It was big and round...

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                              It was nice :) you know, the doughnuts reminded me of Epi's doughnuts a little. Just much denser.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                  How can we stop?! It's the topic that keeps on giving :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                    re-read what EdibleThoughts posted... I guess if I have to explain it, it wasn't a funny joke.. I blame the heat :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Me too...for not getting it :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Never thought about it while posting! (Going to try not to next time I have a donut...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                          But you must! We need to hear about all doughnut experiences :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is donut forum after all ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Anyone had any baked doughnuts from this place: http://www.kaffeehausbakery.com/home/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                They don't seem to have a retail store but they were at the Open Roof festival the other day. Just saw a pic on twitter. Looks like they will be selling their products at a financial district cafe in August. I think it is called Mos Mos? More info on their twitter

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                  These doughnuts look really familiar. Any idea if they're sold @ Pusateri's?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now that you say that, very possible! Someone should contact them and ask. You have a fine eye for doughnuts kwass :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks ylsf. If they are the same doughnuts, I have tried them, and I didn't particularly like them. I'll be there today, so I'll ask.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                        So, I was @ Pusateri's today, and I checked to see if the doughnuts that they're selling were in fact from Kaffee Haus Bakery, and they are. So if you want to try them, now you know where to find them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for checking. Like you I wasn't a huge fan of them. Thought they were okay in a pinch and I guess healthier since they are baked but I can pass by them and not be tempted :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glad to hear I'm not alone in my feelings about them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Went to Glory Hole almost a year ago and was wowed by their doughnuts. Now, I was disappointed to see that they've changed their products. The doughnuts are now so huge that the dough/glaze ratio is way off. Even that wouldn't have bothered me so much if the doughnuts were cooked through. Each doughnut I had was a damp, uncooked mess in the middle. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: hautecocoa

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think she increased the size of her doughnuts to justify her prices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Really? They're even bigger?? wow

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: hautecocoa

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Uncooked dough is pretty awful ... How did the respond when you told them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. I was in the Glory Hole area on Saturday so I passed by to see what they had. Their doughnuts are SOOO big that it made me not want to order one. However, they had cake doughnuts that I hadn't seen before. I decided to get the "root beer" one. I found it very "mushy". Very different from other cake doughnuts I have had. Personally I would not get one again. Unless they start doing more normal size doughnuts I probably won't be going back to GHD anytime soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The other thing that I found was weird was that they have a pin up on the back wall of a topless woman. I am far from a prude but I sure wouldn't want to be bring in my nephew or neice in there to be faced with that. Guess I will bring them to Jelly Modern when they are in town. I am sure they will enjoy the smaller normal size (or even mini) dougnuts there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I just wrote on the "cronut thread", but I thought I'd repeat it here. I had a cronut today (cross between a doughnut and a croissant) from Maple Bakery in Vaughan. OMG...it was fantastic!! I'm not sure if it was authentic, but even if it wasn't, it was one of the best "doughnuts" I've ever had!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Sounds like Gloryhole is waking up to what customers want:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Says "new menu, new prices and new sizes". Says they can now fit in your mouth...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. For all my doughnut loving friends, interesting news...Jelly Modern Doughnuts is opening another location in the Avenue Road location of Pusateri's. Opening day is Saturday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. dr laffa had these house made jelly doughnuts with some kind of red fruit filling that were insanely good
                                                                                                                                                                                                              not too sweet great doughnut great filling highly recommended

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I wonder if they'll have them all week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  give them a call. I had them back on Nov 17th. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: disgusti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds like Sufganiyot. A Hanukkah thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I imagine it is a sufganiyot. That's why I think they're probably only available for the next week. Better rush to get in there :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: disgusti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think I've lost track here--where are Dr Laffa donuts?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I thought I'd missed something above. So not on Saturdays!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Awesome! I'm going to be @ Pusateri's today, so I'll let you know how they are :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, I went to Pusateri's today and tried the Jelly Modern Doughnuts. They had 2 different sufganiyot. One was a sour cherry-filled, with icing sugar on top, and the other was white vanilla glaze with blue sprinkles. I got the vanilla glaze with blue sprinkles because I'm not a fan of cherry filling, and I wasn't overly impressed. The icing is sickeningly sweet. Their doughnuts come in 2 sizes: regular and mini. I got the mini, and even then I couldn't finish it because it was so sweet. And this is coming from someone who loves sweets ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the info kwass, ok, good to know.......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am curious what kind of setup they have there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is it like the racks they had for dougnuts before and you help yourself? Or is there actually someone working behind the counter for them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Too bad they were too sweet. Yeah, I wish in general that "sweets" were less "sweet" in this world :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They're set up right beside the chocolates in the bakery department, and there's someone there serving the doughnuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No. Dr Laffa's is closed on Saturdays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Has anyone tried Through Being Cool's vegan raised doughnuts? I'm a fan!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've had the cinnamon sugar, coconut, sprinkle, boston cream and mint chocolate - my favourites are the cinnamon sugar and sprinkle. Totally hit the spot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ms. cornbread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Never even heard of them. Do they taste like regular doughnuts?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just went to their facebook page. Their cinnamon buns look delicious too!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vegan bakery at Bloor/Lansdowne - only been open a few months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With the exception of the boston cream filling, I thought they tasted just like regular doughnuts!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Haven't tried any of their other baked goods, but everything looks delicious, including the cinnamon buns, pizza bread and there cream sandwich cookies. Hoping to try them out soon. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ms. cornbread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm definitely going to check them out!! I've never really had vegan baked goods before, but I'm willing to give them a try...especially if you say that they taste like regular doughnuts :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Let me know what you think. Tried their pumpkin scone this morning, soooo good. Again, just tastes like a regular baked good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ms. cornbread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I absolutely will!! I'm going to try and go next weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ms. cornbread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Have you ever tried the pumpkin scone from Starbucks? It's my favourite pumpkin scone of all time. Better than most good donuts I can find in this city.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alas, it's a seasonal product and only available for a few months out of the year. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I LOVE the pumpkin scones from Starbucks!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you haven't had it heated up, you must!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Main334

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've never even thought of heating them up. Thanks for the tip Main334 :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Main334

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Heating up this Starbuck's pumpkin scone, you mean?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's what I understood. I'm definitely going to try that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's funny, I never thought of doing that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Now I might!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The scones seem to be gone till next fall from most Starbucks now. Sometimes the location at the Eaton Centre (beside the fountain) carries them. But not for much longer I think....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just saw the pumpkin scones @ a location in Thornhill, so I guess it's just a matter of getting lucky and being @ the right location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Heating any of starbucks pastries up elevate them to a completely different level. Especially the apple fritter. Delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Main334

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm going to have to try that too!! I love their apple fritters, and again, it never even crossed my mind to heat them up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: ms. cornbread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, unfortunately I didn't make it to Amadeus this morning to buy their sufganiyot, but I did make it to Through being Cool. And you're right ms. cornbread, their doughnuts are fantastic! I had the sugar doughnut, and If I hadn't known I was eating a vegan doughnut, I would have never been able to tell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also got the pumpkin scone, and it was as good as any scone I've had. In fact, I think it may have been even a tad better than the pumpkin scone @ Starbucks? Did you hear that magic :) No...but really, it wasn't as dense as the Starbucks version, and definitely worth trying for those of you who like pumpkin scones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The only negative was the butter tart. I'm a huge fan of butter tarts, and this one just didn't measure up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That said, I would definitely go back!! And for those of you who like me, get nervous or become uninterested when they hear the word "vegan", don't be. You won't be able to tell the difference, and the quality of baked goods is quite high.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well now I definitely have to go to Through Being Cool!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Let me know once you've been. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the scones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Will do, for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just flipping through their Facebook photos. Can't believe this stuff is vegan. It looks incredible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I felt that way too when I looked @ the pictures, and even more so when I actually tried everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh I'm so glad you liked TBC, kwass! Haven't tried the butter tart, so I'll probably stick with the doughnuts and scones for now. I've also wanted to try their cookie sandwiches. Had a bite of a peppermint brownie the other day and it was also really good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You really can't tell the difference - they make a terrific product, and the vegan part is just a bonus (er, well if you're a vegan).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ms. cornbread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know!! You absolutely can't tell the difference, which really surprised me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They also had chocolate chip cookies that looked really good. And although I went with the intention of buying a cinnamon bun, unfortunately, they weren't ready yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              you should try Tori's bakeshop for vegan doughnuts too

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. If you guys are talking about the sufganiyot, you'd be remiss not to mention Amadeus in Thornhill, as it has always been the go-to place for everyone in the area to stock up. As far as fillings go, they've always had dark chocolate (best), dulce de leche, strawberry, and plain, but this year they've upped the ante with some premium (and higher $) versions: tiramisu, lemon curd, pistachio cream, baby m&m's (as topping), plus one more I'm forgetting now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The only thing though that tomorrow may be the last day for the special fillings, though they did say it's possible you might see some of them on the weekend (last day is Sunday).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow! Really good to know! I had no idea they made sufganiyot. Do they carry doughnuts all year long or just during Chanukkah?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Only during the season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ideally go during the day when they're putting out countless trays of them, as they're fresher and have all the varieties in stock. They don't close till 10pm though, so there's that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jesus these look fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love Amadeus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Will have to go in 2014. Writing a reminder right now....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You're funny magic! I'm writing the same reminder :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It was over yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Must say that hose pictures look unbelievable!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I missed that! Thanks Chester!!!! Do you remember how much they charge per doughnut?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Can call them first, but usually by 12:30 or 1pm is when they have the full complement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tried Amadeus sufganiyot, pistachio version. Unfortunately they didn't have the chocolate. It was good! Thanks for the tip!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Jelly Modern is not selling through Pusateri's in Yorkville in addition to the Avenue Rd. location as of today

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BTW, I had the mini doughnuts from Harvey's of all places the other day. They were okay for in a "crunch" and wanting a fix, 4 mini doughnuts for $1.69 I think??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Think you meant 'now' as opposed to 'not'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When did Harvey's start carrying mini doughnuts? Are they a little nicky's / tiny tom - type doughnut?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've had the doughnuts from Jelly Modern twice now and tried many of their flavours, and IMO the only thing going for them is their freshness and the variety of their flavours. As I've mentioned previously, they are unbearably sweet! That said, the chocolate glazed varieties aren't nearly as sweet as the non-chocolate varieties. So, if you're going to try them, you might want to go that route.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Von Doughnuts is opening tomorrow (December 24th).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Entry from their FB page :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They say not to rush perfection... so we didn't! The wait is finally over, VON Doughnuts will open its doors tomorrow morning... lets say around 8 - 8:30am, just in time for Christmas Eve! We have exactly what you need to bring to your holiday party, so come on in and grab a dozen or two of our always fresh gourmet doughnuts!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We will also have a freshly roasted premium coffee waiting for you... on us of course!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the 411 ylsf. Not going to rush to try this place though. Will wait to hear what others have to say about it :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My husband is in possession of a dozen, but I'm at work. He says they are good, but is not as choosy as I ;)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From the photo he sent they look better than what they had posted on fb... no inappropriate toppings, anyway. I'm guessing PB&J, lemon meringue, one with pistachios, pina colada with grilled or roasted pineapple, cinnamon sugar (this one looks to be cake), and some different chocolate varieties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You have a great husband if he actually saves you some :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Looking forward to your review.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Funnily enough I am not in the mood for donuts having all kinds of Christmas food in the house and people coming for good cheer tonight... but hey now, (stale) donut Xmas breakfast? Maybe!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've seen another pic now and one variety has bacon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                These are ok / fine. Not terrible and nothing special. Given our lack of fun and fresh options on the Danny, I will hope for improvements and success.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I totally upgrade my rating now that I've had them fresh and being in the mood :) Posted a review on their specific thread. For the general donut crowd, I'd say their unique feature is being less sweet than average, while still having lots of fun flavours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. kwass, what did you think of the new Gloryhole Doughnut sizing? I thought it made eating the doughnut much more enjoyable to be a "reasonable" size!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree with you. I thought the size was perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Btw, I'm going to VON Doughnuts on Sunday, so I'll report back Sunday night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Try to get there before noon. I walked over one weekend around 1:30 and there was almost nothing left. Same thing when I walked by today at 2:00 pm. The tinted windows can make it look like it is closed when they are actually still open, but with almost empty display cases.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm going to be there @ 10. I'm not taking any chances :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I often find these places will put one or two aside if you call ahead. Not always but it sometimes can give you a little more variety than whatever just happens to be left!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have to be in that area early anyway on Sunday. But, that's a good idea for anyone planning on going later in the day. I've spoken to them on Twitter, and they seem really accommodating, so I'm sure they would do that for anyone who asks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Unless you reserve a vegetarian doughnut and then don't come to pick it up :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I just posted on the VON doughnut thread, but I wanted to post here as well. I went this morning and I just wanted to say that these might be THE BEST doughnuts in the city. Flavours are fantastic. They're not overly sweet, and they aren't the least bit oily.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I tried the kebab, which is 5 doughnut holes dipped in cinnamon sugar, the baklava doughnut, the carrot doughnut, and the lemon doughnut. The only doughnut I didn't love was the lemon doughnut. That said, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I would go back to this place again and again. In addition to having awesome doughnuts, the owners are unbelievably nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. For a simple but nice donut, Loblaws does a nice job. I just went to the one on St Clair near Bathurst and the chocolate dip was good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I will try VON though based on Kwass's rec..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Please do. I think you'll love them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I tried them this weekend. I was meh on each of the kebabs with cinnamon sugar and glazed respectively. It is a bit of a blue what the names of the other ones were. They were fine I guess. Nondescript. Except for the crème brulée donut. That was fantastic. Wonderful burnt sugar topping and the custard was very similar to the type used in creme brulée.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  People there are very nice too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience there. I've been twice now and continue to be impressed with their doughnuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I might have enjoyed some of the flavours that were available on your trip more. I'd go back for creme brulee....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just had a lovely free sample donut at 7/11 on dundas. it was creamy and sweet - the perfect combination for a donut