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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.