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Best doughnuts in the East Bay?

SuzyOmnivore Feb 19, 2013 04:22 PM

I'm a great fan of the chewy, yeasty raised doughnut and can't seem to find a place in the East Bay that's any good. There are a couple of OK cake doughnut places but every raised doughnut I've tried around here is dry and flat. Any and all suggestions much appreciated! Thank you.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: SuzyOmnivore Feb 19, 2013 04:32 PM

    They're not that kind, but Doughnut Dolly's are great.

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      rubadubgdub RE: SuzyOmnivore Feb 19, 2013 05:44 PM

      Johnny's in Lafayette offers destination worthy donuts, but the biz hours and selection can be challenging.

      1. wolfe RE: SuzyOmnivore Feb 19, 2013 07:23 PM

        Boniere Bakery if malasadas qualify. Call for schedule.
        3249 Grand Ave
        Oakland, CA 94610

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          j mather RE: SuzyOmnivore Feb 19, 2013 08:15 PM

          Donut Savant: https://www.facebook.com/donutsavant

          Discussed here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/850463

          Johnny's are great too.

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            oniontears RE: j mather Feb 21, 2013 05:02 PM

            I stopped by Donut Savant today after a long time and tried their raised glazed donut (with the hole nestled on top). I loved the chew and spring on the raised donut. The glaze was a little too thick and sweet (it only covers the top). I always feel bad just getting one small thing there, especially because it's the kind of business I want to see succeed on that lonely stretch of Broadway.

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            sundeck sue RE: SuzyOmnivore Feb 19, 2013 09:20 PM

            I've eyed the doughnuts in the case @ Cole Coffee on College Ave.--but to date, have managed willpower and never had one. I think they're maybe also not the kind you're talking about, but they look good--remind me of Dynamo Doughnuts (in Dogpatch), though I don't think that's their provenance.

            No willpower in the face of Doughnut Dolly--fabulous (but not raised).

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              rubadubgdub RE: sundeck sue Feb 19, 2013 11:21 PM

              Cole = vegan donuts. They're surprisingly good if fresh, but taste like stale oil if not.

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              SuzyOmnivore RE: SuzyOmnivore Feb 21, 2013 10:29 AM

              Thank you for the suggestion to go to Johnny's Donuts. I stopped by around 11 AM yesterday and their display cases were almost empty but what remained was exactly what I was looking for. Chewy, yeasty, slightly salty dough with a fresh, not too sweet glaze. Absolutely the best doughnut I've had since moving here. I'm going to try going a bit earlier over the weekend and trying some of their other types.

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