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Best doughnuts in the East Bay?

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

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

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

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

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

          Johnny's are great too.

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          1. re: j mather

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: sundeck sue

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

            2. 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.