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DONUT FRIEND

Donut Friend (York and Ave 51 in Highland Park) had a soft opening this week. After a (longish) wait, I'm happy to say my donut (The Spanish Bomb--Manchego and quince past in a traditional donut that is cut like a bagel and topped with a sugar glaze and toasted almonds) was totally worth it!! Everything is named after bands/songs (Chocolate from the Crypt, G.G. Almond, and so on) and has very interesting combos like goat cheese/strawberry jam/basil, cream cheese with a maple syrup, apple and cheddar, plus you can make your own (and there are a million toppings/spreads/nuts and spices to choose from!) Around $4-$4.50 per donut, but it was worth it. So good. It's going to be hard to resist going all the time. The donut itself was great, BTW...soft and chewy.

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  1. You meant to type $4.50 per dozen, right?

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    1. re: nosh

      Sorry, but that's just so 1980s.

      Even Winchell's these days doesn't have dozens for $4.50.

      1. re: nosh

        Uhhh...no. $4-$4.50 PER. Definitely not a regular donut stop, but more of a special occasion donut.

        1. re: schrutefarms

          I love nothing more than paying Beverly Hills prices in the 'hood.

          1. re: jgilbert1000

            I don't think you'll find the like of these http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/donut-... in Beverly Hills at any price. I don't know if they taste as good as they look. But they would be worth a taste test for sure.

            1. re: Servorg

              I'll hit that fucking overpriced bullshit up and report back.

      2. Thanks scrutey.

        1. chewy?

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          1. re: A5 KOBE

            Chewy! Is that not the right word? No, maybe chewy is the wrong word. Spongey? Delicately elastic?

          2. Had a traditional donut with fig jam, chocolate glaze, and hazelnuts. Quite pleased with it!

            1. omg, that goat cheese/strawberry jam/basil, cream cheese with a maple syrup, apple and cheddar combo sounds phenomenal.
              thank god it is nowhere near my house. if it were, i'd have to move or get bariatric surgery. . . .

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              1. re: westsidegal

                That strawberry/goat cheese is next on my list. I'll take one for the team and report back...

                1. re: schrutefarms

                  Har! Take a photo, too, if you can (I'd be interested in seeing what they look like!). Part of me thinks that some of these flavor combos would also make for good bagel toppings, but donuts and bagels can be rather similar....

                  1. re: ilysla

                    Except one is fried and sweet :)

                    1. re: kevin

                      You don't know how I prepare my bagels. ;) ::snort::

                      Fortunately, I don't have much of a taste for sweets, but I think my partner would go nuts over this place.

              2. I really wanted to like Donut Friend! And I hate to hit a place while they're soft ... but I have to be honest. I was so excited about the concept, but the execution is poor. Once we tasted, it was clear what the problem is: The donuts themselves are not amazing. They're not even meh. When I thought about a custom, made-to-order donut, my taste buds naturally went to the donut itself being made fresh. But they're not. They're on trays, waiting for these millions of craaaazy toppings. And then a "glaze" is weirdly drizzled on (drizzled randomly does not actually glaze a donut) and there are no glazes that really make sense with some of the savory ingredients. And the ingredients were not super yum. The folks there seem really nice. I hope they do well. I have no idea how they could totally re-do their idea, but they should. Maybe way fewer ingredients and some way to make the donuts fresh? Maybe a pastry bag and pipe the custom mixture (and far less of it; and everything chopped finely) inside the donut (instead of an awkward sticky sandwich)? Donut Man in Glendora only does the strawberry and the peach, but quality-wise, it just tastes much better. Endless variety on something not delicious doesn't up its deliciousness. Good luck, Donut Friend ... I hope you can find your way!

                1. Got my second donut there this morning! Pics attached.

                   
                   
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                  1. re: yd914

                    What kinds???

                    1. re: schrutefarms

                      The chocolate one is a traditional donut with fig, chocolate glaze, and hazelnuts on top. Second is traditional with coconut cream, vanilla glaze, and mint. Also had a bite of a friend chocolate donut with chocolate and chocolate and it was delicious. They ate VERY filling.

                  2. Thought the quality of the cake donut was really good.

                    1. Swung by here this weekend. Nice space and staff, and I like the concept, but ...

                      The two we tried (Blink 182 and Apple/Cheddar) simply were not good.

                      Donut itself (yeast, in both cases) was chewy, and despite the signage the toppings did not at all seem "premium".

                      In short, not worth a drive.

                      1. Donut Friend Photos:

                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
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                        1. re: wienermobile

                          Did you try al of these or just posting the pictures ?

                          1. re: kevin

                            I think eating all these would kill me instantly.

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              I mean, not at the same time, of course.