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Sep 21, 2013 04:21 PM


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 $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 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.

          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.