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Best Doughnuts/Donuts in Toronto: 2014

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The 2013 thread is getting quite big so maybe time for a new thread?

I added the Donuts spelling variation cuz why not!

Ok, I had an incredible raised chocolate dip donut at Calabria Bakery (Midland Ave. location) yesterday. I prefer cake to raised so if I'm saying this was incredible it was.

Old school, mega flavour. No fancy tricks. Just a delicious goddamn donut. I had mine well after it was made, at 10pm or so, and it was still killer.

Calabria Bakery is a very special place. I'd highly recommend you go on a Thursday or Friday before 5pm, as they make delicious old school pizza on those 2 days only (in the most beautifully impressive brick pizza oven I've seen in Toronto).

Not sure if donuts are an everyday thing there, they kind of bake what they like when they like, but if you can make it to Scarborough maybe call ahead and ask. If they're not an everyday thing I bet they'd make a batch if pre-requested, they are super nice. Enjoy the pic.

 
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  1. I got some for a meeting at "modern" on College yesterday. I tried 3 varieties and they all sucked and were quite expensive.

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    1. re: frogsteak

      I take it you mean Jelly Modern.

      1. re: magic

        yes

        it wasn't even worth learning its real name

        1. re: frogsteak

          I agree frogsteak. I can't understand why people rave about them. They are some of the worst doughnuts I've had!

          1. re: kwass

            I think Jelly Modern might be hit or miss, or perhaps a little inconsistent. They were a miss for me when I was in Calgary before they opened their TO location, but I know a few TO Chowhounds who really enjoy them.

            1. re: prima

              I wish that were the case prima. I've had them 3 or 4 times, and they've been a miss every time. They get points for freshness. They're unbelievably fresh, but that's the only good thing I can say about them.

              They're waaaaay too sweet, and they use waaaaay too much frosting. I think their motto is more is always better.

              I wanted so much to like them, but they just aren't good!

              They need to take a page out of VON doughnut's book and pull back a little.

              1. re: kwass

                At least yours were fresh! My complaint about the Jelly Modern doughnuts I tried in Calgary was that they were a little stale.

                1. re: prima

                  Probably because they are not selling fast enough. There are no stale donuts (or doughnuts for that matter) at VON

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    To be fair, donuts do dry out faster in Calgary, due to the climate, and I visited mid-afternoon. That being said, my old school donuts from the Donut Mill in Red Deer are always fresh.

                  2. re: prima

                    In their favour, I've only had fresh doughnuts from JMD.

                  3. re: kwass

                    I agree some of them are yucky in terms of over-icing (and I love icing..). But the creme brulee was gooood.

                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                      I didn't realize JMD had a creme brulee doughnut. I don't remember seeing that there.

                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                        Have you tried Von's creme brûlée version?

                        1. re: Full tummy

                          No. Because I've only been there on Sundays, and they're not available on Sundays. I'm thinking of making a special order, which I know they'll do, depending on the amount ordered.

                          P.S. Oops, I thought you were asking me. Sorry FT!

                          1. re: kwass

                            We're going tomorrow. The creme brûlée is on the list. I really wanted To try the carrot cake, but it's not available on Saturdays.

                            Edit:going to Von's

                            1. re: kwass

                              Hehehe! No problem. I also really liked the peanut butter and jelly doughnut, and another that was caramelly, but I don't know which one. Also enjoyed the dill though I felt it was too sweet to be really enjoyed as a savoury option. Thought the banana cake doughnut, Porky Monkey, needed more banana oomph. Looking forward to trying more of their flavours!

                              1. re: Full tummy

                                Loved Von's peanut butter jelly time doughnut! It was fresh and not too sweet.

                                Can't wait to go back to try other flavours, especially the creme brulee.

                            2. re: Full tummy

                              I've tried both. Von's has way more of filling and burnt sugar but JMD's was good too. Less of both but still nice.

                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                Is JMD's yeast raised? I am not a fan of cake doughnuts.

                                Thanks for the info.

                                  1. re: mrsleny

                                    As kwass said, they have both. Most are yeast raised though. (The creme brulee was yeast-raised.)

                                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                      Thanks kwass and ediblethoughts! Can't wait to try.

                                      1. re: mrsleny

                                        Actually, mrsleny, I'm not a fan of JMD, but who knows, you might like them.

                                        Whatever the case, please report back :)

                                        1. re: kwass

                                          I'd like to hear more details about why are not a fan. I can't afford to waste calories on a mediocre doughnut :)

                                          1. re: mrsleny

                                            JMD are ridiculously sweet, and they use way too much icing. I don't like them @ all. Not worth the money and definitely not worth the calories!

                                            1. re: kwass

                                              Thanks kwass! Think I will stick to Von Doughnuts then.

                                                1. re: kwass

                                                  If I was in the neighbourhood and they were both options, I'd pick VD also. But when I'm west around 400s of Queen, they are the main choice. (Except for the Danforth choices for Greek, not alot of reason to go East!)

                                            2. re: mrsleny

                                              I agree that some have waaay too much icing--as in cupcake level. They look like cupcakes. But there are exceptions like the creme brulee and salted caramel was almost as good.

                                              The rest... well, probably prettier to look than pleasant to eat.

                    2. re: frogsteak

                      I had the creme brulee last night and I thought it was very good.

                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                        That was from VON doughnuts, right ET? Does JMD make a crime brûlée?

                    3. Stopped in at the start of this week at Furama on Spadina for some sweets. Tried their coconut twist. Just like a regular sugar twist donut but twice the size and had coconut sugar on top. Delicious! Had to stop by again on Friday and purchased some more. At only 90cents you cant go wrong.

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                      1. re: juliewong

                        Sounds amazing. Will have to try that.

                        Also a Furama location in the PATH, at First Canadian Place.

                        1. re: magic

                          I've tried the PATH Furama sugar donut and it was just too greasy, in an almost beefy way. I don't know if it picked up flavour from something else in the fryer or it was my imagination, but I didn't enjoy it.

                      2. Paula's in Buffalo . Obviously not in Toronto but enough of us know about them so they're worth mentioning. True, old school doughnuts like we used to get as a kid. Its worth the drive. Anybody think we could organize a delivery service from them? With enough orders, you never know.

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                        1. re: barneyvernon

                          Road trip!

                          Enjoy the Paula's pics.

                           
                           
                           
                          1. re: magic

                            Hey those coconut-crème filled bismarks available at grocery stores (have seen them at Sobey's and Loblaw's) for 99 cents are plastic wrapped and do doubt highly processed but pretty darned tasty for the money imho.

                            1. re: magic

                              Thank you, majic!. I have GOT to shuffle......

                              1. re: magic

                                Is that a filled cake doughnut or cruller i the first pic? I don't think I've ever had either of those filled in my doughnut eating past.

                                1. re: Yongeman

                                  Raspberry jelly filled cake stick. To die for.

                                  Filled cake raspberries are unheard of here but seem are not too uncommon in the States. Americans know how to make a donut. We used to know how.

                                  1. re: magic

                                    Mmmm. Gotta get to Paula's soon.

                                    1. re: magic

                                      Want.
                                      *I think some Canadians outside the GTA (in Red Deer, not sure where else) still have the donut know-how.
                                      Next time I go to NOTL, I'm going to stop in Hamilton to try Grandad's:
                                      http://www.thespec.com/living-story/2...

                                      http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilto...

                                      1. re: prima

                                        Thanks for these links, prima. I'm going to read.

                                        True, I can really only attest to Toronto's donut know-how, which I remember as being fantastic growing up. But now, I find donuts either awful or too fancy. Tasty sometimes yes, but not like it used to be :( Maybe I should start researching good Canadian donut joints.

                                        Now I feel I have to go to the States to get my donut fix. So I just do that. :)

                                        1. re: magic

                                          Magic, you should try VON Doughnuts. Although their doughnut descriptions sound fancy, they're actually quite simple doughnuts (I think I may have said that previously. If I did, I apologize). And I think that you'd really like their cake doughnuts! The carrot ones rock!!

                                          1. re: kwass

                                            Oh I will for sure try. Prolly within a month :)

                                            I'm looking forward to it. Everyone has good things to say so I'm not worried.

                                            1. re: magic

                                              Awesome!! Can't wait to hear your thoughts!!

                                2. re: barneyvernon

                                  Hi barneyvernon ~ on my list for the next road trip! Do they taste ok the next day, or best on day of?

                                  1. re: red dragon

                                    That's another great thing about Paula's.

                                    They taste GREAT the next day.

                                    Especially the cakes ones.

                                3. BlogTo just did a feature on best doughnuts. It's a pretty accurate list, with the exception of JMD, which in my opinion are just horrible!!

                                  Here's the link:

                                  http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_bes...

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                                  1. re: kwass

                                    Who here agrees with BlogTo and would place GHD in the #1 spot?

                                      1. re: foodyDudey

                                        I didn't think GHD were all that. I still have to try VON.

                                        1. re: prima

                                          Please do prima. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Even though the descriptions are deceiving, they are actually quite restrained...and utterly delicious!

                                          P.S. When I say that the descriptions are deceiving, what I mean is that they make the doughnuts sound quite over-the-top, when in fact, they're not. They're really a great-quaility, great-tasting doughnut.

                                        2. re: foodyDudey

                                          I would definitely not place GHD in the #1 spot. I would reserve that for VON doughnuts. I wasn't agreeing with the order, I was agreeing with the list.

                                          1. re: kwass

                                            I understand, but I asked the question as I can't imagine that GHD is truly #1. Perhaps a case of "money talks"

                                            1. re: foodyDudey

                                              I think @ this point it's name recognition. When people think of gourmet doughnuts, they think GHD.

                                              1. re: kwass

                                                That brings up the question - when eating a GH doughnut, which side of the hole should I eat, the back or front? Obviously only one side is the glory hole.

                                                1. re: foodyDudey

                                                  I think I should keep quiet on this ;)

                                                    1. re: prima

                                                      I know what they sell, and I know what the tern refers to, I just had to ask that silly question to add a bit of my style of humor to the conversation. :-)

                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                    I think of Doughnut Plant when I think of Gourmet doughnuts! :-)

                                                    1. re: prima

                                                      I am dying to try doughnut plant. I'm constantly harassing them on Instagram to open a shop in Toronto.

                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                          Behold :)

                                                          Doughnut Plant - Blackout, creme brulee, and others....

                                                           
                                                          1. re: magic

                                                            magic, you're killing me!!!

                                                            You have to follow them on instagram. Their daily pics make me very happy...but also a bit sad, since they're all the way in NY ;)

                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                              Doughnut Plant was YEARS in waiting for me. Imagine what I went through! NYC is no short order for me, it's a big deal for me to get there. It was a tough wait. You'll get there too.

                                                              Paula's is more doable and frankly, better.

                                                              Doughnut Plant is great don't get me wrong and I look fwd to getting back for sure, but Paula's is real special. And easier!

                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                I rarely, if ever go to Buffalo, but I do have family who goes occasionally. I might just have to ask for a favour :)

                                                                As for NY, I haven't been in years. I have friends who go, but getting them to bring me back doughnuts is never easy. Trust me...I've tried :(

                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                  Lots of incredible food in Buffalo.

                                                                  But yeah, it's not easy, of course.

                                                                  My last Paula's run was just a day trip. There and back. Doesn't even have to be a whole thing.

                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                    True!! Maybe it's time to dust off the passport :)

                                            2. Those doughnuts look awesome magic!! Unfortunately, I'm never out that way :(

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                                              1. re: kwass

                                                Sucky. Well, who knows, maybe one day, right.

                                                I think you'd like.

                                                1. re: magic

                                                  I'm going to do my best to get out there magic because those doughnuts do look ridiculously good!!

                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                    kwass, they are stupid.

                                                    Please get there. You'll see what I mean. In fact, I kind of want to be there when you see for yourself.

                                                    1. re: magic

                                                      You're too funny magic!! Ok. I'm definitely going!! I have a few places to get to 1st, but I promise, that I'm going to go sometime within the next month.

                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                        Within a month! Wow, that would be great.

                                                        If you do go check out the Main St. location. Both locations are great but I just like the neighbourhood feel of the Main St. location. Tons of tables and counter seats to enjoy a gorgeous donut and coffee (or millk!) and watch the locals.

                                                        Get the carrot cake too to bring home (even great several days later). Best I've ever had.

                                                        1. re: magic

                                                          Ok. Will take your advice on both counts...carrot cake and Main St location :)

                                                            1. re: magic

                                                              I'm sure I will! I trust your recs!!

                                              2. Was in Saskatoon in August on business and heard they were offering the holy grail of donuts at the Saskatoon Ex....that would be Spudnuts kids. They were perfect and I took two dozen back that night on the plane. They sold 10,000 every day! I used to bitch about the lack of Q in Toronto and one day someone will open a Spudnut shop here and make a mint.

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                                                1. re: TorontoTuna

                                                  Sud Forno makes potato doughnuts. Would that qualify as a spudnut?

                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                    Thanks Kwass. Went there yesterday just as they came out of the oven. Beautiful yeast spudnut with a fine dusting of sugar. Not too sweet with a soft, yet solid interior. I suggested a dark chocolate icing and the baker said on the weekend. A few of these and some Mexican hot chocolate from Soma and I was in hog heaven. Thanks again.

                                                    1. re: TorontoTuna

                                                      My pleasure! I'm so glad they ended up being what you were looking for :)

                                                2. So, Mr. Vuitton and I went to Von's this morning. Hand to heart, I will never eat another krappy doughnut (I'm looking at you Tim Hortons) again. I knew Tim's weren't good, but the sour cream glaze are oooooookaaaaaaaaay. Nope, they are not. (No, I am not trying to compare TH to Von's - there is nothing to compare).

                                                  Von's are the doughnut of childhood. Soft, fresh, pillowy doughnut. A delicious yeast array with good chew and not at all sickeningly sweet. And, and, and!!! No filmy, greasy, icky aftertaste/feel in the mouth afterwards that so many doughnuts now seem to have. The Von's tasted of no oil whatsoever. They were beautiful and fresh. We shared 4 doughnuts, and there was no "ugh" feeling in my stomach, like after other doughnuts (yes, Tims, I'm looking at you, again) >:-(

                                                  So we had caramel salt n pepper, creme brûlée, greek town, and one night stand. No carrot cake today. :(.

                                                  They were all lovely raised doughnuts. My favourite was the greek town. Nice sprinkling of pistachios, and the glaze was soft, fresh and appropriately sweet; there was no filmy, overly sweet taste. Definitely would get again.

                                                  Mr. Vuitton's favourite (my second favourite) was the one night stand. The fresh lime zest is absolutely amazing on this doughnut. I couldn't taste the flaked salt (fine by me), and again, the right amount of glaze topping, not sweet. Yay! Would definitely get again.

                                                  Next was the caramel salt and pepper. The caramel glaze has excellent buttery flavour, a little salted, just enough glaze/not over dipped. Very flavourful; the pepper was present and really added to the flavour. The only thing I didn't really like was the chocolate drizzle. I was a hard "shell" type drizzle rather than a soft drizzle, but that is personal preference. The chocolate on the doughnut was just right, but I would have preferred a soft chocolate drizzle. Could take it or leave it a second time.

                                                  Least favourite for both of us was the creme brûlée. So, full disclosure, I am not a huge cream pastry/dessert fan. But, both Mr. Vuitton and I found the cream filling a little too thin for our liking and too sweet for us. Also, we found the caramelized sugar over torched - tasted a little burnt to both of us. I was disappointed - this was the one I was wanting to try most; and maybe my expectation was a factor. Would not get again.

                                                  We wanted to try the pucker up sucker, but thought that 4 doughnuts was more than enough.

                                                  Anyway, future visits are in order. :). Also, the gentleman at the counter was very nice. I realized after we left I didn't leave my change in the tip cup. Will remedy next time. :).

                                                  So, 4 doughnuts and two large coffees for $18.50.

                                                  Now, it is time to hit the treadmill. :). We agreed next time we would go would be spring, so that we could then walk off the delicious calories.

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                                                  1. re: CocoaChanel

                                                    I can't tell you how glad I am that you had such a great experience CC. I wasn't lying when I said they make the best doughnuts in the city ;)

                                                    Sorry to hear about the Creme brule.

                                                    And you didn't miss out by not getting the lemon doughnut. That was my least favourite doughnut there.

                                                    Have fun on the treadmill :)

                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                      OK......Doughnut Diva . And Cookie Queen coming up kwass

                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                        Thank you for the recommendation, KWass. :). We really enjoyed it.

                                                        Next time on a Sunday for a greek town and carrot cake.

                                                        1. re: CocoaChanel

                                                          Again, I'm so glad! And make sure you report back once you've tried the carrot.

                                                          BTW...I'm with you on the Greek town. It rocks!!

                                                        2. re: kwass

                                                          Let me know when you grab doughnut diva and I will upload cookie queen. Do it the same way you did Butter Tart Tart...then you can switch between them.

                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                            I love that justsayn! I'm ready whenever you are :) I forget how we did butter tart tart though.

                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                              copy and paste my icon and save it to your computer.

                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                right click and choose save picture as.

                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                  Ok. Thanks justsayn! I'm not @ home right now, so I'll do it when I get home :)

                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                    cool. then I will upload Cookie Queen so you can go with your mood between the three. : P

                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                      You're the best!! Thanks justsayn!

                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                        Don't look at me! You earned the titles! ; )

                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                          I feel like KWass just won a contest. ;)

                                                                    2. re: kwass

                                                                      I did it!! Thanks justsayn!!

                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                        Alright!! Grab the cookie avatar too if ya like.

                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                          Oooh...I do like!! Thanks justsayn!!

                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                            Great! Did you have a chance to grab the cookie avatar? If not I can put it back up.

                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                              I did. Thanks so much justsayn! I'll keep this one for a while and then switch it up :)

                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                  You two need to get a room (i.e. follow each other on twitter )... :)

                                                                2. re: CocoaChanel

                                                                  hey guys,

                                                                  as per your suggestions, i went back to montreal on thursday. on the way i stopped at timmies. my lady had a honey cruller that was sopping wet as if someone poured a glass of water on it. i had a chicken wrap which had at least 10 tblspoons of bbq sauce on it. it was absolutely sickening.

                                                                  fortunately i've already had some good and well priced beer, 49th parallel coffee, proper smoked meat and bagels. I also had donuts last night from leche desserts which are the best in the world.

                                                                  see you tomorrow toronto, i kind of miss you.

                                                                3. Went to Emma's Country Kitchen today and had their lemon cream doughnut, which is brand new to the menu. It had powdered sugar on top and was filled with this absolutely delightful (I don't know how else to describe it) creamy lemon filling. It wasn't tart, as the cream brought a lightness to it and balanced it out. I can't say enough about this doughnut!!

                                                                  And if it wasn't good enough on it's own, they asked me if I wanted whipped cream on top. Well...how could I say no to that?!

                                                                  1. Just read on twitter that VON has a new french toast kabob. I'm hoping they have it Wednesday, I have coffee and doughnut date there with a couple of friends.

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                                                                    1. re: cheesymama

                                                                      You definitely have to tell us about that if it's there when you go. That just might require a special visit :)

                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                        I was in luck, they had the french toast kabobs today!
                                                                        So good! I would have liked to taste the regular glazed next to the ft to make a true comparison, however I would say it had a richer, more caramel/maple flavour. A full sized doughnut glazed with this and topped with bacon would be amazing.
                                                                        We also shared a one night stand and a caramel salt & pepper. Great, as always.

                                                                        1. re: cheesymama

                                                                          Thanks CM! I can't wait to go and try it now!! So many doughnuts...so little time :)

                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                          YUM!!!!

                                                                          VON could expand and be our doughnut plant! They have the skills!

                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                            They certainly do! That would be awesome!!

                                                                        2. Got the chocolate dip from Calabria Bakery's Markham location and it is excellent. Agree that it's no frills, but just well-executed. The light, soft, tender base itself was fantastic -- better than GHD and JMD. The frosting/glaze wasn't as tasty as the one on the chocolate dip from JMD (too sweet but very chocolatey), but still serviceable and not too sweet.

                                                                          The price also doesn't hurt -- only $1! magic, thanks for the rec; I will probably go back and try some of their other flavours. They said they had a vanilla doughnut with chocolate-banana frosting on Monday when I called.

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                                                                          1. re: lsk

                                                                            Right on, so glad you enjoyed lsk :)

                                                                            I cannot vouch for the location you went to as I've never been. I've only been to Calabria's Midland (Scarborough) location. And the chocolate dip I had was genius.

                                                                            Happy to hear Markham location is good too.

                                                                            Check out the Midland location if you can. On Thursdays/Fridays they fire up their stunning pizza oven and make fantastic old school pizza.

                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                              Magic, any idea if they make the pizza on the weekend as well, or is it only Thursday and Friday?

                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                I believe it's only Thursday and Friday. :(

                                                                                But you can always call and ask (416-755-1175). They're very nice.

                                                                                The Markham location might make their pizza daily - I've never been. But I highly suggest getting to the Midland location on pizza days. The whole place smells like smoke - in the best way possible.

                                                                                I know it's inconvenient. I hardly ever get there myself as I'm almost never available Thurs/Fri.

                                                                                But there's always the Markham location....

                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                  Thanks for the # magic. I'll definitely give them a call. Chances are, I'm going to go on a Sunday, so I'll give them a call tomorrow and see what their pizza schedule is :)

                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                    Good luck! Donuts & pizza. Not too many places ofer both. :)

                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                      I know! San Remo's does, but if I can find another place to add to the list, I'll be very happy :)

                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                        Ok, well keep in touch about this. If I can help let me know.

                                                                                        1. re: magic

                                                                                          You're too sweet magic!! Will do :)

                                                                                  2. re: magic

                                                                                    Markham location does do pizza everyday but doesn't have a wood-fired oven.

                                                                                    1. re: lsk

                                                                                      Which is as I thought. Thanks lsk.

                                                                                2. re: magic

                                                                                  Apparently the Markham location gets its bread from the Scarborough location, so it was possible the doughnut I had was from the Midland location.

                                                                                  1. re: lsk

                                                                                    Interesting!! I'm going to call this afternoon and do some investigating :) I'll report back.

                                                                                    1. re: lsk

                                                                                      Ok. Here's the scoop. The Midland location does provide the Markham location with their doughnuts. There is no pizza on the weekends @ the Midland location. On the weekends, doughnuts are ready anywhere between 8:30 and 9:30. And, the Markham location is closed on Sundays.

                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                        And no pizza Mon-Wed at Midland as well?

                                                                                        1. re: magic

                                                                                          That's right. Thursdays and Fridays only.

                                                                                3. EDIT - Removed details so not to make people's mouth water!

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                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                    To me this looks like it's in London, UK…?

                                                                                    1. re: Klafouti

                                                                                      Oh Crap.. False alarm!

                                                                                      Ha, Someone who I follow re-tweeted it.. Darn, they look so good! I thought it was the St. Johns in Toronto without checking!

                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                        If it's any consolation, GHD is doing rhubarb-raspberry filled doughnuts today.

                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                          And look what VON Doughnuts is doing for Valentine's day:

                                                                                          http://instagram.com/p/kZn1uLKk5r/

                                                                                      2. Happy St Fabulous Day!
                                                                                        Von Doughnuts has some special Valentine's doughnuts today! The blueberry marshmallow, the chocolate chip cookie and the lemon one were amazing. Haven't tried the other 3. Best doughnuts I've had in 2014. Best Canadian doughnuts I've had in years.

                                                                                         
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                                                                                        1. I went to a friends place this morning for brunch and she had several items that were freshly made and bought from the Dimpflmeier bakery in Etobicoke. I've never had a fresh Berliner before and wow, it was great! Light, fluffy, and with a good yeasty flavour. It was filled with a raspberry filling that was a nice balance between tart and sweet. The berry flavour really stood out nicely. The sugary coating wasn't too heavy. It's not fancy like the most recent generations of doughnuts but this was thoroughly delicious. My friend was saying they have other variations so I'm tempted to go in at 7 am to grab the fresh batch

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                                                                                          1. re: Nevy

                                                                                            They have fresh Berliners at Vienna Fine Foods on Birchmount. Not sure if it's every day, but they are very yummy.

                                                                                          2. Look what's available at VON doughnuts today. Boy do I wish I was in the area today!!

                                                                                            http://instagram.com/p/ke19ArKk5q/

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                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                I should not have looked at the picture. Now I want to walk over and pick one up! I just drove past 5 minutes ago.

                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                    They are saving me one, I am on my way over

                                                                                                    1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                      Very, very impressed! With you, VON is a given.

                                                                                                      1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                        Awesome!! Can't wait to hear how it was :)

                                                                                                        P.S. It should be noted that VON has great customer service!! They'll bend over backwards whenever they can to meet a request.

                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                          I went over to buy one of those chocolate dipped doughnuts with the heart and cookie, and then I saw a curry coconut one which jumped into the bag with my order! I am just finishing half of that now, and will eat half of the chocolate one later today. (The other halves are for Mrs fD). So far, so good.

                                                                                                           
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                              It was pretty good. I got the last one. There were still people coming in after me. I arrived there at 4:50 and I bet everything was sold before the 5:00 pm closing. ( I was hoping for a half-price sale in the last 10 minutes :-)

                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                    Vietnamese coffee cake - HOLY CRAP!!!!

                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                      You must have shares in this place:}:}

                                                                                                      My son brought three beauties for me last weekend, I must admit they really are terrific.

                                                                                                      1. re: Helen

                                                                                                        Funny that you say that. I was thinking that they should put me on their payroll for all the PR that I do for them :)

                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                          Or at least name a donut in your honour.

                                                                                                          Maybe a Chowhound donut... yeast donut, dark chocolate mousseline filling, peanut butter glaze and a sprinkling of amaretti meringue on top.

                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                              Dang, I just made myself hungry. It's my perfect donut... light but not too sweet, custardy with crunch, and with that nutty note to give a nice salty spin to it.

                                                                                                              Heck, I'd just settle for a stale greektown kabob and still consider myself lucky. It's too bad Von is so far away from me :(

                                                                                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                Unfortunately, it's a trek for me as well :(

                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                  I will admit, I like how Von tempered their donut flavours to be less 'wild'. The blueberry glaze with candied ginger and white chocolate was calling my name.

                                                                                                                  I think I need to head to San Remo this weekend for an Apple Fritter!

                                                                                                                  1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                    Everything about VON doughnuts is tempered. I think that's what makes their doughnuts so wonderful!

                                                                                                                    As for San Remo, it's been waaaaay too long since I've been there. I'm a little bit jealous Nevy :)

                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                      It's been too long since I've been to San Remo as well. I think it was nearly last Spring that I went. It's overdue as I missed out on their gelato season last year. I wonder if they have French Cruller as well... I dont remember seeing it. It's not very popular but I had a mind blowing variation while in Florence and I'm hoping to find something similar.

                                                                                                                      I know this isn't a donut but if you like the apple fritters from San Remo, you should try this apple treat from the Danish Pastry House in Oakville.

                                                                                                                      http://danishpastryhouse.ca/Aeblestan...

                                                                                                                      1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                        Why are these amazing pastries^^^ so far away from me? :(

                                                                                                                        1. re: petek

                                                                                                                          It's a good thing they're a moderate drive for me or I'd gain like a ridiculous large amount of weight.

                                                                                                                          Not to derail the doughnut thread but these butter squares are AMAZING. They're filled with an almond paste!
                                                                                                                          http://danishpastryhouse.ca/firkanter...

                                                                                                                          Same goes for the custard pastries
                                                                                                                          http://danishpastryhouse.ca/HighSnail...

                                                                                                                          1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                            Those look pretty good too!! I never get out to Oakville, but I might just have to make a trip :)

                                                                                                                            1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                              Everything there looks damn tasty!

                                                                                                                              1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                I agree!! Did you see the cinnamon snails?

                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                  The Snail must be so buttery good!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                    I saw everything and I can't make it go away!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                      Don't you just hate when that happens?

                                                                                                                                      :)

                                                                                                                            2. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                              Wow Nevy!! That place looks awesome...especially the apple stick!!! The butter squares look amazing too!!

                                                                                                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                I'm not sure if they have cruller's Nevy, but if they do, please let us know :)

                                                                                                                                1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                  I just noticed this place for the first time tonight as I was in the plaza where Longo's is. It was closed tonight but I came here to find reviews and can't believe I missed mention of it in this thread!

                                                                                                                                  Anyone gotten out there to try anything? I will hit it up over the next few days. It was dark out front but there was a picture of something that looked doughnut like on the poster, I didn't find it on the website though. I will try to take a closer look in person.

                                                                                                                                2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                  Combine a trip to San Remo with one to the Cheese Boutique! Have you been there? And if you want apple fritters at San Remo, try to get there before 10 am or they could be sold out. I am lucky that I have super self control, I can walk by VON and not buy anything. I will be passing by soon on my way to Mr Greek Meat Market. Heck it's my BD today so maybe I'll see if they have something interesting. I was planning to go out for dinner but Mrs fD still has a bad cold, so looks like I am cooking at home tonight. :-(

                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                    Happy Birthday FD!!!! I hope you're having an awesome day!! And don't cook on your birthday!! At the very least, get take-out!

                                                                                                                                    I was thinking about combining the danish pastry house with San Remo. I haven't been to the cheese boutique, because (I know this is sacrilege) but I'm not a big cheese-lover. There I said it ;)

                                                                                                                                    As for getting to San Remo before 10, I always do :)

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                      < I haven't been to the cheese boutique, because (I know this is sacrilege) but I'm not a big cheese-lover. There I said it ;)>

                                                                                                                                      the CB has a lot more going on than just great cheese..it's worth a visit.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                        I didn't realize that. Thanks petek. Then maybe I will make a day of it and add the CB to my adventure.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                          kwass..try going on a weekday if possible, weekend get real busy.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                            Thanks petek. Weekdays are hard for me. But I'm always up and out super early on the weekend, so I'm sure I'll get there before there are any crowds :)

                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                              I think they sometimes even have donuts so...win win!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                ooh...now you're talking my language petek :)

                                                                                                                                      2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                        There is a lot more than cheese at the CB! Have you checked their website? It can be the meat boutique, pasta boutique or pastry boutique all rolled into one place!

                                                                                                                                        I just can't figure out why more people from CH have not visited at least once!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                          I just took a virtual tour on their website. It looks like a pretty interesting place.

                                                                                                                                          As for why more people from CH haven't visited, my guess would be location.

                                                                                                                                      3. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                        Heck it's YOUR BD today so GO see if they have something interesting.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                          I went, I looked and I left! They only had about 5 or 6 donuts left when I got there around 4 pm, and none were calling my name. I happened to notice that KITCHEN ROOTS which is almost directly across from VON's has a closing sale with 30% off everything including a good selection of Le Creuset, Henkels, and Staub, in case anyone is looking for any of those products. Then I went to Simone's and picked up some fish and pumpkin soup and a shrimp roti. Both of those were just perfect. If you like shrimp roti and are in the area, give it a try.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                            As long as you had some good food on your birthday :)

                                                                                                                        2. re: Helen

                                                                                                                          Well the truth is that donut place after donut place, VON Is the first to do it so perfectly....aside from their distant location that is : )

                                                                                                                          So when the other donut makers shake their head wondering why we are such a tough group, realize that VON has finally proven the itch can be scratched!

                                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                            I agree wholeheartedly justsayn!!

                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                              What distant location? I think you live in a distant location ! :-)

                                                                                                                              1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                A lot of us don't get out to the east end much.

                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                  I am at the west end of the east end!

                                                                                                                                  I am curious, roughly which area are you in? If not around here, you must be closer to the CB. I can drive there in 15 mins.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                    I spend most of my time in the west end...Queen West, Ossington, Saint Clair West, etc.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                      more like....."I spend most of my time in the west end...Queen West, Ossington, Saint Clair West, etc. AND AT VONs"

                                                                                                                                      : P

                                                                                                                                    2. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                      Bigger problem with CB is limited transit access based on posts I've read in the past.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                        Ok. I'm completely drawing a blank. What is CB?

                                                                                                                                        Cancel that...Cheese Boutique

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                          CB= Cheese Boutique
                                                                                                                                          And if you drive, assuming you live and play in west TO, you're about as close to CB as you are to VON's

                                                                                                                                          1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                            I know. It took me a few minutes, but I figured it out :)

                                                                                                                                            And yes, I guess you're right. I just don't venture out of the area much.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                              I just don't venture out of the area much.
                                                                                                                                              You should, life's too short....

                                                                                                                              2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                Finally more chocolate! Is their chocolate awesome?

                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                  Yes!!!!! Had the "wake me up" this weekend - chocolate cake doughnut with mocha ganache and hazelnuts. Incredible!!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                    Haven't tried any of their chocolate doughnuts yet. But, they certainly look awesome!!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                    Are we allowed to say Holy Fuck on here?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                        LOL

                                                                                                                                        To be completely honest....I am so thankful that VON is not anywhere near my addicted self!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                      And today it's a new tiramisu doughnut!
                                                                                                                                      https://www.facebook.com/VonDoughnuts...
                                                                                                                                      Hope DH gets home from work in time for me to pick up some to eat while watching the Oscars.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                          That maple one sounds too good!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: cheesymama

                                                                                                                                            So does the peanut butter one! But I'm a sucker for anything peanut butter :)

                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                              Me too, but with chocolate even more so, and I hope Von finds a way to pair them!

                                                                                                                                    2. Just wanted to let you all know that McEwan's Grocery Store is now carrying VON Doughnuts :)

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                        I wonder if they'll have any today(off to Scarbs to visit the folks)?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                          They probably will. If you do go, can you let us know what the selection is like?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                            I might drop by,but at this time of day they might not be all that fresh.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                              You know what? The last time I bought VON doughnuts, I bought them 1st thing in the morning and ate them throughout the day, and they managed to stay fresh. I think as long as you eat them same day, you'll be ok.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                If your thinking of buying your VON's at McEwan's, I wouldn't bother.. pretty dismal looking selection when I got there at 3:30ish. 1 crème brule a couple of caramel sea salt&pepper and 2 other stale looking cake d-nuts .
                                                                                                                                                $3.99 each and they looked a day or 2 old.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                  That's such a shame! And it seems like quite the mark up as well. I can't remember how much the doughnuts are @ VON's, but I don't remember them being that expensive.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                        Can't blame them for the markup but it doesn't look like they're putting a lot of thought into the donut side of the pastry department.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                          No. From what you're saying it doesn't, which is a shame, because it means that people's 1st experience with VON isn't going to be a pleasant one.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                            I'm pretty much against donuts being brought in. Rachel's donuts at Sam James have not been a great experience for me either. No matter what kind of delivery timing they claim it does not seem to work in the long term.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                                              Distribution doesn't work very well with fresh non-preserve, non-sugar-soaked donuts like VONs. The secret of KK is that the donut is a sponge to the sugar and the sugar doesn't fully crystalize for days.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                When we got VONS with 3.5 people they were around almost 3 days ( we cut them in quarters) the yeast ones held up really well. The cake ones not so much. So if buying from an outside source I'd recommend getting the yeast ones. *note, the SO thought they tasted better eaten upside down. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                                                  HAHAHA! You're right! The stress IS getting to him! : )

                                                                                                                                                                  Actually I can see that. Let all the goodness hit the sensors directly. I'm going to try that!

                                                                                                                                                                  Did you try the cake donuts fresh and they didn't hold up, or maybe they cakes were just not as much to your preference as the yeast to begin with regardless of fresh or day(s) old?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                    The cake ones were really great the day of but didn't hold well overnight. I do generally prefer yeast doughnuts, but I enjoyed the cake ones the day of more than I thought I would. The violet, blurberry, lemon flavours were amazing and with the cold, tasted like spring! :)

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                                                    He's right. The toppings hit the taste buds directly. Not many taste buds in the roof of your mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                                                      It's true the VON donuts hold up better than expected over a day or two (I stuck mine on the uninsulated back porch...). However if I'm paying McEwan over 3 bucks for a donut it'd better be fried in house and dusted in... not gold but something very tasty ;)

                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                                                    I wouldn't say that I'm opposed to it, because it offers a level of convenience. But I agree with you jr, that the doughnuts are never as good. I've also had less than satisfactory experiences @ Sam James with Rachelle's doughnuts.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                      Ha, for a sec I thought you were calling me "junior" ;)

                                                                                                                                            2. Look @ these from Touhenboku Ramen. I'm not sure if they actually have them or if they're just posting a pic, but I thought it would be fun to share the pic regardless :)

                                                                                                                                              https://twitter.com/TouhenbokuRamen/s...

                                                                                                                                              Update: they're from the Thai Branch of Mister Donut.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                  I was recently in Thailand. I would give up my first born child for a Mister Donut to open in Toronto. Really though.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ms. cornbread

                                                                                                                                                      . I would give up my first born child for a Mister Donut to open in Toronto. Really though.

                                                                                                                                                      You mean re-open. They were around years ago..

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for pointing that out petek. I thought I remembered Mister Donut.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                          Yes, I'm aware - I've done my research! Never had them back then though, I would've been pretty young. I wonder if they were like the ones I had in Thailand or if they've changed...

                                                                                                                                                    2. Finally got around to VON's to see what all the fuss was about.
                                                                                                                                                      Got the Caramel S&P- (Didn't taste much salt or pepper) Greek Town and the Crème Brulee. All very tasty and fresh. Mind blowing? Nope.. Best in the city? They were the best donuts I've had today.I rate them up there with GHD(Von is a bit more convenient for me,(30 min round trip vs 45 + for GHD)

                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                        Sorry to hear you weren't blown away!! Great pics though :)

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                          Apology accepted.. :D

                                                                                                                                                          Just kidding. Very tasty donuts and I will go back (after I shed a few lbs)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                            I must say that, having tried VON for the first time last week, the creme brulée was amazingly good. The first bite released that beautiful creme brulée custard, oozing gently out, not nearly as congealed as most doughnut fillings. The second, encountered more of the filling as well as the burnt sugar topping, slightly resistant, then cracking as I bit in. It was really good!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                              Ya, the Crème Brulee was very tasty but mine wasn't oozing with filling and not a lot of caramelized sugar. The lovely woman behind the counter said this particular batch was larger in size(each donut) than usual, so maybe that made a difference.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                I guess that could explain the lack of 'ooze', petek. I also tried one with chocolate icing, peanut drizzle and bacon which was delicious, but not as remarkable as the creme brulée. And they were reasonably priced, too.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                            I was going to go there today because the gardiner was closed and we'd have to make a detour on the bloor exit to the dvp. I was disappointed to learn that they were out of the lemon donuts...Didn't have time to stop by to try out the other flavours and risk getting something I didn't like.

                                                                                                                                                            The guy said creme brulee was the best seller...the pb jelly one looks good but I'm not a fan of peanut better that much.

                                                                                                                                                            Is the Lemon comparable to the lemon meringue from GHD? That was amazing...

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: flonie

                                                                                                                                                              I hate to say it, but I GHD has them beat in the lemon meringue department.

                                                                                                                                                        2. FYI.. All the Best is selling GHD donuts now(or soon)
                                                                                                                                                          Good news for my lazy ass, bad news for my belly...

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                            They're being sold @ a lot of different places now. There's a new place across from trinity bellwoods on Dundas, that I can't remember the name of, as well as a coffee shop called Early Bird or something like that, on queen @ Porland. Our girl is branching out :)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                              I can walk/bike down to All the Best. Much more convenient for me.
                                                                                                                                                              Hopefully they'll be fresher than the VON's I saw at McEwan's

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                Let us know! I'm curious to hear how they are. I have to say that I did get some from Early Bird's and they were incredibly fresh, so hopefully they will be @ All The Best as well :)

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                  All the Best's twitter said they sold out real quick..

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm not surprised! Most people who live in that area don't get out to Parkdale, so this was probably their 1st experience with GHD...which I'm sure was very exciting for them :)

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                Are the prices comparable to buying them at the GHD bakery?

                                                                                                                                                                I'm surprised they are branching out and selling their stuff elsewhere because I thought the point of having a site was to exclusively only sell there.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: flonie

                                                                                                                                                                  If I recall correctly, they were more expensive. Maybe Petek can confirm this.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                    There's probably a markup involved. McEwan's marked up their VON d-nuts by a buck so...

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: flonie

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm also curious as to whether she had figured out how to have donuts all day at her own shop before branching out. I'm not local and I've never had GHD, but if I was a local, loyal supporter still encountering the supply issues people spoke of when they opened, I'd be pretty irritated that she was managing to supply other stores.
                                                                                                                                                                    I do get that it's tough to crank out fresh, expensive donuts all day while minimizing loss at end of day, and that regular orders from stores may be easier to fill. But as I've already ranted about, you then lose the super fresh and in-house aspect that is a huge part of the appeal with donuts.

                                                                                                                                                              3. I went to Calabria today, and was I ever disappointed. They shelves were almost bare, and they had no doughnuts...that's right...I said no doughnuts.

                                                                                                                                                                I asked the lady behind the counter how that was possible, and she said that they don't make doughnuts every day. I told her that I had called, and the woman that I spoke to assured me that they make doughnuts every day. I even told her that I'd be there on a Sunday, and she said that wouldn't be a problem...that they have them every day.

                                                                                                                                                                They were extremely apologetic, and asked who I had spoken to. Of course I didn't know, because I didn't ask for a name.

                                                                                                                                                                I think I was more upset because I travelled out of my way to get there, when there were so many other places that I could have gone to. Oh well :(

                                                                                                                                                                And don't feel bad magic, it's totally not your fault, and has nothing to do with you. I just happened to speak to someone who had no idea what she was talking about when I called.

                                                                                                                                                                But for those of you who are interested in trying this place out, make sure you call before you go to see if they have doughnuts that day :)

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                  Uggh, sorry kwass :(( That sucks. I should note, the Midland location is not a donut shop. They're a bakery/hot table who I guess make donuts, though apprently not every day. I know they switch things up daily.

                                                                                                                                                                  Curious, which location did you go to? Midland or the Markham location. I can't vouch for the Markham location as I've never been.

                                                                                                                                                                  Regardless, I'd be really put out as well. That's a total drag.

                                                                                                                                                                  Glad they were at least nice. Midland's staff is lovely.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                    I went to the Midland location. Funny thing is, when I called I was specifically told that the Markham location is closed on Sundays, but the Midland location is open and that they would have doughnuts. The whole thing was very strange.

                                                                                                                                                                    But, yes, the staff were very nice and very contrite. In fact, the man, who was the baker/possible owner, said that if he had dough in the back, he could make me some. But it would have been a 30-45 minute wait, and I didn't have time to wait that long.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                      Strange. Well, sorry about that experience, kwass. Sucks.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks magic!! It did suck, but I guess these things happen :(

                                                                                                                                                                2. For the doughnut lovers out there, Tim Horton's is doing two free giveaways this week. One at YD Square on Thursday and the other on Saturday at their stores to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
                                                                                                                                                                  On Saturday it is a free birthday cake doughnut
                                                                                                                                                                  http://instagram.com/p/nrAek_vM7Q/

                                                                                                                                                                  On Thursday at YD Square free birthday cake doughnut and free coffee (can't recall exact hours, sorry)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Timmies is giving away FREE birthday cake d-nuts today! It wasn't bad, kinda small but it was FREE!(I think you gotta buy something)

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                      I tried a bite today too. Super sweet. Even for free I couldn't do it.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pakmode

                                                                                                                                                                        Your right, it was super sweet but I was going that way anyway so..(and it was free) :)

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pakmode

                                                                                                                                                                          I agree.. Was thinking it belongs in the "worst doughnut of the year" thread... So bad.. Even for free

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                            I think y'all are being a little hard on Tim's. Doughnuts can be much worse than Tim Horton's.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                                              Overall I would agree with you but this one in particular was nasty. It was a special "birthday cake" doughnut, not just any doughnut you could pick.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                                                The birthday cake one is really awful. It is far worse (IMO) than Timmie's usual. The frosting is cloying sweet overload. It makes my teeth hurt. And I love birthday cake. :D

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                                                  The only thing worse is the No Frill's ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                  But It was the best free donut I've had all year!

                                                                                                                                                                            2. I tried Beast's today. Lovely, light cardamon cruller and blueberry glazed. I wish this place was closer (and the food was more my speed).

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                I just had a maple bacon and a sugar twist from there on Monday! I have to agree...quite delicious!!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. What's the story with these Jelly Modern donuts? What's all the hype? I had a couple of them from Pusateri's in Bayview village. One was a chocolate and the other was a donut of the month with mango and something. They were both so terrible, I had one bite of each and threw them away, though mango was marginally better than the chocolate. And don't tell me that it's because I had them from Pusateris etc. If you can't ensure the quality of your product, then don't put them there. I hate to say this, but, gasp, timmies is better than this garbage. How did they get this famous?

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ManAbout

                                                                                                                                                                                  I wonder the same thing every time I see anyone raving about them. In my opinion, they're horrible!! I just don't get it! And, I agree with you that the quality had nothing to do with the fact that you purchased them from Pusateri's. I've purchased them from both Pusateri's and the actual shop and they were just as horrible. It's not an issue of freshness. It's simply a lack of quality. These doughnuts are awful!!!!!! I'd even take Tim Horton's over JMD.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                    That is too bad. I only ever had them pre-launch in Toronto. At the time I thought they were pretty good but maybe something was lost in the mass production.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                      They had a different baker when they first opened and in pre launch. As I understand it they mutually parted ways and the quality went way down. They didn't have the initial sales they thought they would.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                        So that explains it. Thanks for the info Lexi!

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                      I thought you loved them kwass, it's been a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree, I'd like to love JMD, but I just don't...they sort of taste like the tim horton's honey dip...

                                                                                                                                                                                      If the original chef has left...then I don't know what to think...they weren't that great shortly after they opened, if they are worse now...then I'm definately not going to try them again.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: flonie

                                                                                                                                                                                        No. I've never been a fan of JMD! I wanted to be, but, they're just awful!

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: ManAbout

                                                                                                                                                                                      Agreed. I want to love Jelly Modern Donuts, I really do. I mean they are charging me a premium price, so is it too much to expect a premium product?

                                                                                                                                                                                      Alas, I have been fooled twice, so shame on me.
                                                                                                                                                                                      But I will not return for a third time.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pakmode

                                                                                                                                                                                        Me too. Had them twice and will not be back for a third visit.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: ManAbout

                                                                                                                                                                                        I still maintain maybe 2 or 3 of them that are rather good. The lemon curd and creme brulee, in in particular. The chocolate ones look so good but they're awful. Haven't tried mango. There is one other one that I like... can't remember which one. I'd take them over THs.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                          In my opinion, they have one thing going for them, and that's freshness. Other than that they're almost inedible due to the fact that they're excessively sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                            Apologies if you answered this one but have you tried the creme brulee? I do like the freshness and they're not as greasy as some other donuts I've tried.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                              No. I haven't. But to be honest, I could possibly make an exception and try JMD one more time in order to try the creme brulee.

                                                                                                                                                                                              I've actually been dying to try the creme brulee from VON doughnuts, but they don't have them on the only day that I can get out to the east end.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                The crème brulee at VON is my favourite. You should give them a call a couple of days before you go and ask if they would make some for you. They are great on customer service, so you never know!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cheesymama

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree with you that customer service is something they excel at. I spoke to them once about making them for me on an off day, and they asked how many I wanted. I said 2, but they didn't really want to make them if I was only getting 2 doughnuts. I'm sure if I had wanted 1/2 dozen, they would have done it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The only thing you would regret about getting 6 is that you would want to eat every last one of them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cheesymama

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know! That's my concern cheesymama :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                      They are very nice people at VONs. If you try the cb, let me know!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: cheesymama

                                                                                                                                                                                                      VON's crème brulee wasn't as great as I thought it would be considering all the hype. It was good(not enough filling or burnt sugar topping) but GH still blows them away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You really think GHD blows VON away?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow GH must have really changed their product! Dare I try them again? Maybe for creme brulle...maybe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                            No. GHD doesn't have a creme brûlée doughnut. I think Petek was just saying that in general he prefers GHD

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yup. The people at Von were very nice indeed, but that alone won't make me a regular customer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                              And I like GHD, but I think that VD is far superior.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perhaps I'll try GH this weekend to see what's what. I hope they've figured out supply and demand....

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I recently ordered from JMD and the creme brulee was lovely--just melting with the custard (though no brulee on the creme) and fresh and yeasty and nice sweetness glaze. I got a smaller one so maybe it's like Prairie Girl cupcakes--fond of the little ones but the big ones destroy me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        They also had a blueberry filled donut with lemon and poppyseeds on the outside that was very good too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I know I"m pretty much alone here (and there are some appallingly sweet donuts at JMD that one must steer clear of) but if I order right, I enjoy these!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I actually have someone picking up a creme brûlée doughnut from JMD for me on Saturday, so I'll let you know what I think :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Great! I have to say I really liked the lemon and salted caramel also.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This will sound like an odd comment but this really is donut season! The temperatures are perfect for them to not get dried out. They just taste really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Very interested to hear what you think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, I tried the creme brûlée doughnut today from JMD, and I hate to say it Ediblethoughts, because I know how much you love them, but it was horrible! So horrible, in fact, that I threw half of it out. It was, as has been the case with every other doughnut I've tried there, sickeningly sweet. I was expecting a burnt crust, but there was none. Instead there was this unidentifiable sweet goop in the centre of the doughnut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I feel bad Ediblethoughts, because I really wanted to like it, but it was almost inedible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's pretty hard to beat the VON creme brulée, although I've never tried the JMD version.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I still haven't tried VON's version, although I'm dying to!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maybe you were there on an off day petek, because everyone seems to love them. I think you need to give them another try :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No such thing as an "off day" in the donut world..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They're making donuts, it's not rocket surgery :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd have to agree with you. I'm just trying to find an explanation for the fact that you weren't impressed with them, because as a self-proclaimed doughnut afficionado, VON doughnuts are some of the best doughnuts I've ever had.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You don't have to find an explanation..we like what we like right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Petek... exactly my thoughts... if everyone liked the same stuff, there'd be 3 bakeries...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To Kwass (this was posted in the wrong place somehow...) Thanks for posting your view. Re the burned sugar: I did say above there was no brulee; it really should be called a custard donut I guess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I tried a custard (Boston Cream) from San Remo yesterday and I actually found that one pretty hard to handle--that was my feeling re sweet goop. MJD is just right for me for some reason. It's true though that for a true creme brulee, you need to go to VON.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think it also helps for me that JMD has a small size. It's perfect for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also by way of comparisons, I really enjoy JMD's lemon curd but found it rather unpleasant at San Remo. Too much gloop and not a nice lemon flavour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glad you let me know anyway. I think based on other posts (butter tarts for one!) that our tastes are different re desserts. But still good to exchange thoughts!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I didn't find them excessively fresh...maybe it's because I'm spoiled from the memory of the lemon meriangue from GHD...it was like eating a pillow...too bad they don't make them anymore :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: flonie

                                                                                                                                                                                                            GHD started making the lemon meringue again a few months ago when they changed their menu. She changes the menu every few months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Although I consider the elusive Toronto Spudnut akin to the communal wafer, I feel rather effusive after bagging a wild turkey on Monday and will thus share an actual path to a doughnut ritual that will inspire. Travel to Epi on a Saturday morning and be there when they open. Their just-out-of-the-oven jelly doughnuts will await you. Grab a coffee and a stool overlooking Bayview. Now take that first bite. Like putting one's lips to an angel's wing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TorontoTuna

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyone try the two new doughnuts being offered at Krispy Kreme, they look really good. Birthday Cake Batter and Brownie Cake Batter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: callitasicit

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mmmm...birthday cake batter sounds really good!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I know, right? I would be the guinea pig but the locations are so far from where I live in Markham. How about someone taking one for the team;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: callitasicit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So, I did what I said I'd do, and I took one for the team ;) I went to Krispy Kreme today and got the birthday cake batter doughnut. When I looked at it, before buying it, I had 2nd thoughts as to whether I really wanted to try it. Because, in all honesty, it looks kind of disgusting, with its bright yellow icing. But, to my surprise, it was actually pretty delicious. I didn't buy the chocolate fudge one, because I also bought butter tarts today (more about that on the butter tart thread), and my tummy just didn't have room for everything ;) I'm going to go back though, because they had apple fritters that I wouldn't mind trying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Hey everyone. Apparently it's National Doughnut Day today. Here's where you can get in on the celebrations :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                          National Doughnut Day is actually Friday (the first Friday in June each year). Not on the list, but Paulettes is giving away 50 sugar doughnuts at the Queen St location of Delica and 100 at the Yonge and St Clair location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cheesymama

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oops. Thanks for correcting me cheesymama :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Krispy Kreme is giving away 1 free doughnut per person as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                              That post mentions "The Steady". Never heard of it before.. anyone tried their doughnuts before? A blogTO profile here:
                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/the...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. San Remo is our neighbourhood bakery - here's a recent article from the Star with video re their donuts

                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Best apple fritters around!(their other donuts aren't too shabby either)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The article says that customers "in the know" call ahead to ensure that they have what you want when you get there. That's really good advice. I don't think I've ever gone without placing an order in advance, and it's always served me well :) So, I highly recommend doing that, because they do run out.