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Do you have any idea what day tomorrow is? Oh sure you could celebrate by going to: Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme. But why not try someplace a little less mainstream?
posted by Mastercheddaar (46 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
National Doughnut Day? Now that's a holiday I can get behind!

If you're in Atlanta, please allow me to direct your attention to Sublime Doughnuts. The name says it all.
posted by spilon at 7:22 AM on June 4, 2009


New York's best donuts. (7th avenue donuts is best, IMO).

Not that I eat a lot of doughnuts or anything.
posted by overhauser at 7:24 AM on June 4, 2009


Damn, now I want to go to Tim's.
posted by sandraregina at 7:37 AM on June 4, 2009


Those in Portland are encouraged to visit Tulip up in St Johns (and Voodoo if you can't make it that far).

But since I'm not there anymore, what is the finest doughnuterie in Toronto? (Surely, surely not Tim Hortons.)
posted by Casuistry at 7:38 AM on June 4, 2009


Far be it from me to get into the whole "SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL NOBLE MERCHANT!!" jibba-jabba but Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kremes absolutely suck and should be banned from partaking in donut day.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:39 AM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kremes absolutely suck and should be banned from partaking in donut day

in my town, we go to sweetwater's
posted by pyramid termite at 7:51 AM on June 4, 2009


I'm so glad you mentioned this. Anyone have any comments about the Doughnut plant? The names and smell are mouth-watering, and there's one right down in Tokyo, but even here, I hesitate at a $4-5 donut. People: Is it worthwhile??
posted by whatzit at 7:51 AM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Forget going out to celebrate. I'm staying home tomorrow and firing up my Dough-Nu-Matic. Mine is a special edition that plays a recorded loop of the "USA! USA!" chant from the 1984 LA Olympics.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:53 AM on June 4, 2009


Voodoo donuts is for tourists and drunk hipsters who don't know any better.

there. I said it.

The best donuts you will ever have will come straight from the fryer at one of those wheeled donut fryer stands in an open air market - there's one at Pike's market in Seattle.
posted by device55 at 7:55 AM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Drawing this post and this question together, may I respectfully suggest you take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut?

Sorry, couldn't help myself. Buffalonians sorely miss Freddies Donuts. Fortunately, there's still Paula's.
posted by jdfan at 8:04 AM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


One of my odd jobs during college was working an overnight shift at a supermarket, drawing the specials and prices and whatnot on all the chalkboards that were strewn about the place. If I remember right, it was eight double-sided signs in Produce, three large wall mounts in Seafood, one large Deli board, and three wall mounts in the bakery. That's 23 boards all told to erase, wipe down, and draw over.

It was a great job for many reasons, including the fact that the night crew would blast stuff like Jane's Addiction over the store PA (you have not lived until you've done the Been Caught Stealing supermarket aisle dance down a supermarket aisle) and the fact that you got to stand on all the counters and snag rolls of stickers that said things like "TAKE ME HOME, I'M DELICIOUS."

But the greatest thing about it was the overnight bakery girl who made donuts. I'd save the bakery boards for last so I could end my shift hanging out with her, goofing off, making donuts and decorating a few for ourselves with the cake icing.

There really is nothing like a fresh donut just out of the fryer, cooled down long enough so you don't burn the hell out of yourself when you try to scarf it down. And the smell, which wafted through the store and out into the front parking lot, was downright inspiring. What it inspired I'm not quite sure, but man was it a great smell.

So yes, donuts are wonderful creations and I will gladly celebrate this day in a most appropriate fashion.
posted by Spatch at 8:06 AM on June 4, 2009 [5 favorites]


Tim Hortons has become such a dominant part of the Canadian landscape, I'm almost proud. Just had a medium black and double chocolate yesterday, in fact.

Is there a chain (donut or otherwise) that could be considered the Amercian equivalent?
posted by davebush at 8:09 AM on June 4, 2009


I needed an excuse. This'll do.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:10 AM on June 4, 2009


I live across the street from a Fractured Prune location. Those doughnuts are straight from heaven.
posted by amarynth at 8:26 AM on June 4, 2009


device55: "The best donuts you will ever have will come straight from the fryer at one of those wheeled donut fryer stands in an open air market - there's one at Pike's market in Seattle."

Been there and had em' You are so correct. That is a taste I can still remember.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:32 AM on June 4, 2009


The only thing I miss about living/working in Lakewood WA was The House of Donuts. Tiny mungy building from the 50s with this amazing donut smell...when I worked in Lakewood, I always got a pink-glazed cake donut on my birthday. :)

In Olympia, there's Wagner's, although they're more of a pastry place that happens to make donuts. But the real treasure is a place on Sleater-Kinney in a strip mall that used to be a Winchell's, but is now I think called Donut Heaven.

OMG, I need a donut now.
posted by epersonae at 8:57 AM on June 4, 2009


Greenbush Bakery in Madison WI always has an awesome selection. And they're Kosher! woo!
posted by Severian at 8:59 AM on June 4, 2009


Boston-area folks, let me recommend: a) Verna's Donuts in North Cambridge; b) Linda's Donuts in Belmont; and c) Betty Ann Food Shop in Eastie.

And for something a little more offbeat, the Persian donuts at Sofra are out of this world.


Is there a chain (donut or otherwise) that could be considered the Amercian equivalent {of Tim Horton's}?

There are a few regional chains, each of which dominate a 25-million-person-plus market. In the Northeastern US, it's Dunkin' Donuts; in the West, it's Winchell's Donuts; in the South, it's Krispy Kreme; and I'm sure there are others, but when I'm in the Midwest I go to local donut shops with friends who live there.
posted by Sidhedevil at 9:00 AM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Props to the Voodoo, yo. Got one on the Eastside now too, for those of us too lazy to cross the river at night.
posted by asfuller at 9:08 AM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]



There really is nothing like a fresh donut just out of the fryer, cooled down long enough so you don't burn the hell out of yourself when you try to scarf it down. And the smell, which wafted through the store and out into the front parking lot, was downright inspiring. What it inspired I'm not quite sure, but man was it a great smell.


Amen! I have the fortune to live right by a Fractured Prune. They make and fry all of the donuts fresh right in front of you. Only sad part is they don't have jelly or cream filled. I swear tomorrow is like Christmas.
posted by Mastercheddaar at 9:11 AM on June 4, 2009


Madison, WI has Greenbush

(I'm surprised there's no homepage for them! Link is to review site)

Damn good donuts :)
posted by symbioid at 9:23 AM on June 4, 2009


Or what Severian said (damnit!)
posted by symbioid at 9:24 AM on June 4, 2009


Would that this applied to kolaches and klobasneks too, I'd be heading to West right now.
posted by dios at 9:25 AM on June 4, 2009


Allie's Donuts, in North Kingston RI. It's literally a shack in the middle of nowhere. Best whipped maple frosting, evarrrr.
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:35 AM on June 4, 2009


Dammit, I need a good donut shop. Any suggestions for a guy between L.A. and Orange County? Unfortunately, the donut has fallen by the wayside in these parts, overtaken by that damn cupcake trend.
posted by jabberjaw at 9:47 AM on June 4, 2009


I think Dunkin Donuts should give away a free donut with a drink every day.
posted by smackfu at 10:14 AM on June 4, 2009


From the first link: Note: The word "Doughnut" is often shortened to "Donut. So, if you see the term National Donut Day, its the same day.

Mass confusion has been avoided.

If you're in St. Louis, World's Fair Doughnuts is the only logical choice.
posted by HotPants at 10:23 AM on June 4, 2009


If you enter my town and "doughnut" into google maps you get four full pages of only Dunkin' before you finally get to Whitney Donut. Which is where I'll be celebrating.

I'm serious. The Dunkin' domination here is creepy. There are 5 shops in our train station. Two of them are Dukin' Donuts.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 10:41 AM on June 4, 2009


Have Dunkin' Donuts actually gotten smaller, or have I just got hungrier?
posted by smackfu at 10:46 AM on June 4, 2009



I'm so glad you mentioned this. Anyone have any comments about the Doughnut plant? The names and smell are mouth-watering, and there's one right down in Tokyo, but even here, I hesitate at a $4-5 donut. People: Is it worthwhile??



Simply put, the fact that You Are Even Asking This Question means that ou have not inhaled the Glory that is the Donut Plant aroma when the Heavenly Platonic Torii of Deliciousness come out of their Inferno of Goodness.

You want evidence, mere mortal? Flavors: Vanilla Valhrona Chocolate, Rosewater Rose Petal, Banana Pecan, and Grapefruit. You are not worthy. Bow to the ring!

I lust after these donuts so bad, the chocolate ones have issued a restraining order against me. Me want doooonut.......
posted by lalochezia at 10:53 AM on June 4, 2009


Dammit, I need a good donut shop. Any suggestions for a guy between L.A. and Orange County? Unfortunately, the donut has fallen by the wayside in these parts, overtaken by that damn cupcake trend.

I mourn the loss of Mrs. Chapman's Donuts in Long Beach. Donuts of my childhood! Sorry I don't have any idea of where to get a decent donut these days in So CA.
posted by jvilter at 11:26 AM on June 4, 2009


Essential donuts of the USA: LaMar's (midwest), Jubilee Donuts (Cuyahoga Falls, OH), Donut Drive-In (St Louis, MO).
An integral (but unpleasant) part of the CNE: Tiny Tom Donuts.
posted by scruss at 11:54 AM on June 4, 2009


Have Dunkin' Donuts actually gotten smaller, or have I just got hungrier?

When I was a kid, a Dunkin' Donuts donut was enormous, and it was a real special occasion when you were allowed to get one. It was a meal unto itself. As an adult, they seem puny... I think it's just because I remember them through the eyes of a little kid getting a once-in-a-blue-moon treat. They don't have the same "ultra-magic-awesome" flavor, either, even tho they taste familiar.

I grew up, the Dunkin Donuts stayed the same.
posted by Slap*Happy at 12:19 PM on June 4, 2009


The only thing I miss about living/working in Lakewood WA was The House of Donuts.

Yes! This place is fantastic! (APPLESAUCE DONUTS!)

...I just realized how much I'm gonna miss this place when I move away... =/


Also seconding the (entirely different) joy of the fresh donuts from the stand at Pike Place Market.
posted by NMcCoy at 12:23 PM on June 4, 2009


the donut stand at the pike place market is incredibly famous in the underground, too. the place has been staffed by punk kids for as far back as i can remember; my friends were dishing them out there back in the early ninetees and i'm friends with a lot of the kids there still. it's colloquial name is 'punk rock donuts: service with a sneer.'

in seattle we also have toppot and mighty o. toppot is totally independent and extremely delicious and mighty o proves that the vegan donut is not just a bland gut bomb. i used to work for toppot and my roomie, dk, worked for mighty o. multiple times a week we'd bring home cases of these evil treats and suddenly all our neighbors would be at our home.

donuts are social glue and a form of liberation. donuts will solve our problems with the middle east. when will obama learn?
posted by artof.mulata at 1:33 PM on June 4, 2009


Donut Plant yeast donuts are totally worth it. Especially the Creme Brulee. I don't like cake donuts as much so I can't speak about them.
posted by spec80 at 1:55 PM on June 4, 2009


I just found out Donut Pub is close to my gym. So that's awesome.
posted by spec80 at 2:01 PM on June 4, 2009


Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier.

Oh man, where can I get me one of THOSE?
posted by grapefruitmoon at 2:14 PM on June 4, 2009


artof.mulata you speak donut truth.

also tomorrow at midnight is the monthly donut eating contest at voodoo. it is such a good place to make an ass of oneself and get ill on donutty goodness.
posted by beefetish at 2:37 PM on June 4, 2009


I would dearly love to go to Vermont and wrap my lips around a Cold Hollow Cider Donut tomorrow, but I'll settle for a Dunkin Boston Cream
posted by saffry at 3:52 PM on June 4, 2009


Lower East Siders: Go to the dominican bakery on Clinton between Rivington and Delancey. Yes, the one with all the 10 year old wedding cakes with faded frosting falling off in chunks in the window. They have only one kind of doughnut.
It is yeasty, sweet, doughy, melt in your mouth and chewy at the same time. It actually has a doughnut taste, and is not just a flavorless wad of fat and sugar (ahem, KK), and is not a bigger than your head fake cake doughnut (I'm lookin at you Donut Plant).
They are 75 cents.
If you can't make it there for the fresh ones, buy them anyway and pop them in the micro for 10-15 seconds. It is a heaven that I have restrain myself from indulging in daily.
They are the best doughnuts in NYC.
posted by newpotato at 4:59 PM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


While I love the maple-glazed bacon donut from the place down the street from me, my favorite donuts ever come from an apple stand/orchard just east of Placerville. In the fall, when the sun is still hot but the air is crisp, you go up to the window to order some cider donuts and then wait patiently until you are handed a hot, greasy paper bag of heaven, still hot from the fryer, with a perfect coating of cinnamon and sugar. Oh god.
posted by rtha at 8:36 PM on June 4, 2009


I'm so glad you mentioned this. Anyone have any comments about the Doughnut plant? The names and smell are mouth-watering, and there's one right down in Tokyo, but even here, I hesitate at a $4-5 donut. People: Is it worthwhile??

I believe they go for 250-450 yen per doughnut, so they're not as expensive as all that, but I hesitate as to whether they are worthwhile. If you're nearby one of their bakery stores and you go soon after they come out of the oven (especially in the morning) then they're pretty good, especially the Triple Valrhona Chocolate and the Black Out.

BTW, I've heard good things about Harrits in Yoyogi Uehara.

Simply put, the fact that You Are Even Asking This Question means that ou have not inhaled the Glory that is the Donut Plant aroma when the Heavenly Platonic Torii of Deliciousness come out of their Inferno of Goodness.

You want evidence, mere mortal? Flavors: Vanilla Valhrona Chocolate, Rosewater Rose Petal, Banana Pecan, and Grapefruit. You are not worthy. Bow to the ring!

I lust after these donuts so bad, the chocolate ones have issued a restraining order against me. Me want doooonut.......


Unfortunately, we in Tokyo don't get all of the same flavors as you might in NYC, but we do have curry-cheese-filled doughnuts.
posted by armage at 10:38 PM on June 4, 2009


The best donuts you will ever have will come straight from the fryer at one of those wheeled donut fryer stands in an open air market

Err spoken like someone who can't fry their own donuts. This "free donut day" is kind of a bummer since I don't have a nearby Dunkin (never been in one) or Krispy Kreme (used to love those hot) and my old teenage midnight haunt, the Spudnuts, just went out of business.

And just because I have everything I need to make a dozen kinds of donut here at home in the dutch oven doesn't mean they're "free." But they are amazing cooling on a rack, glaze still wet at the drips.

And I don't imagine sallying into the itty bitty Foster's down the street, they would just give me a donut for blathering about made up holidays I heard about on the internet.

In short I am very crabby and need a buttermilk bar.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:13 AM on June 5, 2009


Oh, and Ferrell's in Santa Cruz serves DONUTS A LA MODE.

Peach ice cream on a buttermilk bar. Can you dig THAT? That is all.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:14 AM on June 5, 2009


If you're ever in the Austin area, Round Rock Donuts are the One True Donut. Mmmmmm.
posted by kmz at 7:58 AM on June 5, 2009


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