Jump to content


Welcome to the eG Forums!

These forums are a service of the Society for Culinary Arts & Letters, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancement of the culinary arts. Anyone can read the forums, however if you would like to participate in active discussions please join the Society.

Photo

Doughnut help!


  • Please log in to reply
32 replies to this topic

#1 aliwaks

aliwaks
  • participating member
  • 360 posts
  • Location:Philadelphia

Posted 14 November 2006 - 01:04 PM

Hello all...long time no posting..I have a doughnut emergency Clients of mine want fabu doughnuts for a morning event on Thursday and I am at a loss (they refused Dunkin's)

Also need they to be accessible within CC for pick-up Thursday am... I turn to you my egulleteers to help me with my freid dough crisis!!!
"sometimes I comb my hair with a fork" Eloise

#2 wkl

wkl
  • participating member
  • 770 posts
  • Location:Delaware

Posted 14 November 2006 - 01:47 PM

in rtm, i think it's amish, right by dineer's(the chicken place). someone will know the name.

#3 K8memphis

K8memphis
  • participating member
  • 2,467 posts
  • Location:memphis tn

Posted 14 November 2006 - 02:17 PM

If you deep fry at all. If you take canned biscuit dough, tear a hole in it and fry and then plop in cinnamon sugar--they are awesome. You gotta try a few different varieties to find the right one, there's so many. Last time I tried this was forever ago but, there's flaky, extra flakey, country style, buttermilk--I don't remember all the different variations. And one shines above the others.

Really ^^^ those are awesome. Trust me. Use Saigon cinnamon.

Or try

Mister Donut on Calumet Avenue in Munster Indiana :biggrin:

Or

Fry fritters if you are into frying at all.

apple fritters

banana fritters, pumpkin fritters

abalone fritters, artichoke fritters and conch fritters?? cherry & blueberry too.

spicy pineapple fritters with habenero >> my favorite is pineapple, but I've never tried a spicy one like this.

Fritters rule. Very easy if you are into deep frying. Don't burn yourself.

#4 Rich Pawlak

Rich Pawlak
  • eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • 1,872 posts
  • Location:Lawrenceville, NJ

Posted 14 November 2006 - 02:38 PM

There is that INCRDIBLE donut place at the corner of Juniper St and Drury Lane, just below Chestnut, next to McGillins Old Ale House. Best in town, hands down.

Rich Pawlak

 

Reporter, The Trentonian

Feature Writer, INSIDE Magazine
Food Writer At Large

MY BLOG: THE OMNIVORE

"In Cerveza et Pizza Veritas"


#5 aliwaks

aliwaks
  • participating member
  • 360 posts
  • Location:Philadelphia

Posted 14 November 2006 - 03:16 PM

Thanks all K8memohis..good tips not really ambitious=s enough to start making my own donuts and not sure abalone fritters would go off so well for a breakfast meeting but thanks!!!

Decided to go with Frangellis on 9th & Ritner..they have pumpkin donuts
"sometimes I comb my hair with a fork" Eloise

#6 herbacidal

herbacidal
  • participating member
  • 3,127 posts
  • Location:Philly, sorta

Posted 14 November 2006 - 05:05 PM

There is that INCRDIBLE donut place at the corner of Juniper St and Drury Lane, just below Chestnut, next to McGillins Old Ale House.  Best in town, hands down.

View Post


I believe Lil Spot is no longer open.
Herb aka "herbacidal"

Tom is not my friend.

#7 mod*betty

mod*betty
  • participating member
  • 120 posts

Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:20 PM

Funny someone should be mentioning fabulous donuts- I usually use Suzy Jo's in Bridgeport as an "enticer" when I have to ask folks to come into work early. Like tomorrow for example, at 6am.

I will be there at SJ's with everyone else at 6am waiting for them to open the doors. I swear it's like junkies needing a fix.

They have great sugar raised that remind me of the kind I used to get back up at home, and a "buttermilk earthquake" that is just to die for. mmmmmdonuts.......
<a href='http://retroroadmap.com' target='_blank'>Retro Roadmap - All the Retro, Vintage and Cool Old places worth visiting!</a>

#8 Lisa1349

Lisa1349
  • participating member
  • 478 posts
  • Location:East Norriton, PA

Posted 23 November 2006 - 11:05 PM

I will be there at SJ's with everyone else at 6am waiting for them to open the doors. I swear it's like junkies needing a fix.

View Post

I second Suzy jo's being terrific. Usually when people in Bridgeport say something is great, I think, "well, it's OK - for Bridgeport, but not the rest of the world." Suzy Jo's is the lone exception. That, and Bridgeport has the friendliest Wawa patrons out of any other Wawa. There's always someone holding a door for someone else.
Lisa K
Lavender Sky

"No one wants black olives, sliced 2 years ago, on a sandwich, you savages!" - Jim Norton, referring to the Subway chain.

#9 Bobby 2 Shakes

Bobby 2 Shakes
  • participating member
  • 290 posts

Posted 24 November 2006 - 01:46 AM

Usually when people in Bridgeport say something is great, I think, "well, it's OK -  for Bridgeport, but not the rest of the world." Suzy Jo's is the lone exception. That, and Bridgeport has the friendliest Wawa patrons out of any other Wawa. There's always someone holding a door for someone else.

View Post


Franzone's Pizza is another Bridgeport standout that competes well with the outside world. And their pizza sauce is sweet enough to almost qualify as a donut filling.

But I'll stick with Suzy Jo for donuts. Worth a drive from Upper Darby.

#10 rockhopper

rockhopper
  • participating member
  • 230 posts
  • Location:Haddonfield, NJ

Posted 01 December 2006 - 02:39 PM

There is that INCRDIBLE donut place at the corner of Juniper St and Drury Lane, just below Chestnut, next to McGillins Old Ale House.  Best in town, hands down.

View Post


and walk a few blocks from there to capogiro for a 1-2 punch...
Dum vivimus, vivamus!

#11 Andrew Fenton

Andrew Fenton
  • participating member
  • 3,352 posts
  • Location:Philadelphia

Posted 05 February 2008 - 09:07 PM

I'm going to bump this thread back up because I was reminded today of one of my complaints about Philadelphia's food scene: there are no truly great donuts to be found. It's weird, too- we're America's fattest city, dammit, and you'd think we'd rate donuts that fit our girth. After all, when it comes to hoagies, we wouldn't settle for Subway; yet we're forced to rely on Dunkin' Donuts for our donut fix.

So, am I wrong? Is there a great donut to be found here? I was told today that Termini Bros. (in South Philly, not RTM) makes donuts; and since they deep-fry other pastries, that might well be the case. But I haven't checked it out.

#12 Buckethead

Buckethead
  • participating member
  • 277 posts
  • Location:South Philly

Posted 06 February 2008 - 07:24 AM

I'm going to bump this thread back up because I was reminded today of one of my complaints about Philadelphia's food scene: there are no truly great donuts to be found.  It's weird, too- we're America's fattest city, dammit, and you'd think we'd rate donuts that fit our girth.  After all, when it comes to hoagies, we wouldn't settle for Subway; yet we're forced to rely on Dunkin' Donuts for our donut fix.

So, am I wrong?  Is there a great donut to be found here?

View Post


There is, it's the glazed donut at Frangelli's, 9th and Ritner.

Also, I believe we are no longer America's fattest city, though we're still up there..

#13 Bluehensfan

Bluehensfan
  • participating member
  • 237 posts

Posted 06 February 2008 - 07:28 AM

I'm going to bump this thread back up because I was reminded today of one of my complaints about Philadelphia's food scene: there are no truly great donuts to be found.  It's weird, too- we're America's fattest city, dammit, and you'd think we'd rate donuts that fit our girth.  After all, when it comes to hoagies, we wouldn't settle for Subway; yet we're forced to rely on Dunkin' Donuts for our donut fix.

So, am I wrong?  Is there a great donut to be found here?  I was told today that Termini Bros. (in South Philly, not RTM) makes donuts; and since they deep-fry other pastries, that might well be the case.  But I haven't checked it out.

View Post

Termini's used to make great cream filled donuts but they nave not made them (nor the cinnamon buns or danishes unfortunately) in the past few years.

The donuts at Beiler's in Reading Terminal are pretty good and they have great pumpkin ones at that time of year.

Personally I miss the munchkin-type things at Lil' Spot!

#14 Andrew Fenton

Andrew Fenton
  • participating member
  • 3,352 posts
  • Location:Philadelphia

Posted 06 February 2008 - 11:50 AM

There is, it's the glazed donut at Frangelli's, 9th and Ritner.

Also, I believe we are no longer America's fattest city, though we're still up there..


See, I knew somebody would come through! I'll check them out soon, or at least soonish.

(And yeah, I knew that sure, technically, we're no longer the fattest city- but everybody's gotta have a dream, right?)


The donuts at Beiler's in Reading Terminal are pretty good and they have great pumpkin ones at that time of year.


Reliable sources tell me that, if they're not hot, those donuts are nothing special. But you know, I'll give them a try and report back...

#15 Bluehensfan

Bluehensfan
  • participating member
  • 237 posts

Posted 06 February 2008 - 12:56 PM

The donuts at Beiler's in Reading Terminal are pretty good and they have great pumpkin ones at that time of year.


Reliable sources tell me that, if they're not hot, those donuts are nothing special. But you know, I'll give them a try and report back...

View Post


Although everyone and their brother raves about the hot donuts that Beiler's cranks out for the Pennsylvania Dutch Festival, I am not a fan of them. To me they taste like downing hot shots of lard, so that probably explains my preference for the cold variety. Lately Beiler's has also been stocking munchkin-like holes (that are not made in-house) at the top of the counter. I tried some apple cider ones but was not all that thrilled with them.

#16 alwang

alwang
  • participating member
  • 246 posts

Posted 06 February 2008 - 02:41 PM

Not Philadelphia, but if you're jonesing badly enough to schlep an hour out to central NJ, there are amazing apple cider donuts to be had at Terhune Orchards in Lawrenceville.
---
al wang

#17 Jeff L

Jeff L
  • participating member
  • 1,032 posts

Posted 06 February 2008 - 05:51 PM

Not Philadelphia, but if you're jonesing badly enough to schlep an hour out to central NJ, there are amazing apple cider donuts to be had at Terhune Orchards in Lawrenceville.

View Post

That's interesting news. I didn't know Terhune made donuts. I've never seen them at their stand in the Trenton Farmers market before. Their cider is top notch though

#18 PhillyBon

PhillyBon
  • participating member
  • 15 posts

Posted 06 February 2008 - 07:59 PM

I recently enjoyed the doughnuts at Gallo's Bakery in Cherry Hill (the plaza at 600 Kings Hwy North). They have about 10 flavors.

#19 alwang

alwang
  • participating member
  • 246 posts

Posted 06 February 2008 - 10:22 PM

Not Philadelphia, but if you're jonesing badly enough to schlep an hour out to central NJ, there are amazing apple cider donuts to be had at Terhune Orchards in Lawrenceville.

View Post

That's interesting news. I didn't know Terhune made donuts. I've never seen them at their stand in the Trenton Farmers market before. Their cider is top notch though

View Post


They have them at the Trenton Farmer's Market (in little white paper bags), and they're very good, though even better is when you visit the farm store at the actual orchard and you happen to catch them when they're still warm out of the oven. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it pretty much makes my day.
---
al wang

#20 Rich Pawlak

Rich Pawlak
  • eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • 1,872 posts
  • Location:Lawrenceville, NJ

Posted 06 February 2008 - 11:02 PM

Not Philadelphia, but if you're jonesing badly enough to schlep an hour out to central NJ, there are amazing apple cider donuts to be had at Terhune Orchards in Lawrenceville.

View Post

That's interesting news. I didn't know Terhune made donuts. I've never seen them at their stand in the Trenton Farmers market before. Their cider is top notch though

View Post


Yea, what Ali said.

Cider donuts are always available at the Trenton Farmers Markets stand, but they sell out quickly and are usually gone by lunchtime; but do travel to the Terhune orchard and you have a good chance of snagging the cider donuts still warm. Extraordinary.

Edited by Rich Pawlak, 06 February 2008 - 11:04 PM.

Rich Pawlak

 

Reporter, The Trentonian

Feature Writer, INSIDE Magazine
Food Writer At Large

MY BLOG: THE OMNIVORE

"In Cerveza et Pizza Veritas"


#21 jmbrightman

jmbrightman
  • participating member
  • 317 posts

Posted 07 February 2008 - 08:25 AM

Potito's on Ritner St.

#22 Refinnej

Refinnej
  • participating member
  • 18 posts

Posted 07 February 2008 - 08:47 PM

Does anyone have info about Am-E-Lyn's or Suzy Jo's Donuts in Norristown?

#23 mod*betty

mod*betty
  • participating member
  • 120 posts

Posted 08 February 2008 - 10:03 AM

Does anyone have info about Am-E-Lyn's or Suzy Jo's Donuts in Norristown?

View Post



Niot sure what you need, but we totally dig Suzy Jo's- my only donut go-to place in the area!
<a href='http://retroroadmap.com' target='_blank'>Retro Roadmap - All the Retro, Vintage and Cool Old places worth visiting!</a>

#24 Refinnej

Refinnej
  • participating member
  • 18 posts

Posted 08 February 2008 - 08:10 PM

For some time, I've wanted to check out the donuts in Norristown. What is
Suzy-Jo's like? Any standouts or suggestions? Thanks!

#25 Andrew Fenton

Andrew Fenton
  • participating member
  • 3,352 posts
  • Location:Philadelphia

Posted 12 March 2008 - 11:39 AM

I stopped by Frangelli's this morning and tried a glazed raised donut and a chocolate-glazed cake. Both were good; the plain glazed was really, really good, soft with a slightly yeasty taste. Yum!

#26 mod*betty

mod*betty
  • participating member
  • 120 posts

Posted 13 March 2008 - 08:18 AM

For some time, I've wanted to check out the donuts in Norristown.  What is
Suzy-Jo's like?  Any standouts or suggestions?  Thanks!

View Post



the glazed buttermilk earthquakes are my fave!


Here's a link to their selection

http://www.kingofpru...t_selection.asp
<a href='http://retroroadmap.com' target='_blank'>Retro Roadmap - All the Retro, Vintage and Cool Old places worth visiting!</a>

#27 BarbaraKMarshall

BarbaraKMarshall
  • participating member
  • 12 posts

Posted 14 March 2008 - 02:25 PM

Best donuts I've tried since I was a little girl... Achenbach's. They are PA dutch style so they do have the rich creamy aftertaste of having lard in the recipe but man are they good. If you're going to eat a donut, you're not on a diet or you're cheating, so you might as well eat one that tastes great.

Unfortunately, they're located deep in lancaster county in Leola, PA. There's nothing like them fresh but even day old they're much better than the dunkin variety.

#28 Andrew Fenton

Andrew Fenton
  • participating member
  • 3,352 posts
  • Location:Philadelphia

Posted 01 November 2011 - 12:12 PM

The hot donuts at Federal Donuts(Indian cinnamon, vanilla lavender, and Prince's squeeze, Apollonia) are insanely good; crispy, sweet and light. I haven't tried their fancy donuts- or the fried chicken- but look forward to giving those a go when I get the chance.

#29 Holly Moore

Holly Moore
  • eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • 4,573 posts
  • Location:Philadelphia, PA

Posted 01 November 2011 - 02:05 PM

The fancies are just as good. My favorite is the key lime. That said, my favorite donut place is still Frangelli's.

FederalDonuts-FourFilled-Tite.jpg

The fried chicken is soaked in brine overnight and then double fried, Korean Style. Super crunchy coating, super moist meat. Excellent chicken. Available either sprinkled with a spice mix or tossed in a chili hot sauce or a honey ginger sauce. My favorite, by far, so far, is the za-atar seasoning.

FederalDonuts-HalfButtermilkChicken.jpg

Here's the ringer. Their chicken is currently available for about an hour, give or take 15 minutes, starting at 11:45 AM. They are sold out every day by 1 PM. Their rational - they have limited refrigeration and have to brine overnight. Their capacity is 60 orders of chicken - each order being a half chicken. When they are gone, they are gone.

The process: Get to Federal Donuts as close to 11;45 as possible. They will give you a plastic number. Each number entitles you to order half a chicken. If you want a whole chicken you need to take two numbers. Once sixty numbers are passed out, that's it.

I talked to one of the owners and he doesn't seem all that concerned about running out of chicken so early. "Ideal from a business point of view." They were in the middle of their rush so didn't seem like a good time to discuss business philosophy. But it drives me crazy that there isn't a sense of urgency to figure out how to sell more than 60 orders of chicken a day.

Edited by Holly Moore, 01 November 2011 - 02:27 PM.

Holly Moore
"I eat, therefore I am."

HollyEats.Com
Twitter

#30 Andrew Fenton

Andrew Fenton
  • participating member
  • 3,352 posts
  • Location:Philadelphia

Posted 01 November 2011 - 07:10 PM

Yes, the limited chicken production (and the limited hours) are maddening. I suppose if I have the day off work sometime, I'll get to try it; I don't know whether I'll have the opportunity otherwise. But if their goal is to build buzz, then limiting the amount of chicken is definitely doing the trick.