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The 8 best donuts in San Francisco are right here

Published On 10/09/2013 Published On 10/09/2013
bobs donut shop sf
Robert Birnbach
Dynamo Donuts
Donut Savant
Brenda's French Soul Food
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1. Doughnut Dolly 482 49th St, Oakland, CA 94609 (Oakland)

While you were busy wasting your college years perfecting various pong throws (behind the back!), the woman behind Doughnut Dolly was hard at work getting her master' food anthropology. Yes, go ahead, regret your major decision forever. Anyway, Hannah Hoffman is passionate about doughnuts and is making them the way they are meant to be across the Bay in Oakland.

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2. Dynamo Donut & Coffee 2760 24th Street (between York and Hampshire), San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Bacon. Donut. Day. Dynamo Donut & Coffee has made it real, and available every day. Handmade daily by owner Sara and her staff and using organic, locally sourced ingredients, their creative take on donuts make the word "glazed" suddenly sound mundane and unworthy.

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3. Donut Savant 1934 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 (Oakland)

DS is doling out something called a Chocolate Bomb, which's a dark chocolate cake ring that's filled with an Irish whiskey ganache, then topped with a Guinness and Bailey's glaze. Uh huh. You should go now, because these aren't the only amazing things to come out of their oven.

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4. Andalu 3198 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (The Mission)

Andalu is a great space to hunker down for a hearty brunch with some small plates and big libations. Their donuts are one of a kind -- so be sure to taste every last one of 'em!

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5. Brenda's French Soul Food 652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Polk)

Two words: crawfish beignets. We could stop there convinced you’d still check out the brunch at this Tenderloin soul food eatery, but we’ll go on. Get the beignet flight, so you can also sample the classic, chocolate, and Granny Smith apple varieties. The massive menu has more than just fried treats, though. You can chow down on Creole-style favorites like gumbo, shrimp and grits, and andouille omelettes. The brunch wait can be long, but we promise it's worth it -- especially after you try a Creole Bloody.

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6. Delarosa 2175 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (The Marina)

A Marina Italian joint with fancy (and delicious) pizzas, craft beer and cocktails, and a high-ceilinged, happening atmosphere.

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7. Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop 1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Nob Hill)

This 24hr Polk Gulch donut mecca and San Francisco standby has been a staple of early mornings (and late nights) since 1960, firing up amazing apple fritters and old fashioneds before they suddenly became objects of hipster fascination. The also make quite possibly the biggest donut you've ever seen. Try the Bob's Challenge, which requires consuming it in three minutes. Or, you know, just enjoy a bunch of really tasty donuts at your own pace.

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8. Heartbaker 1408 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Inner Richmond)

From bombolonis to creme puffs to eclairs and pots de creme, Heartbaker has got the best of us, and we just keep on going back incessantly.



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