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The Best Donuts in the Planet are in East Boston...

Heathen & Spells | Aug 5, 200412:26 PM     42

Seeing the recent donut exchanges, I simply had to put out here again in Chowhound-land- the Betty Ann Food Shop in East Boston, since 1931 (565 Bennington St.,open MORNINGS ONLY, closed Mondays, 617-567-1479)- their jelly donuts make other jelly donuts seem like they are made of play-do and sawdust! Theirs are oh so yeasty, soft and fragrant with really good quality jam in it (homemade? or atleast from a very excellent bottle). On Fridays they make their most extraordinary lemon donuts, and also long versions as twists. The lemon filling is gentle and not too sweet, this is true about the jelly too not too sweet. Apparantly, on Saturdays they have baked beans- going back to that time and world where the bakeries had the good ovens around and people would get a lot of their ritualistic and weekly foods, including bread, from their bakery- also, very nice in the summers to not have to turn your own ovens on and get slow-cooked baked beans et al. Be warned that when looking for Betty Ann's that it is a very non-descript place, it is across from the school - it is just a storefront but the people who work there and the donuts they make are incomparable- soothingly wonderful- everything a donut should be!!!! Please Chowhoundies make the trip, it is really worth it! Enjoy!!!!...

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