I’ve had my share of great doughnuts, in myriad flavours, shapes and sizes. Notables in Vancouver would be Cartem’s and Lucky’s, with Cartem’s (in my opinion) being the better of the two. I like cakey donuts. The first time I tried Cartem’s was when my brother decided to skip a day of school in favour of trekking over to Gastown to get us a Meat & Bread lunch. This was way before Meat & Bread opened up a location downtown. He had heard about Cartem’s and decided to walk over there and pick up a few of the bacon ones to try. He proceeded to stick the paper-bagged donuts inside his beloved Herschel backpack, along with the sandwiches. Needless to say, when we finally met up, the doughnuts had taken a bit of a beating, but still tasted pretty amazing. I have to admit I wasn’t really a fan of the bacon itself (I found the smoke to be a little overpowering), but the donut itself with the glaze was heaven. Since then we’ve tried almost every flavour – my particular favourites being salted caramel, classic, and bacon (I just pick the bacon bits off) – and when we can’t make it over to Gastown, we stop at the Woodland Smokehouse & Commissary where Cartem’s donuts are made every day. The Smokehouse is a great place to grab not only donuts, but sandwiches, smoked meat including chicken and pulled pork, and Earnest Ice Cream, among many other things. And since I’ve already gone on a bit of a tangent, the rye bread they use for their Montreal smoked meat and Reuben sandwiches is really good.
But getting back to donuts, Lucky’s donuts are pretty yummy as well. My mom and I love the PB & J ones. And so are the mini donuts at Pike Place. That said, my go-to’s are still Cartem’s and Krispy Kreme. Ever heard of high-low fashion? Well my go-to donuts are an example of high-low eating.
And just for good measure, here’s someone else who enjoys a good donut here and there…
408 Carrall Street
Woodlands Smokehouse & Commissary
485 Commercial Drive