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Dynamo Donut & Coffee

Dynamo Donut & Coffee

Donut Shop and Coffee Shop$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • U
    UJune 28, 2014
    You might think this is a take away spot. Don't let that mistake you. Grab a coffee, take the door next to the bar and go all the way back to find the white door, which will lead you to a cute patio.
    Upvoted Jul 31
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 11, 2014
    This cafe is like a miniature trip to Vienna, complete with delicious Eastern European-inspired food and pastries served on delicate china by staffers attired in vintage finery. Read more
  • Colby D.
    Colby DroscherJune 30, 2013
    All the donuts are amazing. Maple Glazed Bacon, Orange Glaze and Chocolate Star Anise are my faves. The Four Barrel coffee here is the best on the street (don't tell Philz I said that).
    Upvoted Aug 6
  • SFist
    SFistJanuary 21, 2015
    The donuts here come in dozens of new-school flavor combos like maple-bacon-apple, lemon sichuan, and chocolate rose. This is the go-to for office breakfasts and any other morning occasion. Read more
    Upvoted Aug 6
  • Shannon Z.
    Shannon Z2 weeks ago
    The gluten free doughnuts have good texture and flavor - they rotate the flavors. The backyard patio is a SF secret, perfect quiet place to work if it's not too sunny.
  • SFGate
    SFGateJune 5, 2015
    "I love the small size and lightly fried style not to mention the well-made coffee drinks with Four Barrel espresso and the doughnutsseasonal flavors." -Tara Duggan Read more
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 23, 2014
    Order a Four Barrel brew and an artisanal donut (in flavors like maple bacon apple and spiced chocolate), then head out to start your day. Read more
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 14, 2014
    Local, seasonal ingredients and imaginative recipes make this Mission-based shop stand out from the pack. Not to miss: Spearin’s famed vanilla bean donut and delightfully fluffy bread pudding.
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BurgettJuly 20, 2015
    Vanilla bean, bacon maple, and candied orange blossom are super tasty. The garden out back is nice place to enjoy the morning.
  • Timothy C.
    Timothy CavanaughMarch 1, 2011
    The maple glazed apple bacon donuts are served every day; availability of other kinds (7-10/day) depends on "freshest ingredients available" & whim of the godlike pastry chef Sara Spearin & staff.
  • Vic Z.
    Vic ZaudDecember 15, 2011
    While gourmet ice cream shops and cupcakes dominate, Dynamo continues to churn out lovely perfect donuts daily - except Mondays!!!! Everything is amazing. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    Wanna know a secret? Sarah kind of hates donuts. But Dynamo’s Donut Bread Pudding may have forced her to turn the corner. Get the Maple Bacon! Everybody’s doing it!
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouNovember 17, 2012
    they recently open a kiosk by the marina green side of town, but i gotta either way, you get a good satisfying chunk of donut every time u go (if u go) gO!
  • Spoon University
    The photogenic qualities of these donuts gives you all the more reason to buy more than one, right? Be the envy of your gym-going friends by posting about a few of these little guys. Read more
  • Micah B.
    Micah BansitSeptember 13, 2010
    Btw maple bacon apple is served everyday. Don't just take anyone on doursqaure's word for it, I work at dynamo and we make it everyday. Call ahead and we'll set some aside for you
  • Ada B.
    Ada BlitzkriegOctober 21, 2014
    Best donuts I ever had in my life. A bit expensive, but apple bacon and lemon is worth it.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FarrellOctober 13, 2015
    These are good. Maple bacon Apple glaze and lemon pistachio were great. Sugar rush meant a 6km walk required to come down from the high.
  • Keeg ✨
    Keeg ✨June 7, 2012
    The gluten-free donuts are DELICIOUS. They are powdered, a bit crispy and have a lemon flavor. Even if you aren't gluten intolerant, this donut is worth a try.
  • Nathan I.
    They have one of the best lattes I've had in the city. Donuts are great too, but for whatever reason I dream about that latte.
  • Katy B.
    Katy BurnettOctober 20, 2012
    The best are often citrus-flavored (lemon-thyme, lemon-pistachio, orange-ginger) but passion fruit-chocolate is also great, as is the bread pudding.
  • Nitin P.
    The coffee and donuts are great, but the outdoor space in the back can't be beat. Peaceful haven in the middle of a busy 24th st!
  • Rachel D.
    Rachel DavisAugust 14, 2015
    Well worth the traffic we endured to get there. The maple bacon doughnut was amazing.
  • ScottySauce
    ScottySauceFebruary 24, 2011
    Try the Maple Glazed Bacon Apple Donut - The BEST donut I have ever had and a must try before you die unless this kills you it's so good.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The maple glazed bacon apple donut is the best donut in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more
  • Wendell R.
    Wendell RobinsonApril 26, 2012
    The Bacon Maple Apple donut is no joke! If you get it warm in the morning, even better. Had to wait 20 minutes this AM for those...worth it!
  • Jesse
    JesseJune 4, 2010
    Yep, this place sells the maple bacon donut. But aside from the obvious, they've got a great assortment of eclectic and eccentric flavors that somehow doesn't confuse your taste buds. Read more
  • Z
    ZFebruary 27, 2013
    "serves Four Barrel coffee alongside donut flavors like molasses/Guinness/pear and Campari/grapefruit, and their signature maple/bacon/apple"
  • William J.
    William JohnsonOctober 21, 2014
    Get here early as popular items go VERY quickly. The lemon curd in the lemon sichuan was pleasantly sweeter than expected.
  • Jack B.
    Jack BrownMarch 22
    Redefines doughnuts. Inventive but nevertheless classic tasting flavors. On some of the best donuts you'll ever have.
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PaullMay 21, 2009
    54.Spiced-chocolate doughnut at Dynamo Donut with a Four Barrel coffee (from 7x7's 100 Things to Try Before You Die | http://tr.im/7x7list)
  • Zach K.
    Zach KleinAugust 7, 2014
    Any filled donut. When the key lime custard comes around, buy it out and keep your bomb shelter well stocked.
  • Lorcán
    LorcánFebruary 12, 2013
    Whether attributed to timing, luck, disposition, or divine intervention, the kaffir coconut doughnut at 07:30 was an exemplar fluffy, crispy, limey, warm ideal of wouldbe torroid.
  • the Lala
    the LalaAugust 4
    Order the Chocolate Rose Donut (a.k.a a chocolate base topped with sweet rose water and lemon zest glaze), it is always a crowd pleaser. Read more
  • ScottySauce
    ScottySauceAugust 16, 2011
    They have a huge and wild selection but I'm so in love with the Maple Apple Bacon, Lemon Pistachio and Monte Cristo Donuts.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelApril 14, 2015
    Some of the only donuts I enjoy any more. Not too sweet, with some fun flavors. Great coffee.
  • David B.
    David BanNovember 21, 2014
    Known for inventive flavors (i.e.Maple Bacon), this is a must visit for any donut connoisseur.
  • Jole P.
    Jole PAugust 29, 2015
    Overall, any chocolate donut here is my go-to. The chocolatyness is pretty rich and satisfying:)
  • Rob A.
    Rob AtkinsonApril 24
    Inventive flavors, take away from the counter or sit in the courtyard. More doughy style donuts if you like that
  • Lea D.
    Lea Dessi-OliveFebruary 14, 2015
    Great gluten free donuts. Fried in normal donuts fryers though. Go to the patio in the back
  • Maya S.
    Maya ShanmugamNovember 4, 2015
    I love all of the quirky combos here, although the passionfruit is an all-time fave.
  • Robert B.
    Robert BrewerJune 9, 2011
    Donut bread pudding is heavenly: a melange of whatever leftover donuts they had yesterday. Delicious, and sustainable!
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 21, 2011
    Sara Spearin has outfitted her tiny shop with a luxe La Marzocco espresso machine. Among her seasonally-inspired doughnuts: Meyer lemon with huckleberry.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 16, 2013
    Go to dynamo to try unique flavors like quince or cardamom, and get a cup of Four Barrel Coffee.
  • ScottySauce
    ScottySauceFebruary 24, 2011
    Try the Lemon Pistachio Donut - One of the best donuts I have had and an awesome combination.
  • Zero d.
    Zero de ConduiteMay 30, 2012
    Try the Rhubarb Donut - Plus focaccia and a couple of other donuts. Not the healthiest lunch, but extra nummy
  • Ansell
    AnsellApril 3, 2014
    The Maple Bacon Glazed Donut really is great, and so is the Spiced Chocolate!
  • James G.
    James G.September 16, 2015
    Try the passion fruit glazed donut with chocolate sprinkled on top. It's simply delicious :-)
  • Yash C.
    Yash ChechaniOctober 7, 2015
    One of the best cappuccino I have in the mission. Always consistent too.
  • Mamie R.
    Mamie RheingoldApril 5, 2014
    Get the lemon Sichuan. It is light and fluffy with a spicey lemon zing.
  • James Y.
    James YuMarch 29, 2009
    Get a donut here, any flavor is good. Try the orange ginger and you'll surprised by the snappy flavor.
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