Greek Doughnuts at Mr. Puffs

Mr. Puffs
Location
: 1425 Dundas Street East, Mississauga
Website: https://mrpuffs.com/

Mr. Puffs is a chain that specializes in fried doughnut holes — they’re basically Greek-style loukoumades, though the menu and website never uses that word, referring to them only as puffs.

The puffs come topped with various sauces and flavours; the woman behind the counter said that honey cinnamon and sugar cinnamon are the two most popular, so I got six of each (an order of 12, which comes out to about eight bucks, is the smallest you can get).

Mr. Puffs

This location has just opened, so I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that they’re still working out the kinks.  This style of doughnut is generally soaked in syrup, but the syrup was just drizzled on here, resulting in a final product that was just barely sweet (and the sugar cinnamon variety had the same issue).  The doughnuts mostly tasted of the oil they were fried in.

Mr. Puffs

I also think that the oil might have been a bit too hot, because the exterior was aggressively crispy (I could barely put a fork through it) and the interior was soft and gummy.

Mr. Puffs

Still, despite the issues, it’s a fun concept — assuming they work out the kinks, it’s definitely worth checking out.

BeaverTails

BeaverTails - Cinnamon & Sugar
Location: Hopefully parked on my driveway forever, but check their Twitter; it’s a food truck
Websitehttp://www.beavertailsinc.com/

I’m going to be honest: I like BeaverTails (cinnamon and sugar BeaverTails, to be specific) far more than I should probably admit. There’s not a whole lot to them — it’s just a big, flat piece of dough that’s deep fried, buttered, then dipped in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. That’s it.

Crispy and crunchy in spots and fluffy in others, combined with just enough cinnamon and sugar to make it sweet but not cloyingly so, it’s so damn good. I can’t resist it. There are other, similar fried dough options (mini doughnuts, churros, etc.) but BeaverTails are king.  There’s just something about the irregular shape of the dough, which gives it textural contrast, that makes it irresistible.

I’m actually glad that there’s no permanent BeaverTails outpost in Toronto, because I’d be eating there all the time. I would live there. They would know me by name. I would die of a heart attack within a couple of years. It would be a life well lived.

BeaverTails - the truck BeaverTails - Cinnamon & Sugar