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Duffin's Donuts

1391 41st Avenue East
Vancouver, BC V5W1R7
Tel: (604) 325-5544
Neighbourhood: Knight

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Best Ever Fried Chicken.... Tortas.... Boooooooooo
By ErinLaurens of North Delta, B.C. (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 8:02am [Take-out]

After reading about this place online I was wanting to try these Mexican Torta sammies. Went in and ordered two sandwiches off the board. At 4 dollars how could you go wrong? Well. As I took my number and waited I got talking to some regulars who told me to try the Fried Chicken and that it was to die for. Got one Spicy and one Regular breast. Hands down the best friend chicken I have ever had. The best. The sammies were totally lacking. Threw out most of the two. Smallest amount of meat and an obscene amount of lettuce. I wont be getting the Chicken or the Shredded beed one again any time soon. Was totally bummed about the tortas... but the CHICKEN! TO DIE FOR!

PS: Coconut Cream Donut.... yummy too!

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A Good Alternative to "Tims"
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

After working the night shift, I like nothing more than having a coffee and a donut. I go to this place because it is open 24 hour (which means hot coffee and a fresh donut at 0730h on a Sunday morning).

I actually like the basic, working class decor. The cream is kept in a carton - pour what you need. There are all kinds of people here - it is a nice change from the plastic, faker urban types found in most trendy coffee bars. Crikes, it is 0730 in the morning, I worked all night - I like the fact that I don't feel I have to apply lipstick and change into low riding skinny jeans to get a friggin coffee and donut! LOL! The people in here are people - they ain't trying to impress anyone - so just relax and enjoy your breakfast.

The service is quick and pleasant. The donuts are fresh and tasty (my faves are the Long Johns - big and sweet) and the buttermilk (I like the custard filled best of the three fillings offered).

If I get a chance to try any other menu items, I'll add to my review. For now I think this is a decent, old fashioned good donut joint.

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Some food is good, some is not
By eating good food of Vancouver (114 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 18, 2009 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

Have patroned this place on and off for a few years now.

I must say that the food can be a hit or a miss.

The service is great though. The ladies behind the counter always make me feel welcomed and even if I just want to stay for a few hours and sit with my friends for a few hours, they have no problem with that and are always happy to let me stay.

The food? Well, most of it is good for what it is. I enjoy all of thier doughnuts, thier fried chicken is terrific, I have also had thier salmon burger which I found fantastic, however, their potatoed items (hashbrowns etc....) are not good.

All in all, I usually leave satisfied, thier food is good, but not thier potatoed items.

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Torta subs still the only highlight
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2009 - 6:45pm [Dine in]

I just recently came back here in the wee hours after a year and a half long hiatus, and nothing has changed, other than their prices. The torta subs and their other sandwiches are the only highlight still, though their value is less and less considering the quantity of meat they put in their sandwiches is meager, while the prices go up. The donuts are alright and the fried chicken in the display case look safely edible but some of their drinks (slush), desserts (soft serve) are poor and the chinese food next door sometimes looks real scary.

Service is minimal since all of it happens at the counter, though the staff are friendly.

It's still a dive-like ambience though within time it'll rank as a genuine stinkhole, though it does have tvs to take your mind away from the surroundings.

I can't find a reason why this location (and the original location) seems to attract the seedy underbelly crowd (even though most are harmless) but I would relegate coming here to take out only, though there is less and less reason to come here entirely.

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Hot torta!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 9:05am [Dine in]

I've been to this Duffin's location many times before, but haven't been around in a while. Just recently, I went back for a torta sub for a friends and a donut for me. I also bought a dozen donuts for work the next day. Their hot tortas are always delicious. Unfortunately, the cinnamon fritter I got myself was too sweet and too cakey. The next day at work, I presented the donuts and quickly ran away in case they weren't very good so people wouldn't know it was brought in by me! Girlfriend A came by and told me how the donut was. I decided to give it a second shot and had one myself. The bavarian cream donut was so light and fluffy! In my opinion, much better (and bigger) than Krispy Kremes. At only $5.50/dozen, it's a steal!! Just don't get the fritters! I went for another sandwich last night (quick and cheap dinner at only $3.25). I got myself the Vietnamese chicken sub. It was hot, juicy and delicious.
What great about this place is that you can satisfy your hunger at any time of day since it's open 24hr. It's a one-stop shop giving you choices like donuts, sandwiches, breakfast, fried chicken, chinese food, etc. The eating area is quite large and well-lit, but what lost points for me was the crowd that hangs out here. Perverted middle-aged chinese men who gawk at every breathing female that walks in. It's no fault to the restaurant though.

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Tasty Hot Subs!
By MBAK of Vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2008 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

This might not be the prettiest place to look at or the nicest place to dine in, but it certainly has the tastiest hot subs!

Food: I L-O-V-E their hot torta subs. My favourite is the chicken. Their doughnuts are pretty tasty too. I love their cake doughnut with lemon jelly.

Service: It's a fast food place, so, I can't say a whole lot about their service.

Value: Pretty good for fast food. It's definitely worth the few dollars for their hot torta subs!

Ambiance: Once again, it's a fast food place..but it's definitely a notch higher than the original "Duffin's" on Main street.

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Keroac anyone??
By stripperdj of east vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 1:44am [Dine in]

Allrighty.
Open late?
Check.
Decent food?
Check.
Strange clientle?
Check.

It is a great place to go for the subs and donuts,but the chinese part is nothing to get excited about late night,as it sits under the warmer,and gets pretty dried out by the end.
Donuts are freshmade in house,and the selection is great.
Try the chicken burger.ITs outta site!!

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Open late..
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

Interesting spot. I like that they are open late. And have a variety and choice of eats. This place is like an extended Duffin's on main and 33rd. It offers donuts, torta's, sub's(+vietnamese), chinese, cambodian food. Quite a diverse range of cuisine. The chinese food here is pretty bad and not recommended. and the hot torta are not as good as the ones on main st. This place is never too busy and is open late with a much smaller choice of menu items. Quite a diverse range of customers.

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best fast food in the city, day or night
By goodlifeconnoisseur of east van (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 7:46pm [Dine in]

Anyone who wrote a disparaging review of this place is out to lunch. If you want somewhere with tablecloths, I implore you to go there. Duffins has a wide variety of delicious sandwiches for 4 bucks, great fries, awesome fish and chips, fried chicken, donuts, Vietnamese ice coffee, bubble tea, you name it. Their breakfast, with the pancakes on the side, is a great value and available 24 hours a day. They make little breakfast sandwiches is the morning. They even sell smokes. I stay away from the Chinese food, but it seems to be popular. The staff are always very nice, and contribute to the overall pleasant experience I have every time I go here (which is lots). One of my personal favs is the chorizo and egg sandwhich, or the viet mixed ham. All there stuff is good take out.

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Delicious subs
By hungrybunny of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 6, 2006 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

i'm not a fan of subs but these subs are scrumptious! My favorite are the bbq chicken and the viet chicken. the subs are only $3.50 (excl taxes) and you can also get it with a combo and drink. There's a chinese fast food restaurant attached right next to it.. i believe it is owned by the same person because the workers constantly run back and forth to serve customers. It's no wonder they are so slim >_< well the chinese food is good... i've had better but at only $4.75, it's the cheapest combo i've seen yet! However, the donuts are way gross... they are stale and taste really old. Overall, the food is good. What takes away from the good eating experience is definately the crowds that hang there... the location is just bad i guess... there's bums, perverts, smokers, hobos... you name it. >_<

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Late night and limited options... stick to the torta
By ratrod of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 4:02am [Dine in]

Always busy, especially late at night with locals and people coming back from bars and clubs grabbing a quick bite. While the menu has a lot of items on it, you really should only look at the tortas. Decent tasting and not too hard on the wallet, it's the thing to get if you're jonesing for something edible late at night and don't want to do McDonalds or steal your roommates food. This is not the kind of place to sit down and really take in a nice time, unless you roll in with at least 3 other people and dominate a section of the place. Loud, dirty, and to the point. That's how it is.

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Do Not Eat The Chinese Food Here
By LADYEATSGOOD of Lower Mainland (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

I got food poisoning the next day, and let me tell you, it wasn't fun. I should have known better, but the prices were alluring. There seems to be a bit of a cleanliness issue, now that I think about it, although on the upside a lot of different choices are available in donuts.

Just go to a place specializing in each, not both.

Will not be returning.

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Decent viet sandwich, very good fritter
By DrNo of Main St. Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 8, 2010 - 9:12am [Dine in]

Stopped in for a quick bite and ordered a viet chicken sandwich and an apple fritter. The fritter was very good, nice texture and good taste, not too sweet. Way better than anything you may get at Crap Horton. Chicken sandwich was okay but the chicken wasn't as flavorful as you would find from most Vietnamese sandwich shops. The bread was really good though. Prices seemed average for what I received, no complaints. Service was quick and efficient.

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The Social Hub of Kensington Cedar Cottage
By sushiman989 of East Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

Duffin's is one of the few hangouts in this part of town that isn't a pub or a Vietnamese restaurant so I've been there many times over my 3 years living in the neighbourhood. It's always pretty busy whether it's bus drivers, cops, teenagers or workers grabbing a bite to eat. It's a doughnut shop and fairly clean and brightly lit. The menu is pretty scattered ranging from pastries to Mexican torta sandwiches to Chinese food. I've never ventured over to the Chinese side as I tend to stay away from steam table food where I'm not sure how long it sits there. However, the torta sandwiches are excellent value and delicious. I recommend the chorizo and egg or the machaca which comes with fresh avocado, tomato, banana peppers and lettuce. Given that Tim Horton's donuts have been shrinking over the years, Duffin's makes a superior product and has a solid variety. It's a no frills dining experience but if you're waiting for a bus, stop in and grab a bite.

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A Negative Experience
By tahititradewinds of Southeast Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 12:08am [Dine in]

I had been going to Duffin's Donuts on Knight and E.41st since the first day it opened. I would be there with the kids for after-school snacks, or I'd be there entertaining business clients and partners. The food is okay. Beware, though, they do use MSG . The owner said that's just how it is and shrugged. Our personal favourites are the viet chicken sandwhich and also the green bean dish. I also like the fact that they have complimentary tea. This was also my go-to place for those times when the wife was at work, the kids were at school, and I just wanted to go somewhere out of the house to have a cup of coffee and read the paper. Parking was always available...nice. I'd spend on average $50 to $75 a month there. The only qualm I had was the poor clean-up service. Usually, they won't go around to clean up the tables right after someone leaves. Most of the time, I'd have to smile and ask them to do it. However, after July 1st, things started to go downhill. This was when I noticed they kept on charging the 7% GST, whereas they should charge 6%. I didn't make a big deal about this the first 3 or 4 times, since the difference was only a few cents. But then, in I did mention this in last week of July, and they said they were still working on having their cash register machines re-programmed, and that anyways, the were submitting 7% to the government . Fair enough. Now, at the end of August, I was pre-paying 3 large trays of food for a party, and the bill went over $110. I pulled out my cellphone calculator and discovered they still charged 7% GST!! I told them I was only going to pay 6%. The lady got her boss on the phone (who was perhaps at their other location), and the boss said they changed it to 6% already. I told them I had a calculator. There was a few seconds of silence. Then she told me to leave and to not buy anything from there again. Beware !!

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Disgusting Establishment
By jollyg of westend (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 7:33pm [Dine in]

I bought a doughnut that was never to be forgotten - Not in a good way. I bought a powder rasberry filling and the doughnut was stale and there were pieces of sand or dirt in the jelly. I should of went with my first instincts to walk out, cause any place that sells cigarettes right behind the doughnut stand should not be trusted. Plus, they were selling everything including: chinese food, combodian food, vietnamese food, bean desserts, ice cream, fried chicken, sub sandwiches, custards... and it seems like all of theses foods have been sitting for 1 week min. NEver NEver NEver Again!

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Lomo Torta Sub
By Porkchop of Kensington Heights (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Duffin's since their location on Main Street. The new location is solid. Forget all other torta subs; $3.95 buys the best pork sandwich in town. The roll is crusty and the fried pork cutlet has just the right amount of fat and seasoning. Plus, the doughnuts are pretty amazing, as well. I especially like the old fashioned donuts with custard. Worth the drive.

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