Tuesday, September 27, 2011

#213: L.A.'s Over the Top Donut Shops

D'oh! I forgot my change! cried Brad, who was so eager to eat his donut that he drove past the confused cashier, grabbed the bag from my hands and gobbled up his giant glazed donut in thirty seconds flat. 

Secretly, I was happy we had to turn around--it meant another drive through the famous brown arches of The Donut Hole, a 24 hour drive through donut joint in La Puente.  As one of the 800+ donut shops in the L.A. area, The Donut Hole stands above the rest, literally. 

Brad, a huge donut fan, was sufficiently impressed by The Donut Hole's glazed version as well as their coffee.  Later that day I heard him reminiscing out loud a few times (mmm, douuugh--nutttsss), so I knew they passed the test.

In Inglewood near LAX, you'll find another towering ode to donuts, Randy's Donuts. Randy's has a solid 4 star rating on Yelp and has been featured in many movies--most recently Iron Man 2. Built in 1953, Randy's was the second of ten locations of the now defunct Big Donut Drive-In chain. 

The third in our triumvirate of Over the Top Donut Shops is The Donut Man in Glendora. The Donut Man's famous strawberry donuts are so precariously stuffed to the brink with fresh juicy glazed strawberries that they make donuts seem almost good for you.

The Donut Man has been serving up their popular strawberry donuts for nearly 40 years, 24 hours a day. Also popular are their Tiger Tails, Bavarian creams and Maple bars. The owner, Jim Nakano, prides himself on using fresh natural ingredients and making the fillings from scratch.

Anyone have a napkin?
Photo from Roach D. on Yelp

Have you been to any good donut shops lately? Leave me a comment below!

1 comment:

  1. We love The Donut Man. Their fresh peach and strawberry donuts are the best! Will have to bring our baby girl to go try out the other 2 places!
    I just discovered your blog and I love it!