LA’s best donuts?

fritelli%27s.jpgSerious Eats’ Ed Levine came out with his “America’s Best Doughnuts” list, including what he considers the “traits of a top-notch Doughnut.” He says, “In the end, we judge doughnuts with our hearts and souls. If a doughnut place is beloved, local, and independent and is frequented by kids, cops, and college students, we declare our undying devotion and loyalty. It’s easy to sing the praises of a doughnut shop if it’s been owned by the same family or even a series of local families for a long time.”

Are there any places like this in LA that you know of or feel this way about? What makes a good donut (or donut joint) for you?

Of the 8 donut places in California on his “best” list, 7 of them are in the LA area. Now I’m not a donut connoisseur, but I’m wondering if Ed made any egregious oversights on his “best of” list. Do you agree/disagree with his list?

(See the detailed California list after the jump)

Excerpted from Ed Levine’s America’s Best Doughnuts list:

Bouchon Bakery
Address: 6540 Washington Street, Yountville
Phone: 707-944-1565
Favorites: On weekends only, all three Bouchon Bakeries produce extraordinary jelly doughnuts with house-made jam and equally addictive pastry cream’filled doughnuts topped with a serious dab of chocolate (sometimes these are called Boston cream doughnuts). Yes, they’re $3.50, but they’re worth every penny.

Address: 20429 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth
Phone: 818-341-2869
Favorite: Chocolate-covered doughnuts

Donut Man
Address: 915 E. Route 66, Glendora
Phone: 626-335-9111
Favorites: Strawberry doughnuts, French crullers, glazed doughnuts, peach doughnuts

Fritelli’s Doughnuts and Coffee
Address: 350 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills
Phone: 310-276-1408
Favorites: Allison Winston gives designer doughnuts a good name. For anywhere between one and two bucks, you get doughnuts that are ethereally light, greaseless, and made with high-quality ingredients. The key-lime doughnut is refreshingly tart, and the blueberry buttermilk long John was light and actually tasted like blueberries

Primo’s Westdale Doughnuts
Address: 2918 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles
Phone: 310-478-6930
Favorites: Tart-sweet buttermilk bar, crumb doughnuts

Address: 805 West Manchester Avenue, Inglewood CA
Phone: 310-645-4707
Favorite: Apple fritters

Address: 10948 Weyburn Ave., Los Angeles
Phone: 310-208-8660
Favorite: Peanut butter and fresh banana with chocolate chips

Bob’s Coffee and Doughnuts
Address: 6333 W. 3rd Street, Suite 450, Los Angeles Farmers Market
Phone: 323-933-8929
Favorite: Plain cake doughnuts
Notes: Bob’s was also recommended by La Brea Bakery co-founder and serious doughnut fan and doughnut maker Nancy Silverton.

::previous post by heathervescent “high-end donuts”::

Photo by chotda, used under Creative Commons

9 thoughts on “LA’s best donuts?”

  1. Christy’s Donut’s on Foothill Blvd in Monrovia is good.
    My absolute weak spot still is for the Krispy Creme “buttercream” filled, thank gawd the nearest spot I can get one is in Burbank so my artery’s are safe a bit longer.

  2. Strange. I read that DON-T HUT (“What’s missing? U”) in Burbank was right up at the top. I can’t remember where I read it, but they do have great donuts.

  3. Well I have posted about yummy fritelli donuts before. I have made more than one fan. And I always get a kick out of going to a Bev Hills donut shop.

  4. I’ve always thought Bob’s was overrated, but I’ve only been there a few times. Maybe I need to give it another shot.

    There’s a place on 3rd just west of Vermont that’s called, I think, California Donut. Love that place, and so the cops. That’s always a good sign.

  5. My vote for best donuts: I don’t remember the name- it was ma’s or grandma’s donuts off the 10 freway at Cal State Universty LA.

  6. Stan’s is the one near UCLA, right? I loved their blueberry donuts. I blew through plates of them every time exams came around. The whole freshman 15, right there, one night. Bam.

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