Serious 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:
Address: 6540 Washington Street, Yountville
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
Favorite: Chocolate-covered doughnuts
Address: 915 E. Route 66, Glendora
Favorites: Strawberry doughnuts, French crullers, glazed doughnuts, peach doughnuts
Fritelli’s Doughnuts and Coffee
Address: 350 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills
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
Favorites: Tart-sweet buttermilk bar, crumb doughnuts
Address: 805 West Manchester Avenue, Inglewood CA
Favorite: Apple fritters
Address: 10948 Weyburn Ave., Los Angeles
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
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.
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