Best. Doughnut. EVAR!

Now in season: best doughnuts in the WORLD!
Now in season: best doughnuts in the WORLD! Click to make bigger and more delicious.

After Lucinda’s Divine Doughnuts earlier in the week, doughnuts were all I could think about. Foremost in my mind was a memory from my childhood; the doughnut which has never been surpassed (and I’ve tried a lot of doughnuts.)

My younger brother was in town for a couple of days this week, so we got on our motorcycles and rode out to the far east San Gabriel Valley. We grew up in Glendora, so it was a bit like going home.

They say you can never go home again, and to a certain extent they’re right. Riding through Glendora had a kind of familiarity to it, but so much had changed that it didn’t really feel like home anymore. One thing hadn’t changed, though, and that was the biggest motivation for our ride.

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Jim has been the Donut Man in Glendora for as long as I can remember. I don’t know when Jim took over what was then called “Foster’s Doughnuts,” but I do remember my parents chatting with him at the doughnut shop when I was about five or six years old, so that would’ve been the mid-’70s.  Although we hadn’t been there in more than 10 years, Jim recognized my brother’s face, and asked after our mom.

Donut Man, Glendora.
Donut Man, Glendora.

The strawberry doughnut did not disappoint. As good or better than I remembered it, although as I remember, it was quite a bit larger then. I think the reality of it is that I was quite a bit smaller then. Either way, it was without a doubt the best doughnut ever. When you go to The Donut Man – and you will go – I recommend the strawberry doughnut. Just in case strawberry isn’t your favorite, though, there are many other tasty temptations.

Photo by Waltarrrrr used under Creative Commons.
Photo by Waltarrrrr used under Creative Commons.

Perhaps best of all, anytime the craving hits you, the Donut Man is there for you. Open 24 hours a day.

Anytime is the right time for the Donut Man. Photo by Waltarrrrr used under Creative Commons.
Anytime is the right time for the Donut Man. Photo by Waltarrrrr used under Creative Commons.

The Donut Man can be found here, on East Alosta Avenue between Glendora Avenue and Lone Hill. Go. Go now! Go often. Ask for Jim, and tell him that Nancy Burns’ son sent you.

9 thoughts on “Best. Doughnut. EVAR!”

  1. I’ve been wanting to go here ever since hearing him on Good Food a few years back. I didn’t know that the strawberries were saucy like that–that’s kind of a turnoff for me (I thought they were just fresh strawberries).

    What are the donuts like? The best donut I’ve had is at Stan’s.

  2. Evan: I’m no food blogger, so a truly enticing description will elude me. It’s true that there is a glaze on the strawberries. It is a little syrupy and I could do with less of that, but it doesn’t really detract from the awesomousity (yes, I just made up another superlative.) The doughnuts themselves are perfection: just the right sweetness with a soft, firm texture. The other doughnuts are great, too. My favorite are the cake doughnuts, which are the perfect density without being heavy. I’m told the tiger tail can’t be beat, too.

    Really, you just need to try them yourself. Then you shall be enlightened to the truth. Best doughnuts anywhere, ever.

  3. There was actually an infamous “Donut Ride” a couple years ago in which a group of intrepid cyclists (I believe including our own Sean Bonner) undertook a late night-to-dawn trek to a series of shops starting with Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood and ending to with Donut Man in Glendora. I’ve been wanting to go ever since — thanks for the reminder!

  4. As a matter of fact, Will, that last nighttime photo was shot by Waltarrrrr on the infamous doughnut ride. Could it be that our own Sean Bonner is in that picture (in silhouette, of course?)

  5. Probably best not to know the calorie count, but I’d guess well over the total recommended daily allowance.

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