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Spudnuts? Are they good?

socalqtpi Aug 29, 2006 11:59 PM

I saw a donut shop in the Santa Clarita area that specializes in spudnuts (purportedly made with potato dough). I'm not sure I want to try them, but I'm curious...are they any good?

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  1. DonShirer RE: socalqtpi Aug 30, 2006 12:03 AM

    This fad recurs every decade or so. I first tasted them in a little shop in Berea, OH in 1939 (ok, so that dates me).

    As far as I can tell, every version of them I have tasted (on the east coast and midwest) is pretty much like a regular donut. California versions may vary.

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      MrShoop RE: DonShirer Aug 30, 2006 02:22 AM

      They are worth a try. Maybe not as good as some of the best donut shops around town, but significantly better than the Winchell/Dunkin/Krispy chains. I really like the glazed bar - lots of nice chewy-fluffy potatato dough.

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      Krispy Kringle RE: socalqtpi Aug 30, 2006 05:42 AM

      At least a few years ago, the Santa Barbara branch made a great French style donut, incredibly light and airy. But when I had the same donut in Culver City it was BLECH, dry and tasteless! A huge disappointment. Dunno if it was a bad batch, but I have not been back.

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        MrShoop RE: Krispy Kringle Aug 31, 2006 12:23 AM

        I recommend the store on Figueroa & 30th near USC. The one on Venice & Sawtelle is hit and miss.

      2. Veggietales RE: socalqtpi Aug 30, 2006 02:11 PM

        I grew up with spudnuts. I always loved how the doughnut was a bit more dense than your average doughnut. If you like that then give it a go.

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          writergirl RE: socalqtpi Aug 31, 2006 12:08 AM

          I have to say, until I read this post, I thought Spudnuts was just the name of the donut shop on Venice in Culver City. You never know when you'll learn something new from the Hounds!

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            Mick Ruthven RE: socalqtpi Mar 18, 2007 09:47 PM

            There's now a Spudnuts thread on the Chains board.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/382476

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              Mick Ruthven RE: socalqtpi Aug 19, 2009 10:12 PM

              I went to the Spudnut shop in Sacramento today and posted about it on the California board.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/646032

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                estnyboer RE: Mick Ruthven Aug 26, 2009 10:22 PM

                i used to live right by venice Snuts - i think it's the best chain donut. i wasn't always up for driving up to Primo's which IS a CLASSIC.

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                EricDC RE: socalqtpi Aug 27, 2009 01:16 AM

                SO GOOD.

                Well, OK. I have been to the one near USC, and it tastes like a regular donut.

                The one up in Santa Barbara is AMAZING - particularly their french crullers and their CREAM PUFFS, which for whatever reason the one near USC doesn't seem to have.

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