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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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    EricDC 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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      Mick Ruthven 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 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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        Primo's
        2918 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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        Mick Ruthven 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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          writergirl 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!

          1. Veggietales 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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              Krispy Kringle 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 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. DonShirer 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 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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