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Unique Donuts

I saw a show on the Food Network about a donut place in NYC that has original, fresh, and unique donuts called Donut Factory. The guy created his own recipes and uses all natural flavorings. They looked awesome! Is there any place in the LA area like this? All the donut places I've been to around here, they all taste the same!

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  1. The only Donut place that is a step above all IMHO is Donut Man in Glendora. We went the other night, 8pm, they were still making FRESH donuts, we asked for the freshest one they had... still warm, gooey... it was donut PERFECTION...


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    1. re: Dommy

      That's because they're open 24hrs. And they make them round the clock. (I make sure of that with my random, late night visits, just in case they're slacking.)

      1. re: ozzygee

        Good that you're up to the task of keeping an eye on those do-nut slackers, OZ.

        1. re: yayadave

          Just doing my chowhound duty so you can all eat safe at night.

          1. re: ozzygee

            Hope you remembered your Chowhound Checker Badge.

    2. Stan's Donut Shop in Westwood Village, on Weyburn and Broxton, has a combination chocolate chip/smooth peanut butter/chunks of fresh banana donut that, when fresh, is one of the most outrageously delicious, transcendent snacks I've ever eaten in my life. Stan's other donuts are terrific as well, but be advised that they all tend to be on the heavy side (as opposed to airy).

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      1. re: Arthur

        Stan's is also in Thousand Oaks at 658 N. Moorpark Road. in the new Whole Foods shopping center at the corner of Wilbur and Moorpark Road. (805) 381-1818

      2. thanks for the recommendations! I'm going to try both of those places. I just love donuts, I wish I could meet all my nutritional needs from them.


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        1. I 2nd Stans. I Also Like RANDYS Donuts in Inglewood. Just drive down the 405 Fwy and you Can't miss it it's the Place with the BIG Donut on the roof.

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          1. re: Skunk2Racer

            A third recommendation for Stans, as they are unique. Love anything there with peanut butter. I also like their blueberry buttermilk donuts.

          2. Good suggestions so far. A couple of other places you might consider are:

            My favorite doughnuts, by far, are Primo's Westdale Doughnuts (2918 Sawtelle Blvd., at National, (310) 478-6930). Buttermilk bars that are among the best I've had anywhere, ever. Traditional flavors, but very well executed.

            Also, there's a new place in BH called Fritelli (http://www.frittelli.com/ ) that is trying to go high end, with interesting flavors, etc. I thought they were just okay, but the concept is a good one, and others have liked their doughnuts more than me. (For me, the most important thing with doughnuts is that the ingredients be of good quality, and that they be very, very fresh, preferably still warm from the fryer; Fritelli uses good ingredients, but the times I've been there the doughnuts have been cold and a touch stale.


            There's also a place in the Fairfax Farmers Market (Bobs?) that gets good reviews here. I've only tried these once or twice, and thought they were pretty good, but not up to the high standard set by Primos.

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            1. re: David Kahn

              Bob's are good if you get the craving while at Farmer's Market. I'm interested in hearing opinions on DuPar's donuts, now that they've reopened. I used to love the braided cruller (basically, a glazed donut), but that may just be a fond memory from my youth. Has anyone tried them?

              1. re: CynD

                I haven't been since the redo at DuPars but my grandma used to bring me the round/no hole kinda yellow very heavy cake donuts with a thick blob of chocolate frosting. One with a cup of coffee would sit there all day but they sure tasted great!!!

              2. re: David Kahn

                primo's ...great donuts...not your "normal" donut place...few options...but damn good !! the cinnamon roll is also worth a try. of course, i live close to donut man and with each visit i appreciate the place more and more - the key for me...they always have fresh donuts ...the key is to ask which ones they just made

                1. re: David Kahn

                  I am a Bob's partisan but I always pick them up at 8 a.m. ish, the prime eating. And I really only two or three types, glazed raised, chocolate glazed raised, and the crumb.

                  1. re: David Kahn

                    Fritelli ia a good suggestion if you want interesting, non-traditional doughnuts with fresh, high-quality ingredients. I've never had a stale one there, but yes, they aren't usually "still warm from the fryer." Then again, I've never found a doughnut place that *does* offer doughnuts fresh from the fryer, unless they have a very limited selection. Logistically it's just too hard to offer 20-ish different varieties all fresh from the fryer, because turnover is going to be a lot slower when you have that much selection.

                  2. One of the first things I noticed about LA, at least, the San Gabriel area, is that there are a lot of Donut shops around. I was happy to see that I haven't seen a Dunkin Donut, nor a Krispy Creme. (Dunkin Donut is everywhere in NYC). I was also starting to think that there must be great donuts to be had here in LA if all these places seem old and yet have withstood the test of time.

                    Unon doing research on the board, I made a trip to Uncle Joe's. I got way too many donuts, but ate them all within 3 days. I haven't had a maple bar in ages! The Apple Fritter. - couldn't put it down..too many delicious edges of sugared crispness. The plump little cinnamon cake donuts and the raised cinnamon donuts were both delicious in their own way. The cake donut with bright orange frosting...sinfully good. I can see how, eventually, one could get tired of donuts, but luckily for me, I've still got room before getting there.

                    It's probably not too difficult to figure out:
                    NYC has good water....there the bagel is, over all , on a higher level than LA. Actually, I don't see that many bagels in LA.

                    LA has good, tasty milk. Much easier to get decent milk and cheap in the regular grocery stores. In NYC milk is mostly mass produced, and doens't taste as good to me.
                    Maybe the LA hounds have taken them for granted, but please believe me when I say that you guys have it good here! You have choices here.

                    1. The place in NYC is called the Donut Plant and trust me, they look better than they taste!

                      1. By the way, where are good cream or custard filled donuts around here? Primo's didn't have any when we went there.

                        1. Thanks all for the great responses! Yes that's right the NYC place was called Donut Plant. That's too bad if they aren't that great tasting, what's wrong with them? The show made them seem like they were the best.

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                          1. re: woggiedoggie

                            In NYC they spell it the long way: The Doughnut Plant.

                            It was my pre-chowhound days (maybe 10 years ago?) when i first started hounding for that donut:
                            First place I had it was from the bakery of the old Balducci on 9th street (not there any more). The 2nd time i tried to get it I was told the man who brought his donuts to sell there (yes, he had been making them in his basement) is starting his own shop. No further information. Fast forward...i hear of a new donut place opening up. It sounded like the same guy with a basement bakery.

                            I've been to the new places a couple of times. Everything there looked great. Sometimes, the oil taste a bit old. It made the doughnut a bit heavy, even it's the raised kind that I liked. It's more substantial than the usual raised donuts. So, when it's not at its freshest, it's not so good. The owner supplies the best ingredients, Ronnybrook half and half for the pretty decent coffe that sell there, nice ice tea during the summer..to go with the donuts. The are very different from all the other donuts around. They are darker, richer in taste, and breadier. I wish the donuts were smaller and stayed fresh better though. I miss the donut that I first tasted, that he delivered on the back of his bike. Maybe it's a lot more difficult to make something as good on such a large scale.

                          2. i think all the flavors my vary, but what i tried (i wish i could rthat they were) were really dry. They are very dense. I like donuts lighter. Just a matter of opinion. My mom likes them! I guess they are worth a try if you are going to NYC. They sell them all over, not just at the original store.

                            1. re: donut man in glendora -- are strawberries now in season?

                              1. Donut Man in Glendora won't have Strawberries for about another month or so; this el nino weather has totally hosed the crops. It's still worth going to, especially for bear claws and apple fritters. I was on a date with a girl in Oxnard and after dinner we drove all the way to Glendora for dessert. That's basically the entire length of Los Angeles County for those of you tabulating at home.