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Mar 8, 2007 11:11 AM

BTW - Primo's Donuts Live Up to the Hype

Tried Primo's Donuts the other day for the first time.

I like donuts, but don't eat them that much because I'm more of a protein eater than a carb eater. So I don't usually think "sweets" for breakfast. (Same is true for bagels, too, which I also like a lot).

But the other day I picked up a mixed dozen (they have a cake dozen, a fancy dozen or a mixed dozen). Excellent.

Kids loved them, too.

Primo's in on Sawtelle near National.

Maybe the best donuts I've ever had.

And - super friendly staff. Treated me like a regular. Made sure I knew that there were fresh chocolate donuts that were still warm to be put in my box then went back to grab them (all the donuts were fresh, but those chocolate ones were still hot and the frosting was dripping).

I read about Primo's on this board, but hadn't seen a recent thread -- this place deserves the hype.

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  1. Glad you liked it. Primo's has, hands down, the best buttermilk bars I've ever tasted.

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    1. re: David Kahn

      And just wonderful chocolate pretzels and addicitive cinnamon rings.

    2. Primo's is indeed great, particularly if you favor that light yeast-risen more delicate donut type. Not far away, on Sepulveda and Palms across from the Trader Joe's, is Royal in the middle of that S/E corner strip mall, with the more crispy-fried glazed cinnamon roll -- yum -- though their crumb donut is also quite light and delicious when fresh.

      1. I think Primo's is one of those classic Chowhound recs. They've been around for a long time - I don't know how long, but I've had their donuts since the 70s and too many in the 80s-90s when I worked in the general neighborhood. They are a family-run joint, and they make batches of donuts throughout the day using their own recipes and great ingredients. I too am very fond of their buttermilk bars and cinnamon rings, but to be honest, it's hard to go wrong with any choice here.

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        1. re: bulavinaka

          They celebrated their 50th anniversary earlier this year...mmmm! Primo's.

          1. re: tony michaels

            Wow - that's amazing... 50 years for anything in the Westside says alot... I'm going tomorrow morning just for old time's sake... thanks

            1. re: bulavinaka

              Apple Pan's been around longer. I remember getting Primos after little league practice at the fields at Webster Jr high across the street. I never knew it was called Primo's and when I went there a few years ago after all this chowhound chatter, I realized I've had these donuts through my childhood. No wonder I love donuts.

              1. re: E Eto

                Yep - I knew the Pan is old, but you wouldn't think of a donut shop being 50 years old, especially with the huge changes in that industry through the 80s and 90s... truly amazing!

                1. re: E Eto

                  The current cook/manager of the Apple Pan has been with them for 50 years.

                  Here's a little 2 minute video about him:

                  1. re: ChinoWayne

                    In the words of Beavis & Butthead: "That was cool!"

                    Thanks CW!

                    1. re: ChinoWayne

                      Eisenhower was president, The Bridge Over the River Kwai premiered, and a then-youthful Mr. Collins began his 50-plus year tour with the Apple Pan... My hat's off to you, sir... Thanks Chino Wayne!

                  2. re: bulavinaka

                    Say hello to Delme and Elaine - the young women who normally tend the counter every Saturday.

                    1. re: tony michaels

                      Will do... again - thanks for the info and the nudge...

              2. Will have to try one next time I'm at Hiko.

                1. I tried them last Saturday ... a little out of my way ...but worth the drive. Shared them
                  with some coworkers who just loved them ... they were fresh, fresh and still warm ...
                  the plain glazed was perfection. Something to look forward to when I have to work over the weekend.