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BEST S.F.V. DONUTS?

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I love Donut Man, Primo's and Fritelli's (unlike some on this board) but I sometimes work in the S.F.V. and would like to grab a Chocolate Covered Buttermilk/Old Fashioned or a Chocolate Covered/Custard Filled on the way to the job. Who makes their donuts with some love/pride in their product and doesn't just use the same old corporate donut mixes? Added bonus for a good cuppa joe (a la Fritelli's) in house or a great cuppa joe or cap. nearby! TIA!

P.S. Are buttermilk and old fashoned donuts the same thing?

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  1. I'm not much of a donut gal but lots of people really like K's Donuts at Ventura Blvd. & Beverly Glen in Sherman Oaks. Their apple fritters are apparently a standout. Can't advise about their coffee but there are Starbucks in either direction on Ventura Blvd. as well as nearby Coffee Roaster just east of Woodman and Pane Dolce kind of across the street from Coffee Roaster.

    I have always thought buttermilk and old fashioned are the same (with options of unglazed, regular glaze, chocolate glaze) but if I'm wrong then I'm sure someone will clarify. On the very rare occasion I do eat a donut, my favorite is a regular glazed buttermilk.

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    1. re: Debbie W

      In my head, a buttermilk is a bar that's got a "split" down the middle (like a loaf of artisanal bread, only sweet and deep-fried)... an old-fashioned is a plain cake doughnut ring. I love old-fashioneds.

      As for the donuts -- K's is not bad at all, though I'm partial to Dad's on Victory and Buena Vista in Burbank (next to John's Eat & Park -- but never, never ever eat there).

      1. re: Debbie W

        K's Donut Emporium is THE BEST for glazed old-fashioneds... These aren't the same as buttermilk bars. Aside from shape difference, old-fashioneds are made from a sour cream base; similar yes I know, but not just the same batter piped into different molds.

        K's has fantastic olds, BBars, apple fritters and muffins. Their coffee is also pretty good; many stop here for *just* the coffee.

        1. re: Emme

          You people stink. Now I HAVE to get a donut.

      2. If you're close enough to visit K's, then also try sometime USA Donuts on Kester and Burbank (SW corner).

        Great everything....cinnamon rolls, BMBs, glazed, and my favorite..the chocolate chip roll...amazing!!

        Whenever I bring a mixed dozen or two for clients, they always flip over them and want to know where I got them...always very fresh, too.

        GK in SO

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        1. re: GK in SO

          Does this USA also have French crullers?

          1. re: JeetJet

            Jeet, I'll have to check on that and get back to you.....(ducks from glare of stares from more educated Hounds)...what exactly is a french cruller, anyways?

            I'm an LA boy who grew up on Helms and Van De Kamps etc., and I don't ever remember such an animal.

            1. re: GK in SO

              Light, airy, eggy "twisted" round doughnut, often with glaze of some kind on top.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Ya, Some people even refer to it as a "Twister." Think of a round shape but in a twisted, or curls, or ringlets then glazed or topped with icing like other donuts – one sexy looking donut.

                For a very poor photo
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruller

          2. re: GK in SO

            Odd, because there are USA donut shops all over.

            Frankly, the doughts there are OK, but the family that runs it can be a bit odd and stand-offish at the oddest of times for the oddist things. I asked for an extra box once, and was nearly kicked out. Theo woman actually scolded me for having a motorcycle accident down a quarter block down burank blvd and "distracting" the customer. I guess they all ran out to see what the noise was about.

            Silly me, after having just been wiped out, knocked through the air over a hood and reduced to lying face up on the pavement by a cell phone talking twit turning left, my first priority was not to the crazy donut shop owners business.

            Pretty nice donuts and smoothies, though.

            1. re: Diana

              OMG, that's so horrible Diana, are you OK? Sounds like you're lucky to still be here, and have teeth with which to chew, donuts! Hope you're OK.

              Obviously, your's is a "unique" experience with that USA, I've always found them to be super-nice. Also, I know there are other USA shops, but this is the only one I've visited, so I can't comment on them, but think this one is very good.

              They have smoothies, too? :-)

              1. re: GK in SO

                It was a few years ago, and I'm fine. The owning family is generally OK..but just has odd quirks now and again.

                They claiim it never happened. I don't mind. I suppose morning business is important to them, even though they are open 24 hours.

                I do like thier donuts better than silly Krispy Kreme.

                I haven't eaten a doughnut in about 5 years, though.

                They have yummy smoothies and shakes!

          3. Das Ubergeek made a rec for Dad’s several weeks ago for French Crullers. I tried them and they are excellent and surely an indication of pride in donut making. The display inside this place is something that must be seen. Worth a drive.

            Ube also mentioned another place on Whitsett and Victory in NoHo. ???? I will look sometime soon.

            Also, a true must try is Dennis Park Bakery. Just look at the name – “Bakery” The maple bar, chocolate bars, jelly filled, glazed and.... I am not sure whether Stan’s is still there out on Moorpark Road. Maybe give a call.

            Dad's Donuts & Bakery
            2501 W Victory Blvd Ste E
            Burbank, CA 91505View Map
            (818) 841-1910

            Dennis Park Bakery
            15431 Devonshire St
            Mission Hills, CA 91345-2618
            (818) 891-3053

            Stan’s Donuts
            658 N. Moorpark Road
            Thousand Oaks, California
            (805) 381-1818

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            1. re: JeetJet

              Thanks ol' friend. I love your lists!

              1. re: JeetJet

                Stan's is still standing.
                However, I never notice any huge out-the-door crowds...perhaps locating themselves next to Whole Foods does not help them.

                1. re: JeetJet

                  Unfortunately Dennis Park closed recently , which really sucks as it was sort of an institution in these parts, they had wonderful pastries and did a very fine tres leches as well....

                  1. re: wizardx

                    Very BAD News. Any hope of a reopening?

                    1. re: JeetJet

                      Not at this location, one of the last days they were open the owner was lamenting the fact that she didnt have any plans as they just terminated her lease... really a huge loss for all kinds of fresh baked goodies in the north valley area.

                      1. re: wizardx

                        It's kind of far, but you did say SFV and Burbank isn't exactly part of the SFV so I'll throw in my favorite is Blinkies Donuts on Topanga (between Ventura Bl/Mulholland Ave).

                        Great donuts and they always have a great selection. If you're in the area, try them!

                        Blinkie's Donut Emporium
                        4884 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                        1. re: LesThePress

                          Burbank is absolutely part of the SFV. It's just not part of the City of Los Angeles. San Fernando (after which the valley was named) is the same story.

                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                            Yeah. Now how about Glendale? Borderline?

                            1. re: Akitist

                              That's the New Yerevan Valley... home of the best kabobs in LA.