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Dec 29, 2007 08:29 AM

Donut shops in San Diego

Can anyone recommend the best donut shops anywhere in San Diego.
Someone told me VG in Cardiff is the best. Can you recomend any other
of this quality

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  1. Mary's -in Santee.

    On Mission Gorge at the 125/52 - SouthEast corner. Been there forever (more than 30 years). Open 24/7.

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    1. re: Cathy

      Second on Mary's. Really good doughnuts!


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      1. re: HungryHarry

        It is actually only one response, Harry.

        It isn't a question of liking donuts, it is an answer as to where are quality donuts other than Cardiff.

        Both Cardiff and Santee are in San Diego County.

        Perhaps you want to start another post asking about donut shops within the City of San Diego only.

        1. re: HungryHarry

          Actually, it was three responses with one recommendation, to be technical! :-)

          If you were expecting a whole long list of donut shops, I think most of the rest are chains and are pretty ordinary to mediocre. I'm not aware of any others, if anyone else is maybe they will chime in.

          1. re: Alice Q

            There is one in Leucadia "The Leucadia Donut Shop". I have not been there. I have read about it. Of course Leucadia is further north than Cardiff, so........

            I loved VG when we recently tried it for the first time.

            Good luck on your donut hunt, Harry

            1. re: Enorah

              There is a great, although tiny, donut shop in Imperial Beach.

              Stardust Donut Shop
              698 Highway 75

              1. re: Encinitan

                Oh, good call! I had forgotten all about this place. Yep, good donuts, and I love their cinnamon rolls.

                1. re: Encinitan

                  Stardust Donut Shop really has some tasty donuts..
                  Apparently the owners open up at whatever time they can get up in the morning, and stay open until the last donut is sold.. so I've only had them when other people have bought them and shared with me.

                  Anyone try these, and know how they compare to the world famous Mary's donuts?

                  1. re: epicureous eggplant

                    never heard of Stardust...need a clue as to where it is so I can do a proper comparison...when I find it open.

                    1. re: Cathy

                      I know, I know... I thought it was a lil strange...but then again how refreshing.. wake up to do something you love (make donuts) whenever you feel like, and that makes your living.

                      Anyhow, I think 9 am or 10 am would be a safe time to make it there?

                      If you take the Coronado bridge to the silver strand, take the the strand into imperial beach, and Stardust will be on your left hand side. I believe it's a couple blocks from where the silver strand ends and becomes imperial beach.

                      If you take 5s exit palm ave to the right, keep straight towards the strand, and Stardust will be on your right hand side.


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                        When I am down that way I will "take one for the team" and let you know.

                    2. re: epicureous eggplant

                      Their cinnamon rolls are amazing, as well!

                2. re: Alice Q

                  Mid-last century there used to be a chain of donut shops in SD call Heavenly Donuts, and while they weren't quite "heavenly" they were pretty darned good. There is one last Heavenly Donuts shop left where the donuts are still pretty darned good. It's on Waring Rd. and Twain AVE. in Allied Gardens, next to the dirt lot and the alterations shop. It's not in the same league with VG or Mary's, but it's not too many steps behind behind.

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    This is probably a useless aside, but am I the only one amused by all the donut shops in the former Dunkin Donut stores? Most of them still have the same decor, and it's been about what - 15 years since Dunkin moved out? A low margin business, I guess.

                    I guess it's sort of like "Bertos", except it seems the donut shops have names like "Yummy Donuts", "Sunny Donuts", etc.

                    I'm quite fond of the gigantic apple fritters at Golden Donuts in University City (in the Von's shopping center at the southeast corner of Genesee and Governor). I'm not sure how good the rest of their donuts are, because one of those fritters gives me a weekly quota of saturated fat (I try to split them with somebody, but often there are no takers). Twice the size and flavor, and half the price, of the Starbucks offering.

                    1. re: RB Hound

                      They also used to have good chocolate buttermilk bars - I grew up in that neck of the woods but it's been a long time since I've been there!

              2. I'm always looking for good doughnuts. Recommendations in this thread have been VGs, Mayrs, Mission George, Leucadia, and Stardust Donuts.

                Are there any other suggestions?

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    Actually, VG's is a full-service bakery. We get our kids' birthday cakes from there, they have breads, the chocolate chip and coconut cookie bars are really good too. They even have some high-end kind of desserts (eclairs and such) at the end of the case. It's a great place, a community gathering spot ("the Cardiff City Hall" I think they used to call it) and a short walk to the beach at that! Can't beat it.

                  2. Not quite the same, HH, but if it's your anniversary maybe or birthday: The Lodge at Torrey Pines makes their own donuts and they're incredible. They make cinnamon sugar and a filled one I can't remember. My book club meets there and once the chef made us a platter and it was hilarious to see all these skinny, smartypants women stuffing donuts faster than they could talk. But call ahead.

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                    1. re: pickypicky

                      The Julian Pie Company (in Julian or next to Dudley's Bakery) have apple cider doughnuts-I think the cinnamon ones and the chocolate glazed ones are amazing!!

                      1. re: nessy

                        The cinnamon apple cider doughnut is the single best doughnut I have ever had.

                        1. re: dustchick

                          Oh yeah - those apple cider donuts are the bomb (I was going to use another phrase that even censored, probably would result in my post being moderated). I first tried one when they were handing out samples to people buying pies, and I got hooked.

                          Dudley's...Julian Pie Company...if Robert Atkins is in hell right now, it might be an awful lot like Santa Ysabel.

                        2. re: nessy

                          Yeah! We'll be spending one night in Julian, so thanks for the recommendation.