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Mar 23, 2009 11:16 AM

Looking for New Doughnuts

Every spring, I do a doughnut tour (see here for a previous one: of the best doughnuts in LA and every year I try to add something new. This year, I'm out of ideas, so I thought I'd put it out there. Looking at the list below of places I've been, what is the best LA area doughnut shop not on the list? Thanks.

California Donut
Donut Man
Randy's Donuts
Royal Donut

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  1. Are you visiting dedicated doughnut only shops?

    The doughnuts I had at Animal a couple of weeks ago were fantastic.

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    1. re: cjla

      Thanks cjla. I agree the doughnuts at Animal are great, but for this, I am looking for more traditional doughnut shops, as opposed to high end restaurants, many of which are also making doughnuts these days.

    2. So you had to go and say the "D" word. Good for you. I look forward to your updated donut post.

      I have been to the places you mention and they are very good. The two places below have my full attention for the donuts listed. These two places know the correct temperature to heat their consistently clean new oil, and for exactly how long to cook, to make the perfect exterior and interior.

      Peacock Donuts (Best selection of Crullers, best plain cake and iced cake -- especially the chocolate iced white cake, Best for all things cinnamon)
      34 E. Durate Rd. (1 block East of Santa Anita Ave. & plenty of parking in the rear)
      Arcadia, CA 91006
      (626) 445-6564

      A.M. Donuts (Best Raised Glazed donuts in LA -- just looking at these large pillows of air takes me back to the Helms Bakery truck)
      34 W. Las Tunas Dr.
      Arcadia, CA 91007
      (626) 574-0160
      One Block West of Santa Anita Ave. Across the street form Rite Aid, hidden in a small parking lot.

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      1. re: JeetJet

        You've definitely piqued my curisoity with these. I will try to make it out to Arcadia to check them out. Thanks.

        1. re: sku

          Hey sku, maybe you could take one for the team and try out one of the "Donuts and Chinese" food places I see in the K-town area. One that I notice most of the time is on Crenshaw Blvd. and maybe Pico (NW corner) in a strip mall. I'll try and get the exact address. There are others around - I just can't come up with a more accurate location than the one on Crenshaw.

          Add: Found 3 listed: (none of these is the one I see)

          Tweedy Tender Donut & Chinese Fast Food
          4209 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles - (323) 735-8786

          Seventh Star Donuts & Chinese
          1754 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles - (323) 291-6766

          Royal Chinese Food & Donut
          11499 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City - (310) 390-7017

          1. re: sku

            I forgot to mention that A.M. donuts also has a good buttermilk bar and a large selection of cinnamon crumb donuts. II think I even saw a cinnamon crunb apple fritter there along wth something that was cinnamon crumb with chocolate icing on top.

            Peacock Donuts has a number of cinnamon items without the "Crumb." I have tried them all and so should you. I also always ask for a plain cake because they have a slight crust outside . Actually, I ask for a "well done"" plain cake because I like as much of the crusty texture as I can get. But that is what makes all the iced cake donuts at Peacock so good. Both of these places take pride in what they do.

            1. re: sku

              So I ended up going to these two. I wasn't that excited about AM and definitely didn't think it's raised glazed was as good as Bob's or Stan's, who do great one, but I loved the French Cruller at Peacock. It was almost custardy inside, definitely a step above the regular Cruller, and I do love the crullers. Thanks for the recs.


            2. re: JeetJet

              Thanks for the rec on the glazed donuts from A.M. Donuts in Arcadia. Stopped by this morning and had a couple of those pillowy glazed donuts and they just melted in my mouth! Definitely the best glazed donuts I've eaten in SoCal.

            3. I love DK donuts on Santa Monica Blvd at 16th St (next to a 7-11). I don't know if they are outstanding overall, but I love them because they carry a good rendition of the white vanilla creme filled donuts (not custard, this is more like white frosting) that are really popular on the east coast but (other than DK) do not seem to exist in L.A.

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              1. re: Nicole

                That shop also has donut holes (in a bunch of different varieties) which I really like and have had a hard time finding elsewhere.

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  Yeah, I like the donut holes too. :)

              2. My vote goes to K'S DONUT EMPORIUM at Beverly Glen and Ventura. (There are two other outposts, but neither comes close to quality. They are the same franchise, but separately owned.) Glazed old-fashioneds, apple fritters, crullers, everything's good.

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                1. re: Emme

                  I second K's -- we go to the one on Libbit and Ventura, and their glazed old-fashioned is awesome. Seems like there's a tiny hint of lemon tang in there somewhere!

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Unlike donuts, the Pogis are mostly savory but still suitable for breakfast with a cup of rich coffee. I've never been fortunate enough to have them just as they come out of the oven at Ap-Petite, but tossing a cheese or bacon Pogi into a hot oven at home for a couple of minutes improves both flavor and texture. I wouldn't use the microwave, because it would soften the outside too much.

                    What's that? "What in the world are these guys talking about??"

                    Try Ap-Petite, and you'll soon see -- not only "Pogis" but a large assortment of beautiful and delicious little pastries.

                    1. re: sbritchky

                      The pumpkin seed pogi might be my favorite. The simple butter one is good as well.