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Hot Donuts? Timing is everything.

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Nothing says "good morning" like a hot donut, but sadly in my experience the only way I ever hear those words is after I heat it up one myself in the toaster oven.

Showing up at midnight or 1 AM for a donut just isn't my thing. Does anyone know if any donut places in LA (Stan's, Primo's, Randy's, etc.) have a set schedule of when they turn out a steaming hot glazed? Or am I really just left in a precarious situation where what comes out is really just a matter of supply and demand?

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  1. I agree that timing and warmth make a huge difference in the doughnut consumption experience. This is one of the reasons I am such a fan of Primo's buttermilk bars. Primo's makes it's doughnuts in small batches, and most of the time, if you go during normal morning doughnut hours, they will be hot, or at least warm.

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    Primo's
    2918 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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    1. re: David Kahn

      David, have you tried the chocolate topped buttermilk bars? They are nirvana in the guise of a doughnut.

      1. re: David Kahn

        Second the primo's morning hours. You really can't miss getting warm donuts in the mornings. At most you wait another 10 minutes for the next batch.

        1. re: Jase

          Third it. A while ago I went to pick some up early on a Saturday morning and Mr. Primo (no idea if that's his name or not) let me come in the back and watch "my" donuts being made. So good.

          1. re: cookie monster

            Ralph and Ceiia Primo. And lets not forget Frank, the first arrival in the morning (usually he's there about 3:30 AM or so - we tend to see each other as I am usually riding by on by bike about the same time he arrives so we wave).

      2. Can't help with exact timing, but Bob's at Farmers Market does such a high volume on weekend mornings that we are frequently in luck just showing up and asking what's hot. And we are in very good luck indeed when the cinnamon rolls are right out of the oven. Earlier is better for hot doughnuts athere nd Bob's opens an hour or so before the rest of the market. (I think at 7 am, although I haven't actually ever been there at 7.) I have to admit that my sons, now 17 and 18 have had Bob's doughnuts at least once a week for their entire lives (well, at least after they started eating solid food), to no ill effect.

        1. Most donuts heat up real well. So, even if you've missed "the magical time", pop that sucker in the microwave and nuke it about 10 seconds and eat it right after that - it's scary how well it replicates that taste. This is especially true for the Krispy Kreme classic glazed.

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          1. re: J.L.

            I second the 10-second microwave tip. I do it all the time, especially for anything glazed.

            1. re: Normal Garciaparra

              Sweet. I love it when someone who bats .313 in the bigs seconds my advice.

          2. Primo's. 6:30 AM. Heaven.

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            1. re: Thi N.

              As I type with one hand, I am enjoying said fresh hot donut from Primo's. Heaven indeed.