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Jul 11, 2010 09:27 AM

Stan's donuts

My oh my! Haven't been to Stan's in probably 30 years. Hubs drove there this morning and brought back 4 donuts. Peanut butter w/ banana (2), Blueberry with some cheese filling and a chocolate covered one also with a cheese filling. Outstanding donuts. They all had a sort of crispy texture when biting into them. Delish. A little pricey at $10, but worth it.

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  1. Happy wife = Happy life. Stan's Donuts can help with that.

    1. Where are they located or are you going to keep it a secret?

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          I didn't know they have a location in Thousand Oaks.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Thanks for the info. Gotta try it the next time we're in the area. It's my kinda stuff.

            1. re: mucho gordo

              Stan's also has an annex in Thousand Oaks, on Moorpark Road, in the same center with Whole Foods:

              Stan's Donuts - Second Location
              658 North Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks

              1. re: liu

                It's a tossup, Liu. I live in the valley and, on occasion, drive to T.O but Westwood is still a tad closer to me. Parking in T. O. is probably much better though. Decisions <sigh>

                1. re: mucho gordo

                  Hi, mucho gordo!
                  Parking is not an issue at the Thousand Oaks location. You can legally park anywhere in the huge Whole Foods lot...and usually just pull up in front of Stan's...easy parking in the 'burbs!
                  And after your sugar fix, you can go to Whole Foods for something healthy!

                  1. re: liu

                    Are they as sugary as Krispy Kreme was? If so, I can't eat them. Sorry, Liu, healthy isn't in my vocabulary. I'm strictly a meat/potatos comfort food type.

                    Krispy Kreme
                    1548 S Azusa Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748

                    1. re: mucho gordo

                      Well, they're definitely sugary (c'mon, the'yre donuts after all).

                      But Stan's creations are more substantial than the soft, airy donuts of Krispy Kreme.

                      So maybe same amount of sugar, but Stan's donuts definitely have a higher ratio of flour to sugar than a similar sized Krispy Kreme donut.

                      1. re: mucho gordo

                        I hear you, mucho g!
                        I wear blinders when I go to Whole Foods, to keep me focused on my task.
                        And when Stan's calls my name as I run by, I stick my fingers in my ears and loudly hum a Mozart concerto!

                        1. re: liu

                          I for one give into the siren calls of their deliciously decadent donuts.

                          1. re: liu

                            reese's peanut butter cup and banana/peanut butter, and a new turkey bacon donut (i guess it's healthy).

                            great stuff, though each donut is a hella of a meal, and equivalent to three regular size donuts.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  Stan's Donuts
                  10948 Weyburn Avenue
                  Westwood Village
                  one block from UCLA

              2. I love the peanut butter and banana and my son loves their chocolate peanut butter (the peanut butter and jelly is good too!)

                1. The peanut butter pocket is my favorite donut ever.

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                  1. re: annapurna7

                    great stuff, very heavy (even for a donut) but delicious, and not cheap for a donut of course, and why does diddi reese's always have a line but not for stan's. stan's i quality, but dr is just mediocre crap at cheap prices.

                        1. re: kevin

                          Warm cookies and liquid chocolate chips...Mmmmmm.

                          And while we're talking about fresh sweets, I worry about Stan's in Thousand Oaks. They don't appear to be busy, so I don't know how they maintain a fresh donut case.

                          I have only visited this location a few times over the years that they have been in Thousand Oaks. Perhaps I miss the early morning crowd -- or maybe they have a booming take-out business, but whenever I pass by on my way to Whole Foods, it appears to be empty inside this adjacent donut shop. If they don't turn over quickly enough, how can they maintain their variety and freshness?

                          Seriously, I would be interested in hearing from someone who visits this Thousand Oaks Stan's to hear about the freshness and variety of this shop compared with the Westwood location which appears to be busier.

                          1. re: liu

                            on that i woulodn't know, i always go to the westwood, original location. actually didn't here of the thousand oaks outpost until only a few months ago.

                            1. re: liu

                              I stopped by last night -- on my way from Costa Mesa to the Palm Springs area -- and the case was full, with a diverse collection of very fresh and delicious donuts. (E.g., glazed, chocolate kruller, and a fritter-like creature -- all good.) It was around 2 a.m., and no one was in the place other than the friendly donut-maker/salesman/cashier. I'm used to stopping at Donut Man in the same wee hours and finding two or three employees, several customers, and exactly the same number of bathrooms, viz., zero. If you had posted sooner, Ida ast the guy, "How's business?" I'll check on their projected survival next time.

                              1. re: hnsbmg

                                Hello, hnsbmg! Thanks for your post!
                                I have never been by Stan's at 2 a.m., so it is interesting to hear about life -- or the lack thereof -- at that hour in this area. Thousand Oaks and the surrounding neighborhoods shut down quite early.

                                1. re: hnsbmg

                                  You were going from Costa Mesa to Palm Springs and you stopped by the Stan's in Thousand Oaks on your way there?


                                  1. re: annapurna7

                                    annapurna, how else can you get a Stan's donut at that hour? The Westwood shop was closed. Also, I possibly should have mentioned an intermediate stop to see a donut-loving friend, but I'd been up for 40 hours when I posted and felt an overwhelming urge to be cryptic. ;-)

                                    BTW, I asked the guy at Stan's how long that location had been open, and he said, "About five years." My favorite is still Donut Man, but I wish I'd figured this out a little sooner -- lots of DM vs. Stan's tastings missed on trips to Santa Barbara.

                                    1. re: hnsbmg

                                      LOL. Ok, that makes complete sense now. :-)

                      1. In today's LA Eater: The oft overlooked Stan's Donuts in Westwood has spawned a second location in Chicago's Wicker Park. Opened yesterday morning, the retro-looking shop makes standard glazed and cake donuts, specialties like cinnamon rolls, and a rotating digital menu with flavors of the day. Though the L.A. outlet doesn't seem to have much aspirations of growth, there are more Chicago locations in the works.

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                        1. re: wienermobile

                          That's so weird. In Chitown of all places ?

                          I love those peanut butter Reese's donuts as well as the banana glazed donuts.