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THE DONUT MAN Question

Been reading about THE DONUT MAN for years and the recent piece on the Food Network got my attention again. My favorite donuts are buttermilk bars and old-fashioned and only ever go for those. Not much of a fan of yeast donuts which I believe the strawberry and peach filled ones are. Is it worth it to make the trek to Glendora to try the buttermilk bars and old-fashioned at THE DONUT MAN?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. They're very good. Good tang, not overly sweet. If you like your buttermilk bars on the sweet side, these won't be to your liking.

    Sort of wish someone would make buttermilk donut holes from old fashioned style buttermilks..

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Thank you! most important to me is they have the crisp exterior and most center. Are they glazed (I need me some glaze!!)? I love the one's at Primo's and Stan's of course but always looking for more options for my favorite donut type.

      1. re: bruinike

        Yes, they're glazed. I think the buttermilk bars are terrific. Also, try the cake doughnuts with various fruit-flavored icings (often orange and strawberry).

        1. re: bruinike

          The filled donuts get all soggy and I find them not to be appetizing. I am fond of the tiger tail and the old fashioned. Not sure they are worth the drive though.

          1. re: bruinike

            Yes, glazed as others have said.

            Which leads me to this question ... are buttermilk donuts (bars or old fashioned) better glazed or au naturel?

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Primo's has unglazed buttermilk bars and they are excellent in their own right.

              1. re: Servorg

                Ok ... then, which one do you prefer?

                I like them both, depending on my mood. If I've got a good cup of Joe, then I think I would opt for unglazed.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I switch back and forth, but when Mr. Primo or Frank turns out the chocolate topped ones (no glaze just chocolate icing) I always get that one. There is just something about the warm buttermilk bar and the slight gooey, melty chocolate that I cannot resist.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                Depends what you're in the mood for.
                I prefer unglazed buttermilk bars....that sugar glaze is way too much for me.

                1. re: monku

                  i don't like it when the glaze is too thick, but when it's thin and crackly, OH YES.

          2. We drove out a few years ago to try the fresh strawberry donuts. They were okay, but they were a little soggy, I don't know if it's worth the drive. But if you do make it an excursion and go early and have breakfast at Flappy Jack's, it was very good.

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            1. re: paprkutr

              Did you eat them there or did you take them home?

              They will package them for take out with the donut and strawberries (or peach) separate so they won't be soggy when you get home.

              1. re: monku

                I took them home, and they didn't offer to separate them. Considering that I bought like two dozen at the time, you would think they would suggest it.

                1. re: paprkutr

                  I'm surprised they didn't ask if you were ordering 2 dozen.

            2. Don't go to The Donut Man if you only want buttermilk bars. I've had buttermilk bars from all different places and there is no difference (and I like buttermilk bars).

              Go to The Donut Man for their fresh peach or strawberry donuts, tiger tails, cinnamon rolls, fritters, claws and crullers. When they got them get the chocolate covered strawberries.....huge and chocolaty

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              Donut Man
              915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

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              1. re: monku

                To Monku's list of recommendations, I would add Donut Man's overstuffed Chocolate Covered Bavarian Cream Donuts.

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                Donut Man
                915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

                1. re: Norm Man

                  That's my favorite too! I love how the whole inside is filled with Bavarian cream-- how it should be, but isn't, at the average doughnut shop.

                  1. re: avivale

                    He should change the name to "Donut Master"

                    1. re: monku

                      Do you have any idea about the quality of ingredients at Donut Man? Spending some time on the east coast recently, I was horrified to discover that Dunkin Donuts Bavarian cream, for example, is made of corn syrup, oil, and "modified food starch". (That must be why they spell it "kreme" not "cream" :) No shortage of chemicals in the dough, either.

                      I'd just like the comfort of knowing that Donut Man, as an independent shop, uses old fashioned ingredients like real sugar and milk. The fresh strawberries and peaches taste farmers market good so I hope...

                      1. re: avivale

                        I'm sorry, but what's wrong with "modified food starch"?

                        Unless you're a celiac (and even then it's debatable), what's the problem with modified food starch?

                2. re: monku

                  "When they got them get the chocolate covered strawberries.....huge and chocolaty"

                  They have them again, and earlier this evening I got (foolishly, only) one. It was as monku describes, and the strawberry fruit was ripe, juicy, and sweet. A French cruller (probably my favorite at DM) was also delicious -- very fresh and airy. This weekend, I'll bring along a note reminding me to have several chocolate-covered strawberries + donuts from the cooling rack.

                  -Harry

                  P.S. to fritter fanatics: You rarely see either apple fritters or apple/raisin/cinnamon rolls on the ready-to-eat shelf these days. The guys have told me to call in advance, and they'll make up a batch. Be sure to bring a wheelbarrow if you're planning on buying more than a couple fritters.

                3. The buttermilk bars are just fine, but the apple fritters could (quite happily) feed a family of four ...

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                  1. re: Bradbury

                    That's the honest truth: the apple fritters are fantastic (and huge). I'm also a fan of the buttermilk bars and the tiger tails. I don't know that the buttermilk bars alone are worth the trip if that's the only doughnut you're interested in. But perhaps you could bring a few friends, each order a couple of different doughnuts, and set up a tailgate buffet in the parking lot!

                  2. Primos has the best Buttermilk bars!!

                    The Donut Man has excellent raised & cake doughnuts(especially when warm).

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                    Donut Man
                    915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

                    1. When you step up to the counter at Donut Man (as I do several times a week, on average), the only question worth asking is, "What's fresh?" Unless the answer is fritters stuffed with pickled pig's brains, that's what I get, and it makes a difference. There are few food pleasures greater than a still-warm plain, glazed DM donut, unless it's a warm French cruller or apple fritter.

                      Note to the OP: if you think you're "[not] a fan of yeast donuts," I suggest trying the ultra-fresh candidates at Donut Man. You may have epiphanies on top of your epiphanies.

                      -Harry

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                      1. re: Harry Niletti

                        Thanks all for weighing-in. Sounds like the takeaway is that it's not worth the drive is all I am interested in is a buttermilk bar or an old-fashioned. I do like cake donuts but not enough to eat over the former two. Oh well! I guess I am saving time and gas money! Thank you!!!

                      2. I love Donut Man.

                        But allow me to list my (minor) complaints about the place.

                        1. Weak plastic forks. I need sturdier ones to attack the peach and strawberry donuts
                        2. No restrooms -- either in-store or within a convenient walking distance.
                        3. No indoor seating, which makes my carwash service people very happy ...

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                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          I want a second 24-hour location **with a drive-thru lane** within a couple of blocks of the 60, the 210, or, preferably, the 10. I'd probably still go to the original most of the time, but having an option would be great, as long as it didn't harm quality at either place.

                          -Harry

                        2. My faves at The Donut Man are the Bavarian Filled and the old fashioned. They are both really, really good. I also like their Twist. Super fresh and soft. I, personally, can do without the strawberry and peach ones, but when I have taken them to parties, they get gobbled up immediately... so maybe I am the weird one.

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                          Donut Man
                          915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

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                          1. re: WildSwede

                            "so maybe I am the weird one."

                            You may be, Swede ;-), but I also think that the peach and strawberry DM donuts are not their best offerings, although I really like the chocolate-dipped strawberries (which, they told me last night, won't return until February).

                            -Harry

                            1. re: Harry Niletti

                              The strawberry donut really isn't a traditional donut.

                              It's more like a strawberry shortcake using a donut as a base (instead of a biscuit). Same with the peach donuts.