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Donuts, Donuts, Donuts. When Breakfast just won't do.

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I have stopped at A.M. Donuts several times recently and that got me thinking about the handful of really great Donut shops that I have depended on over the years. Places that take pride in what they do. The result is a “Must try list.”

A.M. Donuts (Cinnamon Crumb on Cinnamon Twist - WOW, Buttermilk, Butterfly, Filled donuts, Glazed, and more)
34 W. Las Tunas Dr.
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 574-0160
One Block West of Santa Anita Ave. Across the street form Rite Aid / Coco’s

Donuts Galore (Best Cinnamon Twist, Apple Fritters, Glazed and more)
1112 Via Verde (VON'S CENTER)
San Dimas, CA 91773
(909) 599-3848
Monday-Saturday: 4:30 AM - 6 PM
Sunday: 4:30 AM - 4 PM
Top of Kellogg Hill, Exit at Via Verde on the 10 Fry and go east (or the 57 Fry and go West). On the South/West corner of Via Verde and Puente St.

Donut Man (Anything & everything is special, The strawberry donut in Feb is a sell out no matter how many they make)
915 E Route 66
Glendora, CA 91740-3608
(626) 335-9111
East of S. Grand Ave., Cross Street: Elwood Avenue.

Dennis Park Bakery (Another Must try, glazed, maple bars, jelly filled and more)
15431 Devonshire St
Mission Hills, CA 91345-2618
(818) 891-3053

Scott's Donuts (Cinnamon Rolls, glazed, twist and more)
27500 Marguerite Pkwy Ste 3
Mission Viejo CA
92692-3518
(949) 364-2263

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  1. Best in the City
    Primo's Doughnuts,
    2918 Sawtelle Blvd.
    Los Angeles CA 90064

    Get the Buttermilk Bars, they are to die for.

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    1. re: P.

      that aint no lie, they do rock! bob's is also rather amazing.

    2. Also for the must-try list when you're in the area is Bob's Coffee & Doughnuts in Farmer's Market, east side. Tiny place but justifiably acclaimed.

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      1. re: tarabell

        The plain cake donuts, fresh and still warm, are my favorite, and have been since I was a kid.

        1. re: TomSwift

          my childhood donut was Bob's powdered sugar donut. you have to ask for them special, they'll make one for you. a delightful crunch into the moisty goodness of the plain cake donut, through the layer of powder sugar that'll gag you ever so gently if you inhale while biting. a cool/warm taste/temperature sensation when the donut is fresh.
          chocolate sprinkle is my #2 and absolutely, the apple fritter is unbeatable.

        2. re: tarabell

          The apple fritters are amazing -- kind of like deep fried crunchy, carmelized apple pie. Get'em fresh out of the fryer and prepare for a quick trip to heaven.

        3. Stan's in Westwood and Golden Donuts in La Canada definitely have their fans as well.

          1. I got turned onto Alex Donut in Hollywood by the LA Weekly some years ago. The only thing I've ever had there is the raised/glazed/iced. They are huge and the donut is glazed and then iced with either chocolate, vanilla, vanilla/coconut or maple. YUM. Best of course in the morning, but even at 3pm they were decent (if there's any left).

            This is on Franklin just east of Argyle, a couple short blocks west of Gower.