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Donut Man (fresh strawberry donuts are back)

monku Feb 21, 2011 06:09 PM

Stopped by the Donut Man today and was surprised fresh strawberry donuts were back. Didn't get the fresh strawberry donut, but opted for the huge chocolate covered strawberries.

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Donut Man
915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

 
 
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    carter Jul 6, 2011 08:57 AM

    An article from yesterday's LA Times on Jim's infamous strawberry doughnut, with baseball or softball-sized donuts (your estimation), picture included.
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/daily...

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      attran99 Jul 5, 2011 04:51 PM

      Does anyone know if peach doughnut season has started, yet? I'm looking to spoil my staff at work for their efforts.

      Thanks!

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      1. re: attran99
        ipsedixit Jul 5, 2011 08:03 PM

        I would give them a call and Stan and can tell you on the spot.

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        Bradbury Feb 22, 2011 09:46 AM

        I dropped by at about 10:30am Friday for a (very very early!) 'pit stop' on the way to Death Valley and was thrilled to find not only the strawberry donuts but also, as a happy consequence, a second round of apple fritters!

        If you've never had the apple fritters at Donut Man, there are a few things worth knowing: 1) they can feed a family of four 2) they put the greasy dull hockey-puck fritters at most places to shame, and 3) they only make them once, at around 3:30am, and as such they're usually gone around 9am. [Donut Man is open 24 hours but does their daily oil-change-and-cleanout at about 4am. Apple fritters have to be the last things in the oil due to the apple and cinnamon bits that can stick to anything that goes in afterward.]

        Because of the popularity of the strawberry donuts, they're presently doing a second oil change at around 10:30am, hence the second fresh morning batch of fritters for a limited time only...

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          monku Feb 22, 2011 10:15 AM

          Apple fritters are shaped and the size of a baseball.

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            Bradbury Feb 22, 2011 10:35 AM

            At Donut Man, more like the size/shape of a baseball CAP (minus the bill, of course)...

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              monku Feb 22, 2011 10:44 AM

              No way....definitely a baseball.

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                Bradbury Feb 22, 2011 10:47 AM

                Oh dear. I hope they didn't shortchange you, because the one we picked up Friday fed the two of us all the way to Hesperia...

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                  monku Feb 22, 2011 10:53 AM

                  I was wearing a baseball cap the last time I got one and it wasn't that big.

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                    ipsedixit Feb 22, 2011 01:23 PM

                    I was wearing a baseball cap the last time I got one and it wasn't that big.

                    ___________________________________________

                    Maybe you have a big head.

                    But, let's call a truce. Let's say they're the size of a regulation softball?

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            Norm Man Feb 22, 2011 07:13 PM

            Thanks for the heads up on the Apple Fritters. I usually can't pull myself away from Donut Man's fresh fruit donuts (strawberry or peach) and Chocolate Bavarian Cream Donuts.

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            Donut Man
            915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

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              baloney Feb 23, 2011 10:59 AM

              Do you guys think DM is worth the drive from the South Bay? If so, I'm trying to calculate an optimum time to come for the freshest and most varied selection. Seems like after the 4am oil change? I'd rather come early(but not ungodly early!) to avoid traffic. I've had DM once but it was several years ago, wasn't too impressed but I am obsessing for a good donut, I'd be willing to try them again.

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                choctastic Feb 23, 2011 11:15 AM

                I love DM but I personally don't think it's worth the drive, especially when you have Primos so close to you, and especially especially if you can't come at an ungodly hour.

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                  baloney Feb 23, 2011 11:19 AM

                  I love the owners and people of Primo's but I'm just so-so on the donuts. I've had all kinds from there, the buttermilk bars countless times but I always end up just saying "meh".

                2. re: baloney
                  Dommy Feb 23, 2011 12:13 PM

                  I say yes, but only if you make a day out of it. You can visit the Arboredum or Santa Anita. Maybe hit Zelos for dinner. We always hit it on our way out of town! :)

                  --Dommy!

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                    Norm Man Feb 23, 2011 12:32 PM

                    Baloney, I think Donut Man is worth the drive. I live in Marina Del Rey and do a Donut Man run 5-6 times a year.

                    I usually have the Half Chicken Plate at Dino's Burgers in Azusa and then head to Donut Man for Dessert (of course, I always bring back a dozen donuts too).

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                    Donut Man
                    915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

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                      ipsedixit Feb 23, 2011 01:05 PM

                      As big a fan as I am of Donut Man and Stan's magic with fried dough, it is most definitely not worth the drive from the South Bay. Esp. with a gallon of gas quickly approaching $4.

                      Now, maybe if you do as Dommy suggests and make a day out of it, then perhaps. But you better really love flowers and plants because some people find the Arboredum kind of blah. Better option than the Arboredum might be the Hungtington Library in nearby San Marino.

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                      Donut Man
                      915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

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                        baloney Feb 23, 2011 02:18 PM

                        I'll see if it works out logistically, I might stop by DT to do some work at the office afterwards, that would make it a little less wasteful of a drive...or I could swing west to Pasadena and THEN go DT....hey, I've got options!! Now the question will be, will I be recovered enough from Urasawa tomorrow to endure a donut marathon on Saturday? Probably.

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                        Urasawa Restaurant
                        218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                          ipsedixit Feb 23, 2011 05:38 PM

                          There is no better way to cleanse after a full-on meal at Uraswa than a donut orgy at Donut Man.

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                          Donut Man
                          915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

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                            baloney Feb 23, 2011 08:55 PM

                            That's what I'm hoping for. And if I'm still alive after the next few days, I will report back on both visits with pictures.

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                        Ogawak Feb 23, 2011 01:25 PM

                        This would be a great independent thread: To make a day of it, what restaurants are good near Donut Man?

                        My answer: Petrillo's in Glendora.

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                        Donut Man
                        915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

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                          Professor Salt Feb 23, 2011 08:02 PM

                          For a smarmy, cheap fast food option, may I suggest the Taco Bell franchisee in Glendora that still makes chilitos aka chili cheese burritos.

                    2. ipsedixit Feb 22, 2011 09:10 AM

                      Interesting. Quite early in the season for strawberries.

                      How did the chocolate ones taste? Good strawberry flavor? Or where they just drowned out by the chocolate?

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                        raytamsgv Feb 22, 2011 09:55 AM

                        I'm guessing the strawberries must come from Mexico.

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                          Dommy Feb 22, 2011 10:23 AM

                          Nope, pretty decent strawberries are popping up all around farmer's markets...

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                            raytamsgv Feb 22, 2011 10:34 AM

                            Would you mind asking the growers if you get the chance? I'm really curious. Maybe they're coming from San Diego county?

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                              Jack Flash Feb 22, 2011 11:13 AM

                              Harry's Berries (from Oxnard) returned to the farmers' markets a week ago. They have been at Pasadena the last two weekends. Other Oxnard-area growers have also started bringing strawberries as well.

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                                Dommy Feb 22, 2011 12:03 PM

                                Yup! I didn't buy from Harry's... but the guy in Mar Vista said they were from Oxnard...

                                --Dommy!

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                                  raytamsgv Feb 22, 2011 01:25 PM

                                  Thanks for the info!

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                                    choctastic Feb 23, 2011 10:16 AM

                                    Yeah, this winter has been unseasonably warm so you're seeing all kinds of things now that aren't really normally found now.

                        2. re: ipsedixit
                          monku Feb 22, 2011 12:02 PM

                          Can't comment, my wife and daughter ate the strawberries and I had a tiger tail and plain buttermilk bar.
                          I don't think DM would serve fresh strawberries now unless they were good.

                          On a side note an Oxnard farmer told me the were busy picking berries last week in anticipation of the big storms that were forecast.

                        3. ElsieDee Feb 21, 2011 07:14 PM

                          Yay! Thank you for letting us know that they're back on the menu. Very much appreciated.

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                            reality check Feb 21, 2011 07:19 PM

                            I just called and they are sold out of chocolate covered strawberries and they do not know when the are going more.

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                              monku Feb 21, 2011 07:28 PM

                              We were there 11:00am and asked for them (they weren't on display).
                              They must pick the larger ones to chocolate cover, because they definitely aren't the same size as the ones they use for the donuts.

                              Suggestion: If you get the strawberry donuts to go, have them pack the donut and strawberries separately.

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