Best Donut in LA?
I'm on a search. Gotta love the Primo's, and Donut Man of course. but what is amazing and under the radar? thanks guys.
I spent four years in Westwood attending UCLA. During that time, I was exposed to Stans and Diddy Reese for just about every meeting/small function I attended.
I never enjoyed Stan's donuts. Other people raved about them, but they seemed too heavy for me. Other times, the frosting didn't seem to pair well with the flavor of the donut. Perhaps it was because the people who did the mass buying bought kinds I didn't like and that if I had gone there in person, I would have found one to my liking.
Now that I hear Stan is working the counter again, I would like to try it one more time. There has to be something there for so many people (Chowhounders, no less) to like them.
I couldn't agree more. Plus, I could bewrong about this but I think that lately Stan himself seems to be working the Westwood counter more than he had been, and his renewed presence has improved both the service and the quality of the donuts.
The chocolate-chip-peanut-butter-and-banana donut (all of those ingredients are fresh!) is unlike anything I've ever tasted at any donut shop anywhere, and that alone is worth the trip. Be advised, though, that some of the choices cost as much as $2.00 apiece.
Primo's, which if I'm not confusing things is the one on Sawtelle just north of National on the east side across from Rite-Aid, has light doughnuts. I live right near Stan's in Westwood, but rarely go there because they are very caky and SO expensive.
I go for crispy. I love the cinnamon rolls at the doughnut shop in the minimall at Palms and Sepulveda, across from the Trader Joe's and Galaguezeta. And the Asian proprietress, who sells a LOT of lottery tickets, is extremely nice.
I'm surprised to hear the negative posts on Stan's, which is one of my favorites. I can understand not liking the style or thinking thinking the reputation is a bit overhyped, but horrible? Something must have been wrong. Those are good donuts!
For me, the three best places I've tried in L.A. Country are (in alphabetical order):
Bob's at the Farmer's Market on Fairfax
Donut Man in Glendora
Stan's in Westwood
What's great about the Donut Man is the fresh fruit dounuts, which are really more pastries with farmer's market fruit than your typical donut shop donut. I like their standard donuts too, but the fresh fruit ones are unique (and delicious). But it's in Glendora, which is a trek for most Angelinos (but sort of on my way to work!).
If you haven't tried Stan's and Bob's, you should. Even expensive donuts are cheap and those are two of the places with a good reputation, so you can form your own opinion.