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MarkG Dec 2, 2012 05:06 AM

rated by some as best donut shop in america. what can you tell me about the place.

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    upstarter Dec 5, 2012 11:23 AM

    Randy's has the best chocolate or maple frosting you will ever have.

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      pnutbuddah Dec 3, 2012 01:12 AM

      Unfortunately I work 3 minutes from Randy's and have had FAR too many apple fritters and chocolate old fashioned chocolate donuts over the past year. Both are excellent.
      Unfortunately the quality at Stan's has gone down as the prices have gone up over the past two years.
      My new favorite shop is DK's Donuts at 16th & Santa monica Blvd in Santa Monica. It looks like the kind of donut shop I would never go into, but it's great. Their peanutbutter & chocolate is better than Stan's, and their cream filleds are heavenly.

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        ipsedixit Dec 3, 2012 07:27 AM

        Unfortunately I work 3 minutes from Randy's and have had FAR too many apple fritters and chocolate old fashioned chocolate donuts over the past year. Both are excellent.
        Unfortunately the quality at Stan's has gone down as the prices have gone up over the past two years.
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        Are you talking about Randy's or Stan's here?

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          Ogawak Dec 3, 2012 08:36 AM

          I read Pnutbuddah's post as talking about both places.

          To the OP, I like Randy's; it is a landmark building and they make great donuts 24 hours a day, although I wouldn't have you go there late at night. But Donut Man and Stan's are better. Donut Man is better in the spring and summer when they have their famous strawberry and peach donuts.

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            Capybara Dec 3, 2012 04:54 PM

            Hard to read pnutbuddah's post in any way but as:

            2 sentences about Randy's.

            1 sentence about Stan's.

            3 sentences about DK's Donuts

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              Feed_me Dec 4, 2012 05:19 PM

              I like Randy's overall and I think their raised donuts are their best product. I've never had Stan's. I only ate Donut Man's strawberry donuts just once when a friend bought a batch, and although they were pretty good I didn't think it was worth the drive (not convenient for my friend or me) and if you take them "to go" they get somewhat soggy from the juice pretty quickly. Although it'd be more trouble I think if they could pack the components separately (yeah, I know I'm insane) so you could assemble them later it might work out better. I wasn't with my friend so if I was there I would have eaten one on the spot which I think is usually the best way to measure the taste of an item.

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                pnutbuddah Dec 5, 2012 11:27 PM

                Thanks Capy for the correct analysis of my apparently unclear post.
                Randy's - Great fritters and chocolate old fashioned.
                Stan's - Been going downhill.
                DK's - A rising star and my current favorite.

          2. ipsedixit Dec 2, 2012 11:26 AM

            I don't know about the best in America, because I don't think Randy's is even the best in Los Angeles.

            That said, I still think it's very good.

            I don't get out that way very much, but I will say that Randy's custard filled donut eclair glazed with chocolate makes me weak in the knees, and could probably be legitimately considered a contraband in certain dictatorship-driven third world countries.

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              Jack Flash Dec 2, 2012 10:26 AM

              They're not the BEST I've had; I like Stan's in Westwood and Donut Man in Glendora better, but they are pretty darned good.

              1. wienermobile Dec 2, 2012 09:30 AM

                Randy's donut shaped building is more famous than it's donuts. For a really great donut try some of Stan's Donuts in Westwood Village like their Reese's Peanut Butter Pocket with fresh banana donut.
                http://www.stansdoughnuts.com

                1. Servorg Dec 2, 2012 06:58 AM

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786025 I'm a Primo's man, through and through http://www.primosdonuts.com/ (I always make the same joke..."Primo's -making Angeleno's the same shape as donuts for over 50 years")

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