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  1. In about 3 days, it will be the summer peach doughnut at The Donut Man.

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    1. re: J.L.

      Ok, then as of today.

      1. re: kevin

        Buttermilk bar at Primo's (Sawtelle & National).

        1. re: J.L.

          Without a doubt, Primo's buttermilk bar. Ralph mentioned to me that he has been working on a cronut. He said he thought he was really close last Saturday and for all I know he's got them in the case this week. I'll check again when I see them next weekend.

          1. re: Servorg

            Is it ok If we also order a cronut there. Or would that be tooo hipstrish of us ?

            1. re: kevin

              Sure it's fine. Just make sure the stylish hat you wear is 3x too small for your head, and that your handlebar moustache and/or sideburns compliment or at least don't distract from the awesomeness of your tattoos.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster

                "Just make sure the stylish hat you wear is 3x too small for your head..."

                Frank, who gets to work about 3AM (and who I see sporadically as I fly down Sawtelle on my bicycle passing by Primo's on my early am jaunts) to start the doughnut making process does wear a baseball style cap to work in. I wear one too that is from the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton. But they both fit our heads as far as I can tell...

                1. re: Servorg

                  do you feel the awesome fit of your obviously properly humble headgear adds to the enjoyment of and/or skill in creating the deep fried ball of dough?

                  oops, forgot to ask the same question about facial hairstyling.

                  1. re: linus

                    My headgear is to keep from scaring women, children and horses when I haven't had time to shower and my hair looks just a shade worse than Medusa in the morning. Facial hair been uninterrupted for 42 years for same reason as hat wearing...(less the Medusa comment).

                  2. re: Servorg

                    .

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Servorg,
                      Hope you are wearing a helmet over that NHFM hat....

                      1. re: Tripeler

                        If I'm pedaling I'm helmeted...always.

                        1. re: Servorg

                          I figured as much, but couldn't help but confirm.

              2. re: J.L.

                Me too - either plain or cinnamon sugar.

                1. re: J.L.

                  I tried a buttermilk bar at Primo's. First of all, the elderly woman behind the counter could not have been more sweet. She is like the grandmother everyone wishes they could have had. I told her this is my first time at Primos and asked which donut I should try. She suggested the buttermilk bar. I have to tell you, it was no better than Winchells. I don't understand what the fuss is!

                  1. re: jgilbert1000

                    There's a complex subtlety to the flavors (also for Bob's buttermilk) that's really missing from a standard cake donut. It's like the difference between making pancakes with milk and making them with buttermilk-- with buttermilk, you get that extra layer of complexity that's missing otherwise. It's not going to whack you over the head with its in-you-face spectacularity like an overstuffed Donut Man peach donut. But those buttermilk bars are quietly spectacular. The layers of flavors and textures mesh really well-- it's not common that all of those subtle elements can be pulled off so well.

                    Mr Taster

                    1. re: jgilbert1000

                      Was it hot, right out of the kitchen?

                      1. re: J.L.

                        No, it was in the display case. I walked in, asked the woman what I should try, and she suggested the buttermilk bar. It was no better than a Winchells' buttermilk bar. I'll bet if you tried a Winchell's buttermilk bar right out of the kitchen it would be just as good as one from Primo's right out of the kitchen.

                        1. re: jgilbert1000

                          The Winchells near my house is terrible. What Winchells do you speak of?

                          1. re: A5 KOBE

                            Yeah, and a couple of the Winchell's joints have closed recently.

                            I do like Primo's a lot.

                            But I usually stick with the cinnamon rolls and the long johns, either chocolate glazed or maple glazed, which is my absolute favorite.

                            These days I usually skip buttermilk bars everywhere to cake-y for me. I guess I'm a raised, non-cake donut, kind of guy.

                            1. re: A5 KOBE

                              I don't speak of any particular Winchells. I have, maybe a dozen donuts a year from a variety of places (most of the time, someone else picks up donuts for an event). Most of the buttermilk donuts I have are pretty much the same, and I thought Primos was no better or worse than any of the other buttermilk donuts I have. I wouldn't go out of my way for Primos. Stans is another story. Their donuts are unique.

                              1. re: jgilbert1000

                                I agree Primo's is not a donut to go out of your way for. But what I do love about Primo's that most other places neglect is the actual buttermilk. At Primo's there is definitely that little tang that balances nicely with the glaze.

                                Love "The Huell" at Stan's. Stan's also has a good buttermilk but they are so tiny as are their old fashioned varieties.

                                1. re: A5 KOBE

                                  Tiny is frequently a beneficial trait when it comes to donuts ?

                                  What was the "Heull" donut ? Banana and peanut butter ???

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    "The Huell" is just peanut butter with chocolate glaze.

                                    1. re: A5 KOBE

                                      Oh. That's what I get every time.

                                      I just didn't know it by that name.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        The donut is named after Huell Howser after he did a story about Stan's on his show. He also has a hot dog named after him at Pink's.
                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgIaRw...

                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                          The Huell...

                                           
                                           
                                           
                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                            Why would you post that picture?? You are evil.

                                            1. re: A5 KOBE

                                              Exactly. WIENR. I truly hate you.

                                              Just Joking

                                              Sort of.

                                              :)

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                Damn weiner! Always posting pics that makes people hate him!

                                          2. re: wienermobile

                                            Yeah, I knew about the hot dog.

                                            And this is my favorite donut at Stan's but for some reason the imprimatur and nickname of the donut just did not register with me.

                                            Anyhow, I like to call it the Reese's peanut butter donut.

                                            Thanks for the luscious pictures. I'm overdue on a visit, but I'll probably devour a few donuts before i even get back to my jalopy which is not a great idea.

                                    2. re: A5 KOBE

                                      I like Primo's buttermilk without glaze.

                      2. re: J.L.

                        Bavarian Cream Stuffed Donut With Chocolate Glaze at Donut Man when the fresh fruit donuts aren't in season.

                        1. re: Norm Man

                          O.M.G.

                        2. re: J.L.

                          Is the Donut Man located in Glendora?

                          1. re: jgilbert1000

                            yep, glendora indeed.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Also, if you are in the area Pixie Donuts absolutely destroys Donut Man. They put some nice spices in the batter and the donuts are always crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Some of the best donuts in the LA area. Go early though, they sell out fast. The guy behind the counter told me to get a buttermilk bar you have at least swing by before 9AM. But any cake donut there is great.

                              Pixie Donuts
                              594 E Baseline Rd
                              Claremont, CA 91711

                              1. re: A5 KOBE

                                thanks man.

                                i've never heard of this joint.

                                and i do believe that no one has mentioned it on these here boards before.

                          2. re: J.L.

                            Is the Taco Bell with the chilitos and Bell Beefers right next door ?????

                            Thanks.

                            I will hit up the summer peach donuts in a few days. I think I've only had the summer strawberry's before. I just hope I don't make the extensive pilgrimage there just to have those donuts go missing at the time.

                            1. re: J.L.

                              Still marked as out of season on the website. Will be in Arcadia tomorrow, not much more of a stretch to Glendora. Do you know for sure they're starting it soon? (Yes, I know I can just call them, but it's more fun to ask here.)

                              1. re: PeterCC

                                Yeah, let us know if you hit it up.

                                It's not that that far if you are at the east end of the SGV, and wouldn't it even be closer to Shufeng, if you are hitting up the Rowland Heights area to, and if you are hitting up Rowland Heights, you might as well hit up the Live Korean Sashimi joint there, though the name has escaped me. a brain fart for sure;

                                1. re: kevin

                                  That's the "problem" with going out somewhere far, there's a million places that one should visit just because one's "out that way" already...

                                2. re: PeterCC

                                  Getting in touch with your inner kev, are you? (g)

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    What would be the "inner kev" ? :)

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      I don't know but I bet getting there is great!

                                    2. re: Servorg

                                      I was too tired after completing my Ciaogebra homework: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9114....

                                    3. re: PeterCC

                                      Their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Do...) shows the peach donuts as of yesterday!

                                      1. re: PeterCC

                                        Told ya.

                                        1. re: J.L.

                                          I will never doubt you again.

                                  2. Stan's peanut butter & banana.

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                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      Photo of the wonderful peanut butter and banana from Stan's in Westwood:

                                       
                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        +1.

                                      2. Maple Frosted French Cruller @ Donut Man

                                        Followed closely by the Glazed Buttermilk @ Donut Man.

                                        1. Strawberry donut at The Donut Man

                                          1. strawberry shortcake donut at Semi Sweet

                                            1. Raisin buttermilk bar at Stan's.

                                              1. I know you asked for LA, but if you'll allow a stretch to the OC:

                                                Sidecar Donuts in Costa Mesa
                                                http://www.sidecardoughnuts.com/

                                                The Maple Bacon, Huckleberry, Banana Nutella, and Green Eggs & Ham are my faves. Some of the best fried dough in the country, I think.

                                                Also, best cup of joe in the OC serving Stumptown.

                                                Beats anything we have in L.A.

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                                                1. re: revets2

                                                  luv the huckleberry, somewhat reminiscent of m&m's blueberry. 1st time i've seen/tried a monte cristo donut anywhere was @sidecar = not too shabby.

                                                  1. re: revets2

                                                    Nice.

                                                    1. re: revets2

                                                      Sidecar is overpriced, chewy, and some overly sweet. The best donut they have is the simple crumb donut and they want $3 and some change and if you do not eat it there they get chewy.

                                                      Peach cobbler donut was a mess. Huckleberry tasted fine, a bit chewy but not much flavor. Crumb donut was good but they tried to pawn off the old ones with the fresh ones sitting right there so that was a bit dumb on their part. A bit awkward though for me to tell them I wanted the fresh ones, not the ones that had been sitting there.

                                                      1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                        damn, and i wanted to hit this place up especially for the huckleberry and the apple with cheddar and a vanilla donut.

                                                        are all the donuts roughtly 3 dollars a pop and up ?

                                                        that would be like over 10 dollars for just 3 donuts.

                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                          I paid 14 bucks for 4 donuts. Some varieties are more than 4 dollars.

                                                          I could have gotten 7 strawberry shortcake donuts are Semi Sweet or 14 buttermilk bars at Primo's for the same price. It makes Stan's seem like the Goodwill as far as pricing is concerned.

                                                          1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                            Damn. When you make Stans look like the Goodwill then you are outrageously expensive.

                                                            1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                              LOL. But there's nothing stopping you from shopping at Goodwill to "subsidize" the occasional trip to Nordstroms.

                                                              I agree the prices at Sidecar are eye-popping but so is the deliciousness.

                                                          2. re: A5 KOBE

                                                            A5, we'll have to agree to disagree.

                                                            I'm a former pastry chef and I love, love, love Sidecar. Not had a chewy donut there and have been there all times of the day. Actually, the texture is near perfect. Great flavor, bright, shining fruit on the Huckleberry. Good balance of sweet.

                                                            Took a load to another former pastry chef (more talented than me), his father more famous than him...he couldn't believe how good these donuts were.

                                                            Prices are high, but the average is more like $3.50, then $4.

                                                            The Green Eggs & Ham was $4.75 last I checked and a meal unto itself - poached organic egg, Niman Ranch ham, herb and brown butter hollandaise. Picture below. They're using top quality ingredients: valhrona chocolate, tillamook cheddar, madagascar vanilla, farmer's market fruit.

                                                            A5, are you more of a crumb donut personality? If so, and you find yourself in Philly, Federal Donuts is for you!

                                                            I personally prefer the yeast donuts at Sidecar better.

                                                            Different strokes...

                                                            1. re: revets2

                                                              Green Eggs & Ham @ Sidecar

                                                               
                                                              1. re: revets2

                                                                Yes, I am a cake donut person. I do like yeast donuts only right out of the fryer because they tend to deflate and lose their lure after they sit around.

                                                                I never tried the yeast donuts at Sidecar.

                                                                1. re: revets2

                                                                  Are the donuts at Sidecar anything like the ones at Federal Donuts ????

                                                                  Oh. Shit. Oh shit. Ohhh shit.

                                                                  If they are I will have to make a trip in a NY second.

                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                    The donuts at FedNuts are really good, but frankly, I like the fried chicken better. All donuts at FedNuts are cake-style. Last trip, we were in Philly for 48 hours and went three times.

                                                                    The Sidecar donuts are more "precious" and me thinks the texture of the cake donut is better. Unlike, A5, the cake donuts I've had there repeatedly have this awesome crunch. Almost like a shell, over cake.

                                                                    Just polled my posse. We really like Federal Donuts, but if they were located next door to each other, we'd be at Sidecar.

                                                                    See, Kevin, now I've built it up too much for you. Now conjuring up a way to right size your expectations.

                                                                    1. re: revets2

                                                                      I am very excited to know about FedNuts in Philly -- I have family there and will have to visit anon. In the meantime, IMHO, Sidecar is so good it is worth driving 60 miles for. And the destination is all the savorier for the fantastic Australian meat-pie place (pie-not) next door.

                                                                      It is very rare for me to encounter food I would drive long distances for. At least not food that I can afford.

                                                            2. Glazed buttermilk bar at DK Donuts on Santa Monica Blvd.

                                                              Had a conversation with a cop friend of mind, and despite the stereotype - we realized we both had the same opinion and similar tastes. We have both tried the vaunted glazed buttermilk bar at Primo's and we don't get it.

                                                              This is a deep fried cake - and a deep fried cake should have some kind of crunch to it - which Primo's does not.

                                                              Primo's is a touch airier, and I can see why some people might prefer that.

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                                                              1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                                i still really like the long johns, and bars at primo's as well as their cinnamon roll donuts. great fucking stuff.

                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  I like the fact that Primo's offers their buttermilk bar's in glazed, plain, cinnamon sugar and chocolate topped. I like them all and kind of rotate through them, depending on what I had last week vs what I am craving as I face my donut doom...

                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                    these days i usually, well not usually but whenever i'm in the area, i hit it up after lunch at hikko's.

                                                                    i also like their small batch approach to donuts and their somewhat limited hours rather than operating round the clock, 24/7.

                                                                2. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                                  Another thing I like with DK's over Primo - they're open 24 hours!

                                                                  Nothing like coming home at 3:00am (or so) with a couple buttermilk bars.

                                                                  That said, my memory of great buttermilk bars was Arlene's on Santa Monica Blvd and Bundy. I was young, and was getting stoned a lot. And me and my neighbor would head down there around 1:00 am when they were just coming out of the oven. That was Heaven.

                                                                  1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                                    what years was arlene's ??? when you guys would get stoned and enjoy a bunch of donuts ?

                                                                    also, which DK's location are you talking about ? one of my favorites at the corner of santa monica blvd and overland is now long gone, and replaced with a cookie-cutter Chase's location.

                                                                    all we ever need is more banks, right ?

                                                                    1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                                      where you the one that almost mentioned that eating and having drinks at the tiny bar at Capo's in Santa Monica is a great experience and fun to chatt up over there ?

                                                                      thanks.

                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                        Oh, Arlene's was the '70's.

                                                                        DK on Santa Monica Blvd and I think 17th (or around there).

                                                                        "Almost mentioned"....? Not sure what that means,

                                                                        But I did mention something to that effect. (It can be social.)

                                                                        1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                                          brain fart, sorry.

                                                                          i might if you mentioned, not sure why i wrote "almost" because if you did mention it, how could it be almost,

                                                                          if you happen to have a link to it that would be great.

                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                            Here it is Kevin.

                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904317

                                                                            1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                                              Thanks man.

                                                                              What do you suggest ordering at the bar at Capo ?

                                                                              And what's great in the way of drinks there ?

                                                                              I'm adding this to give it a try for my solo fine dining night at the bar along with some drinks.

                                                                      2. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                                        After years of Stan's as my main donut fix, I have switched to DKs. May be blasphemy to say, but I prefer their peanut butter & chocolate to Stan's. Either my taste buds have changed, or Stan's has, but its not what it used to be.
                                                                        I like DK's creme filled donuts and apple fritter too.

                                                                        1. re: pnutbuddah

                                                                          What location of DK's and is there only one in fact left ?

                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                            This is the location on San Mo and 17th. I don't know of others.

                                                                            1. re: pnutbuddah

                                                                              Dope.

                                                                              Got it now.

                                                                              Next to T-bell, right ???????

                                                                      3. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                                        I tried the buttermilk bar from DK Donuts on Santa Monica yesterday - plain and glazed. I went by around 3PM and was happy to note the signage that they put out fresh donuts regularly.

                                                                        The buttermilk bar is smaller in size and is butterflied down the middle to give it a splayed out appearance. It would appear to be more crispy/crunchy on the outside, particularly on the more exaggerated edges, but they weren't. Maybe these weren't the freshest batch?

                                                                        Still, move on to the taste. The first flavor connection I could make is, "Bisquick." Pretty much one flat note on the flavor.

                                                                        I expect a buttermilk bar to be the most dense of donut choices (which I like), and this was, but maybe too dense. It was solid through and through. To me, a buttermilk bar - a good one - will be substantial, but it should have a pleasant break-apart-in-your-mouth structure that is still light enough to eat on its own - not make one feel that it's a blob of cooked dough one is choking on.

                                                                        After a few more chews, I felt this layer of fat building up on the roof of my mouth. I honestly never had this happen to me at Primo's, and I can only measure this against Primo's since this is where I go most of the time. I don't know if this is how DK's is typically like, but I really didn't care for it.

                                                                        As far as their cronuts? They're $5 a pop. I tried three different versions - strawberry, pineapple and taro - and am sad to report that these aren't what I expected in terms of quality or taste.

                                                                        The ingredients seem to be mostly baseline donut shop ingredients. The croissant body itself consists of multiple layers of light, flaky dough, but it is a bit tough.

                                                                        All were coated with cinnamon sugar glaze which I wasn't expecting and thought should be used more discerningly depending on the filling/flavor of the cronut.

                                                                        The fillings - strawberry and pineapple - were somewhat minimal and tasted like the strawberry or pineapple filling one would get in an institutional tub. The taro was kind of vague.

                                                                        I have two other cronuts sitting in the box - guava and nutella - and I'll probably toss them once I can let go of the thought that I wasted $10 on those two and another $15 on the ones I tried.

                                                                        1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                          Very thorough... Only a true Hound would take the ubiquitous doughnut and break it down in such detailed fashion. I truly appreciate the report.

                                                                          1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                            $5 croissants at DK's donuts ???

                                                                            What is this the Ritz or spago's or the french laundry ?

                                                                            even maison giraud does not charge that much for a donut.

                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                              $5 CRONUTS.

                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                Yeah, the prices aren't posted (at least I didn't see any). I just ordered away and had a twenty out - felt stupid (for a lot of reasons) when I had to pull my wallet out to get more money. Felt even dumber after I tried them.

                                                                                1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                  Welcome to my world.

                                                                                  The only one dumb enough to spend $15 by myself at mcdonald's on my own.

                                                                                  or the only one fucking dumb enough to spend close to a $20 on my own at Stan's. Without enough spare, which is usually not so spare, change to feed the meeter.

                                                                              2. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                OH, shit.

                                                                                Is this the DK's on Santa Monica, near 17th Street, or rather catty corner from the tiny, drive-thru taco bell, and I believe this the donut shoppe that actually also serves croissant sandwiches and boba drinks and mabye banh mhis ????

                                                                                thanks.

                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                  Yup. D' Quelles if you blur your vision and pretend you're in a really nice patisserie in Paris...

                                                                            2. Tiger Tail @ Donut Man

                                                                              1. i still love stan's corner donut shoppe for those Reese's peanut butter cup donuts.

                                                                                their banana glazed stuffed peanut butter donuts are not too shabby either.

                                                                                though they have now 86'd their turkey bacon topped donuts.

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                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                  How could you leave out the peanut butter & jelly donut....currently my favorite of the Stan's peanut butter holy trinity!
                                                                                  Stan's cinnamon pretzel donuts are pretty good too.

                                                                                2. These days, I like the cinnamon rolls at the donut shop (don't know the name) next to the Subway in the minimall on the N/E corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Sawtelle. Big, reasonably crisp, and $1.30. Would prefer if they were fried a touch longer or hotter so they'd have just a bit more crunch.

                                                                                  Sadly, my former fave -- Royal Donuts off Sepulveda at Palms -- appears to have changed ownership or recipe. A recent cinnamon roll there was bland and bready.

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                                                                                  1. re: nosh

                                                                                    There's a 7-11 in there as well as a Sushi Stop ?

                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                      Yep. Nothing outstanding about their cinnamon roll, or the glazed twists I've had when they are out. But a solid donut at a location very convenient to me.

                                                                                  2. I went to Winchells recently and had a sugar donut. Not powdered, just the airy granulated sugar donut. I don't know if it has a name. It was delicious. Puffy, light, sweet, but not too sweet, and was gone in 5 seconds. Don't hate on Winchells. It was damn good.

                                                                                    Also, not really a donut, but I recently had a morning bun from Commissary on Fairfax and it was like candy. Stuck to my teeth, flaky, unbelievably good. Definitely an indulgence.

                                                                                    1. Doughnuts? Who gets to eat dounuts still? I don't think I've had one since before the new millennium. The last one I had was at Randy's sometime in the early 90's on my commute from Newport Beach to Santa Barbara (before I decided Santa Barbara wasn't commutable from Newport Beach).

                                                                                      1. Peach.

                                                                                        Donuts.

                                                                                        Donut Man.

                                                                                        Now.

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                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                          Delicious! Messy!

                                                                                           
                                                                                          1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                            That photo makes me want do drive the 60 miles to Glendora right now to get one of those.

                                                                                            1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                              I sort of wish he kept the skins on.

                                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                I wished they were a little sweeter/riper.

                                                                                                1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                  Peaches are kickin' right now. Maybe putting local FM peaches with Primo's for a peach buttermilk "shortcake"?

                                                                                                  1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                    I'm not a big peach fan, but I love strawberries. Get a couple Primo's buttermilk bars, slice them, and make "strawberry shortcakes?" Toast or grill the slices? Anyone ever dip in egg wash and make french toast out of them?

                                                                                                    1. re: nosh

                                                                                                      Shit.

                                                                                                      Can u just hook up the fucking strawberries at Primo's Westsale to begin with ????

                                                                                                      It would save me a considerable amount of time.

                                                                                                    2. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                      Bula, let Mr Primos kno already.

                                                                                                      Tell him to hit up the fuckin local Mar Vista farmer,s market.

                                                                                                      And it would definitely save me the the fucking pilgrimage to donut mans in bumfuck Glendora, no offense to the proverbial heart of Glendora.

                                                                                                    3. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                      I wished there were curtains of beef.

                                                                                                      1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                        I went out to Glendora (having never been) and I have to agree with you. I've been getting fantastic peaches (at Trader Joe's of all places!) - these were crunchy, and not that sweet. More like mediocre nectarines.

                                                                                                2. Chocolate Pretzel at Primo's Donuts....Sawtelle and National WLA

                                                                                                  1. the maple bar at donut hut on magnolia is pretty stellar, but the one that will live forever in my memory is the spiced cake donut from milo & olive that they have never once had available again on the occasion of my visits.

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                                                                                                    1. re: tastycakes

                                                                                                      I go to the do nu t hut offtne in burbank, it's pretty good and they have my french crullers usually there.

                                                                                                      1. re: tastycakes

                                                                                                        I completely agree about the spiced cake doughnut at Milo & Olive - why do they not make it anymore??

                                                                                                      2. Hey folks, just read this long thread. Have been to Primo's before. My favorite was Bee's or Lee's (they had signs saying both) on Wilshire, east of LaBrea I think which I last visited 3 years ago. My friend tells me they're sadly no longer in business. I'm just looking for a great mom & pop shop in LA, without driving too far (staying on Olympic). I'm from Boston and we've got a few good shops but you guys seem to have them on every corner, or at least did. I don't want to spend $3 on a donut and bonus points for a maple frosted old fashioned. Thanks.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Joanie

                                                                                                          Bees wa taken over by a roast beef sandwich stand called Top Round.

                                                                                                          1. re: Joanie

                                                                                                            Go to SK's (Third St. and Cochran). It's recognized nationally as one of the best and the family that works there couldn't be nicer. Check out the glazed old fashioned and their version of the cronut, the (unfortunately named) "skronut."

                                                                                                            1. re: ricflair

                                                                                                              i came here just now to post about SKs. i am in love with the blueberry donut & the red velvet donut… amazingly friendly service too!

                                                                                                              1. re: ricflair

                                                                                                                Tried SK's for the first time recently as well, and it was great. So happy to have an LA version of my hometown/childhood favorite, Mr. T's. The man behind the counter said fresh donuts come out pretty regularly from 10 pm on. Sadly we were there at 9ish, but the goods were still tasty!

                                                                                                              2. re: Joanie

                                                                                                                Bob's Old Fashioned buttermilk crumb doughnut at the farmer's market on 3rd and Fairfax is an excellent example of the breed. Nice and cakey (this is not a light, raised, donut), and surprisingly moist with a great buttermilk flavor. (No maple frosting, though.) This is the quintessential coffee-dunking doughnut.

                                                                                                                Also, they cost less than a dollar. You're not paying for trendiness here- you're paying for a real doughnut, at real doughnut prices (well, by 2014 standards, that is.)

                                                                                                                Mr Taster

                                                                                                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                  it should be 50 cents for an old fashioned cake donut for crissakes.

                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                    You tell me what you can get at farmer's market of that quality (and quantity) for less than a dollar, and I'll consider your point valid.

                                                                                                                    Foods sold by weight don't count, so cross that minuscule $1 sized piece of Littlejohn's toffee off your list :)

                                                                                                                    Mr Taster

                                                                                                                    1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                      I'm so thankful Littlejohns is as much as it is--keeps me from buying any!!!

                                                                                                                      1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                        the rolls are far superior to the sheets btw; totally worth the markup.

                                                                                                                        1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                          The toffee rolls as opposed to the flat toffee, which is about a 1/2 in thick, correct ???????

                                                                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                            Wait, wait…toffee ROLLS?? Please explain, I'm only familiar with the slab toffee. Are the rolls like Almond Roca (my favorite candy in the whole world)?

                                                                                                                        2. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                          Maybe your right Taster.

                                                                                                                          And at least it ain't too fucking upmarket as the saying goes to borrow the wisdom of a wise young hounder.

                                                                                                                          How are those beignets btw ????? I don't ever think I've tried them.

                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                            They're beignet-shaped doughnuts. Nothing like the real thing.

                                                                                                                            Mr Taster

                                                                                                                  2. checked out the new Glazed LA last night. bourbon pecan, apple crumble, tres leches, cremesicle, carrot pineapple, chicken beignets and miss piggy (pulled pork sliders). all in all tasty...particularly loved the warm honey maple sauce that came w/the beignets. they were out of the monte cristo. i think w/the location (weho) and hours, it'll stick around for good.

                                                                                                                    1. Stan's chocolate cinammon log, Primo's buttermilk bar, Donut Man's chocolate cinammon twist and fruit based doughnuts, Milo & Olives spiced cake (why do they note make that anymore??)

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                                                                                                                      1. re: sweiner

                                                                                                                        I love Stan's in Westwood "The Peanut Butter Collection"

                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                      2. I am going off the reservation on this one -- but if anyone knows what I am talking about, they will agree:

                                                                                                                        Thai Donuts from Emporium Thai on Westwood Blvd. just South of the Village

                                                                                                                        http://ethaicuisine.com/

                                                                                                                        Amazeballs.

                                                                                                                        1. has anyone been to the new donut place in WeHo?

                                                                                                                          Glazed Donut Bistro

                                                                                                                          http://glazedla.com/

                                                                                                                          any good?

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                                                                                                                          1. re: JackonCrack

                                                                                                                            yes, pretty good. but keep in mind that these are either filled or topped off, gourmet-style. they have both savory and sweet donuts. given the location and hours i'm sure they'll do well but i still think the prices are a tad too high.

                                                                                                                          2. what is the average price of these donuts your talking about? 'gourmet' or fancy donuts in canada are a relativity new thing and there cost can be horrendous. 4 bucks!? for a plain!

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                                                                                                                            1. re: daislander

                                                                                                                              I think the skronuts go for approx $4, otherwise the price point is on par with Timmy Ho's.

                                                                                                                            2. Monterey Donuts in Highland Park are my favorite donuts ever -- light, fluffy, soft and not greasy at all, it's like biting into a sweet, sweet cloud!

                                                                                                                              1. Kettle Glazed cinnamon sugar cronuts filled with bavarian cream. That's my favorite right now.

                                                                                                                                1. Crumb donut at Bob's in the FM. Can't believe this is the first time I had these.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                                                                    I had a warm apple fritter this weekend from Bob's. It's always, always a little better than I remember.

                                                                                                                                  2. Green tea donut at Dulce Cafe in Little Tokyo.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: d_doubleyew

                                                                                                                                      Oh, YUM!
                                                                                                                                      I must check this out!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: d_doubleyew

                                                                                                                                        Cake or raised green tea donut at Dulce Cafe ???????

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                          Raised, but slightly denser than regular raised donuts -- and filled with custard.

                                                                                                                                      2. While hardly unknown, Randy's Donuts does not get enough love for its plain cake. I had a fresh warm one there recently and (gasp!) it was better than Bob's at the Farmer's Market by a long chalk-- Bob's being my previous long time plain cake benchmark.

                                                                                                                                        The plain glazed at Monterey Donuts in Hermon is superb.

                                                                                                                                        There are no other true donuts besides the plain cake and plain glazed-- all else is vanity and folly.

                                                                                                                                        1. I do like those maple buttermilk rounds at Primo's Westdale.

                                                                                                                                          But something about the oil they use there seriously messes up my system every time I go there.

                                                                                                                                          It's almost like there's sugary MSG in that oil or something.

                                                                                                                                          Excessivlely buttery, and quite delicious, but the aftermath would far surpass the ultimate nadir of a case of Montezuma's revenge on acid.

                                                                                                                                          And it's happened the past two tries.