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What is your favorite donut in LA right now and where ?

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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: 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).

                    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

                                            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: J.L.

                          Is the Donut Man located in Glendora?

                            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.

                          1. 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: PeterCC

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

                                        1. re: J.L.

                                          I will never doubt you again.

                                    1. re: wienermobile

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

                                       
                                      1. 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