For a city that's often stereotyped as quinoa's adopted homeland, LA's got itself a sweet, sweet... sweets scene. Case in point: donuts. East Coasters will bemoan our lack of their overrated-but-beloved Dunkin', but we're too busy stuffing ourselves with the work of numerous killer, small-time donuteers to pay them any mind. Here's where you can cop (get it?!) some of the best:
SK's Donuts & Croissant
What You're Getting: Glazed Old-Fashioned
This old-school, strip-mall 'nut-shop's been in biz long enough for regulars to remember when the 30-something dude behind the counter was a little baby and his DAD was the 30-something dude behind the counter, which means it's the right spot to go classic. They still make donuts throughout the day, so you can't go wrong with whatever's fresh, but who doesn't love an Old-Fashioned?
What You're Getting: DKronuts
Another old-school spot with a similar name, but they've upped their new-school cred with DKronuts, the donut/croissant hybrid that they're making into sandwiches stuffed with everything from Nutella to blueberries... which are a superfood, so basically these are good for you.
What You're Getting: Tres Leches donut
This kinda-fancy creation at Downtown's multi-stationed spot's an ultra-fresh, super-soft number that takes a solid 5min of prep to soak up its namesake milk sauce, giving each bite a creamy finish. Get your mind out of the gutter, this thing's delicious.
What You're Getting: Peanut Butter Pocket w/ Fresh Banana and Chocolate Chips
Single-handedly responsible for at least 5lbs of each UCLA freshman's 15, Stan's has been serving up fatty goodness since 1965, with crazy-delicious flavors that include several peanut butter-stuffed offerings. This guy, however, is the move thanks to its use of fresh fruit... and chocolate. Mostly the chocolate.
The Donut Man
What You're Getting: Whatever fruit donut is in season
This cult-favorite window is in the middle of absolutely nowhere (apologies if you live in Glendora. For so many reasons...). But once you're there, you're all like, "Oh, you're actually putting real fruit in the middle of my doughnut? And you ALSO just made cinnamon rolls? SCORE".
What You're Getting: A photo outside
You can't go wrong with any of the donuts from Randy's (it's hard to go wrong with a donut, period), but the reason to hit the on-the-way-to-LAX stand's really to take a picture with their iconic, huge sign, which's been spoofed on The Simpsons and appeared in just about every TV show ever. Bonus points if you bring a tourist.
What You're Getting: Maple Bacon donut
When this new-school diner opened a few years ago, the Maple Bacon donut was selling out within the first hour, every single day. It's easy to understand why, too -- it's perfectly sweet/ savory/ doughy combo has inspired a slew of imitators, but none of them have quite captured the glazed goodness of the original.
What You're Getting: Classic Glazed
Y'know who knows his food? Nguyen Tran, the dude who runs Starry Kitchen. You know where he goes for donuts? This hole-in-the-wall in the Valley. "These donuts are truly exceptional, classic, and perfect," he says. Trust.
1. SK's Donuts & Croissants5850 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
2. Stan's Donuts10948 Weyburn Ave, Los Angeles
3. Randy's Donuts805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood
4. Nickel Diner524 S Main St, Los Angeles
5. Golden Donuts13444 Sherman Way, Los Angeles
6. DK's Donuts & Bakery1614 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica
7. UMAMIcatessen852 S Broadway, Los Angeles
8. The Donut Man915 E Route 66, Glendora
This family-owned and operated donut shop, located in Mid-City West, is open 24hrs a day and serves cookies & cream croissant-donuts ("skronuts") and apple fritters. That's pretty much all you need to know.
Even if you're not a student at UCLA, Stan's Doughnuts in Westwood should be on your morning checklist. For 50 years, this mainstay donut shop has been churning out incredible pastries -- most famously a peanut butter and jelly donut.
Conveniently located near LAX airport, Randy's Donuts boasts that famous, 35ft (in diameter), rooftop donut monolith -- and any homemade donut flavor you could want.
The home-made jam, classic diner dishes, and maple-bacon donuts at this revered diner located in downtown LA are worth a visit.
Mom- and pop-run, this bakery serves up some of the best donuts in the valley at wallet-friendly prices.
This always-open, trend-setting bakery slings some of the best donuts in LA. Don't believe us? Head over and try one of their kronuts. Or deep-fried waffles. Or, just any one of their colorful, confectionary creations.
This eclectic spot serves up inspired dishes like a smoked sturgeon potato salad w/ truffled creme fraiche, whiskey bread-pudding doughnuts, and a breakfast sandwich w/ maple poached egg, sausage, & pig-ear bacon.
Glendora's beloved Donut Man is known for its fruity doughnuts, especially its peach- and strawberry-stuffed ones overflowing with slightly caramelized pieces of fresh fruit. The rest of the fried, yeast-risen pastries on offer include giant cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, French crullers, and old fashioned doughnuts dripping with cherry or orange glaze. It's open 24 hours, so should your doughnut craving strike at 3am, Donut Man's got your back.