Food & Drink

The 9 best donuts in Los Angeles

Published On 07/15/2014 Published On 07/15/2014
Jeff Miller

As the Declaration of Independence clearly states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of the best donuts in Los Angeles".

Helping with that last part, here's a list of LA's nine best breakfast rings, broken down into three categories: classic donuts, new donuts, and hybrid donuts.

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Apple fritter donut

Randy's Donuts (address and info)
In a city full of iconic donut shops, Randy's Donuts might be the most iconic, thanks to both its signature roof decoration, and what it's frying up underneath it: glazed chunks of glorious apple fritter-ness that're perfectly crunchy and sweet.

The Donut Man

Fresh strawberry-stuffed donut

The Donut Man (address and info)
This Glendora treasure has a line virtually 24-hours a day, and its fruit stuffers are the reason why -- they've got whatever's in season -- from strawberries to peaches -- tossed directly inside, which gives the not-so-healthy treats an actually healthy (and often refreshing) kick.

Bob's Coffee and Donuts

Glazed donut

Bob's Coffee and Donuts (address and info)
This stall in the farmer's market on Fairfax has been doing its thing since 1980, and for more than 40 years, that "thing" has been absolutely killing the classic donut game. Its cake donuts aren't too dense, its buttermilks aren't too creamy, and the glazeds are risen just perfectly before being given a not-too-thin, not-too-thick layer of clear sweetness.




Fried chicken donut

Glazed Donut Bistro (address and info)
West Hollywood
This new-to-the-scene WeHo shop changed the game with fried chicken donuts and shrimp beignets, then just CHANGED IT AGAIN by adding mac 'n cheese to donuts. Mac 'n cheese. To donuts.

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Choose-your-own-adventure donut

Donut Friend (address and info)
Highland Park
The dude who runs this crazy donut shop in Highland Park used to produce records for Blink-182, which may explain his devotion to something so kid-like. Donut Friend is basically a donut version of Pinkberry; you choose your base, and then expand on it with everything from maple glaze to marshmallows and bacon.

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The campfire donut

Donut Snob (info)
Echo Park
Originally a delivery-only operation, these upstart donuteers are now baking their 'nuts specifically for artisan breakfast shops around town (including the just-opened Cofax Coffee Shop on Fairfax). Flavors include insanity like the s'more-like Campfire and a seasonal Pistachio Orange.

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DK's Donuts & Bakery (address and info)
Santa Monica
This old-school Santa Monica donuteria introduced the waffle-donut hybrid to LA this year, offering up both your choice of toppings (Oreo cookie crumbles, FTW!) and a raging case of the why-didn't-I-think-of-that-first-ies.


The Cronut hole

SK's Donuts & Croissants (address and info)
The family-run bakery near The Grove has an ever-rotating selection of different Cronut flavors, but the real winner is the Cronut hole, which, for around a quarter a pop, will fill you with grease and pastry and yum.

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Universal Studios Hollywood (address and info)
You're probably looking at this thinking, "Are you serious? That head-sized, Simpsons-branded donut at Universal made the list?"... And we're thinking right back at you, "Yep, it totally did. Even though it looks like it's from a cartoon, this half-donut, half-cake monster is seriously, 100% actually good".

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1. Randy's Donuts 805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301 (Lax Area)

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.

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2. The Donut Man 915 E Route 66, Glendora, CA 91740 (San Gabriel Valley)

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.

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3. Bob's Coffee & Doughnuts 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Find right-outta-the-oven fresh doughnuts -- and a pretty legendary cinnamon roll -- at this old-timey stand within the Farmer's Market. Treat yourself and pair one of the perfectly glazed pastries with drip coffee. Morning, made.

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4. Glazed Donut Bistro 8807 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

This donutery is serving up seriously eclectic fried dough holes. Ranging in a variety of crazy flavors, you'll really never be disappointed.

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5. Donut Friend 5107 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (Highland Park)

A Donut Friend is the best kind of friend, because said friends lets you create your own donuts. Here, choose from a list of their favorite compilations, or express yourself with unique ingredients like candied lime or BACON.

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6. DK's Donuts & Bakery 1614 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (Santa Monica)

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.

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7. SK's Donuts & Croissants 5850 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

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.

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8. Universal Studios Hollywood 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608 (Hollywood)

Universal Studios is a mecca for entertainment -- check out tons of rides, exhibits, shows, and tours based on your favorite movies and TV shows.

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9. Cofax Coffee Shop 440 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Echo Park)

Although Cofax began as a coffee shop, it quickly became a big name in the donut game when it hired a next-level pastry chef, who's churning out creative flavors like honey sea salt, lemon pistachio, and spiced crumb.



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