Every spring for the last 10 years, sku has done a minitour of favorite doughnuts. This year, it got major, encompassing all of the city’s most fabled doughnuterias. The verdict, from an avowed lover of glazed?
Best Doughnut: Primo’s Buttermilk Bar (crisp and sugary outside, divinely buttery within)
Best Cake: Bob’s (perfectly crisped on the outside, soft on the inside, slightly sweet with a pinch of nutmeg)
Best Specialty: Stan’s (chocolate peanut butter)
Best Raised Glazed: Stan’s
Best All-Around: Stan’s
Notable omission: Glendora’s Donut Man. Yes, the famed fresh strawberry doughnuts are good, but not drive-to-the-edge-of-San-Bernardino good. The raspberry cheesecake doughnut has all the right ingredients, including a quality cream cheese frosting, but there’s so much of it, it just overwhelms the doughnut.
Honorable mention: The butterscotch doughnut at Grace, which is not exactly a doughnut shop, but a restaurant. The BD isn’t really a doughnut either, more like a beignet offered for dessert. But the butterscotch filling tastes of butter and caramel, though isn’t very sweet.
Primo’s Westdale Doughnuts [West LA]
2918 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles
Bob’s Coffee & Doughnuts [Mid-City]
6333 West Third Street, #450, Los Angeles
Donut Man [Inland Empire]
915 E. Route 66, Glendora