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

Stan’s Donuts [Westwood]
10948 Weyburn Avenue, Los Angeles

Stan’s Donuts [San Fernando Valley]
658 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks

Donut Man [Inland Empire]
915 E. Route 66, Glendora

Grace Restaurant [Mid-City]
7360 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles

Board Links: The Great Doughnut Round-up
Ok, friends, now I HAVE to try Primos Donuts!!

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