When it comes to breakfast, I'm a savory kind of gal. Give me eggs, bacon and toast, but pancakes or waffles with syrup and fruit toppings are just not for me. Every once in awhile, I'll want a donut, but not very often.
One morning, my sweet tooth monster came out of its cave and demanded satisfaction. Who am I to say no? Since I hadn't made my way to The Donut Man before, I decided to check it out. Considering that I've driven as much as 40 miles to have ramen in Gardena, this will be my first time visiting the shop that has been the talk of the donut world and of donut lovers for years. With it being in the neighboring city of Glendora, it's amazing that I haven't visited sooner.
As I park my car, I notice right away that the shop is not very big and definitely has a 70's look about it. I step up to the counter to take a look at my donut options and I couldn't believe how huge some of these doughy concoctions were.
One could probably feed an entire family and their neighbors, too. I ended up getting five of them to take home and I think I spent about the equivalent for what I'd normally spend on a dozen donuts anywhere else. However, these were generous sized donuts and certainly looked unlike anything I'd pick up at my local Winchell's, so I was willing to pay more for uniqueness.
Knowing that these donuts would be pounced upon as soon as everyone woke up, I staked my claim on the peach donut. Looking at it, I wasn't quite sure how I was supposed to eat it. It kind of reminded me of Pac Man, except with a mouth full of peaches. I finally followed the knife and fork route.
I actually forked a peach first and found it to be very fresh tasting and I liked how the glaze gave the fruit just the right amount of additional sweetness. They key is definitely eating the fruit and the donut together because it's a great combination of textures and flavors. The sweet juiciness of the slightly firm peaches contrast well with the more thick cakey texture of the donut itself.
Even as good as that peach donut was, I just couldn't finish it. I ended up eating only half. This is definitely a breakfast better eaten by two or even three other people.
Although I was quite full, I did manage to tear off a piece of the Tiger Tail to sample, which is a long donut twisted with ribbons of chocolate. I felt that the texture was a little airier than that of the peach donut, which I actually preferred and of course, chocolate, whether in the AM or PM is always hard to resist.
Overall, I can see why The Donut Man is loved by so many. It certainly deserves its reputation.
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The Donut Man
915 E Route 66
Glendora, CA 91740