by Mar Yvette - 482 Reviews - 150 List
National Donut Day might be over (it's on the first Friday of June), but that doesn't mean you still can't get in on the sweet action. Whether you like glazed, raised, jelly-filled or holes, we've got the scoop on the best places to get donuts in L.A.
Updated: July 07, 2010
Good ol' Bob really knows a thing or two about good old-fashioned donuts. This famous Farmers Market stand produces more than a thousand of the carb-filled treats every day, as well as cinnamon rolls, apple fritters and bear claws. No matter what you order, you're sure to leave happy, if not a little heavier.
We've all sung about about the muffin man, but the Donut Man is the guy who's getting all the action. This cash-only donut stand draws legions of fans to a stretch of old Route 66 with warm glazed donuts that are topped with everything from candy sprinkles to mounds of fresh fruit.
It's hard to resist a place that refers to itself as a "shoppe" and Stan's is no exception. Around since 1965, this place is a must for unusual versions like the famed Reese's Peanut Butter Pocket, pretzel-shaped donuts and coconut jelly as well as more tame variations. Even better, a second location in Thousand Oaks has opened.
The most iconic donut shop in Los Angeles, if not the entire state of California, this architecturally arresting joint just off the 405 freeway is where natives and tourists go for some serious carb-loading. Its latest big-screen appearance was with Robert Downey, Jr. in "Iron Man 2."
If you're looking for a sublime jelly-filled donut experience, then this bakery adjacent to Three Square Cafe is where you need to be. Fresh, fluffy, softly-sugared donuts ooze with just enough raspberry jelly. They're the perfect accompaniment to a Julius Meinl coffee, espresso, cappuccino or tea.
This donut shop inside a nondescript strip mall might look like some flavorless pit stop, but as the old adage goes: Don't judge a donut shop by its cover. The chocolate glazed raised versions and maple logs here absolutely melt in your mouth. We dare you to eat just one.
This friendly little sandwich shop just off the Venice Boardwalk is where to get the famed mini donuts that come piping hot out of the fryer and thrown into a brown paper bag. Best of all, you can get a dozen of the treats for just $3 or 30 for $6.
Donuts at a steakhouse? Oh yeah. This Brazilian churrascaria might lure in City Walkers with its scantily-clad girl dancers and swords of freshly 'cued meats, but it's the delicious melt-in-your-mouth homemade donuts that will keep you coming back for more.