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Donut City USA

Destination Dining

July 21, 2019

Story By: Elima Pangorang |

The City of Angels is a diverse and vast destination of culture, entertainment and … donuts! That’s right, as the donut capital of the United States, there’s a seemingly endless amount of flavors and variations to discover. So, as a sweet treat for you, here are some must-try donut joints in Los Angeles to start off a grand and tasty adventure.

1. Randy’s Donuts
805 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood
(plus three other locations)

As one of LA’s most recognizable donut icons — thanks to a giant donut on top of its roof, plus starring in Hollywood block-busters such as Iron Man 2 and much more — Randy’s Donuts is ready to satisfy sweet tooth callings with its fresh-made daily pastries of the highest quality ingredients. Take your pick of more than 50 varieties that are separated into Classic, Deluxe, Fancy and Premium categories. Being both delicious and affordable, these delights are modestly priced from $1.15-$2.95. Plus, with its original location right by the airport and open 24 hours a day, it’s the perfect locale for those coming and going.


2. Primo’s Donuts
2918 Sawtelle Blvd.,
Los Angeles

If you’re looking for both delectable flavors with a meaningful backstory, Primo’s Donuts has a love story worthy of the greatest appetites. Founded by husband and wife duo Ralph and Celia Primo in 1956, this continuous hotspot spans three generations and is consistently ranked as one of the top donuts shops by various publications and networks such as The Los Angeles Times and Food Network, among others. This beloved mom-and-pop shop is best known for the traditional donut shop experience that churns out fresh-baked donuts every day. You’ll want to be sure to get a bite of its especially famous Buttermilk Bars.


3. Fonuts
8104 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles
(plus a new location in Studio City)

Known as LA’s “enlightened donut,” pastry-hunters will enjoy these round pleasers that taste good and are good for you, too! The donuts here are always baked, never fried and are gluten free with some vegan options and low-to-no sugar selections. With all-natural ingredients and fresh fruits that are handmade every day, there’s no going wrong with these delightful concoctions.


4. Downtown Donuts
541 S. Spring St., No. 130,
Los Angeles

Boasting the motto of, “everybody loves a good classic donut,” this saying is completely relatable for donut lovers of all ages. Downtown Donuts presents a welcoming environment with a colorful showcase that will have your eyes and taste buds reeling in the City of Stars. Dive into a myriad of glazed or cake donuts as well as bars and twists. There’s something for every palate at this charming bakery.


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