Ever since returning from an overly donut-indulgent trip to Denver, I’ve had nothing but donuts on the brain. I keep trying to find an excuse to go to Blair’s in Los Feliz to treat myself to some deliciously overpriced donuts for dessert. I’ve been trying to find the time to make the trek to Culver City to try the much talked-about glazed donuts and jam from Waterloo and City. I’ve even tried to convince R to drive to Glendora to get me some donuts from the famous Donut Man. I hear SK Donuts on West 3rd street is pretty amazing too. Or how about Bob’s Donuts in the Farmer’s Market? You can see how much I’ve been thinking about this and yet I haven’t been able to make it out to any of these places to satisfy my ever-growing donut desires. Then by chance, a conversation on Twitter with @CremeCaramelLA provided me with the perfect solution – Daily Donuts.
Daily Donuts provides just that – the perfect daily donut. Appearance-wise this is your standard LA strip mall donut joint. Bare bones, minimal design and glass cases full of old fashioned cake donuts, glazed donuts, maple bars and the like. I have to admit I was skeptical at first. I have high standards for my donuts. I know a donut is a donut is a donut, but then again it isn’t. A bad donut can be dry, crumbly, cloyingly sweet and utterly unappealing. A good donut on the other hand is one of the simple pleasures in life that never fails to bring a smile to my face, and Daily Donuts offers just that kind of perfect donut. Did I mention that Daily Donuts has been about a block away from me for the last two years? I had somehow overlooked or ignored this little shop not knowing that within its doors lay row after glazed, sweet, glistening row of doughy fried confections.
There are no fancy flavors or inventive creations – just the basics. I suggest sticking to the classic glazed or the glazed donut holes; both are ethereally light and doughy with a thin sweet sugar glaze that tenderly gives way with each bite. Not too sweet and not too fried, it is truly a challenge to exercise discipline and not eat an entire half dozen in one sitting.
While thus far nothing has filled the hole in my heart that was left when Friterelli’s in Beverly Hills closed, Daily Donut is a great neighborhood haven, a one-stop shop for that daily dose of donuts!