“If you go there early when they are fresh—it is a little pillow of heaven!”
June 3rd is National Doughnut Day and we’re here to admire and promote everything doughnut.
Tastees Donut & Burger, 619 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena 91103. Tel.: 1.626.449.8846. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. (The name reminds us of the “donuts and Chinese food” sign we regularly saw during our commute, located at the intersection of La Brea Avenue and Washington Boulevard.)
The spot below is a half hour drive from Pasadena, but many folks swear by The Donut Man in Glendora.
The Donut Man, 915 E. Route 66, Glendora, CA. Tel.: 1.626.335.9111. Open 24 hours, though on Memorial Day, it won’t open until 8 p.m. (taking a long weekend). TheDonutManCA.com.
Hometown Pasadena supporter Vicki Laidig: Sumi’s “wonderful baked doughnut” at Europane.
Europane, 950 E. Colorado Blvd., just east of Lake Avenue, Pasadena 91106. Tel.: 1.626.577.1828. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Besides the baked doughnut, Europane has incredible baked goods and pastries, French macarons, divine fresh breads, homemade soups, and salads. We love the meatloaf sandwich and a chef friend of ours declared Sumi’s quiche Lorraine the best she’s ever tasted.
Former Pasadena Public Information Officer and currently happily retired Ann Erdman recommends…
The little blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Sierra Doughnuts at Sierra Madre Boulevard and Michillinda is family-run and the donuts are always fresh and warm. Ditto for Pronto in my ‘hood at Hill and Washington, which has the added bonus of opening early and closing late ( 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.).
Author, photographer, and Hometown Pasadena contributor Petrea Burchard agrees with Ann, adding “Don’t forget: cash only.”
Sierra Doughnuts, 3837 E. Sierra Blvd., Pasadena 91107. Tel.: 1.626.351.1132.
Pronto Donuts, 1441 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena 91104. Tel.: 1.626.797.9360. Hours: 5 a.m.-11 p.m., seven days a week.
Our teenage consultant recommends Donut Friend. Some of the “signature compilations” are Jets to Basil with a traditional doughnut topped with vanilla glaze and balsamic reduction, filled with vegan cream cheese, strawberry jam, and fresh basil.
Or: Lemon Weapon with lemon cream, blueberry jam, and fresh mint inside a Donut Friend’s traditional doughnut, topped with a tart lemon glaze.
Or: Chocolate from the Crypt, which is a chocolate cake doughnut topped with chocolate glaze, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and chocolate shavings.
Donut Friend also offers DIY doughnuts. Choose a doughnut (glazed doughnut, which is light and fluffy, chocolate or vanilla cake, or “gluten free-ish”); choose a filling (cheese, creams and butters, fresh fruit, jams and compotes, or vegan ice cream); and finally, choose a topping (candies, nuts, sauces, or spices). Oh my.
Donut Friend, 5107 York Blvd., Highland Park. Tel.: 1.213.995.6191. Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-midnight . DonutFriend.com. Cost: $2.50 to $5 per doughnut.
Happy National Doughnut Day!