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From Crumb to “Jets to Basil”: It’s National Doughnut Day!

May 29, 2016

 

Leslie-rec-crumb-doughnut-Tastees-donut-and-burger-pasadenaLeslie swears by the crumb doughnut at Tastees Burger and Donuts in Pasadena.

“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.)

 

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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.

 

Photo: The Donut Man; strawberry doughnuts, while in season

Photo: The Donut Man; strawberry doughnuts, while in season

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Chocolate from the Crypt; photo by Donut Friend

Chocolate from the Crypt; photo by Donut Friend

 

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!

 

Custard Front Drive with Donut Friend's traditional doughnut filled with Bavarian cream and topped with chocolate glaze; photo by Donut Friend

Custard Front Drive with Donut Friend’s traditional doughnut filled with Bavarian cream and topped with chocolate glaze; photo by Donut Friend

 

 




3 Responses for “From Crumb to “Jets to Basil”: It’s National Doughnut Day!”

  1. Delicious! I’ve heard about The Donut Man in Glendora. I’ll have to try it next time I’m out that way.

  2. Kat Ward says:

    We think a trip to Glendora AND Highland Park’s Donut Friend may be in order soon.

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