We hear about random food holidays all the time, but did you know that National Donut Day was actually started by the Salvation Army during WWI?? Celebrated annually on the first Friday of June, this year marks the 74th anniversary of the holiday that honors the “lassies” who first served the sweet treats to our armed forces. Today, thousands of donut shops sporting the National Donut Day poster will keep the tradition alive and donate a portion of their sales to the Salvation Army. So go on and buy a dozen. Or two. Who says eating donuts is bad for you?
Randy’s Donuts – 805 West Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
LA’s most iconic donut shop is practically a celebrity itself. Just look at that huge donut-shaped sign. It’s frickin’ awesome. You have to go at least once. Even if it’s just drive-thru. Which is open 24 hours a day! Glazed twists, maple logs, jelly-filled, candy sprinkled, whatever tickles your sweet tooth, it’s all here. And if you find yourself far away with a hankering for Randy’s, just call–they do worldwide delivery.
Bob’s Coffee & Donuts – 6333 W 3rd St Ste 450, Los Angeles, CA 90036
If you’re looking for good old-fashioned donuts, it doesn’t get much better than this famous stand at the Original Farmers Market. People swear by the apple fritters with a cup of coffee, but the classic chocolate glaze and jelly-filled powdered donuts shouldn’t be missed.
Beach City Baked Donuts –501 N Pacific Coast Highway Redondo Beach, CA 90277
The country’s first baked donut shop is where you can indulge with almost no guilt … and no brick-stuck-in-the-stomach feeling. Forget preservatives, artificial ingredients and tons of sugar. This place uses organic ingredients and offers a daily-changing menu of flavors like Earl Gray, Lemon Bean, Banana Man, Rum Raisin, Japanese Sweet Potato and Uji-Kin. Boredom is not an option.
Stan’s Corner Donut Shoppe – 10948 Weyburn Ave, Westwood, CA 90024
658 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Stan’s the man. We know this. He’s been doing his donut thing since 1965, and there’s a reason people still can’t seem to get enough of him. In fact, there are many reasons. Namely, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Pocket, the pretzel donut, the coconut jelly donuts and the chocolate-covered cinnamon roll. Told you he’s the man.
Zelda’s Corner Deli – 9 Westminster Ave, Venice, CA 90291
You’re walking along the Venice Boardwalk when all of a sudden you have an urgent need for the freshest and fluffiest, straight-out-of-the-fryer, made-to-order mini donuts that are generously sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served in a brown paper bag. And you only want to pay $3 for a dozen. Yep. That’s Zelda’s.