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10 Best Doughnuts in Los Angeles

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Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge The glazed doughnut from Du Pars. - A. TRACHTA
  • A. Trachta
  • The glazed doughnut from Du Pars.
They say sex is like a doughnut: Even at its worst, is it ever really bad? Well, once you consume, in rapid succession, as many doughnuts as we have in the last few weeks, you start to believe it can be.

Of course there's never a reason to eat a doughnut. No amount of self-delusion will allow you to believe that fruit filling is a dose of vitamins for the day. No, eating a doughnut is an act of pure pleasure-seeking, so if you're going to have one, every bite should merit throwing a wrench in your otherwise clean-living diet. Dry, bland pastry need not apply.

So as an act of public service, we scoured the city for the best doughnuts around, all worth the sugar crash you'll inevitably experience later. We focused our search on actual doughnut shops, as opposed to restaurants that serve them on the menu -- with the exception of one, because if you're going to order a doughnut from a waitress, it seems fitting to do so at a 24-hour diner. Turn the page for our list of the Top 10 doughnuts in L.A.

click to enlarge The custard-filled doughnut from Maggie's.
  • The custard-filled doughnut from Maggie's.
10. Maggie's Donuts:

There's one main reason to swing by Maggie's, and that's the custard-filled iced chocolate bar, which is so, well, custard-filled, it's literally bursting. Served split down the middle, you get a peek before you eat at the erupting cool vanilla epicenter, which couples perfectly with the soft and sweet doughnut shell. Some of the custard will spill out onto your fingers, and you'll lap it up, and you won't care how that looks. 2612 E. Sixth St.,

Los Angeles; 213-383-1511.

click to enlarge The chocolate doughnut and vanilla cruller from Spudnuts
  • The chocolate doughnut and vanilla cruller from Spudnuts
9. Spudnuts:

Out of the chains around L.A., Spudnuts is our top pick. It's a basic shop with a hefty handful of locations all around L.A. and the Valley. As such, it's best to keep your order simple, too. If you're gonna do chocolate, do it all the way with the chocolate-frosted and chocolate chip-topped chocolate doughnut. Even better, though, is the vanilla cruller, which is only lightly glazed, but manages to pack a really bright vanilla flavor. 2775 Van Nuys Blvd., Los Angeles; 818-896-4678.

click to enlarge Du-Par's Bearclaw
  • Du-Par's Bearclaw
8. Du-Par's:

Du-Par's certainly isn't a doughnut shop, but if you're near the Grove location, it's worth braving the highly congested parking lot to sample one of the few varieties this diner has on its menu. The classic glazed is a champion of its breed, puffed up to a thick, chewy consistency that requires serious jaw action for each bite. Du-Par's gets the glaze just right too -- hardened barely past the point of sticky liquid to form something shy of a crust. The bear claw isn't your run-of-the-mill, boasting a delicious almond filling that's reminiscent of baklava. And the fact that it's served warm certainly doesn't hurt. 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles; 323-933-8446.

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