Lines form around the clock for this 24/7 doughnut shop in the San Gabriel foothills that’s known for its consistently high-quality, ultra-fresh doughnuts. Founded by Jim and Miyoko Nakano in 1972, Glendora's Donut Man also maintains a smaller, much newer outpost inside Grand Central Market that brings L.A. County’s very best doughnuts just a little bit closer to all of us. In the spring and summer, opt for the glazed fruit doughnut stuffed with fresh strawberries or peaches doused in simple syrup; it’s one of the city’s finest desserts. Our favorite year-round offering is the Donut Man’s enormous cinnamon-braided tiger tail, and the winter offerings (usually pumpkin and apple spice) are no slouch either.
In a city full of doughnut shops on what seems like every corner, we’ve got this breakfast staple down to a science. A newer wave of artisan doughnuts has done little to sway people away from the ultra-sweet mom-and-pop doughnuts from Southern California's famous pink box shops—the vast majority of which are owned by Cambodian immigrant families chasing the American Dream. Whether you're looking for a classic cruller paired with the perfect cup of coffee, or the fanciest, schmanciest gourmet ring around, we've found the very best doughnut shops in the city for a quick afternoon pick-me-up or late night snack.