If you can excuse Donut Friend’s alleged union-busting a few years back, this homegrown doughnut shop in Highland Park, Downtown and Silver Lake serves the most delicious plant-based doughnuts in the city. Founded in 2013 by music industry vet Mark Trombino, the punnily named creations include the Polar Berry Club (lemon glaze with fresh berries), Green Teagan and Sara (matcha glaze with black sesame seeds) and the Yo La Mango (mango glaze with cayenne pepper and lime zest). Even for non-vegans, we’d still consider Donut Friend our favorite place in the city for zany, over-the-top flavors like the Youth Brulée, which seals in a Bavarian cream center with crispy, crackly burnt sugar. For the widest selection of doughnuts, arrive here early in the day—the most popular varieties sell out fast.
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