If there is one true determining factor of a donut shop's credibility, it is the quality of their classic glazed donut. And during our taste test, Stan's took the (proverbial) cake. Light, doughy and with just the right amount of glaze, Stan's didn't leave us feeling like we'd just chomped through an inch-thick layer of sugar, but more like we could die happy right then and there with a cup of coffee and this particular donut. The Westwood donut shop has been in operation since 1965, and with beauties like these, it's easy to see why people keep coming back. Price: $1 Runner-up: SK Donuts & Croissants
Oh, the things we sacrifice for you, dear reader. Our pride. Our dignity. Our waistlines. In search of the best donuts in LA, we may have surrendered to all of the above, but it was well worth it. These classic, retro desserts (or breakfast/brunch items, depending on who you're trying to kid) are a staple in Los Angeles, and with a scorecard in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other, we set out to find the best donuts in nine different categories: glazed, chocolate, cream-filled, sprinkled, frosted, old fashioned, fritter, jelly-/fruit-filled and specialty. Among 264 donuts from 15 different donut shops across the city, here are the ones that rose to the top.
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To see how it all went down, check out our behind the scenes sneak peek.