Where To Stock Up On Gourmet Donuts For National Donut Day
We already rounded up the best donuts in L.A.—most of which come from mom-and-pop donut shops that master the classics. But if you're stuck at the desk for National Donut Day, and don't have the opportunity to toast the occasion until later on, you can still celebrate. Some of our favorite restaurants also happen to have fantastic donuts on the menu. Squeeze in your obligatory date night, then celebrate the holiday with these five over-the-top creations for dessert.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar: Chef Ernesto Uchimura is jazzing up his signature crullers at the Sawtelle and Fairfax locations of Plan Check, which also happen to serve a fantastic iteration of another indulgence—burgers. The brand’s West L.A. location will offer a pair of Strawberries n' Cream Crullers topped with whipped cream and seasonal fruit, and the Fairfax outpost will offer a Maple Bacon Cruller with pig candy and maple glaze, each at $6 a plate. You can find out more info here.
Hinoki and The Bird: Chef Kuniko Yaki gracefully and elegantly operates the kitchen at David Myer's Century City restaurant, which is absolutely ideal for a Friday night date with your significant other or friends. It might be hard to swing a reservation during peak hours at this juncture, but you could always sit at the bar. Be sure to finish off the meal with her miso donuts with honey caramel, a Japanese twist on an American classic. You can find out more info here.
Bestia: Chef Ori Menashe handles the savories at the Arts District's Bestia, and his wife Genevieve Gergis cleans up shop with her decadent pastries. Though she was never professionally trained as a pastry chef, her desserts sing. Though they're all wonderful and rotate seasonally, you can always find the "Coffee & Donuts” on the menu. They're basically a spiced chestnut zeppole topped with whipped cream and coffee ice cream. They truly do the Southern Italian sweets justice. You can find out more info here.
Bucato: Chef Evan Funke Culver City restaurant masters pasta dishes like cacio e pepe—a humble, minimalist Roman dish made with fresh spaghetti noodles, heaps of fresh ground pepper and grana padano cheese— and papparadelle with lamb ragu like it's nobody's business. So it's easy to see why folks might be too carbed out to order some of their zeppole, a deep fried Italian donut that's dusted with sugar and served in a brown paper bag. That's a mistake though. Just like Funke's pastas, the dough is near perfect, a real embodiment of the beauty of simplicity. You an find out more info here.
Sycamore Kitchen: Okay, so Sycamore Kitchen isn't open for dinner, but this La Brea cafe serves some of the best donuts we've had, but our eyes weren't opened to them until just recently, thus the exclusion from our aforementioned list. Karen Hatfield uses a classic yeast-raised base for her donuts, whose flavors and toppings shift daily. We've been wowed by the coconut brown butter donut, available today, as well as the pistachio version that pops up from time to time on the menu. You can find out more info here.