Thursday, February 28, 2008
The Donut Man, Glendora
The Donut Man is prized for its fresh fruit donuts. Dana and I prized the fact we wouldn't be at Ronnie's (see below). The 40 mile round trip to Glendora was made on a cold sunday morning yet we had been misinformed in regards to the warm donuts that were promised. Nonetheless, we stood in line and picked our plunder. Our selection had to be broad including the obviously popular fresh strawberry donut. So here's what we got- Dana: one original glazed, one chocolate covered raised. Me: one chocolate cake donut w/chocolate frosting and coconut, one chocolate bar, and one fresh strawberry donut. The verdict: given the hype, we were pretty disappointed with Donut Man's failure to take care of the basics. In the case of the chocolate bar, chocolate raised, and original glazed- all were decent in flavor, yet extremely hard-shelled, dense, and heavy in the stomach. They weren't horrible, yet they lacked the three F's: freshness, fluffiness, level of fryness. The chocolate cake donut was too spongy and tasted like a circular cupcake. All in all it was pretty lackluster. However, the saving grace of this establishment are its seasonal offerings. The giant donut-clam filled with fresh strawberries was a little intimidating, yet I proceeded. While I consider this a dessert as opposed to a breakfast item, it is delicious in every way. This dessert item resembles a strawberry shortcake minus the shortcake, add the donut clam, and tastes far superior. The large plump strawberries are a perfect compliment to a flaky raised donut. Somehow, the donut man focussed all his energy and talent on these treats and gets away with it.
Cup Holder Change or Bust out the Wallet: at $2.60 for the strawberry donut, bust out the wallet.
Destination Donut or keep it local: Destination Donut, unless you don't like strawberries
Being that Glendora is out of the way for many in LA, Donut Man probably won't be your local- however, it's worth it to try the fresh strawberry and fresh peach donut (summer) at least once. Also, there isn't anything to do in that particular neighborhood so the nice to-go boxes come in handy to take your dessert elsewhere.
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