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I love to try new and unique restaurants and foods in Los Angeles, but rarely am I the only to discover them. Usually, I defer to the gaggle of food bloggers out here or the Los Angeles Times’ great column, “The Find.” It’s with a heavy heart that I must admit I just am simply not a trailblazer when it comes to these things. I’m merely a follower.
However, I do feel like I have a discovery to share with the world at large. It’s not some secret, off-the-beaten-path eatery offering a dazzling ten course meal for $15. Instead it’s a humble donut shop, located right smack dab on a busy stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard. I talk of Tasty Donuts, and I think it may serve the best donut in L.A.
Now a few caveats. I said “donut,” singular. Tasty Donuts doesn’t have the best donuts, per se, but they do have the best singular offering of one. Also, second caveat: I haven’t sampled all the donut shops around town, but this is a blog, not a scientific survey; so I am going to allow myself some leeway on the bombastic claims. The point is that people in search of an amazing donut experience should flock to this place for one thing and one thing only: their glazed buttermilk donut.
To put it lightly, this place’s glazed buttermilk donut is heavenly. Sweet, tangy, rich — it’s sort of like the best thing ever. Normally, I always get a chocolate frosted or chocolate glazed donut when I go to one of these shops, but no, at Tasty Donuts, it’s all about the buttermilk. I almost can’t describe how good this thing is, but I’ll try. The buttermilk in the batter gives this wonderful pastry a distinctly unique taste — or, as Ina Garten might say — “a real depth of flavor.” The outside is crispy and sugary; the inside gooey and moist. It is truly a heavenly donut experience.
It’s also a heavy experience. Don’t expect to eat two or three of these things in a row. The buttermilk donut is intensely rich, and you might find yourself needing a couch or perhaps chaise-lounge to recline on soon afterwards. Oh, but it’s worth it. So very, very worth it.
Of course, avid readers of this blog may actually remember hearing of this donut a few months ago. Back in October, my friend Heather and I visited Tasty Donuts in order to procure some donuts for an unhealthy batch of bread pudding (culled from Heather’s very own cookbook, Eat Your Feelings). Sitting next to the more flashy frosted donuts, the buttermilk variety looked a touch pedestrian (and its lack of a hole was downright unorthodox), but for some reason, Heather was drawn to it. She decided to buy one, and the rest was history. As tasty as my chocolate frosted donut was, it just could not compare. We both picked at her donut rapturously in the car, certain that we had stumbled on a glazed, deep-fried pot of gold.
Now i feel like the time has come to celebrate this unassuming treat. Here are some pics from yesterday as my friend Meeshie and I enjoyed this most hallowed donut.
Here’s the buttermilk donut. It’s not a ring, but that’s okay. You won’t care the moment you bite into it.
A buttermilk bisection.
Heather eating the donut back in October.
Me eating the donut last night.
For those seeking out this donut, feel free to drop by Tasty Donuts at 8120 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (at Crescent Heights). Open 24 hours!