Our landing in America has triggered an annoying obsession that The Husband wants me to shake off. I am obsessed with American doughnuts, the ones I’ve seen the cops down with black coffee in a styrofoam cuts in the movies. No, I don’t eat a doughnut a day to keep the doctor away (or more likely close by), but I do hanker for the popular local doughnut whenever we travel across the US.
Our trip to SoCal warranted a visit to one of the most unique donut shops ever: The Donut Man.
Located on the Historic Route 66, The Donut Man was featured in numerous TV shows (which I’ve obviously seen) and magazines for their fresh strawberry doughnuts. Strawberry filled doughnuts, sugar powder dusted dough pucks filled with red tart jelly – absent even of itty bits of fruit, has always been a favorite of mine, but I’ve never had them fresh. I was lucky to have been in SoCal at the time when fresh strawberry doughnuts were in season. Yes, these treats come at a specific time of the year just like their other seasonal fare including fresh peach, pumpkin & peanut butter doughnuts and cream puffs.
The Husband and I drove through bright and early at 730AM on a Saturday morning when the 9 to 5 workers usually forego the alarm clock and sleep in. But lo and behold, there was already a line. Wow! The people in front of me where already sharing their Donut Man stories, how friends of theirs would drive an hour (which would approximately be a 80-90KM drive by US highway standards ) just to satiate their Donut Man cravings….weekly. I wanted to jump in the conversation and say that “Hey! I (or rather The Husband) drove from Texas just to get a taste of The Donut Man’s fare. Isn’t it amazing?”, but I focused more on what I was to order as there was a bevy of doughnuts of all shapes, sizes and flavors to choose from. And I was buying a Donut Man dozen for myself, The Husband and my cousin’s family.
Of course, I got a couple of those famous fresh strawberry doughnuts ($3.25 each) and a variety of doughnut flavors: maple glazed, red velvet and a couple more flavors that I could not remember. I wish I could’ve ordered all the flavors, but I’d need an extra stomach.
Seduced by the vanilla and sugar perfume from the Donut Man dozen, I was so tempted dive into the back seat and to gobble up a doughnut inside our rental car. But because it would be too messy for in-transit eating, I had to restrain myself. An hour later in my cousin’s place, we opened up the Donut Man boxes to share.
I savored each bite of the fresh strawberry doughnut along with a dainty and delicate cup of tea. The fresh strawberries’ burst of juicy tartness was a perfect contrast to the saccharine melt-in-your-mouth doughnut bun. It was a great way to pump up with a sugar rush for an activity filled weekend.
I wish we’d bought another dozen to gobble up, but there was just so much more to eat in SoCal! But if you love doughnuts and are in SoCal, the Donut Man’s fresh strawberry doughnut is worth your gas and car mileage.
The Donut Man
915 E Route 66
Glendora, California 91741
Open 24 hours a day except on major holidays
+1 (626) 335-9111