Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Where to Eat: Randy's Donuts

Some things are undeniably L.A….palm trees, chucks, Venice Beach, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, The Reject, Crenshaw Blvd., fake personalities…pretty boys…

Randy’s Donuts should also be included on that list. You may have seen the monstrous 32.5 feet donut in Coming to America or curiously glimpsed at it while driving down the 405 Freeway. For more than 50 years, that big circle has been the beckoning call for Angelenos and visitors alike. Many – including myself – have flocked to this Inglewood landmark at all hours of the day and night for a sugary snack. I recently met a Canadian who, as he held a donut in each hand and munched on a glazed twist between crumbs falling from his mouth, passionately professed that he couldn’t leave the city without sampling at least three of these things.

Randy’s bakes pretty decent donuts. They taste fresh and homemade, and they're the perfect balance between sweet and savory. They’re pleasantly sweet, but not too sugary that you'll wonder if you need to schedule a dentist’s appointment the next day. Yet what I personally like the most is that the doughnut bread itself is delicious, too. It’s not too dense or too stale; it’s fluffy and soft. So as you bite into a doughnut, the frosting isn’t overpowering – you can actually notice the rich flavor of the bread. My favorite, pictured to the right, is the maple log.

It’s almost a little too easy to buy my favorite log – or anything, for that matter, since Randy’s is open 24 hours a day, and it has not one, but two drive-thru windows (one is pictured to the left). Although I do feel guilty about not going the extra mile to park my car and walk to the window as a means to counteract the calories I’m about to greedily digest, I will say that the drive-thru comes in handy, especially when it’s cold outside, or my favorite song is on the radio, or I’m on an important call…

I highly recommend Randy’s the next time you’re in the mood for a real doughnut. And in case you want to savor the experience long after it’s gone, you can always purchase a t-shirt or a hat, amongst other paraphernalia. See you there soon!

For more information:
Randy’s Donuts

805 W. Manchester Ave.

Inglewood, CA 90301


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