I have moved back and forth between Scottsdale and Southern California several times. The funny thing is, I do more fun stuff in California now that I live in Arizona. I know, that doesn’t make much sense–but I never said this blog would make any sense.
On my last trip to SoCal I was determined to “see the sights” in the greater Los Angeles area. As you may have already gathered, I like food, so a lot of my adventures involved the culinary arts. This being the case, what better place to visit on my Los Angeles excursion than the joint with the giant donut on the roof? I don’t think anyone can argue that Randy’s Donuts is more than just a fried dough factory–it’s a Southern California landmark. It has been a fixture in Inglewood, CA since 1953 and has been featured in a slew of movies, most recently of which was Iron Man 2.
Now I did want to go there so I could check out the historic local, but I was also curious to sample the doughy confections. And I don’t just mean, “Hell yeah, I’m up for some donuts.” I firmly believe that any business that measures its history in decades rather than years is doing something special, so I was truly curious to find out what Randy’s Donuts was all about.
Bottom line, I was right–Randy’s makes the best F’ing donuts I have ever eaten. Excuse my French, but they are seriously that good, and well worth the drive from The Valley of the Sun. I was fortunate enough to sample the maple bar and the apple fritter–oh how I love me some apple fritter.
Let me tell you, not all apple fritters are created equal. Even the best one I can find here in Arizona is over cooked, somewhat dry, and kinda crunchy. The first fritter I had at Randy’s Donuts was the best donut I have ever eaten in my life. It was soft, doughy and I have to say–juicy. I know that doesn’t sound appealing, but it’s just so wrong it’s right. I mean it has to be oil, but it doesn’t taste oily–it’s just sweet, soft goodness that melts in your mouth.
The maple bar is also spectacular–so soft, so fresh. I am not exaggerating when I say that Randy’s Donuts is the absolute best. I literally don’t eat donuts as much as I used to after eating Randy’s… I would rather wait until the next time I am in L.A.
Sure, it’s just a small, old donut stand–there isn’t even a place to eat inside. Frankly, I think that’s all part of the experience that is, Randy’s Donuts. Need I say it is worth your while to check this place out? Drive out of your way, fly into LAX, whatever it takes–put Randy’s on your bucket list.
Oh, and total disclosure–the shots in the post were taken with a Canon G9 point-n-shoot. I had taken these way before I had a decent cell phone camera and was taking pics of my food.