Not that you ever need an excuse to enjoy a donut -- hell, every day should be donut day. But today is apparently National Doughnut Day -- and that's good enough for me.
Apparently the holiday began in 1938 as a fund raiser for the Chicago Salvation Army (see the video above).
Here's a round up of donut goodness today:
:: The Guide's Elina Shatkin puts together a list of L.A.'s best doughnuts, leading with the Donut Man in Glendora. Her top three:
1. Donut Man, Glendora: "Among the celebrity fans of this modest 35-year-old shop was Elvis, who used to send his bodyguard to purchase jelly doughnuts."
2. Stan's Corner Donut Shoppe, Westwood / West L.A.: "In addition to all the standard raised and cake doughnuts, they have unique flavor combos like peanut butter-filled banana doughnuts topped with chocolate chips and a cheese-filled doughnut topped with blueberry glaze."
3. Bob's Coffee & Doughnuts, Miracle Mile: "Definitely better than your average doughnut."
:: Laura over at L.A. Story clues us in that both Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts (sigh, not for us, SoCalians) are passing out free doughtnuts today. In case you wanna go more gourmet, she also notes:
If you're looking for something a little more upscale Grace Restaurant on Beverly Boulevard is celebrating all weekend with a gourmet tasting menu.
:: The L.A. Weekly writes that for every doughnut sold at shops displaying the official National Doughnut Day poster, BakeMark will make a donation to the Salvation Army. He are the participating locations in L.A. proper:
Alex's Donuts, 6211 Franklin Ave.
Corner Donut Shop, 10948 Weyburn Ave.
Donut House, 3500 Overland Ave Ste 150
Donuts U.S.A., 11624 Venice Blvd.
Maggie's Donut, 4377 W. Pico
Super Donut House, 7307 Sunset Blvd.
Westdale Donut Shop, 2918 Sawtelle Blvd.
Westside Donuts & Croissant, 11277 Santa Monica Blvd.