Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rate-A-Restaurant #246: Donut Man

Restaurant: Donut Man

Location: 915 E. Route 66 (Glendora)

Type of restaurant: Donuts

We stipulated: We were driving back from the Pomona Fairplex and decided to cruise home via Route 66 and the Foothill boulevards (read about the rest of that journey here -- and yes, I had an ulterior motive: It's fresh strawberry donut season at Glendora's Donut Man. I'd never been -- so it was time.

They stipulated: From a Daily Bulletin piece on owner Jim Nakano:

After the berries are washed and their tops removed, they are mixed with a light, translucent glaze of Nakano's design. A puffy, chewy jelly doughnut without the jelly is used as the shell. It's split in three-quarters and berries are spooned in.

"And we just stuff it," Nakano said as an employee heaps a second spoonful into the doughnut. "A 12-ounce cup, we figure, goes into each one."

Hmm. The USDA recommends two 8-ounce servings of fruit per day. Eat two strawberry doughnuts and you're good (except for the calorie and fat part).

What we ordered: Three strawberry donuts, of course: One to eat there, and two to bring home. ($2.50 each)

High point: Those strawberries are fantastic -- fresh and ripe, filled to the rim and with a glaze that's not too sweet.

Low point: The donut portion of the donut was a bit of a letdown. I was hoping for more harmony between donut and strawberry... but it tasted like an OK glazed donut filled with fantastic strawberries.

Overall impression: As a result, I'm kind of mixed on the strawberry donut. Perhaps there was no way it could live up to the hype.

Chance we'll go back: I would like to return and try something else, perhaps the tiger tail -- which commenters online have raved about. Maybe we'll stop by when Donut Man turns his attention later this year to fresh peach donuts.

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