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Doughnuts in L.A.: Where to celebrate National Doughnut Day

June 4, 2009 |  3:40 pm

Turkish doughnuts with rosehip syrup at Susan Fenniger's Street. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

What's the one holiday that can bridge all divides, bring together all Americans regardless of race, color, gender, age or favorite college football team? National Doughnut Day. Celebrated the first Friday of June -- that's TOMORROW -- it's a great excuse to treat friends, co-workers and most importantly yourself to a few dozen doughnuts. (Heck, who's counting?)

The perfect marriage of starch, sugar and fat, the doughnut is the quintessential working man's snack. Perhaps that's why nearly every doughnut shop in the city -- Magee's, Spudnuts, Winchell's, Krispy Kreme, Yum Yum or any of the thousands of strip mall vendors -- offers a passable version. As long as they're not horribly stale, I'm happy to eat these miraculous deep-fried concoctions anytime, anywhere. But as a self-proclaimed doughnut aficionado I do have a few favorites. While I still weep for the demise of Frittelli's, here are 9 Los Angeles doughnut shops worth the drive. (And if you buy from Randy's Donuts, you'll be helping the Salvation Army. BakeMark will make a donation to the Salvation Army for each doughnut sold on June 5, 2009 at participating shops.)

[Got a favorite doughnut shop? Let us know in the comments.]

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Turkish doughnuts with rosehip syrup at Susan Feniger's Street. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.