Sugar Rush: Doughnuts at The Donuttery, Huntington Beach, CA


[Photographs: Kelly Bone]

We come to Serious Eats to discover new treats, but sometimes Serious Eaters comes to us with the goodies. After a local SE'ers Meet Up in Orange County, ArkyTrojan ran to his car and 'forced' us into a Donuttery sampling party in the parking lot. The clear favorite: the Blueberry Donut.

After trying the samples, I headed directly to The Donuttery to collect my own half dozen ($5.95). I bought another blueberry doughnut, even though I didn't find its description as tasting "like a fried blueberry muffin" tremendously intriguing. But guys, it tastes just like a fried blueberry muffin! It's the sort of flavor you don't know you love until you try it. Breaking through the glazed exterior, the innards are stained a vivid purple, like the juice in a tin can of "wild blueberries." Delicate with the moist crumb of a muffin, this doughnut balks the trend of farm-fresh ingredients. The taste is closer to a boxed muffin mix: sugary but not too sweet and even a little artificial. When served warm, it triggers all the guilty pleasure sensors in your mouth.


Crumb shot of the vegan Chocolate and Blueberry donuts

The allure of The Donuttery increases with their selection of vegan cake doughnuts. The body of each doughnut is the same—light, moist and better than their non-vegan cake doughnuts—dressed in various flavors of glaze. The chocolate and vanilla are true classics, but the Maple glazed doughnut is the most scarf-worthy choice.

Open almost 24 hours—they close from 3pm-12am on Sunday—there is a steady stream of people flowing through the doors at all hours. "These are my favorite f#ing donuts" mutters a teenager as he gets in line. I am inclined to agree.

The Donuttery

17420 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (map) 714-847-7000;