Today I put my investigative journalism skills to the test to track down the best maple bacon donut in Los Angeles. Reporting live via Instagram throughout the unfolding of the story, I now present to you the conclusion of this in-depth exposé.
Source 1: Nickel Diner.
$3.50 – Smells like bacon as soon as you walk in the door (mostly because it IS a diner and it IS breakfast time). Donut was cakey but not very mapley, with fresh bacon crumbled on top. Paired well with my coffee and egg (I had to get a solid foundation for my day ahead). Woman sitting next to me said to hit up The Donut Bar in San Diego if I’m ever south. Not today.
Source 2: Cafe Dulce
$2.50 – Fluffy donut with chewy, smoky bacon. No maple, just traditional glaze. Though I don’t think much of the current cereal on donut craze (seems like pasta in a bread bowl to me), I did have one single fruity pebble stuck to a bite of this donut and that was my favorite bite.
Source 3: California Donuts
$3.00 – Had to wait in a small line to get to this “interview,” but a good journalist sticks it out. Fresh off of a full tray, this donut was huge! It had crunchy bacon and slightly too mapley maple. The bacon was pretty perfectly broken up so that there was a big piece in each bite. (see below for full tray of bacon bars, festive peeps donuts, and what I will be returning for in the *somewhat* near future: Samoa donuts)
Source 4: DK’s Donuts
$2.50 ($3.95 for the cronut) – To maintain and preserve my journalistic integrity and bring you the full story, I had to sample the maple bacon cronut as well as the classic maple bacon bar. The bar was just right – not too big, perfectly squishy, with crunchy, salty bacon and just the right amount of maple. The cronut was flaky and not as sweet as the donut with pork rind-like bacon on top. I am returning for a mini blueberry apple fritter and all things ube.
Source 5: Primo’s Donuts
Hot on the trail to finding the best maple bacon donut, I made my way to Primo’s on Sawtelle, but they were sold out for the day, and alas, this investigation will not be continuing tomorrow. #emptycalories #maybeforthebest
Source 6: Kettle Glazed Doughnuts
$2.00 – Actually started here this morning, but they were already sold out and promised to make more by the afternoon. I called ahead for them to save one for me, and when I went to pick it up, they had boxed up their last two with my name on it! This was the best bacon – smoky and salty, on a light donut that was not mapley. Had a nice chat with fellow donut lover, Gloria, re: all the old Hollywood neighbors, you know: Norma Shearer, George Raft, Gloria Swanson (her namesake), Bette Davis (her favorite).
My unbiased journalistic analysis is as follows:
best bacon – Kettle Glazed
most photogenic – Cafe Dulce
most insane selection – DK’s
freshest donut (though they were all made today and hence, all were super fresh) – California
place I could hang out all day – Nickel Diner
most elusive – Primo’s
best maple bacon donut in Los Angeles (though technically it’s Santa Monica) – DK’s Donuts
*pro tip: when going into the field for research, it is best to be prepared with lemon juice soaked green apple slices (as a palate cleanser) and plenty of water.
Unanswered question: Which is more rewarding – getting the first donut out of the oven, or snagging the last one off the tray? Discuss.