Monday, October 12, 2009

Stan's Donuts - Santa Clara, CA

I have been craving sweet, fried dough for the past couple weeks and had yet to find a proper outlet to satisfy this particular hunger. There is a Krispy Kreme somewhat close by, but after reading the Gastronomer's blog post on the Doughnut Plant, I yearned for a doughnut shop with a little more local flavor.

Freshly fried doughnuts.

I went to trusty old for some reviews of local doughnut shops. Stan's Donuts popped up with an average 4.5 stars (out of 5) from over 200 reviewers. The reviewers touted Stan's glazed donuts as some of the best they have ever tasted. I decided to check out what all the hype was about. A 15 minute drive down El Camino and we pulled up to a small shopping center. Stan's Donuts is a hole-in-the-wall joint, serving up fresh batches of yeast and cake doughnuts throughout the day. When we arrived, a small line had formed out the door. Stan's keeps the line moving, so you don't have to wait long for some fresh donuts.

Cake donut with vanilla frosting and peanuts.

AJ and I knew we were going to sample the yeast doughnuts, but we also wanted to try some of their cake varieties - we went with chocolate/sprinkles, peanut, and chocolate/coconut. The chocolate/coconut cake doughnut was nice and crisp on the outside, with a nice moist cake on the inside. The chocolate/coconut combination was just lovely.

Glaze yeast doughnut with Red Rock coffee

The real story is the glazed yeast doughnuts. They come out of the fryer warm and fluffy. Watch out Krispy Kreme, Stan's doughnuts will give you a run for your money! And don't forget, doughnuts are best eaten with a hot cup of coffee.


Gastronomer said...

Aw great! Now you've given me a hankering for doughnuts! What kind of sick and twisted cycle is this?!

Malia said...

I feel like Homer Simpson with this donut craving...if only Nova had better donut shops I'd be fixing this right now!

farawayfoodie said...

Oh my goodness, I've always wanted to hit a fresh donut shop. my kitchen doesn't exactly accommodate an easy preparation of them. what city is this in??

farawayfoodie said...

whoops, its very early here. ignore that answered question

Mary said...

Those doughnuts look great!!! It makes me think of getting treats at Milan Bakery when we lived nearby. Try out the chocolate-iced cake doughnuts next time you're at Stan's and tell me if they compare to the ones from your childhood.


Ariel said...

I loved Milan bakery! Doughnuts will always remind me of our walks to that bakery. :)