Thursday, April 26, 2018

Stan's Donuts

I've been hearing about Stan's Donuts for quite a while, from my team who works in Mountain View.  They have a donut rotation, where someone brings in donuts, every single Friday.  You know if I worked there, I'd be the most enthusiastic member of the group.  As it is, I lurk on their mailing list, even though I never get to enjoy the treats myself.

And then one Friday, I was FINALLY there on a Friday.  And I lucked out.  The person on donut duty brought in Stan's Donuts.
Simple Box for Donuts.
I've never been to Stan's, but my understanding is that it is an old school donut shop, no frills, no fancy flavors, just classic donuts.  Boxes aren't even pink.  It has been around since 1959.

As a donut lover, I had to try them.

Summary? OMG.  I honestly didn't know a donut could be this good.  And, I eat a lot of donuts.  Just go.  Now.  Get a glazed raised donut. (Side note: I'd love to try their cinnamon rolls, they sound great too!)
Glazed Raised Dozen.
The host of the rotation brought in a box full of just simple glazed raised.  He also brought in a dozen assorted decorated cake donuts, with different frosting and toppings (sprinkles, nuts, coconut, etc).

I was headed for the cake donuts, when he told me the glazed raised are amazing and I really should go for them instead.

Plus, they were still hot!
Glazed Raised Donut. $0.95.
I'm not going to beat around the bush.

This was the best glazed raised donut I have ever had in my entire life.  No contest.

And not just because it was hot and ridiculously fresh.

It was lofty.  Moist.  Doughy in all the right ways.  Amazing tang to the base.  Well distributed sweet glaze coating.

Quite literally, everything about it was perfect.  I had no idea, no concept, that a simple donut could be this good.

As I was leaving the office, there were still a bunch left, so I snagged one to go, planning to waffle it the next day, as per my style with leftover donuts.  But I couldn't wait that long.

That night, after dinner, I tried a nibble.  Yup, still amazing.  A few seconds in the toaster oven and it was even better.  Wowzer.  Yes, even hours old, it was still the best.

I can't wait to somehow get my hands on these again.  Almost worth the 1-2 hour drive!
Glazed Raised Donuts. (September 2018).
I got my hands on them again, a few months later.

Still just as glorious.

This time, I took an extra and did save it until the next day.  I was skeptical about doing something other than waffling it, but a friend said these donuts are just as good, if not better, the next day if you very briefly warm in the microwave, so I humored him and tried it.

The verdict?  I agree.  

I think that because the donuts are so light and airy, not laden in oil, they do actually keep a day just fine.  And when you heat them gently, they don't just turn into oily sponges like other ones I've tried this with.  Microwave, 70% power, 15 seconds, and, well, magic happens.  Warm, light, fluffy, seriously, as good as new.

The only casualty is the glaze, that does somewhat run off, but, you can toss in regular sugar, coat with something else (I think chocolate glaze would go great on these!), or, gasp, just enjoy a more plain donut, and be very, very happy.
Vanilla Frosted Sprinkle Topped Cake Donut. $0.95.
After lunch, I saw the box of cake donuts were still untouched.  So ... I tried one.

I really didn't like it, and not just compared to the raised donuts.

The base had a spicing I just didn't care for.  I'm not sure what it was, but, whatever it was, it wasn't for me.

The toppings were fine.

I didn't mind though, really, the glazed were so good I didn't need to like the cake, and I can still rave about Stan's.
Stan's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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