Los Angeles: The donuts capital of America
Since the 1970s, donuts have been an integral part of Los Angeles culture. These deep-fried treats began when Cambodian immigrant Ted Ngoy began to help other refugees create their own pastry businesses. These exchanges grew the business in Los Angeles to its magnitude today. Even to this day, most donut shops are owned by Cambodians.
The Donuts Hole - Randy Donuts - Donuts King II
As time went on, programmatic architecture became popularized to advertise donuts. From Randy’s donuts to the Donut Hole, owners began shaping their exteriors to match what they sold inside. Along with its increased media coverage, from social media to the Iron Man movie, these old-fashioned donut shops are still popularized today.
Blue Star Donuts - Ring Donuts - Trejo's coffee and Donuts
These shops soon made way for donuts that aimed for qualitative instead of quantitative products. From Japanese tofu donuts to Trejoe’s coffee and donuts, these high-end desserts transformed from an on-the-go snack to a priced delicacy.
Kings Hawaiian - Modo Donuts
Now, the newest rage that has hit social media are mochi donuts or chewy, pon-de-ring delights. With stores throughout the Bay Area, from Mitsuwa in Torrance to a pop-up shop in Fountain Valley, these donuts have had customers waiting for hours on end.
Keattle Grazed Donuts - DK Donuts