Wednesday, May 27, 2015


DK's Donuts
1614 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tel: 310.829.2512
$ (under $15)
Cuisine: Donuts
Sun, 05/17/2015, 10:00am walk-in
     (4.5 Piglets)

America is the land of the free; where immigrants come from all over the world in hopes to make dreams a reality. Walking into DK Donuts, I found the owner sitting in the corner eating her food staple: porridge for breakfast (yes, not donuts). She was sweet as she told her story of how DK donuts came about: Cambodian-born, endured the hardships of the Khmer Rouge, survived, came to America and opened DK Donuts in 1981. 

A partial display of their variety

The donuts are freshly baked and unique. The donut shop was one of the first to offer a version of the cronut to Los Angeles. Their menu is extensive, ranging from the classics to the O-Nuts (cronut) all the way to the Wow-Nuts, a waffle and donut hybrid. The donuts are extremely crisp on the outside, with a moist and delicate interior. 

NUTELLA STRAWBERRY O-NUT ($5.00): A donut and croissant hybrid with hazelnut cream. Look at the layers on this bad boy! Flaky, sweet, crisp, buttery with the richness of Nutella?!? Need I say more? Oh, it's healthy too! It has strawberries! 

A look at the layers of the O-Nut

BACON BITS UBE DONUT ($2.50): For those of you who do not know what ube is, well, its taro (the purple yam). It has a mild taste suitable for the palate. Slightly sweet, the donut has a crisp outer texture. The bacon bits added a bit of saltiness to balance out the sweetness. It's a winner!
MY FAVORITE. MAPLE BACON DONUT ($2.50): This is so good. I've always loved maple glazed donuts and to top it off with bacon is the ideal garnish. Fresh from the fryer, this donut was warm, crisp, and delightful. Again, the bacon balanced out the sweetness of the donut making it the perfect, complete breakfast. 

DK Donuts offers freshly made donuts, sometimes made to order if you ask. The variety is pretty overwhelming. Obviously, I didn't try all of them, but it is a goal of mine to do so. There is something for everyone at this shop. Additionally, I'm always a fan of learning how an establishment was conceived and the story of DK Donuts is the epitome of the American dream. All the donuts I've tried have been delish and these decadent breakfast items leave you wanting more. Word of advice: Expect a line, especially if you decide to come on National Donut Day. 

Notable dishes: Maple Bacon Donut and the Bacon Bits Ube Donut 

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