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By: Matt Hickman on July 15, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
The Donut Hole in La Puente California

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The Donut Hole

While Randy’s Donuts — you know, that super-famous L.A. bakery with that really big doughnut on the roof — gets all the pop culture cred, it’s at another Southern California doughnut joint where massive deep-friend dough rings (fiberglass, in actuality) serve a structural purpose. These delightful colossal confections don’t just function as traffic-snaring signage — they’re a part of the actual building.

In fact, the whole reason to visit the Donut Hole in La Puente is to drive through the twin doughnuts (chocolate glazed?) that bookend this split-in-half-by-a-drive-through-lane bakery that dates back to 1968. Motorists enter slooowly through this 24-hour baked good mecca’s first ring as sad and doughnut-less individuals and emerge through the second ring reborn, brandishing bakery boxes filled with maple bacon bars, bear claws, crullers, apple fritters and every type of doughnut variety known to mankind. A drive through the Donut Hole is a singular Southern California experience, one that should be followed by some serious time spent at the gym.