I love donuts. This is my guide to a few donut places I've been to on multiple occasions in the San Pornando Valley (add Pasadena). This list doesn't not include places I've only been to once or twice. The sample size is too small. This list in not anywhere near comprehensive The donuts sampled were purchased in the morning, not in the afternoon. The scope of the assessment is strictly limited to the quality of donuts. Cinnamon buns or breakfast bagel sandwiches are not donuts. I don't give a crap about people not being able to speak English well or expired milk. What I do consider a good donut? Well, let's say that Dunkin' Donuts is the worst: hard and tasteless. Next worst is Krispy Kreme - just too much the other way with layers and layers of shortening. Yuck. Perfect Donuts 6411 Sepulveda Blvd # 1, Van Nuys, CA 91411 Might be one of my favorite donut places. The donuts are big. They remind me of the Pączki's I've had when I lived near Detroit. The donuts are fluffy, retain their shape, aren't too doughy or hard, and come to think of it, don't have too much grease. Fillings are generous, with complexity to flavor. Sweeter fillings such as lemon and strawberry aren't over-sweetened and have a touch of bitter. Donut Star 8360 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91304 Next to Grandma Kim's Family Diner (a decent Korean place with menu and serving style more suitable for white people). Very similar to Perfect Donuts above. The size of the donuts might be a few percent smaller. The fillings are fairly standard. A bit sweeter and less complex than Perfect Donuts. Gladstone Donut 1332 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104 Belongs in the top tier along with the above. I know, not in the valley, but I grabbed some donuts at this place before heading to @brencho's one day. They were the bomb, especially with @brencho's special coffees. Cash only. Tiffany's Donuts (Dulcet Gourmet) 22776 Ventura Blvd # E, Woodland Hills, CA 91364 This hole in the wall place belongs in the first tier along with the above two. Very similar to Donut Star above, except maybe donuts don't hold their shape as well. But the differences are so small. Blinkie's Donut Emporium 4884 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364 Nice place in Woodland Hills on Topanga south of Ventura. As I said, nice place. This place gets all the buzz, but true donut aficionados know this place is overrated. The main problem is that their donuts are don't hold their shape and go limp-dick. Hard eating a jelly donut that goes limp dick spilling the jelly everywhere. The puff of the dough is good, but the limp-dick doesn't work for me. Still, this is a good donut place. Yum Yum 5833 N. Kanan Rd., Agoura, CA 91301 Very inconsistent, but will do in a pinch if I really have to. A huge step down from any of the above. At times, they make stuff that makes you think the donuts came from one of the above places. Other times, the oil will smell weird, as if they reused the bacon or sausage grease from the griddle. Most of the time, it's mediocre. Lacks the fluff of any of the above places. Slightly hard, but not anywhere as bad as Dunkin' Donuts Dunkin' Donuts Thousand Oaks Blvd, Westlake Village, CA 91362 Opened to great fanfare with long lines up to a 30 minute wait. This place sucks. Avoid. We bought two donuts from this place. The kids and I took a bite, and they stayed in the middle island of our kitchen for the next eight days.