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Stan’s Corner Donut Shop

It’s time to make the donuts 24-7 at Stan’s Corner Donut Shop in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. A UCLA staple since 1965, Stan Berman has been cranking out the treats from his tiny shop and the world knows about it. There should be one of these shops in Connecticut.

Named by Forbes Magazine in 2001 “the world’s best donut,” the 80-year old Stan Berman continues to capitalize on that status. He’s a one man marketing machine just in his demeanor alone when he meets you at the shop. One of the friendliest guys I’ve ever met and so excited to tell you about all the stories associated with his shop  and his donuts.

Berman is a third generation baker originally from Philadelphia so when he acquired the place in Westwood he knew exactly what he was doing though he told me he really had to scrape to get the money to buy the place back in the day.

I was first introduced to what is now a family treat for my kids in the mid 1970’s. My husband went to UCLA and this place was a staple for him and most students now early on weekend mornings or as a late night snack.

To walk just a short distance down the hill from Bruin land and hit up Stan for let’s say my favorite, a peanut butter pocket donut iced in chocolate with chocolate chips, is well sinful. One of these babies will hold you for a week. Many of Stan’s donuts are named after famous people including the late famed UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden. Wooden liked the blueberry cake donuts.

When I saw Stan Berman the other day when my husband and I were in town, he told me he had just named a donut after Mariska Hargitay and said she was thrilled at her celebrity donut status at Stans.

The corner of Broxton and Weyburn across from the famed Fox Village Theater is Stan’s home away from home and always will be. It would have to be as he’s made tens of thousands of donuts over the years.

By now if your mouth is watering you should know that Stan ships anywhere in the U.S. In fact the Fed Ex shop is a couple of doors down so as soon as you order it gets shipped out immediately.

Generations of families have grown up on Stan’s donuts. In fact one of the two, or make that three days that I saw Stan, he was on his way out the door with dozens of donuts boxed up for a friend who was turning 100 and all she wanted from him was to make sure that everyone at her party got one of his donuts.

So what does this story have to do with Connecticut, well, I’ve practically grown up on the donuts, and just wanted you to know about them and Stan.

If you call the shop, you’ll likely get him on the phone, tell him “hi” for me. The number is (310) 208-8660 or you can email him at stan@stansdougthnuts.com

At Stan’s, everybody is treated the same whether you’re famous or not, truly Stan’s the famed one and it’s his donuts you’re after.

Two of Stan’s stories concerning the late actress Gilda Radner and Actor Gene Wilder and the stars of the box office smash “Love Story,” Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neill are recounted for you below.

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2 Comments

  1. Paul
    Posted June 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Best Doughnuts EVER! The type of good that makes you forget even your worst of days!

    • Annie Mame
      Posted June 8, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

      Paul, you are so right! Next time we all go to Stan’s!