My apologies for the back-to-back donut posts but when I kept looking at that close-up donut photo in the last post, it reminded me of the day my friends and I gathered on National Donut Day to watch public TV’s Huell Howser when he went to Stan’s Donuts.
Recently, I went to Stan’s Donuts in Westwood with my food loving friends, Gregory and Emily. Stan’s has been open for over 40 years and is a favorite of Huell Howser. They even have a donut named after him called “The Huell.”
When you watch the entire episode where Stan’s was featured, they show you how they make this chocolate and peanut butter donut onsite. At first bite, the donut is soft and the icing is creamy. The best part of about this donut is the creamy peanut butter that hits you as you take that second bite of the donut.
This is a rich donut and I admit I couldn’t finish it. Next time, I’ll be sure to split it with someone. I can now see why this is Huell Howser’s favorite donut.
By the way, they also have a donut named after The Simpsons. Why? Apparently, they were the official donut makers for Fox when the movie came out and they were sending donuts to various people to promote the film. Don’t you think this is a donut that Homer would definitely take a bite of?
When I told my friends that I went to a semi-healthy chicken and waffles place, they laughed. They laughed harder when I said I liked it. Note: I say “semi-healthy” because fried chicken is still fried and that’s not healthy.
Waffle Chix is located in the heart of Westwood by UCLA and they use hormone and antibiotic free chicken. My friend works in the area and took me here right after the lunchtime rush. I wasn’t feeling too adventurous this day so I passed on the Raspberry Red Velvet Waffles and instead got their house chicken and waffles.
The chicken was juicy and had a good crispy skin but wasn’t overly greasy. The waffle was thinner than what I expected but it was tasty and had the nice crisp edges that I like on a waffle and a hint of cinnamon. On the side I got hot sauce and some honey to eat with my chicken and waffles and a 1/2 OJ and 1/2 lemonade.
One of the reasons I think this place is healthy is because their portions aren’t too generous – it’s just the right amount so you don’t feel bloated when you walk out the door. You do feel full but you don’t feel like you have to unbutton the top button of your jeans. They use organic products and really embrace the “California” twist to southern cooking and it’s your “healthy” alternative to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.
I read the Yelp reviews after I went and found them to be surprising. A lot of the reviews complained about the price and I think the price point is a little high but if you think about how they are using local and organic products, it makes sense. I wonder how this moderately priced restaurant with proper (bot not generous) portions will survive in a college neighborhood where quantity on the cheap often wins out.