This weekend, when your tiny sugar-fiends are are begging for a donut, bypass those run-of-the-mill mini mall sprinkle shops and take the family to the brand new Blue Star Donuts in Venice. Hailing from Portland, this cult favorite artisanal donut shop just moved in to its new digs on Abbott Kinney and you will want to run, not walk—okay, drive, this is LA—to get a taste of these delectable donuts that delight everyone in the family.

Blue Star Exteriorphoto: Shahrzad Warkentin

Sweet, But Not So Simple
“Donuts and Coffee” the sign above the door reads simply, and though it’s true that these are basically the only two items Blue Star sells, there’s absolutely nothing basic or simple about them. These French brioche-style donuts, made fresh daily with cage free eggs and hormone-free milk, are unlike any other. The light-as-air concoctions come in a variety of unique flavors. Some, like the horchata-flavored O.G., spicy-rich Mexican Hot Chocolate, and the party-in-your-mouth Maple Bacon, are Blue Star’s staples. Others, like the tropical Pina Colada and the Greek Yogurt Honey Granola, are specialty flavors made just for donut-loving Angelenos.

So the “forget it honey, those are chemical balls fried in lard and dripping with artificial colors and flavors” excuse you usually whip our when they beg for a donut breakfast isn’t applicable.  Not that you’ll mind, because when they get these donuts, you get these donuts.  And that’s a great way to wake up.

Blue Star Donuts Displayphoto: Shahrzad Warkentin

What To Get
These donuts are big, but with so many enticing flavors it’ll be hard to settle for just one. The best thing to do is order a few different flavors and give your tots (and yourself) a tasty lesson in sharing. For the picky eaters in your crew, save the bacon covered ones for yourself and opt for something more simple, like the Sugar and Spice Cake, which tastes a little bit like a churro, in donut form.

Blue Star Donuts - Group Shot 3photo: Marie Buck

While the whole family will be drooling over the donuts, moms and dads will appreciate the “coffee” half of the Blue Star duo. This is no fancy latte bar, however, just a straight up, good old fashioned cup of Stumptown Roasters joe. Which you’ll be grateful to have once the sugar from the donuts kicks the kids into hyperdrive.

Blue Star Donuts Eatingphoto: Shahrzad Warkentin

Order Out
The only downside to this little piece of donut heaven is that there is no seating. In fact, the tiny take-out only cafe barely has room for the line of people squeezed up against the glass display while placing their orders. If you have a large brood or just a wiggle worm you may want to enjoy a quick, quiet outing on your own and take a heaping box of fresh-made donuts back to your waiting family.

Since this spot is worth the drive, you can make a morning of it and grab your donuts to eat on the go. Take a morning stroll and do some window-shopping along Abbott Kinney. If you prefer something a little more wild, weave your way through those narrow Venice Streets and see if you can get lucky enough to snag a parking spot near the beach. Then you can enjoy the always eclectic fun on the Venice boardwalk.  Or walk off the sugar and wind your way to the canals, where you can visit the ducks at Linnie Canal Park.  You’re not allowed to feed the ducks there, but that’s ok.  There won’t be a crumb left.

Hours: Open daily from 8 a.m. till they are sold out (and they will; the when just varies with the day).

Blue Star Donuts
1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice
310-450-5630
Online: bluestardonuts.com

Where do you go for your family’s donut fix? Share your favorite spots in the comments.

—Shahrzad Warkentin