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Donut Panic

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MISSION VALLEY/MISSION GORGE.  Donut Panic proves that vegan donuts can absolutely compete with their non-vegan counterparts.  Located on Mission Gorge Road off of the 8, Donut Panic provides inventive and tasty vegan donuts flavors like Maple “Bacon” and Earl Grey.  Although Donut Panic also offers traditional donuts, it’s obvious that Donut Panic puts considerable time and energy into their vegan offerings.

Who are the masterminds behind these delectable vegan donuts?  Linda Dami — a former baker at Sipz — and her father.  They recently found themselves unemployed at the same time, saw a listing for a donut shop for sale on Craigslist, and decided to dive head first into the donut making business!  And I’m so glad they did!!

I pulled into the parking lot and saw the sign below advertising for Sunshine Donut Bakery.  I was a little confused but figured it must be the right place.  Once inside, I spoke with Linda who let me know that she is planning on changing the sign to the black Donut Panic one depicted above but was still waiting for her landlord’s approval.  SO, if you make a trip for some donuts soon, be on the look out for either sign.


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For donut novices, there are two main types of donuts (1) cake and (2) yeast.  Linda specializes in making yeast donuts which are generally lighter and fluffier than cake donuts.  If you would like to know even more about the differences between the two donut varieties, check out this blog post!

The first vegan donut that grabbed my attention was the Maple “Bacon” — after all, it doesn’t sound like it could possibly be vegan!!  The donut icing was sweet with a distinctive maple flavor and somehow the coconut shavings did taste like bacon!  A delicious sweet and salty combination.



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Then, because I am in love with all things chocolate, I tried the chocolate and coconut donut.  I don’t want to play favorites, but this donut was GOOD!  It might not have been the fanciest of all of the flavors, but the sweet chocolate paired with the light coconut shavings was a winner!


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I was also intrigued by the donut topped with cardamom icing and almond pieces.  As previously noted, I am drawn to chocolate.  Even I have to admit that this donut was something special.  The creamy icing had a delicious dash of spice mixed in, and I enjoyed the crunch from the almonds.  It made me think of fall — which was quite a feat since I was eating this donut in the San Diego 91 degree heat wave!  I think this donut would make a perfect breakfast when paired with a cup of tea and a brisk morning!


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I then moved on to the Earl Grey Tea donut.  This is a must try for anyone who loves drinking the tea.  The frosting had the distinctive Early Grey taste, but it was like someone had already added milk and sugar for you!  A subtle flavor that again, in my opinion, would be great paired with a hot tea!


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Vegan donuts are currently available at Donut Panic on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays after 9am.  On Fridays, vegan cupcakes are available (this will definitely be a future blog post!).  Also, Donut Panic is looking to expand to some area farmer’s markets.  If you’re lucky, it might be one near you!

For more information on Donut Panic, check out their website.  Or take a look at their frequently updated Facebook page — this is where you can find mouth-watering donut pictures and updates on their current flavor offerings.



Assortment of Vegan Donuts


6171 Mission Gorge Road, #113

San Diego, CA 92120


Donut Bar: Vegan Friendly

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DOWNTOWN.  Donut Bar understands vegans need donuts too.  So even though Donut Bar serves the traditional favorites (including apple fritters to celebrities – see below!), it always offers at least one vegan option.


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Donut Bar sits on a quiet block in Downtown, but the word is definitely out.  If you are planning on grabbing a donut before heading to work, be ready to wait!  It is part of the experience.  While the line moves forward, you can examine all of the donuts.  Donut Bar focuses on presentation, so the time passes quickly!

It was in this line that I first glimpsed the Vegan Chai Donut…


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The donut was thick and cakey.  The chai icing was sweet with warm spices.  And the whole thing was gone before I left the building.


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On my next visit, I tried the Vegan Matcha Green Tea donut.  Although I often drink Matcha as a tea, I was surprised to see it used as an ingredient for a frosting.

Matcha Green Tea originates in Japan and is made from ground green tea leaves.  It has high levels of antioxidants and helps to boost memory and concentration.  If you are want to know more about the health benefits of Matcha Green Tea, check out:


I’m sure you get more benefits from drinking the tea than eating this donut, but special treats get a free pass, right?  (I hope so anyways.)  I’m looking forward to having another one soon!


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And there can be no donut post without a chocolate donut.  So I began monitoring Donut Bar’s Facebook page.  Eventually, the Vegan Chocolate Donut appeared on the menu, and I made an emergency phone call to Tom, who works downtown.  This is a nice perk.  Later, Tom came home with two donuts: (1) a plain chocolate and (2) chocolate with almonds.  He “says” he bought two donuts because he didn’t know which one I would prefer.  I suspect he simply wanted more donuts.


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Donut Bar’s ground floor is simple and utilitarian:  display cases of donuts and a cash register.  The upstairs is cozy, a place where people can sit down and enjoy their donuts and coffee.


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And if you are like me and have a weak spot for celebrity gossip, you will be interested to know that an assistant recently picked up an Apple Fritter from Donut Bar for Brad Pitt.  Donut Bar has now permanently renamed the Apple Fritter the “Brad Fritt-er!”



Donut Bar is open 7 days a week.  Monday through Friday, it opens at 7am.  Saturday and Sunday, it opens at 8am.  When do they close? When the donuts are gone, of course!


Ready to check out Donut Bar’s menu? Take a look at the Facebook page.

Donut Bar also takes special orders and is available for catering.


I hope you enjoy their donuts as much as I have!





631 B Street

San Diego, CA 92101