– Opened MARCH 2013 – This is the Original location operated daily by Chef Santiago. World Famous – Donut Bar is the most award winning Donut Shop in the USA! Recognized by Forbes, USA Today, MSN.com, Thrillist.com, San Diego Magazine, City Beat, and Food Network as the Best Donut Shop in California and The USA! Celebrity Chef Santiago Campa is hands on daily as he creates his unique and critically acclaimed confections at his downtown San Diego Donut Bar. Notable customers are Connan O’Brien, Ellen Degeneres, Steve Harvey, Ryan Seacrest, Duff Goldman, Nikki Bella, John Cena, and NFL’s Green Bay Packer Super Bowl Star Brett Swain, MLB’s San Diego Padres starting Pitcher Tyson Ross all frequent Donut Bar.
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Only 25 minute wait in line on Saturday at 9:30am! (The posting of hours says 7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends is when it’s open and closes until sold out.)
Once you enter with the display of donuts, it’s hard to make up your mind with the colorful display of fluffy, large donuts–the bigger ones ($4 to $5) on the top row and the smaller cake donuts ($3 to $4).
My daughter selected the Unicorn donut (glazed with lots of color frosting for a unicorn) It was fluffy, fresh, and huge! Little did we know until we opened our box that you get a free kid’s donut on weekends just because.
We met Chef Santiago and took a picture with him. He’s very nice and chatted with me for a few minutes. I asked if he comes to work at 2am to make the donuts, to which he said more like 2:30am! He introduced me to his son who was at the cash register. I asked if he would consider “meat” stuffing inside a donut, to which he responded that he has a ham/cheese one (like a croque monsieur/croque madam) but it wasn’t available today. He showed me the QR code on the sticker on the box to check for the kinds of donuts for sale.
I can see why this place has taken gourmet donuts to a whole new level.