There are a lot of donut shops out there that are all the same (or at least it seems to me) and while a bad donut is something like bad pizza (how bad can it be?) - a good one is something to behold.
This is one of a few places in San Diego to get a really good donut. We don't have the "fancy" shops like San Francisco and NYC - where Dynamo Donuts and Doughnut Plant have taken hold, but we do have Mary's.
Mary's has been in Santee for a long, long time, and for that same amount of time they have been making good donuts. The difference is apparent in both the flavor and the texture. The edges are crisp, the glazes and frostings taste like something other than straight sugar, and that ersatz flavor you find in so many other donuts is blissfully absent.
I had been craving a donut with crisp edges for weeks, ever since a mention of one popped up on Twitter, and finally made it to Mary's this past Friday to pick up a box for the office.
I couldn't make up my mind between the Old Fashioned and the Buttermilk Bar, so I split the difference, with half of each.
It was sooo worth it.
9031 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee, CA 92071
Open 24 hours.