About a year ago, Kyle and I were in the car when a friend who works at PETA posted about vegan donuts. Naturally, I freaked out and was like WE NEED TO GO EAT VEGAN DONUTS. While Kyle drove, I read Donut Friend's menu out loud to him with extreme detail so that he could understand just how much we needed to stop what we were doing (probably en route to USC, this was while I was still in grad school) and eat donuts. When we saw they had a bacon option that wasn't vegan, we knew they needed to hook up the throngs of vegans that would pilgrimage to Highland Park for donuts with some bacon. We sent them samples, they bought Coconut Bacon, and the rest is a beautiful love story- because we get to deliver to them and eat lots of donuts.
In the year since Donut Friend has been in business, they've quickly become one of the most vegan friendly donutteries. They started with some basic options, like vegan glazes, and now offer vegan Nutella, marshmallows, even vegan cheese! They've gone from raised donuts to amazing cake donuts and they even offer gluten free options. We can all thank the owner for being a vegan ally and for being all together both friendly and awesome, who just happens to be a multi-platinum music producer. Did you know Mark Trombino has a musical background? All of the colorful names on their menu are no coincidence- Mark has worked with Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182, Finch and even All Time Low.
I'll keep this blog post short and sweet by ending it here but here's some pictures of glorious vegan donut creations. Really, the pictures themselves are all you need to see to know why you should check out Donut Friend in Highland Park.