Donut Factory – Sonora, CA


Overall Shop rating: 4 Nadas

This weekend I am doing music for the Golden Hills Church Junior High winter camp near Sonora. One afternoon we decided to get away from the camp to see what the wonderful town of Sonora had to offer. As we headed to Perko’s Café for lunch we passed a pizza shop called the Pizza Factory. As we continued to drive, making a few smart remarks about the production of pizzas in the factory, my internal donut radar started going off and my eyes were drawn to none other than “The Donut Factory.”

Vibe of Shop: 3 Nadas
It had a typical 70’s to early 80’s feel, but there was one thing missing. There was not enough “donut pink” in the décor.

Outside Appearance: 3 Nadas
The name says it all. That’s what drew me in. “Donut Factory” What a great name. I’d like to have a shirt with that printed on it. Other than that, the outside was bland, like a good Sonora strip mall. Off in the distance were snow-capped mountains. Precious.

Hours: Week 3am – 3pm, Weekend 3am – 2pm
I don’t know who would arrive to buy donuts at 3am but I appreciate the effort. Maybe Sonora wakes up early.

Service: 5 Nadas
The lady was friendly, happy, and Asian. I had to hold back from calling her “Aunty.”

Taste of Glaze Donut: 4 Nadas
At 1pm in the afternoon the glaze donuts still tasted fresh! I love it. AND... they were only $0.69!!! That's the best deal ever.

Blueberry Donut? Yes, but they were sold out. That’s a good sign… I deduct that if they are sold out, they must be tasty.

Coffee: 3 ½ Nadas
The coffee wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It did the job, washing down the donut and glaze.


Special: They had a morsel which they called an apple burrito. It was sooooooo amazing. It was similar to a Home Run Pie in that it was filled with apple goo, but instead of pastry it was wrapped in some sort of tortilla, then deep fried and glazed. It was simply heaven!








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