Donut Station – Capitola, CA

Overall Shop Rating: 3 Nadas
Santa Cruz is my favorite surf town in all of CA. There are almost always waves to surf and there are a plethora of donut shops to nourish hungry surfers in their post surf daze. On this day Daniel La Point and I just got done surfing at Capitola and we noticed this quaint little shop tucked away in a corner market. I was excited to discover this shop. I have lived in Santa Cruz off and on for over 10 years and I never knew it was here! It’s like finding a twenty dollar bill in the pocket of an old jacket that I haven’t worn in a while. Yes!

PS. I love the name: Donut Station. It’s powerful… like a locomotive.

Vibe of Shop: 3 Nadas
Great seating arrangements, complete with pink tables and cushioned seats.

Outside Appearance: 2 Nadas
This place is kind of hard to see. It’s in a nice little strip mall though. I would change some things if I owned it, but as it is… it works.

Hours: Mon – Sat: 5:30am to 5pm
Sun: 5:30am – 1pm

Service: 4 Nadas
The man was very fun to talk to and he helped us out kindly, despite our incoherent post-surf babble.Taste of Glaze Donut: 2 Nadas
I was disappointed that a new found gem could produce a donut that was sub-par. It could be that the donuts were old because we arrived here around 4pm, but that’s no excuse. Ferrell’s donuts taste good until the next day!

Blueberry Donut? Yes! I think it’s a Santa Cruz thing. I can find them consistently in all Santa Cruz area shops.

Coffee: 3 Nadas
Simply average. There are so many great coffee shops in Santa Cruz that I would suggest getting your donut and then heading to Pete’s, Mr. Toot’s, or The Ugly Mug. Those are all within a 2 minute drive from here.

Special: When I was in high school I competed on the school swim team. Every day after practice I would come home and munch on what ever I wanted… and a lot of it at that. One of the main staples of my afternoon munchies was neon sour gummy worms and this store sells little baggies of them!!! It took me back home for a moment. Then I remembered how many cavities I have, and how I just had a root canal procedure done. I’m so over sour gummies!

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Anonymous said...

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Matt said...

I'm surprised you didn't like Donut Station more than you did. I think they are one of the best shops in the county. They are certainly the best shop in Capitola. Try the bearclaw donut sometime. And, check out their sister shop, Soquel Donut Station, located on Soquel Drive.

Dave's Donut Blog said...

Hey Matt,
Thanks for the comments. I may have to try this place again. When we went it was late afternoon so the donuts tasted kind of stale...

Sherida said...

Dude! Great blog. We are headed there husband has been getting the same thing here for the last 25 years- ever since he was able to ride his bike alone to the point for a surf sesh. We love the Donut Shop. :)

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