After impressing Washington, D.C., and Virginia with its yummy fried chicken and delicious donuts, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is opening up its first West Coast location in Downtown LA! Yup, this comfort food hot spot, co-founded by Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern, is about to take Los Angeles by storm when it opens to the public on April 5 and I got to preview it before it opens. The fried chicken is crispy and delectable, while I fell in love at first bite with the crème brûlée doughnut. Crème brûlée is one of my favorite desserts and to see recreated in doughnut form (complete with the torched surface and the “break”!) was awesome.
FREEBIE ALERT! On Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s DTLA opening day, they will be giving a free doughnut to everyone who follows @astrodoughnuts on Instagram (and shows them at the register)!
Astro’s opening will be a real treat for Angelenos, since the brand as racked up some serious accolades on the East Coast. Astro’s crème brûlée doughnut has been named one of 40 “Must-Try Dishes” by The Washington Post, one of the “best fried chicken restaurants in America” by TimeOut, one of the “Best Doughnuts in DC” and “Best Donut Shops in America” by Thrillist, one of the “Hottest Doughnut Shops in America” by Eater and “The Best Southern-Style Fried Chicken in Washington, DC” by Serious Eats. New York Magazine’s Grub Street has called Astro an “Amazing American Doughnut Shop with Serious Street Cred.” The Washington Post has also specifically named Astro’s crème brûlée doughnut as “The Best Doughnut in DC.”
Thanks so much to the team at Astro for a fab meal and introducing me to my new favorite doughnut! Check out all the action in the video above.