Oscar Wilde once said, “The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist, the hole.” By that rationale, we have a plethora of optimists in San Diego, as locals appear to love donuts as much as craft beer and fish tacos.
Descended from olykoeks, or “oily cakes,” donuts were first introduced to America by Dutch settlers. However, it was Hanson Gregory in 1847 who claimed to invent the ring shaped donut aboard a ship after growing tired of the greasy character of the original.
Ever since, donuts (and their holes) have captured the American palate, with a bevy of artisan shops arising from the flour dust and handing veteran bakeries a sweet challenge.
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