“The world's most famous donut!”
Randy's Donuts is a landmark building in Inglewood, California, near Los Angeles International Airport, in a style that dates to a period in the early 20th Century that saw a proliferation of programmatic architecture throughout Southern California. This style had its heyday from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s. By the 1950s however, the trend of designing structures in the shape of the product sold there had changed to focus on signs rather than architecture itself. In the case of Randy's, the product in question is represented by a giant doughnut on the roof of an otherwise ordinary drive-in that is a dedicated doughnut bakery. The building was designed by Henry J. Goodwin. The building was featured in the films Earth Girls Are Easy, Mars Attacks!, The Golden Child, Into the Night, Stripped to Kill, Problem Child 2, Breathless, Californication, California Girls, 2012, Iron Man 2, "Get Shorty", Volcano, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Escape from Petropolis, and Love Letters. It can be seen briefly with other world-famous monuments in the Futurama episode "When Aliens Attack." It has also been featured in the music videos for Randy Newman's "I Love LA" and The Prodigy's "Wind It Up". As well as in the music video for Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication." Similar buildings with giant donuts, under different names, are featured in the video games Midnight Club: Los Angeles, Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as well as in "Marge vs. the Monorail", an episode of The Simpsons.
Was on our list of "to see" as my daughter is an Iron Man fan. Very small place, has a drive through and a walk-up window. Not intending to make a purchase but we did. Large selection of donuts to choose from. All very reasonably priced. By far the best donuts we have had. (We have tried many shops in the SE WI area).
Definitely will go back if in the LA area again.
Cool LA landmark (especially for Chili Pepper fans!), long line the day I went.
Hands down the best donuts I had in California, and I had a lot! Classic flavors and a few interesting. I ate them so fast I didn’t even have time to take a picture.
Worth a look for the sheer novelty of seeing it in heaps of movie, costs nothing too. The donuts were really nice and cheap also.
A classic at a classic, complete with an all-night drive-thru window. Both have massive kitsch appeal.
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