Peterson’s Donut Corner in Escondido

Peterson’s Donut Corner in Escondido is the quintessential hole in the wall donut shop that defines the California beach lifestyle. It has been around for over 25 years and sells cheap, massive, home-made donuts to eagerly waiting customers 24 hours a day, year-round (except Christmas). It was my first stop on my birthday tour of San Diego and sufficed to say I was happy with my choice. Here is all the information.

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  • 24 Hours a day
  • 364 days a year, except Christmas
  • A small parking lot
  • Three tables for eating there
  • No bathrooms
  • Address: 903 S Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
  • I wrote this post in 2014

The Location

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About 5 minutes off the 15 Freeway, Peterson’s is an easy stop on the way down to San Diego. Add to that the ten spot parking lot (not easy to find a space in San Diego) and the three lines to order from, and you have a great breakfast stop.

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The exterior design is very electric with its three slab tables and multiple chairs in the shape of giant hands.

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The building has a long display of donuts, which wraps around the shop. I would have to say there were over 50 different types of donuts here with the thing that stood out most to me being how massive the donuts were.

The Donuts

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There were six people with me, so a lot of donuts were ordered. That being said, our total was only 13 bucks, so this place is cheap as well (as of 2014).

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The standouts here are anything with maple frosting. I settled on the maple bacon donut, and it was as big as a water bottle.

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The maple old-fashioned and the maple with creme were equally excellent. The maple is more like frosting for a cake than frosting for a donut, which was awesome for me but super sweet. I really couldn’t recommend it more.

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The bacon donut was a little bready, but it added well to the rich maple and bacon pieces. The glazed donut was the worst of the group as it was massive but not anything special.

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All in all, this is an excellent place for a donut that I would have no problem recommending. Make sure to pick something with the maple frosting on it, as I am sure it will not let you down and let me know if you have been in the comments.

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