Strict Paleos, folks who don’t work off their excess calorie intake, and those not interested in history, please keep moving…there’s nothing to see here!
There is very little in Silicon Valley that’s more than a few decades old. Santa Clara County was mostly farmland until the 1960’s and 1970’s. Even the buildings from that era were low-density and have mostly been pushed aside in favor of even higher density construction. One beautiful exception to this “everything is new” situation are the Victorian and other older homes in the older core areas of San Jose, Santa Clara. Mountain View, and Palo Alto.
(All of which reminds me to stay away from the Apple construction site, where Wolfe and Homestead Roads have become a mess! http://alpharoaming.com/2013/12/06/new-apple-spaceship-campus/)
Then, there’s “Stan’s Donuts“! They’ve been in business since 1959, when Stan opened his shop in Santa Clara. He eventually retired and sold his shop to the current hard working family.
Talk about nostalgia, the menu, painted right on the wall, has not been touched in decades (except the prices, which are quite reasonable)
Their $1.40 cinnamon rolls are huge! I recently measured one at over 6 inches diameter and 1.5 inches thick (hand-rolled, and still warm from the fryer!)
There are no machines and conveyor belts here. There are big tubs of dough, dumped on the floury table, which are then hand-rolled and cut before being manually lowered into the fryer…all in the front window for everyone to see!
Yes, you can join the cupcake or “cake pop” fads, if you wish. You can also have a bit of kitschy fun locally at Psycho Donuts http://www.psycho-donuts.com/ (…or Portland’s similar VooDoo Donuts http://voodoodoughnut.com )
However…if you want a classic, hand-made, family-owned, dose of comfort food and three major foods groups (flour, sugar, frying oil), then Stan’s is my go-to place!
Stan’s Donuts, 2628 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051 (near San Tomas Expressway. At the left end of the Safeway plaza, across from the Santa Clara Library)
BTW: They’ve got huge and awesome Yelp ratings, and more photos to browse! http://www.yelp.com/biz/stans-donut-shop-santa-clara