Visalia’s Best Old School Hole in the Wall Donut Joint – Scotty’s Donuts!

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I am a bit of a junky for business reviews, and I sometimes spend more time researching favorable reviews for a place than actually eating at said place! So when I saw that Scotty’s Donuts, the nearest food stop to my new house in Visalia topped the charts of Yelp, Yahoo, Chowhound and Urban Spoon? Let’s just say I was a teeny tiny bit intrigued. (Read: Salivating and picturing everyone as walking donuts.)
This is your classic hole in the wall, mom and pop donut shop, owned by the same family for well over 30 years. Browsing through online reviews, it became abundantly clear that this place has a long enmeshed history in old school Visalia, it has wildly devoted regulars, and even the just-passing-through reviews were mightily impressed.
One thing that won me over was that this old fashioned joint has no online paper trail. No website, no Facebook page, no advertisements, no self-promotion. They are literally sustained by their die-hard fans and newly wooed customers.
Now, when we moved into our new home, we quickly learned that we have to drive past Scotty’s Donuts every day to get to our house. And we knew where Scotty’s was because the line of cars literally stretches out into the road, often blocking traffic. It’s like being in a Frogger video game to get into the drive through line! (In fact, one of my first City Council Meetings I attended, citizens were actually complaining about this very thing!)

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Even though there’s no tables or chairs, just a walk up window or drive through option, this place is packed year round, rain or shine. So you could say our expectations were mighty high when we finally got around to trying these Central Valley legendary donuts.
The verdict is: Scotty’s Donuts do NOT disappoint! I can see what all the fuss is about! Large donuts, pleasantly and artfully put together, great selection and variety, and reasonably priced to boot!

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I was impressed with how very fresh the donuts are (which I guess they would have to be, to keep up with the never ending line of customers!) and the icing, glazes and fillings are very flavorful and moist. The maple old fashioned and apple fritters were exceptionally delicious.
Now I haven’t tried EVERY donut place in Visalia just yet, but it’s kind of hard to when Scotty’s keeps pulling me back for more. Especially now that I’ve cut sugar completely out of my diet, when I decide to splurge on junk food, I find that I choose a lot more carefully what will put me into a sugar coma!

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So have you tried Scotty’s Donuts? Interested in trying them? Share below!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

36 thoughts on “Visalia’s Best Old School Hole in the Wall Donut Joint – Scotty’s Donuts!

  • 18 December, 2015 at 5:08 am
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    I adore HOLE IN THE WALL places – seriously. They’re so under-rated!!

    • 18 December, 2015 at 4:01 pm
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      Yeah, its funny because my favorite local Thai place, Mexican place and donut shop are all hole in the wall joints, haha..

  • 18 December, 2015 at 5:35 am
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    I’ve never heard of them before, but I wish I still lived in California so I could try them. Those apple fritters look beyond amazing!

    • 18 December, 2015 at 4:01 pm
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      Yeah, the apple fritters tie with a donut shop in my hometown of Hanford!

  • 18 December, 2015 at 12:02 pm
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    Aw, man I wished I lived closer as Scotty’s Donuts looks amazing! Seriously now I just want to try as many of these as I can 😉

    • 18 December, 2015 at 4:02 pm
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      Thats the problem with donut shops… I always want one of EVERYTHING! haha..

  • 18 December, 2015 at 4:10 pm
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    You had me at donut! Yum!! I can hardly ever pass by even hole in the wall donut shops without stopping!

    • 19 December, 2015 at 3:59 am
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      As much as I love these types of places, I always hesitate before heading in, haha…

  • 18 December, 2015 at 4:36 pm
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    *salivates* oh my… these doughnuts look so good! I really wish there was a way for me to try these…

  • 18 December, 2015 at 4:42 pm
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    Oh my goodness. We have yet to catch up on doughnuts here in the UK – it is only recently that we have got a Dunkin Donuts here in Newcastle not that I can say I’m particularly impressed by them.

    That said, just as well we don’t have a Scotty’s anywhere near us as I think the temptation might prove too much.

    • 19 December, 2015 at 4:00 am
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      I am not a big fan of Dunkin Donuts.. they are way too mainstream, and Im not really fond of their coffee either…

  • 18 December, 2015 at 8:46 pm
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    Yumm! They look so delicious!

    xo

    • 19 December, 2015 at 4:01 am
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      They are! <3 <3

  • 19 December, 2015 at 12:41 am
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    amazing place, gorgeous pics
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  • 19 December, 2015 at 2:37 am
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    Wow, those donuts look delicious! I wish I could reach through my screen and grab one 🙂

    • 19 December, 2015 at 4:03 am
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      I seriously mash my fingers into the screen whenever I read yummy blogs, haha..

    • 20 December, 2015 at 12:41 am
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      <3

  • 20 December, 2015 at 4:13 am
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    Oh my goodness Gingi, I could not live close to that place or I’d gain all my weight back and then some… lol… They look incredibly yummy xox ♡♡♡

    • 20 December, 2015 at 3:33 pm
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      Yeah, its a constant act of self-control to drive by that place every day and NOT stop in for a donut! lol!

  • 20 December, 2015 at 2:01 pm
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    Don’t think we have that in Singapore, but Dunkin’ Donuts are very popular here tho. Happy holidays, dear! xoxo

    • 20 December, 2015 at 3:34 pm
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      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! <3

  • 21 December, 2015 at 3:52 am
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    Well after your photos I’ve became very interested in them Gingi! Now I know that my morning will start with a tasty local donut for sure!

    • 21 December, 2015 at 3:20 pm
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      LOL, donuts are contagious.. 😉

  • 21 December, 2015 at 3:20 pm
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    Ohh, what a dream. I’d totally go if I lived closer. Also I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this place on the Food Network. I want to go.

    • 21 December, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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      I was actually just wondering if theyd be featured on one of those Dives and Drive Ins type shows, haha..

  • 21 December, 2015 at 8:53 pm
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    oh God Donuts! I am dying over here!!!

  • 6 January, 2016 at 7:48 am
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    I DARE not show this post to my husband. He’d be on flight search immediately 🙂

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