okay, i have to admit, my favourite la-area doughnuts are not in the farmers market, but at stan's in westwood. stan has a peanut butter cup filled doughnut that is one of the most disgustingly fantastic things i've ever tasted. the peanut butter and fresh banana one is good too. definitely a guilty pleasure. it's a good thing i'm never in westwood or i'd be in big trouble.
i do like bob's in the farmers market though. i've been going there since i was a kid first visiting los angeles, and later in college, i'd still pop on in, even though my school was much closer to the roadside attraction famous randy's (note: if you drive by randy's at 2 or 3 am, the doughnuts are just out of the fryer fat and really taste like krispy kremes). i like bob's because it hasn't changed much during the years, the doughnuts are mostly the raised fluffy types--airy but greaseless, not too sweet but tasty--and the ladies who work there are lovely. i usually get their version of a beignet (ben-yáy), which isn't particularly authentic, just a fluffy diamond shaped doughnut covered in powdered sugar, but i also love their kitty doughnuts for the kids. simple and charming.
bob's coffee and doughnuts
farmers market, stall 450