When I first moved here, I was almost immediately introduced to Glendora’s claim to fame, on Route 66.
As I settled in and began exploring the area, the sheer volume of doughnut shops in our vicinity, from Azusa to La Verne, astounded me. Considering that I had not met a remarkable amount of obese Glendorans, I could not fathom how all these doughnut shops stayed in business.
I was commenting on this one day when someone told me about a mom and pop shop just down the street from the Donut Man juggernaut, Class One Donuts. Apparently, Class One had a creation called the “chocolate chip bar” that rivaled any doughnut my friend had ever consumed.
Of course, I had to check out this chocolate chip bar for myself. The first day I planned on visiting, I had the foresight to call ahead to ask about the chocolate chip bars. I was informed they had sold out. So I visited the next weekday at 8:30 a.m. to stalk my prey.
When I arrived, I was surprised to find that their selection was not limited to doughnuts, but that they carried a wide variety of pastries ranging from muffins to croissants. They also had a sandwich and salad menu for lunch.
The friendly owner, who was chipper (but not annoyingly so), efficiently helped me to a tiger tail ($1.30), a chocolate chip bar (1.30), a chocolate long john ($1.00), and a chocolate chip croissant ($1.20)—do you notice a theme developing here? I also picked up a blueberry bran muffin ($1.10) in a feeble attempt to assuage my guilt.
I brought the doughnuts home to my delighted son, who proceeded to begin licking the chocolate off the long john. I managed to steal a bite from the opposite end before he reached it and observed that it was much like any other chocolate frosted doughnut. My son polished it off--much like any other chocolate frosted doughnut.
I had the same reaction to the tiger tail, although I did like that Class One’s tiger tail is stouter and shorter than Donut Man’s, so it did not keep flopping over and breaking off as I was trying to eat it.
The blueberry bran muffin was also good but typical. The bran was not overwhelming, which is good news for those who do not like an overabundance of bran or its chewiness and the blueberries were pleasantly juicy.
I also enjoyed the fact that it was not overly sweet, which offers a nice alternative for those in the family who do not have as much of a sweet tooth as the doughnut lovers.
The chocolate chip croissant was slightly different than what I expected. It was not a traditional croissant with lots of flaky layers indicating criminal amounts of butter. The texture is denser and the chocolate chip filling was more concentrated towards the middle, like a jelly doughnut’s filling.
The owner was kind enough to offer to warm it up, but I preferred to take mine home to microwave for 10 seconds to melt the filling and then pop it in the toaster oven for a few more to crisp up the outside.
The chocolate chip bar was a chocolate lover’s dream. It is a rectangular doughnut frosted with chocolate and chocolate chips and stuffed with melted chocolate chips.
I suppose it comes much closer to being classified as a dessert than breakfast, but then again, I am one who occasionally eats pie for breakfast, so it is all the same to me.
As far as doughnuts go, Class One can hold its own against Donut Man any day. Each has its different offerings, but if you want something besides just doughnuts, then head on over to Class One for your diet-busting needs.
Class One Donuts
Address: 1804 E. Route 66, Glendora 91740
Business Hours: Sunday – Saturday, 4 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Phone Number: (626) 963-6114
Price Range: $.79 - $5.50
Type of Cuisine: Pastries, Sandwiches
Standout Dish: Chocolate Chip Bar