Dunkin' Donuts Returning to So Cal

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East-coast donut giant Dunkin' Donuts announced yesterday that they're returning to Southern California in 2015, with 18 of 45 initial locations planned in Orange County and the South Bay area.

There was a time before the Internet when Dunkin' had stores in Orange County, and we old people might remember them fondly. For you younguns, this is back when telephones were anchored to the wall, and instead of HD touchscreens, they had a rotary dial. Dunkin's about as foreign to you as that, so let me explain.

You know how you want to go stuff your face after you get all high, and nothing else is open because it's past 1 am and In N Out closed? On the West coast, we have Del Taco and Taco Bell. Back east, people have White Castle and Dunkin' Donuts.

Except nobody thinks to hit the Bell for breakfast. Dunkin' has a dual-time slot utility because people also hit Dunkin' again in the morning for a bladder-busting, fuck-you-Bloomberg-sized bucket o' coffee on their way into work. Dunkin' had Trenta sized cups before Starbucks even conceived such an abomination.

But the donuts aren't great, and the breakfast bagel sandwiches aren't either. Maybe you've seen the commercials for the "Hot & Spicy" breakfast items with habanero chilis, that aren't "too spicy?" Pointless to even make such a feckless thing, isn't it?

If you can't wait until 2015 to experience one for yourself, the closest Dunkin' franchises are at Camp Pendleton and Las Vegas.

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JBinOC topcommenter

I completely agree that  "the donuts aren't great."  

And neither is the coffee, even though Dunkin' has about as many cult members who worship the coffee as the other segment worships the donuts.

California, just like with Saladworks and many other Eastern enterprises that migrate here, don't get your hopes up too much.  You've probably got ordinary donut places that are as good, or better, as Dunkin already (e.g. Winchell's).  And like me, many of you will skew your fondness toward Krispy Kreme.  Also don't forget about local places like M&M in Anaheim, drive through waits notwithstanding. 

But if White Castle ever comes here...believe the hype! 

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

I didn't know they left, but that's good to hear!

Josh Dutch Schultz Gaitan
Josh Dutch Schultz Gaitan

oh awesome...wait returning? I wrote once "if amaerica runs on dunkin' why are there none in CA?"

Emily Cox
Emily Cox

Winchell's for life. Forget this east coast nonsense. Or go to the Donuttery in HB and get real doughnuts.

Michael McCracken
Michael McCracken

Dunkin' Donuts has pretty good donuts actually. Way better than that Krispy Creme crap out here. Now, will DD have the full range of donut flavors and fillings out here, thats what I'd like to know.

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

Nothin' beats Dunkin' for donuts. Nothin'.


Hopefully, the quality of food doesn't suck/hasn't degraded as is the case with Chik Fil A.  The franchise had great food for years.  And then it moved west and now it tastes like ass.

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