Dunkin Donuts is Coming!

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It's (almost) time to make the donuts!

Until recently, the Dunkin' Donuts tagline, "America Runs on Dunkin'" would have been more accurately "America Except for the Pacific Time Zone Runs on Dunkin'". You can order a jelly doughnut in Ecuador, Pakistan, Bulgaria, and Phoenix, but not in California -- but that will be changing. Last year the chain announced it was moving into Orange County and the Inland Empire, and Monday announced its plan to open 80 stores in Northern California, according to NBC -- but slowly, over the next five or six years.

This is going to lead to lots of nostalgic moments for lots of people. For anyone born east of the Mississippi, it was rare to have a week go by in elementary school when it wasn't someone's birthday, and that someone's mom didn't bring in a box of 48 Munchkins, and everybody clamored for the glazed ones, and the unpopular kids were stuck with boring old powdered sugar. This is especially true in Massachusetts, where Dunkin' Donuts enjoys such ubiquity that even Starbucks had trouble clawing in, and an SNL sketch about a New England game show called "What's The Best Way" awarded points for navigating via Dunkin' Donuts. And after Hurricane Sandy, Dunkin Donuts was the only place my mom could get coffee for the nine days she had no power. It's a brand with seriously intense customer loyalty.

Although increasingly known for that coffee (which is surprisingly decent), iced drinks like the Coolatta, and for those sub-par bagels they're always pushing, the donuts at Dunkin' Donuts are typically pretty good -- especially if you stick to the classics, like Boston Kreme and Chocolate Glazed. It's likely that DD will nestle comfortably in the suburbs and in places like Union Square and SFO, and they'll probably be paired, KFC-Taco Bell-style, with corporate sibling Baskin-Robbins, earning scorn from artisanal-donut types. As for me, I'm sorry in advance, Maple Bacon Glaze, but my heart is divided.

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rob035
rob035 topcommenter

I haven't seen a mandarin orange icing donut in about 20 years.  The local shops all carry exactly the same boring line of donuts.  If they have the orange icing, I welcome them!

Eric Eberman
Eric Eberman

more proof that San Francisco now sucks.

Vicki Vail Mitchell
Vicki Vail Mitchell

It's not about the donuts, it's about the coffee! Welcome to the USA, CA!

Andrew Popik
Andrew Popik

Thank the Lord. Now we can consider CA for retirement! LOL

aliasetc
aliasetc topcommenter

The donuts suck, bagels good, coffee great, makes Starfucks taste like sewer water

Mitch McMahon
Mitch McMahon

Haha Tony Marr you and me are gonna have a fight at 3 o clock

Tony Marr
Tony Marr

31 flavor is what left coasters who can't read call Baskin&Robbins, McMahon, you knuckle- dragging mouth breather

Mitch McMahon
Mitch McMahon

Winchell's is merely hibernating, plotting a covert coup in tandem with 31 flavors and orange Julius

Russell D. Kurson
Russell D. Kurson

You mean coming back. There was a Dunkin Donuts on Columbus for years.

Jaime Kuroski
Jaime Kuroski

Dylan Moritz yesssssss Jayde Orsini yessssss !!!!

Liz Zivic
Liz Zivic

Hunts Donuts on Chestnut St. Chocolate French... Good coffee, too!

Mark Kelleher
Mark Kelleher

KK toooo sweet v. DD. What I can't wait for is the DD "jelly stick"...jam filled sugared creuller but still doughie on the inside...heaven!

Erin Flynn
Erin Flynn

Omg, my very favorite iced coffee!!

Larry Braverman
Larry Braverman

I can't wait to order a "regulah" coffee and a "crullah" as we did back in Massachusetts.

Déva Brielle O'Donnell
Déva Brielle O'Donnell

Boo, no. Shop local businesses. I don't eat donuts so i can't think of the names right now, but there are definitely some local shops that sell donuts around SF!

Mark Kelleher
Mark Kelleher

Grew up with DD (and its late cousin Mister D). I WANT to believe -- but have been waiting SO long.

Grace Ivy
Grace Ivy

im excited..i only care for munchkins..thats it..

Jessica Rose
Jessica Rose

All you naysayers can suck it! YAY! DUNKIN DONUTS!!!! *happy dance*

Khanh Nguyen
Khanh Nguyen

What? Ew. We had this in Denver for years and nobody cared for it.

Kyle K Cool Bey
Kyle K Cool Bey

ugh.. DUNKIN SUCKS!! .. Cali has enough of its own doughnut shops.. we don't need Dunkin garbage here.. give me Bobs Donuts anytime

Adam Moreno
Adam Moreno

Brittany Shiels Julie Clark, look what we are getting !!

Steve Manciet
Steve Manciet

I have had Duncan, and they tast kinda of waxy for some reason?

Cyn Diaz
Cyn Diaz

I work right across the way from Happy Donuts, and I love everything there.... but I love Dunkin Donuts coffee!

Cyn Diaz
Cyn Diaz

Yes, to California please!

Carlos Barrientos
Carlos Barrientos

This is good. Not everyone can afford $3 coffee and $4 toast.

ahrengrauer
ahrengrauer

@aliasetcYou're kidding right? I live in Panama and know what excellent coffee is.


Domino's has great pizza also?

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