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Feb 5, 2011 03:55 PM

Ronald's Donuts

Not much changes at Ronald's Donuts. And that's a good thing. The owners, Henry and Janie Kang, are charming and humble. The selection hasn't changed as far as I can see in the past ten years. Other than that some of their donuts are vegan, there's nothing different in kind from the standard donut shop.

What makes Ronald's special is the quality. I know the apple fritters are their most popular item, but I write in praise of the buttermilk bars, which are plain and stubby, and absolutely delicious. With a light layer of glaze on top providing not only sweetness but an extra boost of crunch, they are exemplars of their class.

Mr. Kang gets to the Ronald's at midnight every night, while Ms. Kang has the luxury of sleeping in until 3:00 a.m. This kind of dedication to a 7-day-a-week enterprise is inspiring and commendable. Long live Ronald's!

4600 Spring Mountain Road

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  1. I'm really glad to see that they're still doing well. I really need to go visit this institution sometime soon.

    1. Our go to place to supply our meetings!

      1. Aren't most donuts Vegan anyway?

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        1. re: jackattack

          Maybe milk is the culprit? The aforementioned buttermilk bar is as unvegan as it gets. BTW, I tried a buttermilk bar with chocolate frosting today -- not the way to go. The flavors don't mesh and you lose the crunch on top of the bar.

          1. re: Dave Feldman

            No, they usually contain egg as well. I can tell because my rashes flare up when I eat doughnuts.

        2. Giant cinnamon twists. Oh baby! Oh baby!

          I get a handful whenever I'm near that side of town. One to eat, four to freeze. They reheat wonderfully.

          1. Thanks for this post. I made the trip from the east side over there this Sunday with my 1 and 3 year old boys while mom slept in. We all loved our donuts and I took a box home. Definitely worth the 20 min drive over there. I'll be going back for sure. Dave you are right the buttermilk bars are great!