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First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

From LA Eater: a tipster writes in to say that construction workers were prepping the old HairCutters' spot on the corner of 12th and Wilshire in Santa Monica for a "Dunkin' Donuts."

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  1. You just made my day! Thanks for the great news.

    1. The question is: Is their coffee anything special?

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      1. re: mc michael

        believe it or not, on the east coast they really are more a coffee business than donuts...it aint starbucks or coffeebean, it's these guys. But to answer your question directly, no, it's an acquired taste.

        1. re: jessejames

          When you say, "it's an acquired taste", what is the issue? Odd flavor? How so?

          How are the donuts?

          1. re: SilverlakeGirl

            it's just not the HQ stuff folks out here are used to...but made from grounds...just think more Maxwell house or folgers.

            I like the donuts. esp the cake blueberry muffin flavored one and the glazed chocolate cake, and the ones with the crunchies all around....then again, I like donuts too....

            1. re: SilverlakeGirl

              I grew up with Dunkin Donuts.

              Their Big Gulp-sized ice coffee was my rocket fuel for pre-dawn fishing trips. I also love their old fashioned cake donuts.

              That being said, this is "factory food." Don't go in expecting anything to be hand crafted or made with any sort of care.

              The coffee is better than the majority of east coast diner coffee but pales in comparison to mass market stuff like Starbucks - I'm not kidding. As jessejames pointed out, their coffee is like a decent cup of Maxwell House, meaning that it's not swill but it ain't Stumptown, either.

              I'm guessing that west coast branches of DD will lure in nostalgic east coast transplants, while California natives will likely be left wondering what all the fuss is about.

              On the other hand, the comparisons to Winchell's are off. I've yet to visit a Winchell's that was anything other than filthy and their coffee tastes like dishwater. The DDs I've patronized have always been spotless and the (mediocre) coffee is always fresh.

              1. re: JeMange

                In MA, I also grew up with DD. I don't think they are going for an artisan or "hand-crafted" feel, so I don't know why you'd even bring the factory food thing up. And I hardly think that DD execs are rolling the dice coming here to target east coast transplants. DD has cultivated the same kinds of Starbuck's hot and cold coffee selections and that's their same market: everyone. Long before Starbuck's was even a concept, there were successful Dunkin Donut shops. More than one Starbuck's employee has said that they over-roast their beans and make the coffee super strong because that's what people expect from them. It's a very simple recipe.

          2. re: mc michael

            nope. heard all this craze about their coffee, got one as soon as I landed in NJ. First words out of my mouth - WTF

            1. re: ns1

              Well, that was an epiphany, just not the one you were hoping for. :)

              1. re: ns1

                ns1, you have to put Dunkin Donuts coffee in context. DD has been a fixture the northeast for a couple of generations.

                Remember, in the pre-Starbucks era, the coffee landscape was bleak. Stale, bitter black water was de rigeur.

                Yet in those days when nobody cared about their coffee, DD did. They regularly brewed fresh pots throughout the day. (Perhaps someone alive and drinking during the 60s and 70s can attest to whether they ground their beans freshly... my understanding is that they did, which if its true was absurdly far ahead of its day.)

                In any case, that's how they earned the well-deserved reputation for their coffee. It's a different landscape now, to be certain, but reputations die hard, and New Englanders never forgot that for decades DD was pretty much the only reliable place to get a fresh, decent tasting cup of coffee.

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  Another thing to keep in mind, is that in New England, where Dunkin is originally from, a "regular" coffee is a cream/two sugars which is what you'll get at Dunkin if you just ask for a coffee. I know it shocked a few of my friends who traveled out to the east coast and were so excited to try dunkin coffee (like my brother) and they ended up with a super sweet, milky coffee...


                      1. re: Dommy

                        It used to be the same in NYC and surrounding areas when I was a kid. "Regular coffee" = cream and two sugars, which always confused the heck out of me since I grew up in a black coffee/no sugar household.

                        I used to have to order my coffee "black, no sugar" and still catch myself doing it sometimes.

                  1. re: mc michael

                    I respectfully and strongly disagree with jessejames. Coming from MA, I will tell you that DD started out as a donut shop chain. A very good donut shop chain where coffee was an after thought, as it is at most New England donut shops. And the coffee in a New England donut shop has always been good, no the Farmer's Bros. garbage served out here. DD brilliantly jumped on the Starbuck's craze, but still makes great donuts. They are not more a coffee business than donuts anymore than Starbuck's is more of a snacks and pastry shop. DD is 50/50 on both items. Forget the little skinny jokes they call donuts at Krispy Kreme. I could not believe after all the hype over them, how unimpressed I was.

                  2. They are also opening locations in Downey, Whittier and Long Beach this year. My hubby is very excited because he lived in NJ for several years before moving here and he misses their coffee. Making it at home isn't the same! LOL

                    1. you mean, "first dunkin donuts returns to socal"

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                      1. re: ns1

                        There is a dunkin donuts at Barstow Station. It is putrid just like the rest of them.

                        1. re: ns1

                          Yes exactly…First in SoCal….

                          1. re: wienermobile

                            No, ns1 has it right "return to So Cal" like from the 70s on...

                            The story is much adieu incorrectly.

                            1. re: JThur01

                              Nope, there was one in the Pico/Robertson in the mid 90's, briefly. They were way smart - they made it kosher to fit in to the neighborhood!

                              I used to buy bags of their coffee, whole bean, then grind it at my office for the crew. It was much enjoyed, more oomph than say Maxwell House, but gentler almost creamier than french roast.

                              1. re: happybaker

                                Not sure what the "nope" is about

                                1. re: ns1

                                  The "nope" is that it's not the first ever in SoCal. Just the first of the new 2014 wave.

                                  Weinermobile is awesome, passionate and smart, but he can't be everywhere, all the time, for minutia, and I just happened to live in that area at the time.

                                  1. re: happybaker

                                    Actually, the first in So Cal goes back much further than the future :-) They were around even before the 80s, there just were more of them around So Cal then.

                                    1. re: JThur01

                                      Or, to put it another way. There were quite a few DD's around So Cal back before next month, though before back then, there were fewer...though still more than right now :-)

                        2. The thing about their coffee was they had a standing rule which they would throw out a pot after a certain time and make a fresh one. And in the 70s and 80s that was revolutionary in coffee which is where the got the rep. Now with all the coffee options, not so much. With their central baking set up, the donuts don't hold a candle to any you can get at any corner donut shop in LA. They no longer make the original Dunkin Donut, the donut with the handle, since it needs to be hand formed.

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                          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                            Maybe munchkins (selection of donut holes). Crowd pleaser.

                            1. re: jessejames

                              Blueberry munchkins and a coffee sounds like more than a few college mornings to me

                              1. re: Tyus4pt8

                                Those paper boxes with handles on them at elementary school events too. No coffee.

                          2. To me this is like living in NYC and celebrating Winchell's is coming to town.

                            Is just a standard chain donut shop nothing great and nothing too bad either.

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                            1. re: burntwater

                              I've always wondered that too. I watched Winchells disappear from Santa Monica, so now we'll see how Dunkin' Donuts fares. Apples and oranges?

                              1. I grew up with DD so this makes me happy however their donuts aren't anything special. I do love the vanilla cream donuts they have. I am curious what I'll think of them now, only having had a few of them in the past 20 years.

                                1. It is coffee for people who don't like their taste buds to be challenged. Donuts are a step above basic supermarket quality. This is from a born, bred and still resident New Englander.

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                                  1. re: Kat

                                    After having lived in New England for a while years ago, and even before becoming a coffee snob, I never thought Dunkin Donuts was anything but incredibly mediocre out there.

                                    I fail to understand all of the hype over such a mediocre donut and coffee chain, especially on a website full of people who have at least the pretense of taste.

                                  2. Let's see how DD performs against the different Mom & Pop Donut stores around. Will it do better than Krispy Kreme here ?

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                                    1. re: selfportrait93

                                      Can any place that serves carbs only survive in LA?

                                      1. re: katydid13

                                        Primo's Donuts is now in their 56th (or is it 57th year?) in L.A.

                                        1. re: katydid13

                                          They actually have breakfast sandwiches now with egg, sausage, etc.....so that description is inaccurate.

                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                            which joint ????

                                            i can't wait to try the really crappy coffee here and some of their donuts, it will definitely give me a little taste of nyc.

                                            which i miss.

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              I don't know, but I've seen the ads.....

                                                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                  My daughter went to college in Boston and I was surprised that near her college (Emerson) the Dunkin's were remarkably dense, only about 2 - 3 blocks apart.

                                        2. Huh. if I'm not mistaken that's like across the street from one of the few Krispy Kremes left in the area.

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                                          1. re: Tyus4pt8

                                            You are correct!! Was just there... 13th and Wilshire.

                                            1. re: gr8pimpin

                                              And very close to Huckleberry and La Monarca, both of which I'd prefer to visit for breakfast pastries ...

                                          2. Maybe because I live in the Long Beach area where we have 24-hour donut shops on every corner but I simply do not get why this is a big deal. And I'm no fast food snob, I love cuisine and home-cooked food but I have a serious McDonalds weakness so please tell me what's so great about DD?

                                            1. Wow. I expected more of an "ohmygodohmygod" reaction from at least the reformed New Englanders on this board... (looking at you Mattapoisett in LA).

                                              Personally I'm over the moon about this. Not that I give a damn about the doughnuts, mind you, but I can't wait to be cruising around LA with a "laaage iced regulaah" in my cupholder!

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                                              1. re: jdwdeville

                                                I'm not a coffee drinker and this born and raised New Englander is not excited by this at all. Mom & Pop shops back in new England and out here top it for donuts. Probably better than Winchell's but, that's not saying much.

                                                1. re: JAB

                                                  Well, yeah, like I said the doughnuts have nothing to do with it, it's all about the iced coffee... if you don't drink coffee I understand your indifference.

                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                    That would be working class Bostonian/Massachuttan for a "large iced regular" (if I'm translating properly).

                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                      Sounds like somebody has had his coffee this morning.

                                                      1. re: mc michael

                                                        I dripped it through the Gaaahgle Translator...

                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                          I see your point although I might have opted for cold brewed.

                                                  2. re: jdwdeville

                                                    I don't get this.
                                                    What, in your opinion, is so great about the coffee served in this mediocre (if that) donut place?
                                                    I'd love an explanation other than the typical 'it's just awesome try it and you'll see'…

                                                    I have, it's not.
                                                    Just my opinion though.

                                                    1. re: latindancer

                                                      is it more of a nostalgic/sentimental thing ????

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        Don't get me started on La Barbara's.

                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                          please. for the love of what's still good in this world....

                                                          don't mention La Barbara or else i'll have to mention ....

                                                      2. re: latindancer

                                                        it's just a craving for what you're used to. When I leave SoCal I crave Starbucks pretty bad and they're hard to find in some areas.

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                                                          1. re: BacoMan

                                                            Back in 2008-2009 they were pretty damn hard to find in NJ/Ohio. Definitely nothing like NY/LA.

                                                        2. re: latindancer

                                                          Decent frozen and cold coffee drinks

                                                      3. With hockey finally taking off in LA, maybe there will be a Tim Horton's in the future as well.

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                                                        1. re: littlestevie

                                                          Why do you think hockey has taken off in LA?
                                                          The day after the finals are over, so is the interest level.
                                                          The finals got a national rating in the 6.0 range- nationwide, telling the world that LA really does not care all that much.
                                                          And Tim Horton's has tried America, and it died!
                                                          DD will die within 1-2 years, much like it took Krispy Kreme to die in about 3 years.

                                                          1. re: littlestevie

                                                            I've heard that some people are bringing Tim Horton's down to Southern California in the next year or so.

                                                              1. re: Tripeler

                                                                Now that was funny. Yes, because there's so many rich Canadians who come to the So. Cal in the winter. lol

                                                          2. What a wonderful block for doughnuts in Santa Monica: A new Dunkin Donuts, which evidently does not fry or bake their donuts in-house. And a Krispy Kreme, where the donuts are good when warm and light, but you can't get them made in-house here either.

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                                                            1. re: nosh

                                                              This is a revelation!
                                                              If you do not fry your donuts on site, might as well buy from the supermarket. But, of course, I prefer not to.

                                                            2. So I guess the real question is, who's going to open up in that spot after a year?

                                                              Yeah DD is that bad, and this is coming from someone who lived ONE block from probably the busiest DD in NYC, a DD/subway's located at 31st and fifth avenue. Their donuts are popular for the same reason that McDonalds and burger king does well, there's no In-n-out to compete with and for donuts, there's no mom and pop joints. That being said, I still ate them alot but that's because I had no other choices.

                                                              As for their coffee, I had wondered why their coffee was so popular for a long time and then I realized it back about 2 years ago. No offense to the people I'm probably about to offend but, it's like Budweiser, it has no flavor and no depth but it's extremely smooth and goes down easily.

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                                                              1. re: polldeldiablo

                                                                Again, not caring about the donuts, but the iced coffee is perpetually in a ginormous cup sitting next to me in my upholder throughout the day.

                                                                mmm... memories.

                                                                1. re: polldeldiablo

                                                                  That is probably the most genius description of DD coffee ever. Kudos

                                                                2. Just saw a tweet from them saying they expect to open end of this month.

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                                                                    1. re: TheOffalo


                                                                      @DunkinSaMo: <snip>We are planning to open end of August! What are you going to order ?! #Dunkin #DunkinSaMo #santamonica

                                                                      BTW, the Dunkin SM Facebook page say they're hiring. Getting close!

                                                                      1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                        Thanks! Before I asked, I went to http://twitter.com/dunkinsamo and didn't see anything mentioning what you said. I hate the fact that I have to click on "Tweets and replies" to get to http://twitter.com/dunkinsao/with_rep... that shows all tweets from a particular account, not just the "non-replies".

                                                                        1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                          so long story short when's this sucker opening ?????

                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                            What gr8pimpin said, end of month according to Dunkin Donuts SaMo's tweet.

                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                              And please keep in mind we are talking about a donut and cup of coffee - nothing earthshattering, mind-boggling, or any of their friends!
                                                                              Back to what you were doing!

                                                                              1. re: carter

                                                                                No, we are talking about A DOZEN donuts and a cup o joe!!

                                                                                Maybe nothing Earth shattering but seriously GUT-shattering!

                                                                                1. re: carter

                                                                                  Seriously. People are so defensive of their Starbuck's, etc. It's all near-burnt coffee beans and donuts, people. Not Spago fare.

                                                                              2. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                Yeah, I hate the way you have to so that. The official app blows. I need to find a new one.

                                                                        2. I don't see DD working too well in LA. The massive white styrofoam cups are so not California, although they could push their "go go" image a little more.

                                                                          1. A parallel CH thread that adds a little more pizazz to this story of DD coming back to LA can be found here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/984829

                                                                            1. Dunks is like the In-N-Out of coffee and breakfast sandwiches. Comparing it to a place like Huckleberry or Amandine for pastries is silly.

                                                                              1. We need one or two in the Valley .........
                                                                                Nothing left here with Krispy Kreeme gone .....

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                                                                                1. re: Elvis58

                                                                                  Are all the Krispy Kremes gone already?? What happened? How did I miss that?

                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                    No, not all gone by a long shot. Check their website location finder and plug in your zip code if you really want to see the locations closest to you.

                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                      I was going to say, wow, that was fast.... Pretty sure the one on Wilshire in SaMo is still open....

                                                                                    2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                      They are all gone in the Valley except Burbank.

                                                                                      1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                        I wonder why?? Everyone was so gaga for them when they arrived.....

                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                          I assume fat and calories and price. $9 for a dozen of yeast glazed seems a lot but then again I don't get donuts often. How much are donuts in other places?

                                                                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                            there's still one on crenshaw near the baldwin hills crenshaw plaza mall.

                                                                                            and also, there's one on wilshire, near euclid.

                                                                                            does anyone happen to know what's going in to the old NuWilshire movie theater space, it was a single-screen art house theatre, that's been shuttered for close to a decade now, also Wilshire, near Euclid ?????????????????????????????

                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                              Good question....

                                                                                              Has anyone noticed O'Briens is gone now and it's a....STARBUX?!? Because we don't have enough of those.....good Lord....

                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                  O'Brien's at 22nd and Wilshire? Are you sure? There's a new Starbucks at 11th and Wilshire.

                                                                                                  1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                    I just drove by O'Brien's and it is still "O'Brien's" :-)

                                                                                                    1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                      Oh gosh, I thought they were further west, my bad! Glad to know they're still there! Went by twice and swore that was the O'Briens block! Hahaha, sorry!

                                                                                                2. re: kevin

                                                                                                  The one on Wilshire I hear doesn't fry up their own. Is that true???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

                                                                                                  1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                    Gr. I think you are correct. I didn't see the little conveyor belt there with the donuts falling off one by one by one by one.

                                                                                                    Though I believe the Crenshaw locale does.

                                                                                                    And that ain't no joke.

                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                      As far as I'm concerned I can't get a baked good from a bake shop that doesn't bake their own stuff. I will never venture into that Santa Monica KK!

                                                                                                      May as well just buy Entenmann's or Hostess.

                                                                                        2. I live in the land of Dunkin' Donuts where there is one on every corner.

                                                                                          I don't drink coffee so I can't comment on that. However, I believe it's kind of a nostalgic thing. Dunkin' has been around long before the Starbucks of the world. I think it just made a name for itself locally (Massachusetts) because there were not a lot of options. Also, in the beginning, the donuts were delicious. They were hand made in each shop. In fact the long running DD commercial was this nice man waking up in the wee hours of the morning saying "time to make the donuts." That ad campaign went on for years.

                                                                                          I love donuts. The stuff DD turns out now is a disgrace. I even tried one about 3 weeks ago because I had given up on them and thought maybe I'd made a mistake. Nope, I took a couple bites then fed the rest to my dog. They no longer get up in the wee hours at each store to make the donuts by hand. They are no longer even made by hand. The dough, which used to be hand rolled, cut and fried is now extruded a la Krispy Kreme. The cake donuts are dry and chalky. Their market stopped being donuts and it's all about the coffee and beverages. Yes they've added breakfast sandwiches and muffins and such but they are all about beverages.

                                                                                          If you love donuts and you've never had a DD donut, you will not enjoy it. Any small bakery or donut shop will be worlds better.

                                                                                          Nothing personal against DD. I'm happy they've been so successful. I just wish they would "make the donuts" once again.

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                                                                                          1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                            For the longest time you still could get the Dunkin Donut made fresh in store which has a little handle for Dunkin The Cruller Twist was the other donut they had to make by hand.


                                                                                            But I'm not sure if any of them are still made anywhere anymore.

                                                                                            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                              Yes, I liked the Dunkin Donut too. That's long gone since they no longer cut donuts by hand. :-( I haven't seen a cruller twist in a long time either.

                                                                                          2. Dunkin' Donuts. Meh. Grew up with them in Chicago in the 70's, where my grandfather would order a 'Boston' - coffee with cream and sugar. Didn't know why he did that (only later did I learn of DD's roots), but he'd order it the same way at restaurants, and they'd understand!

                                                                                            Basically, their coffee is swill - any good coffee shop will easily beat it (Groundworks, for example), and any decent donut shop will as well (Glendora's Donut Man has nothing to worry about).

                                                                                            I look at it like beer: if all you've ever had is Bud or Miller, it's pretty good. But try a better quality beer, and you'll never go back to either again.

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                                                                                            1. re: midwesttransplant10

                                                                                              Well, that fails because average people don't grind their own Jamaican Blue Mountain. Peete's, Seattle's, Starbuck's, and DD are as deep as they get into life beyond Maxwell House. I have never heard of the two coffee places you mentioned and if they were so superior, then they'd be national. BTW-In New England, we just say "regular coffee". It's not called a Boston for that version.

                                                                                            2. As a previous resident of the NE, I am glad to see DD here.

                                                                                              But on a recent layover at DFW, I ordered a Dunkin' Donut crueller for the first time in many years. It was a sad tasting little pastry.

                                                                                              ... In any case, I'm too busy chomping down on the new Jack-in-the-Box cinnamon cronuts right now to talk any further about this.

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                                                                                              1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                JitB cinnamon cronuts?!? haven't seen them advertised. decent? how many for how much?$?

                                                                                                1. re: nosh

                                                                                                  $2.15 for 3 of those bad boys at my local JitB...

                                                                                                  1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                    Were they good? Any chance they are made fresh?? How big? -- Were the three together the size of a normal donut/croissant???

                                                                                                    1. re: nosh

                                                                                                      Q: Were they good?
                                                                                                      A: Pretty good. For the price, it tasted better than pretty good.

                                                                                                      Q: Any chance they are made fresh??
                                                                                                      A: Dunno if they are made to order, but they were piping hot when I got my order of 3 (my order took about 5 minutes). Yum! I'm gonna go combine some McConnell's Churros Con Leche ice cream with my next order of the JitB cronuts to see if there's any gustatory fireworks there.

                                                                                                      Q: How big? -- Were the three together the size of a normal donut/croissant???
                                                                                                      A: That's about right. Each is just a bit larger than your usual donut hole.

                                                                                                      Thanks for asking.

                                                                                                2. re: J.L.

                                                                                                  I think the DFW airport may be the least optimal place to get a good DD crueller.

                                                                                                  1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                    After a few donuts on a recent trip East, I now understand why people say the donuts are better on the West Coast. They're all sad! The JitB cronuts look awesome, though.

                                                                                                  2. Jack in The Box cinnamon cronuts ...Served hot and dusted with cinnamon sugar, Croissant Donuts tested earlier this year, are 89 cents apiece or three for $1.99.

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                                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                      side of jalapeno poppers for this hound...but JL i like your range with Jack in the Box to toro collar!

                                                                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                        Hey, whatever tastes good... :-)

                                                                                                        1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                          I wish Jack in the Box would bring back their chimichangas. :(

                                                                                                      2. Two people in Dunkin' Donuts shirts carrying samples walked by me while I was getting on the bus (near this spot) this morning. Is it open now?

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                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                            I was getting on a bus and missed my chance!!!!! :(

                                                                                                        1. I moved from the east coast a year ago, and none of LA's organic coffee shops can make an iced-mocha like Dunkin'

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                                                                                                          1. re: CulinaryInspiration

                                                                                                            None of them can make a frap like Starbucks either but that's not the goal they're trying to achieve...

                                                                                                          2. Heard that they were not opening until after Labor Day.

                                                                                                            1. They open tomorrow (tues 09/02/14) and there was a line forming today at 11:30 am.

                                                                                                              I wonder if anyone said to another person in line: hey I'll buy if you fly across the street to Krispy Kreme.

                                                                                                              Do they do something special if you are the first at a new store? I don't get waiting in line all night for a few donuts.

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                                                                                                              1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                1st in line gets free coffee for a year I think. First 100 gets a tote bag of goodies.

                                                                                                                1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                  Yeah, I don't get it. But more power to them.

                                                                                                              2. What the hell is wrong with people who'll stand in 85 degree weather, sun beating down on them, 2 blocks long to eat a donut?
                                                                                                                Were they giving away a year's supply of donuts or a free donut?
                                                                                                                I drove by and couldn't believe it.
                                                                                                                They're not even that good.

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                                                                                                                1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                  exactly, but it's still dunkin donuts. so many expat customers by way of NYC or points east who are in LA now have a nostalgic, sentimental love for it and when that's at play all bets are off (for instance, Proust's madeline, maybe that madeline wasn't even really great in houndish terms but he was yearning for it like none other).

                                                                                                                  that's just a possible explanation.

                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                    Up north, Seattle, there was one it seems on every other corner…no big deal as far as donuts go.
                                                                                                                    They estimate another 45 coming in the near future.

                                                                                                                    Crazy NYers :-).

                                                                                                                    1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                      yeah, it'll probably be at least a week or so before the lines subside and go away.

                                                                                                                      NY expats like what they like. Even they might be hounds too, and they don't mince no opinions.

                                                                                                                      Latin, where you from originally ?? if i may ask ????

                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                        The great Pacific Northwest.
                                                                                                                        The one and only…


                                                                                                                        Don't get me wrong...I love Nyers, the ones I know anyway. You're exactly right…they like what they like, no matter how good or how bad it might be.
                                                                                                                        It reminds me of the old Krispy Kreme days.

                                                                                                                        1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                          oh, yeah, go back to Kripy Kreme in the old days when the second or first location opened in LA proper in Van Nuys and it was a huge, enormous line around the block waiting for those namesake "HOT DONUTS NOW'.

                                                                                                                          And now you can barely find a couple of them left in LA. maybe the one on Crenshaw, near the mall, or the one in SantaMonica near 15th st.

                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                            And Santa Monica is a glorified kiosk -- no hot now sign there.

                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                              Seriously over-hyped "donuts." Their skinny girlie glazed are a joke.

                                                                                                                            2. re: latindancer


                                                                                                                              it's been way too long since i've been to the PN.

                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                hate to break it to you, but it's we "massholes" that are responsible for dunkin donuts not those stinking yankee fans. in fact the time to make the donuts guy in the ad was from north adams in Berkshire county

                                                                                                                                    1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                      looking forward to sunday...if we weren't the reigning world series champs id be in a much bigger hurry for baseball season to end....kickoff packers, seahawks now!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                          very cool, I never would have suspected that about you!

                                                                                                                                          would like to see both rogers win

                                                                                                                                    2. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                      MA can have that credit jessejames, no ones going to fight you for it.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: sunnyside

                                                                                                                                        I know. Don't forget about the lobsters!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                          Thank you! And for that matter for me it's not the donuts but the (iced) coffee that's the allure...

                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                  I'm an NYC ex-pat (presently in San Francisco) and I could go the rest of my life without eating another Dunkin Donut. Same for their coffee, which I used to drink only out of necessity as it was often the only place open near my school. People are lining up for these things? My god.

                                                                                                                                2. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                  I couldn't believe my eyes when I drove by after shopping at Santa Monica Seafood. That line was insane; stretched as far as the eye could see. Also, parking around S.M.Seafood was a mess. Lot was full and I had to drive around the block a couple of times to find a metered space. My guess is that the lot behind S.M. Seafood and Huckleberry will soon require parking validations.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: maudies5

                                                                                                                                    Great. More parking issues in the area. DD is def not worth it....

                                                                                                                                  2. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                    I drove down Wilshire last night at 9:30ish and there were likely 40 people in line between to velvet rips like they were waiting to go into a club.

                                                                                                                                    I was stunned, but then again, in my old age, I have issues waiting in any line.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                                      I hate autocorrect with my fat fingers: "between TWO velvet ROPES"

                                                                                                                                  3. Wow yelp reviews are out of control. Is this like what would happen if in n out opened in NY?

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                        4*'s, lots of 5*'s from east coast expats. Hour+ waits. Pics on yelp too.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                          i guess that makes sense. i might just hit it up for old time's sake, when the lines die down.

                                                                                                                                          and the whole point of Dunkin Donuts was always to grab a donut, or just a coffee on your way to the subway, so it's purpose has severely been defeated and demolished by hour plus waits.

                                                                                                                                          but expats like what they like.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                            wow, just wow. i'm speechless.

                                                                                                                                            damnit, i must be a lemming too.

                                                                                                                                            maybe i'll hit it up too.

                                                                                                                                            though if i'm not mistaken they are no better, no worse, than Winchell's to me.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                        Seeing how NY is not known for any famous burger places, probably not.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: TarsTarkus

                                                                                                                                          TT, you're coming in with a bang here dude.

                                                                                                                                      3. Drove by yesterday evening and the line was just to the end of the glass outside on 12th St., so it was much shorter than I had seen it. Got in line around 6:30 PM and still didn't step out of the store with donuts and coffee in hand until 7:30 PM.

                                                                                                                                        Coffee and donuts are as I remember from growing up in New England, which is to say, fine but nothing special. Also got a chicken salad croissant sandwich, my standard order back home--seemed a bit smaller and more mayonnaise-y than I remember.

                                                                                                                                        The best thing about Dunkin Donuts in New England was the ubiquity. And the pricing. You could get a decent iced coffee for $2 as opposed to $4.50 at Starbucks. The pricing advantage is still there at this DD in SM, but the coffee and donuts are not worth more than a 5-10 minute wait, so the lack of ubiquity the deal breaker here.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                          $2-3 iced coffee from McD all day long...with 3/$1 cookies to boot.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                            i'm still gonna have to try that iced coffee and a couple donuts for nostalgia sakes even though i ain't from nyc.

                                                                                                                                            "time to make the donuts"

                                                                                                                                            when i think of that guy it brings a smile to this brow-beaten mug.

                                                                                                                                          2. Is this new Dunkin Donuts in Santa Monica open 24 hours?

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                              Mon-Sun: 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM

                                                                                                                                            2. Must have been 50 people in line when I drove by at 10:30 tonight (sat 09/06/14)

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                                                The donuts are nothing special. If the line was more than 5 minutes, I'd go down the street to Winchells.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: bringiton

                                                                                                                                                  Based on my Dunkin experiences from back east, I agree with you.

                                                                                                                                              2. i might have to give it a try late tonight when there ain't no lines.

                                                                                                                                                what's the ice coffee i'm supposed to get ?????????

                                                                                                                                                and they have french crullers which most mom and pop donut shoppes don't even carry in LA, for some reason, truth to tell.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                  iced coffee east coast style seems to be 50% milk, 25% sugar, 25% coffee. East coasters, please correct me if I'm wrong.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                    do i ask for that or do you mean i make it myself ??????

                                                                                                                                                    thanks man.

                                                                                                                                                    have you tried the SM location just yet ??????????

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                      lol i dunno, that's just how I see most east coaster's drinking their coffee.

                                                                                                                                                2. is there any good time to hit it up now ??????

                                                                                                                                                  or are there still really long lines there ???????????????????


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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                    It's always busy every time I go by. Passed it at 10:00pm tonight and probably 70 people in line.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                      Drove by at 10:20PM - Still a line halfway around the block.

                                                                                                                                                      For comparison, I wish there was a livecam of any other Dunkin Donuts in the nation (DFW, or Brookline, or Philly) - you'd probably hear crickets.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                        I drove by today , Kev, at around 2:30 and the line snaked around the corner....

                                                                                                                                                      2. Dunkin DONUTS -- Are they frying their's? I read somewhere before the opening they were bringing them in. From where?

                                                                                                                                                        Can you get hot, freshly fried donuts there?

                                                                                                                                                        And in fairness, are there any westside donut places where you can consistently get fresh, hot, out of the oil donuts early in the morning or around 9? When does the good stuff come out at Primo's? Stan's?

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                          I read that they have a central bakery in Torrance that feeds the SM location and will feed the other locations.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                            Primo's cranks out a fresh, hot batch of their buttermilk bars around 6:35AM every morning. You can catch me waiting for that every once in a while.


                                                                                                                                                          2. Just got in line at 6:15 PM on a Tuesday and there's only 6 other people in line outside.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                              i noticed about 545pm last night it looked packed on the inside but there was no line outside at the very least.

                                                                                                                                                              let me know if there's a line when you leave or whatever. i may hit it up like in a few hours tonight.

                                                                                                                                                              and Offalo, what's the standard iced coffee there to get ?????? someone said there's a special iced coffee with the coffee like half cream and half sugar or something, though i have no clue since i didn't really grow up with the stuff.

                                                                                                                                                              thanks man.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                Extra large iced regular.

                                                                                                                                                                Once they iron their shit out try a French Vanilla or Hazelnut. This one fucked my iced FV up pretty bad last week, way too much syrup. They'll figure it out eventually.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Beachowolfe

                                                                                                                                                                  "Extra large iced regular."

                                                                                                                                                                  thanks, got it.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Beachowolfe

                                                                                                                                                                    I get an "iced light no sugar" personally, and my wife gets the same but with a hazelnut shot. She's gotten it twice from there and they haven't used too much syrup.

                                                                                                                                                                    Do you get the flavor "shot" (unsweetened) or "swirl" (sweetened)?

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                      I have no idea wtf a shot or swirl is, for real. Iced coffee w/ "cream and sugar" or "regular". Sometimes, "Iced French Vanilla Regular".

                                                                                                                                                                      IMO DD coffee needs the cream and sugar. It is perfect for certain situations, like being hungover. For me the decision is never between DD and real coffee, i.e. cold brewed black/siphoned/pour over/etc. Sometimes I just don't want to work to discern citrusy and nutty flavors like a fuckin nerd.

                                                                                                                                                                      It's closer to a toned down vietnamese coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                      Also, fwiw, their donuts are not the draw at all. Sausage egg & cheese on everything or BEC croissant. Maybe a few "wake up wraps" if I'm feeling healthy.

                                                                                                                                                                      I've said this before... It's basically In N Out for breakfast. If you start thinking of it as anything else you're setting up for a serious disappointment.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Beachowolfe

                                                                                                                                                                        It says on their menu. Shot is unsweetened. Swirl is sweetened. It's crucial for those who want flavored coffee without sweetener. Guess it doesn't much matter for sweetened coffees. Mind you, I can't stand the flavoring, but my wife likes the hazelnut and apparently Starbucks used a sweetened flavoring syrup in theirs.

                                                                                                                                                                        I grew up on this stuff in New England. I'd say it's not as good as In N Out. But it was ubiquitous. Since it's not ubiquitous (yet) out here, it defeats the purpose of going there if the line is longer than 5-10 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry, I didn't see this. When I left, it was just under a half hour later, and I think the line was longer than when I got there.