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Donuts, more traditionally spelled doughnuts1, are arguably the most unhealthy treat on the planet. The Bay Area (which some people think includes Davis) is known for having lots of independent donut shops, but Davis only has two: Pink Dozen and Fluffy Donuts.

The first Friday of June is National Doughnut Day. You might want to keep an eye out for specials on that day.

Freshly made donuts can be purchased at:

Dunkin' Donuts

dunkin.jpgA most rare and delicious import. Chibi brought these over to share with friends all the way from the Dunkin' Donuts in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

Dunkin' Donuts [WWW]announced in 2014 plans to open up over a hundred shops in California. As of 2014, Dunkin' Donuts has signed agreements to open 150 restaurants in California.[WWW]link Forty-six of those restaurants will be in the Sacramento area including at least one in the city of Davis. For the moment, you can't get them anywhere close to Davis.

Dunkin' Donuts has a higher density out east than Starbucks™ does here (and is also the number one donut chain). In some urban areas, you can find several on each block. Despite this, they don't have the "take over the world™" vibe that Starbucks™ has, possibly because they give franchisers quite a bit of leeway in how they run their stores, including some that are full diners. Due to their ubiquity and friendliness, they have quite a large number of diehard fans. (So does Tim Horton in Canada and the extreme northern states). Unfortunately, there are no Dunkin' Donuts in the area, and so people coming back from the east coast or midwest often bring back donuts or coffee for locals. Different donuts are made from different types of dough and cooked for different lengths of time, so each variety is very distinct, some being yeasty, some being cakey, some being crumbly, others being eggy. Dunkin' Donuts also makes bagels, croissants and, at most stores, soup and sandwiches. They are also commonly open 24 hours.

Supposedly, the closest full size Dunkin' Donuts restaurant is in Phoenix, AZ, approximately 800 miles away from Davis. Actually, there are two in Portland, OR (though they are not listed on the official website), which is only 570 miles from Davis. One Dunkin' Donuts is located at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in Oceanside, California. It is not open to the public. However, a new Dunkin' Donuts opened in late 2013 in Barstow, California which is about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles. There was one Dunkin' in Sacramento and one in LA that were test locations (they got redecorated and re-laid out every month or so). The plan was to open a light sprinkling of 800 stores throughout California to get the ball rolling. There was a section on the website about the new California stores coming soon. Unfortunately, the man financing the venture had a heart attack and the project was put on hold and eventually the locations closed. JabberWokky has repeatedly offered to road trip to Dunkin' Donuts. For those who think Starbucks has a high density, many east coast cities have a much higher density of Dunkin' Donuts than Starbucks does anywhere. Southern Ontario has a higher density of Tim Horton's than any other store in any other location I've encountered. Note that Togos and Baskin-Robbins were both owned by the same company until 2007, so if a Togo's location offered coffee (none of the Davis locations do), it would be Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

Old databases list the closest Dunkin Donuts as being in San Jose, at 3605 Union Ave. They used to be a Dunkin Donuts, but several years ago lost their franchise and became a Sunny Donuts. JabberWokky spent a night very happy, followed by bitter disappointment when he found out the truth.

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