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2014-06-10 02:10:07 PM
Sorry, California.

I'm a fiercely proud New Englander and will happily yell at you about the Sox, the proper way to serve a lobster roll, the correct names (not the legal names) for any of our local highways, and I can even choke down a can of Moxie if regional pride depends on it, but I cannot defend this abomination of a "coffee" and stale baked-good purveyor.
 
2014-06-10 02:29:23 PM
All I know is that I was in Boston a couple summers ago and there was a Dunkin' Donuts about every 100 feet.
 
2014-06-10 03:17:59 PM
Their coffee is like cocaine. It used to give me heart palpitations after a night out, so it was either give up vodka on the weekends or give up Dunkin' Donuts coffee on Monday morning.

Bye, Dunkin'.
 
2014-06-10 03:36:04 PM
I'm happy, Dunkin' has some awesome Donuts that normal doughnut shops just don't have.  I  was really sad in the 90's when they started closing all the Dunkin' Donuts on the west coast.  There's still old Dunkin' Donuts signs up around Southern California at mom and pop places, with a decal or paint covering up the Dunkin' part, from back before they left the state.
 
2014-06-10 06:05:23 PM
They're coming back because Ted Ngoy lost his doughnut empire to gambling and moved back to Cambodia.

/Ted Ngoy is the reason so many dougnut shops in California are owned by South East Asians.
 
2014-06-10 06:05:42 PM
You mean it's RETURNING to California....Dunkin's were all over the West 25-30 years ago....
 
2014-06-10 06:10:33 PM
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2014-06-10 06:23:33 PM
We have DD here in Vegas, but I prefer Winchell's. I don't drink coffee though, and that seems to be one of Dunkin's main draws.
 
2014-06-10 06:24:03 PM
Winchell's > Dunkin'

They're not as ubiquitous, but they're light-years beyond in quality. Furthermore, it's a California thing already.
 
2014-06-10 06:25:25 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: We have DD here in Vegas, but I prefer Winchell's. I don't drink coffee though, and that seems to be one of Dunkin's main draws.


*brofist*
 
2014-06-10 06:34:26 PM
And quality will continue to plummet now that Dunkin's been Bained.
 
2014-06-10 06:39:02 PM
I'm surprised the Korean Californian donut mafia hasn't kidnapped all the DD executives over this move.
 
2014-06-10 06:50:20 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: We have DD here in Vegas, but I prefer Winchell's. I don't drink coffee though, and that seems to be one of Dunkin's main draws.


I love Winchell's, but since I was shown the error of my ways with Pinkbox Donuts (which is also closer) I believe in them at 3am more than the Blueberry Hill. Altho it would all be moot if Ronald's Donuts in Chinatown was open later...those are pure crack.

/DD...love the coffee...not much else anymore
 
2014-06-10 06:58:21 PM
As a Californian, I prefer my locally owned organic donut shop. You've probably never heard of it.
 
2014-06-10 07:02:20 PM
 
2014-06-10 07:07:45 PM

BunkoSquad: Sorry, California.

I'm a fiercely proud New Englander and will happily yell at you about the Sox, the proper way to serve a lobster roll, the correct names (not the legal names) for any of our local highways, and I can even choke down a can of Moxie if regional pride depends on it, but I cannot defend this abomination of a "coffee" and stale baked-good purveyor.


Apology accepted. We will happily exchange the unwanted Dirty Doughy Donuts for some fresh Krispy Kreme or a Tim Horton's, if you can smuggle one of those down for us.

Until such time, I'll just keep buying from one of the many Korean and Viet donut shops. DD can't compete with the locals on other breakfast foods; our mom and pop breakfast burritos are the best in the nation, and the same goes for our chilaquiles.
 
2014-06-10 07:36:36 PM

BKITU: Winchell's > Dunkin'

I think I love you.
 
2014-06-10 07:37:54 PM
Good. They're all over Canada, but they call 'em Tim Whoretons or something stupid like that.
 
2014-06-10 07:38:26 PM
I don't think the West Coast is ready for the watered-down East Coast version of coffee that Dunkin peddles. We're past that. I wonder how coffee factored into their last West Coast demise.
 
2014-06-10 07:45:13 PM
But you haven't had a doughnut until you had a Krispy Kreme gut bomb. Raspberry filled.
 
2014-06-10 07:46:34 PM
You wonder why they don't have the "Time to make the donuts" guy anymore (well, other than that Michael Vale died)?

They don't make the donuts in-store anymore. They make them in central hubs and ship them to the individual stores. See, the place got taken over by one of those bigwig investment firms - all "cut costs" and "raise profits." But apparently "make a good product" wasn't in their priority list. Donuts don't turn a profit. You know what  does make a profit? Powdered frappe double-mocha lattes with soy milk. One of those can be made for 17 cents and sell for $3.50. The donuts are an afterthought to that, so who cares if they're fresh?

Anyway, yeah. Modern economics has turned Dunkin Donuts into McStarbuck's.

And you want to know a really messed-up postscript to that. There are some national chain megamarts that actually  do make their donuts fresh on-site every morning. What kind of upside-down, topsy-turvy world is this?
 
2014-06-10 08:03:20 PM

chevydeuce: You mean it's RETURNING to California....Dunkin's were all over the West 25-30 years ago....

Headline was too clever for you.  Read it again carefully.  This is HotY material right here.

/ not subby
// I'd +gazillion this headline if I could
 
2014-06-10 08:06:54 PM
They sell DD coffee by the bag in my grocery store, next to Starbucks and whatever.  I'm almost curious enough to buy some to see what the fuss is about.  I grew up in NY with DD but that was in pre-coffee drinking days.  Is it just the PBR of coffee?
 
2014-06-10 08:37:03 PM
The Dunkin Donuts that was closest -- Hermosa Beach, on PCH -- has been turned into a Pinkberry.

Lot of yogurt places around here, got in vogue a couple of years ago. Yogurtland is probably the best of the batch I've tried.

I'd rather see a Tim Horton's, just to sample.

Peaceboy: They sell DD coffee by the bag in my grocery store, next to Starbucks and whatever.  I'm almost curious enough to buy some to see what the fuss is about.  I grew up in NY with DD but that was in pre-coffee drinking days.  Is it just the PBR of coffee?


They sell that and the Tim Horton's coffee in some stores in So Cal. Never tried either.

/prolly have that Pinkberry when I see the Kings show off the Stanley Cup in the neighborhood again
 
2014-06-10 08:54:44 PM
The best thing about a Dunkies is that you don't have to sound like a pretentious twatwaddle coming up with some inventive way to order your coffee.  You just farking order it, that's it.  Though I do have to say this: Dunkies is NOT the same anywhere else in the country, as far as I can tell.  You have to go somewhere where there are addicts drinking it like water so it's fresh.  Otherwise it's not going to taste anywhere near the same.

\come to think of it, that whole "not sounding like a twatwaddle to order" thing isn't going to work well in SoCal....
 
2014-06-10 08:59:23 PM
just wanted to say the headline made me laugh out loud

/HOTY candidate here
//I have an unnatural addiction to Dunkin Donuts bagel sandwiches
 
2014-06-10 09:06:07 PM

chevydeuce: You mean it's RETURNING to California....Dunkin's were all over the West 25-30 years ago....


Yep.  Died like Winchell's.

Shazam999: I'm surprised the Korean Californian donut mafia hasn't kidnapped all the DD executives over this move.


They don't need to.  They ran Dunkin and Winchell's out 20 years ago, and they're in the process of running Krispy Kreme out(most of them are closed now).  I'll take a random Korean stripmall donut shop over anything any chain has to offer any day of the week
 
2014-06-10 09:13:22 PM

GreenAdder: You wonder why they don't have the "Time to make the donuts" guy anymore (well, other than that Michael Vale died)?

They don't make the donuts in-store anymore. They make them in central hubs and ship them to the individual stores. See, the place got taken over by one of those bigwig investment firms - all "cut costs" and "raise profits." But apparently "make a good product" wasn't in their priority list. Donuts don't turn a profit. You know what  does make a profit? Powdered frappe double-mocha lattes with soy milk. One of those can be made for 17 cents and sell for $3.50. The donuts are an afterthought to that, so who cares if they're fresh?

Anyway, yeah. Modern economics has turned Dunkin Donuts into McStarbuck's.

And you want to know a really messed-up postscript to that. There are some national chain megamarts that actually  do make their donuts fresh on-site every morning. What kind of upside-down, topsy-turvy world is this?


Spot on. My local 7-11 has better donuts than Dunkin.
 
2014-06-10 10:23:03 PM
I was happy to find a DD in San Jose when I moved here from Boston 23 years ago.  Then I was sad when it closed a year later.

Finally able to order a "cawfee regulah" again!
 
2014-06-10 10:28:09 PM
You know those doughnuts at Dunkin', the ones with the whipped cream filling, sort of like Twinkies filling?  Yeah, those.  They_are_my_favorite!

But I hardly bother even going inside a Dunkin', as they are _always_farking_sold_out_of_these!!!1!

"Well, they're a popular flavor..."

SO FARKING MAKE MORE!!!!  WTF PEOPLE!  If it's popular...You. Make. More.

Dumbasses.
 
2014-06-10 10:44:30 PM
First DD opened here in Green Bay this week. The coffee is ridiculously overrated. Donuts are tasty though.
 
2014-06-10 11:02:07 PM
Winchells please k thx bye.

/is it so hard for dunkins to frost the entire top of the donut instead of looking like they put a kraft cheese square of frosting on top of it.
//actual donut part doesn't taste that amazing either.
///I sound fat
////mmmm donuts
 
2014-06-10 11:06:36 PM
Love the coffee, don't think I've ever had one of their donuts.
 
2014-06-10 11:06:47 PM
I can't drink their coffee black, and I can stomach some pretty horrible coffee black. Cream and sugar turn DD into some form of magical crack.
 
2014-06-10 11:15:42 PM
I went to Boston.  I had the doughnut.  I drank the coffee.  It was.. adequate...  I guess.
 
2014-06-10 11:49:15 PM
I don't know if Daylight donuts exists outside of Oklahoma but they're damn good.
 
2014-06-10 11:59:46 PM

7th Son of a 7th Son: I don't know if Daylight donuts exists outside of Oklahoma but they're damn good.


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Day ight, I suppose.
 
2014-06-11 12:28:17 AM
Spudnuts or death!
 
2014-06-11 01:19:51 AM
Attention blubbering interlopers, but Tim Horton's left you in the dust back in 1964.

It's like Mcdonalds vs. that Burger King slop.

You didn't see it coming.
 
2014-06-11 03:38:15 AM
I used to enjoy me some Dunkin Donuts
 
2014-06-11 04:10:29 AM
My second girlfriend dumped me in a Winchell's, and I still liked then better than Dunkin Donuts. I also liked the Big Donut Drive Through, even after it got bought by Randys.
 
2014-06-11 07:26:27 AM
Will Dunkin' Donuts expand as much as their customers?

bd23.https.cdn.softlayer.net
 
2014-06-11 09:37:25 AM
DD was good back when they actually cared about donuts. When you would walk in and see about 50 types to pick from.

Most of the DDs around here have less and less rack space for donuts, and have been replaced by bagels, muffins, panini presses and microwaves for making eggs, chicken, and pizza.

Donuts are now an afterthought.
 
2014-06-11 09:39:25 AM

BunkoSquad: Sorry, California.

I'm a fiercely proud New Englander and will happily yell at you about the Sox, the proper way to serve a lobster roll, the correct names (not the legal names) for any of our local highways, and I can even choke down a can of Moxie if regional pride depends on it, but I cannot defend this abomination of a "coffee" and stale baked-good purveyor.


You seem to be the only one.
 
2014-06-11 11:14:52 AM
TFA finally explains something I had always wondered about. When I lived in California (1999 - 2002), I saw some donut shops that had obviously been Dunkin Donuts at some point--you could tell by the look of the building--but had become no-name independent shops.
 
2014-06-11 11:20:29 AM

HotWingAgenda: BunkoSquad: Sorry, California.

I'm a fiercely proud New Englander and will happily yell at you about the Sox, the proper way to serve a lobster roll, the correct names (not the legal names) for any of our local highways, and I can even choke down a can of Moxie if regional pride depends on it, but I cannot defend this abomination of a "coffee" and stale baked-good purveyor.

Apology accepted. We will happily exchange the unwanted Dirty Doughy Donuts for some fresh Krispy Kreme or a Tim Horton's, if you can smuggle one of those down for us.

Until such time, I'll just keep buying from one of the many Korean and Viet donut shops. DD can't compete with the locals on other breakfast foods; our mom and pop breakfast burritos are the best in the nation, and the same goes for our chilaquiles.


That's dumb and you're dumb. Austin breakfast burritos and kolaches FTW
 
2014-06-11 11:21:39 AM

GreenAdder: You wonder why they don't have the "Time to make the donuts" guy anymore (well, other than that Michael Vale died)?

They don't make the donuts in-store anymore. They make them in central hubs and ship them to the individual stores.


Yup - Here in FL Dunkins are everywhere. I went a couple of times, hated the sour coffee, and the donuts were almost entirely sold out by late morning (of all the decent/cool offerings at least).

No in-store baking means they can't adjust quantities or make fresh batches of popular ones. It's just an awful business model for a donut store.

D++ will never return
 
2014-06-11 11:30:13 AM

Big Beef Burrito: BunkoSquad: Sorry, California.

I'm a fiercely proud New Englander and will happily yell at you about the Sox, the proper way to serve a lobster roll, the correct names (not the legal names) for any of our local highways, and I can even choke down a can of Moxie if regional pride depends on it, but I cannot defend this abomination of a "coffee" and stale baked-good purveyor.

You seem to be the only one.


Nope, I'm a Connecticut yankee and I don't care for them at all.  The coffee is bad and the breakfast sandwiches are scary.
 
2014-06-11 11:35:59 AM

Cheron: Big Beef Burrito: BunkoSquad: Sorry, California.

I'm a fiercely proud New Englander and will happily yell at you about the Sox, the proper way to serve a lobster roll, the correct names (not the legal names) for any of our local highways, and I can even choke down a can of Moxie if regional pride depends on it, but I cannot defend this abomination of a "coffee" and stale baked-good purveyor.

You seem to be the only one.

Nope, I'm a Connecticut yankee and I don't care for them at all.  The coffee is bad and the breakfast sandwiches are scary.


You have seen the light.

I know way too many people from Massachusetts that call it "Dunkies" and swear that their shiatty coffee is, in fact, not shiatty at all.

It's shiatty. Cleveland Indians shiatty.

Coincidentally, they're fat farks.
 
2014-06-11 11:50:01 AM
They should really just drop the 'Donuts' part from their name already. Their 'donuts' always taste stale no matter what time of the day you get them. I can get 10x better donuts from the local supermarket bakery case. Even the coffee isn't that great...I would take Wawa or McDonald's any day over Dunkin'.
The lastest thing they are peddling is a 650 calorie chicken sandwich that they are calling a 'snack'.
 
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