The Original Dunkin Donuts

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Bruce, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    I go here every day I work, since it's about 500 yards from my police station.

    Be jealous;

    Original Dunkin

    Useless trivia; it was originally called The Golden Kettle.
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    It's such a big deal in New England that it's funny to think that people in other parts of the country don't know about it.
  3. sandraeli

    sandraeli New Member

    Dunkin Donuts stores are in the South. I've seen locations in Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Florida. The coffee is in grocery stores here, and there's even a kiosk in a truck stop in Monteagle, Tennessee. :)

    It was many years after we moved from the Annapolis area (where as a child my parents took me there every so often) that it finally came south.
  4. 03310151

    03310151 Active Member

    Since I am from Washington State I think there is a conspiracy to block the DD name from even entering the state. I'd heard of them but we don't have any in eastern washington that I know of. Never had any until we moved to Baltimore.

    The donuts are not that good but the coffee seems OK.

    It takes a while to get the Starbucks out of the system.
  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Sorry Bruce, but I'm laughing out loud that a cop knows this much about a doughnut shop. :cool:
  6. Petedude

    Petedude New Member

    We have Dunkin out here in SoCal, but it's a relatively low-key thing. I think that's partly because so many of the stores out here are run down, and partly because no one really got into a particular donut chain after Winchell's largely vanished off the map.
  7. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    Sorry, but there are no Dunkin' Donuts in California. The closest are in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Tucson. Maybe you are thinking of Krispy Kreme, which does have a small California presence.

    In fact, the LA Times ran a story on this very issue earlier this year:

    You have to wonder if the West coast will get Dunkin' Donuts before the East Coast gets In-N-Out Burger.
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  8. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    But why is Winchell's struggling? And why isn't Dunkin' Donuts moving faster to take advantage of this situation?

    The real reason, believe it or not, is because there is too much competition from small family donut shops operated by Cambodian refugees:

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  9. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    Right next to the original DD's is the supermarket my mother used to go to; if she dragged me along and I behaved, I was rewarded with my choice of donut next door, which is probably the last time I ate a donut. I can't stand them now....I call them "gut bombs".

    I actually don't even drink coffee anymore...I switched to green tea 11 months ago, and feel 1000% better as a result.
  10. 03310151

    03310151 Active Member

    1. I really miss Winchells. We used to have them in Washington.

    2. Interesting article about the new donut juggernaut that is Cambodians. I wonder why NAM's aren't doing the same?
  11. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    Apparently Dunkin' has attempted to crack the West Coast market before. They have operated test stores in California, especially in the 1980s, as well as in Oregon and Washington. But they've never been successful on the West Coast; neither their coffee nor their donuts ever established a reputation as noteworthy.

    This is in marked contrast to, say, New England, where it seems like even the smallest towns have a Dunkin' Donuts outlet. And if you drive through a city, it seems like you pass another one every mile or two.
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  12. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    I tried a Dunkin Donuts while I was in Boston a couple of months ago. Not bad at all. I guess my father in law buys their coffee by the bag and stores it in the freezer when they have sales. They are hardcore when it comes to Dunkin Donuts coffee.

    Abner :smile:
  13. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    Mostly I like their flavored ice coffee. Even in winter.
  14. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    If you are ready for the cheeziest comment you have ever seen on the internet, please read on :baby:

    Your comment made me smile. I'm glad you found something that really works for you. You work very hard keeping the rest of us safe and it's good to know that you are in top form while doing it :smirk:

    Back to reality: Maniac Craniac believes that coffee is absolutely evil. It is a scary thing when I see people, eyes bloodshot and spine crooked, hissing the most terrifying words I have ever heard in my life, "I NEED COFFEE!!!" You "need" coffee?! I need food, water and shelter but you "need" coffee?!?!?! When I tell people I don't drink it myself, it's very like one of those movie scenes when everyone in the diner drops their forks, stops talking and stares at you. I've even been asked how it is humanly possible that I can be wakeful in the morning without drinking it. (my answer: "I sleep beforehand.")

    Coffee is clearly the most dangerous drug out there in that it not only has a stranglehold on this entire country, but very few people seem willing to acknowledge it. A cup here and there never hurt anyone, but what I see from habitual drinkers has me so averse to it that you will never, ever, EVER see me with a warm drink other than my personal concoction carrot juice & soy milk or [fill in the blank] tea.
  15. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    I've read that in California, the great majority of donut shops are owned and run by Cambodian immigrants. I wonder
    (a) if this is true,
    (b) if so, why, and
    (c) if so, is it the same in other places?
  16. Chip

    Chip Administrator

    My anecdotal data supports that idea. In fact, a friend and I were joking about how we couldn't think of a single donut shop (other than a Krispy Kreme) that isn't run by Asians. Perhaps it's one of those things sort of like so many small independent motels (and many larger franchised ones) being owned by Indian immigrants.
  17. BobbyJim

    BobbyJim New Member

    I’ll take mine Southern Maid, thank you! Southern Maid Donut Flour Company

    Elvis did the only commercial of his life for any product on November 6, 1954, for Southern Maid Donuts. He sang their jingle. "You can get 'em piping hot after four PM, you can get 'em piping hot. Southern Maid Donuts hit the spot, you can get 'em piping hot after four PM". Nothing is known of Elvis's impact on Southern Maid Donut sales.
  18. BobbyJim

    BobbyJim New Member

    Why would so many Cambodians, striving to support themselves in a new country, reach for the dough ring? Their business pioneer was Ted Ngoy, an ethnic Chinese Cambodian, who arrived in the U.S. in 1975. Working as a janitor in Long Beach, Ngoy sampled his first donut, and then managed to get hired by Winchell's, a donut chain in southern California. Two years later, he had saved enough to buy the first of many dozens of donut stores.
    Cambodian Settlers Glaze a Donut Trail | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural
  19. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    My city (100,000 residents) has 21 Dunkin Donuts, including the original one.

    The only thing we have more of are "pouring establishments" (places where you can sit down and buy a drink) at 102. We used to have the "Rookie Olympics", where n00b officers had from Friday 8am (when the first bars open) until last call (1am) on Sunday to have at least one drink in every pouring establishment in the city. It involved the use of vacation time, plus a designated driver. Few succeeded, and I wasn't one of them.

    Why, thank you!

    I got off coffee totally by accident; I got really sick last January (pneumonia) and was on Albuterol, which got me all hyped-up. I couldn't drink coffee also, and I was so miserable anyway, I didn't notice the caffeine withdrawal headaches. I figured I kicked it, why go back?

    I was never into "natural healing" or herbs, but green tea has made a convert of me. I satisifed most of the DSM-IV criteria for Seasonal Affective Disorder, but since I've been drinking green tea, the symptoms are gone. Coffee would provide me with a jolt of energy from the caffeine, then I'd crash tea just has me feeling better all the time.
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  20. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Similarly, I switched to decaf years ago. I couldn't taste the difference, and it's not like caffeine is a vitamin, so I just started getting it, even first thing in the morning. I didn't have withdrawal, since decaf is not the same thing as no-caf.

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