Randy’s Donuts

Review by: Michael Stern

Even if you’ve never been to Randy’s Donuts, you’ve probably seen it before. A favorite location for movies and TV shows that want a background of extreme roadside kitsch, Randy’s is a vestige of 20th century vernacular architecture — a term that refers to buildings shaped like the food they serve. In the East, The Clam Box of Ipswich, Massachusetts, is shaped like the trapezoidal box in which clams are packed for take-out orders.

What to eat at Randy’s Donuts

So, what’s the specialty underneath this huge round oval that in fact looks something like a single Cheerio from a planet where everything is 10,000 times bigger than on earth? Yes, donuts are the thing to eat, although Randy’s also offers exemplary cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, and bear claws. The varieties of donut include the basic (and best) honey glazed regular, chocolate-covered, jelly-filled, powdered, frosted, and filled with crème. Glazed twists and sugar twists are a bit lighter than the standard sinkers, and the maple bars are superb. Bagels are also on the menu, but somehow it seems wrong to eat a bagel under a giant donut.

What To Eat

Coconut Raised Donut


Randy’s Donuts Recipes


What do you think of Randy’s Donuts?

One Response to “Randy’s Donuts”

Samuel Shor

September 9th, 2009

I have never had a better tasting donut ever, period. The coconut raised donut is by far the best thing I’ve put into my mouth in a long time. I would drive across the country for another one of those. I do not say this lightly. I was not expecting to have the near-religious experience that I had when I bit into this. The flavors are perfect; nothing is too overpowering or oversweet, and the texture is pillowy soft. The honey wheat cake donut is extremely good as well, and the maple log is not too far behind. The coffee is the perfect accompaniment to these three treats.

Believe every last word you hear about Randy’s; it’s that good. There is no hyperbole here. As far as I know and as far as I’m concerned this is the best donut in the world, and until I find otherwise I will stand by that.


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