There’s something so satisfying about a place that is open 24 hours a day. Like, in reality, would you really need donuts at 3am? Probably not. But it still feels nice that you could get them if you wanted. And for our friends on the west side, DK’s delivers on that satisfaction.
DK’s Donuts is a special place for many reasons. It’s been family-owned since 1980, established by Khmer refugees and now run by their grown children. While it has been updated and rebranded by the second generation, the essence of the mom & pop shop remains the same and continues to draw in more and more donut lovers, expanding their consumer base in the age of social media. No matter what hour you visit, the counter cases are filled to the brim with dozens of options. The variety spans traditional to creative, with several ube-flavored options, their own take on cronuts, and waffle-donut hybrids.
Four decades and over two thousand Yelp reviews later, DK’s remains a stronghold favorite on the west side, a donut destination with pretty much any donut you can dream of. All packaged up in a homey unassuming corner of a strip mall in the auto mall part of Santa Monica.
Go here for: late night donuts, early morning donuts, anytime all the time donuts
Order this: anything with crazy toppings, anything ube flavored, anything for the gram
Amount of time to spend: unless you happen to be stuck behind a really indecisive shopper, you can usually get in and out within 15 minutes
When to come: literally any time the craving hits
Parking: is easy for pick ups since they have a shared lot in the strip mall.
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Last visited: December 2020
Last updated: March 2021