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Chamblee: Dandy Donuts

I discovered Dandy Donuts in Chamblee by accident. It's across from Chamblee High School. I started my exploration of their wares with an apple fritter, which was good. I couldn't try their coffee because I didn't have time to wait for a fresh pot; I take it as a good sign that they didn't have old coffee lying around. I was there at noon, and of course the best times to test donuts is either early morning or late at night. They also have a sub shop those who don't believe that donuts are an ideal meal any time of the day.

But the atmosphere is what I love about Dandy Donuts. It hasn't changed in 50 years, much in the same way that Chuck's Donuts in Silicon Valley never changes. The decor is actually reminiscent of a den. It has very few windows and faux wood paneling, just like your dad's den in the basement. This is exactly the sort of place that is needed by someone who needs a donut and coffee in the morning to get going. Nothing ever changes in Dandy Donuts. You can sit and let the caffeine and sugar seep through your brain and around your synapses, safe in the knowledge that no unwanted stimulus will try to jump start your brain before it's properly warmed up. Not even nuclear holocaust will alter Dandy Donuts. Anyone who is eating donuts while the bombs fall will remain blissfully unaware until they the proper wake-up needed to meet the nuclear winter.


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