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POLL: Dunkin' Donuts to Open on Camp Pendleton

The doughnut store, popular in the east coast, will open its only California location May 3 at the new Marine Corps Exchange on Camp Pendleton.

East coast Marines, sailors and area residents can finally show their west coast partners what the hype is all about. 

The Massachusetts-based doughnut shop Dunkin' Donuts will open a California location May 3. It will be part of the new Marine Corps Exchange on base. 

One Dunkin Donuts existed in Torrance, but has since closed, according to several online postings. 

Civilians can get on base three times every 45 days without a base sponsor. For more information, see the Camp Pendleton Base Access page. 

Editor's note: The post has been updated with access information. Also an earlier version incorrectly stated that this would be the first California location. 

Who's got the best doughnuts? Tell us in the comments and vote in our poll.

Michelle Mowad (Editor) March 01, 2012 at 09:09 PM
YES! About time. I am very excited and will be there for opening day.
Deanne Goodman (Editor) March 01, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I once did a freelance promo modeling job for Dunkin' Donuts coffee when it started being sold in grocery stores, and I can't tell you how many people stopped me in the orange Dunkin' Donut shirt asking excitedly if DD had made it Cali. There is a true east coast fan following for DD. I think they'll soon need to expand to locations off base as well.
Daniel Woolfolk March 01, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I think there might be a Patch press gaggle at the opening. Hoa said she'll come if I need help. As far as donuts go, I'm not a huge fan, but when I lived in northern NY, my buddy and I would go climbing in Ontario and we HAD to stop and grab a Tim Horton's maple donut.
Sara Cremidas March 02, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Woo Hoo! Love there coffee.
Daniel Woolfolk March 02, 2012 at 07:26 AM
I hear the coffee there is a favorite for a ton of people. I used to grab some iced coffee on the way home some times.
1Local March 02, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Local mom & pop donut shoppes make the best donuts out West - ala VG's in Cardiff!!! But Dunkin does make a good donut...and better coffee!!
Michelle Mowad (Editor) March 02, 2012 at 09:59 PM
It is ALL about the coffee. Nothing beats an iced DD coffee on a hot day.
Lonna Leghart March 03, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I had no idea civilians could get on base that often without a sponsor... but can we also shop without a military ID?!
Daniel Woolfolk March 03, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I'll have to check out VG's
Daniel Woolfolk March 04, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Interesting. Thanks! I did a quick web search and it appears there was a location there in the 60s and 70s, but is no longer there. Have you been to that one?
Nick Shestople March 04, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I used to drive on US40 from NYC to DC (staying off the toll road) and there was an DD in Aberdeen, MD -- just about half way, time to stop for a GREAT cup of coffee and a Chocolate Honey Dipped (now called Sugar Glazed -- truth in advertising, don't you know?) donut. I've NEVER had a bad cup of DD coffee!
Bob Wilson April 16, 2012 at 01:25 AM
People here though don't remember when they used powdered sugar on the jelly filled, and they had more than just one jelly filled flavor. They had raspberry and blueberry back in the day. And why did they get rid of the Dunkin Donut?? The one that was shaped for dunking.
Kristyn Gonzalez May 05, 2012 at 05:13 PM
It's ABOUT TIME!!! Leaving the east coast & coming here to SoCal w/ my Marine husband, I was devasted to learn there were no DD's!!! I've waited 16 years!!!! Thank you DD!!!!! No one beats your donuts or iced coffee!!!!!

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