May 7, 2024 - News

Randy's Donuts brings a delicious California treat to Phoenix

Four donuts arranged in a box.

Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

Randy's Donuts is a longtime institution in California, and now that it's officially expanded to Phoenix, you can stop in yourself to see why it's such a beloved chain.

State of play: The chain, which opened its original store in Inglewood, California, in 1952, launched its first Arizona location last month.

  • Randy's Phoenix location is on Seventh Street, a few blocks south of Bethany Home Road.
  • They have 17 other U.S. locations in California, Nevada and Georgia, along with 21 international stores in South Korea, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines.
  • New stores are scheduled to open later this year in Albuquerque, Las Vegas and multiple locations in California.

What to try: There are so many varieties to choose from that it was hard to figure out where to start.

  • You can get a "crondy," which is a cross between a croissant and a doughnut, or a Texas-sized donut that, as the name suggests, is gigantic.
  • They've got a lot of interesting stuff in their fancy and premium selections, like doughnuts that are matcha-flavored or covered in Fruity Pebbles.
  • I went with a few selections so I sample pieces of each: a butter crumb raised, a s'mores and a maple raised with mini churros on top.

Everything was fantastic. The s'mores doughnut had me fantasizing about sitting around a campfire, and nothing with churros on top could be anything but delicious.

  • Best bites: It was a little less fancy than the others, but the butter crumb doughnut was my favorite.

What's next: Franchisee Brian Padilla isn't stopping with the Phoenix store. He told the Arizona Republic last month that he plans to open two more Randy's locations in Chandler.

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