Coffee Crawls have been a little difficult to do while distancing. So for this month’s crawl I decided to review another drive-thru shop—arguably America’s favorite, Dunkin’ Donuts.
Now you may not immediately think “coffee shop” when you hear the name “Dunkin’ Donuts”—I mean, the word “donuts” is right there. But while they may not specialize in the regal art of roasting beans, they have done coffee and the morning meal it goes best with exquisitely well over the last 70 years.
For all its coffee loving population, Tulsa surprisingly only has one location—in a subset of the Tulsa area known as Broken Arrow. Opening just two years prior, this Dunkin’ Donuts has certainly received a lot of attention. In fact, I remember on the day it opened the drive-thru line flooded into the main street and around the corner. And it’s popularity hasn’t decreased since its opening, with long wait times reigning during most of its business hours. With that being said, they do try to be as efficient as they can. They can’t help but to be so loved!
I’ll admit that I rarely dine-in at a Dunkin’ Donuts, so I can’t quite say whether it’d be faster to stay in your car or go inside to order. This also means I can’t say much on the overall shop quality and workability. Most Dunkin’ Donuts have the same motif—the pink, orange, and brown combo works surprisingly well for them. Other than this one time I went into a downtown Chicago location, there’s also usually a table or two free for sitting and chatting with friends or maybe even getting some work done. Most, if not all, Dunkin’ stores also offer free Wi-Fi, like a neighborhood Starbucks, so that’s a plus for sure. Due to it’s primarily commercialized business model, I don’t find too many locations to be all that comfortable or relaxing—there certainly aren’t any reading nooks or settled-in sofas. But you do have an endless supply of donuts and breakfast sandwiches, so surely that counts for something.
A dozen donuts for $10, an assorted box of Munchkins for $2.50, and any breakfast sandwich for less than $5—it’s a wonder why I don’t just eat every meal at a Dunkin’ Donuts. Depending on the size that you get—and probably your location—coffees at Dunkin’ Donuts are available for under $5, which is such a steal. While I’m normally a hot coffee kind of girl, my favorite thing to get at Dunkin’ is the Mocha Swirl Frozen Coffee. It tastes like a sweet yet smooth milkshake and I can’t ever get enough of it. If you’d rather skip the frills, Dunkin’ Donuts also offers just freshly brewed coffee as well. You can also order a box of coffee if you need something in bulk to keep everyone at the Monday morning staff meeting awake.
With so many options for food and coffee at such great prices, it’s no wonder America Runs on Dunkin’. Here’s to more locations sweeping through the Tulsa and Oklahoma region soon.
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NOTE: This is an unsponsored post and was written solely as an entertaining addition to the Coffee Crawl series.