We live in a world where information is received at astonishing speeds -- bottled up by Bryant Gumbel and then sent through transparent neon tubes via invisible airways into our homes and offices (at least that's what my mom thinks). At any rate, it can be mind-boggling.
Which is why I'm simply making sure when I ask, "Everyone knows about this late-night doughnut shop in Chandler, right?"
For those who don't, it's called Golden Donuts & Smoothies.
Open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and until midnight Friday through Sunday, Golden Donuts is located in a strip mall at 1960 West Ray Road (Ray and North Dobson Roads) in Chandler. In addition to offering about 30 kinds of freshly fried ring cakes daily (think glazed, chocolate covered, filled and cake doughnuts, and specialties like apple fritters), the cruller house also serves up breakfast sandwiches, bagels, croissants, coffees, and smoothies.
Opened around seven months ago, Golden Donuts is owned by a local Cambodian-born gentleman who simply goes by the nickname "Rick." He's very nice.
No, the doughnuts aren't as good as BoSa (seriously, who can top their apple fritter?), but they're tasty all right, and fresh. Plus, local. Plus, the staff is friendly as all get out. And who doesn't need some human kindness -- and a doughnut -- even if it is nearly midnight on a Saturday.
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So stop by Golden Donuts & Smoothies if you're in the area -- I'm sure they'll appreciate it.
Golden Donuts & Smoothies 1960 West Ray Road, Chandler 480-963-8888
Hours: 4 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday 4 a.m. until midnight Friday through Sunday