It’s midnight, you’re in Santa Monica, and your body needs sugar like it’s oxygen. Unfortunately, your options are limited around this area, save for DK’s Donuts, a tiny donut shop on Santa Monica Blvd. that’s been serving fantastic donuts, pastries, breakfast croissants, and burritos since 1980. DK’s menu is massive and a bit overwhelming, but your first order of business needs to be their double-decker o-nuts, which is essentially their version of a cronut, but twice the size and topped with everything from nutella to maple bacon. Bonus: They deliver.
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