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San Juan Capistrano doughnut shop named best in California by Yelp



San Juan Capistrano doughnut shop named best in California by Yelp

One wouldn’t expect to find California’s best doughnut joint located next to a Marshall’s and a Dollar Tree inside a nondescript San Juan Capistrano shopping plaza. Such gastronomic distinctions from food media ilk are usually reserved for gentrified enclaves like San Francisco’s Mission District or Eagle Rock in L.A. But according to Yelp, JD Flannel Doughnuts, found just off Del Obispo Street near the 5 Freeway, ranks No. 1 when it comes to doughnuts in the Golden State.

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“[T]he gourmet confections are dressed up in Valrhona chocolate, Maldon sea salt, real vanilla bean, and other premium ingredients. Employees roll and cut small batches of dough by hand throughout the day, so customers get the freshest, warmest donuts possible,” according to Yelp in its recent “Best Donut Shop in Every State, According to Yelp Elites 2024.

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Randi B., a Yelp Elite, who are a selective, annually chosen group within the Yelp community, wrote in their review of the doughnut joint, “That Brown Butter Sea Salt was just perfect; loved the salty glaze on it! Triple Chocolate was an intensely deep chocolate flavor that was reminiscent of the crunchy edges on freshly baked brownies. Their donuts are quite large and all gorgeous to look at. I don’t get to San Juan Capistrano all too often, but JD Flannel will definitely encourage me to make that drive more frequently!”

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