To be completely fair, we were warned - plus, the "Fresh Donuts" sign was not on. Multiple times, we have been warned that the owners of the Stardust Donut Shop in Imperial Beach (Ed and Cliff Arnold) play by their own rules. Better yet, they open when they want, close when they want and make only what they want to on any given day. Heck, they have been in the "ring business" since 1967. Don't like it? Then, NO DONUTS FOR YOU!
The last time we biked down from Coronado to Imperial Beach was about 3 years ago. We made the 8 mile ride in about 45 minutes and worked up an appetite for freshly made cinnamon rolls. We arrived around 9am on a Saturday and surprised to see it still closed. We tapped on the window and were told that they were closed and would open sometime today. Then, he pointed to the sign on the window (enlarged below).
Fast forward 3 years. We rode out bikes down last weekend in hopes for a Strandworthy experience of enjoying some yummy donuts and cinnamon rolls. This time, we arrived closer to 10:30am on a Saturday. Different time, same results. We were shut out again and when we asked politely when they would open. The person making donuts (probably one of the owners) stopped, grunted something that we couldn't understand and went back to work. This time, we laughed it off and went next door to Don Panchos Taco Shop - not quite the same as hot donuts, but it fueled us up for the ride back home to Coronado.
Here is the local tip: Don't expect to get served there unless the sign says "open" and you see a line. If you read the reviews on Yelp, it appears to be worth it, but we couldn't tell you that firsthand - hopefully someday we can! Don't forget, cash only.
If you have been here, and been served a donut or cinnamon roll, let us know how they taste in the comments!
Enjoying a "second choice", but good breakfast burrito at Don Panchos Taco Shop next door.
Here is an old Union Tribune article from 2006 with more details about the Arnold brothers: Glazed with sugar, and sass
Here is another story from from the San Diego Reader: Stardust's Famous Rings
The Arnold brothers reminded us of another owner that plays by his own rules: NO SOUP FOR YOU!
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