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Ralph's Donut Shop

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59 S. Cedar Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501
(931) 526-4231
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Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night

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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
If only Ralph's was just 4 hours away, instead of 6...

Ralph's has the best donuts I've ever eaten. There's no hyperbole to it. They're just the best. The maple-frosted donut, in particular, is perfect. It's a cake donut, firm but not too dense, and just sweet enough. Little, round perfection. The other varieties, although I'm partial to the maple... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Suzanne R
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Ralph's has the best donuts I've ever eaten. There's no hyperbole to it. They're just the best. The maple-frosted donut, in particular, is perfect. It's a cake donut, firm but not too dense, and just sweet enough. Little, round perfection. The other varieties, although I'm partial to the maple frosted, are wonderful as well. If Ralph's was only 4 hours... More 

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Marco Island, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I have eaten at approximately 25 different donut establishments in the southeast ( I make a point to hunt them out when traveling) and I can say that Ralph's donuts are good. I go to Ralph's about once a month with family or friends and we always have good service. I just wished they had good coffee. I can recommend... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you're looking for the best donut you could ever put in your mouth... you have come to the right place. My wife and I used to live in Cookeville and always got our donuts here. We have moved out of town but I still work in Cookeville, and I still bring Ralph's home on occasion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My parents have went her since college. I go and take my kids. If you live anywhere near Cookeville you have know about Ralph's donuts. These are the best donuts for miles. We drive over an hour for them.

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Byrdstown, TN
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The first visit was average, second trip I came with a couple friends, I ordered cream horns to go and started eating them while the others ordered, they were less than fresh and I mentioned this to the waitress, she could care less. I threw them away. I heard later from my friends that their food was also very disappointing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

When I first arrived to the shop, I was a bit weary, as the road seemed to be almost abandoned, but I was pleasantly surprised once I got inside. The donuts are some of the best I've ever had. I would definitely recommend you stop here, even if you're just passing through.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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157 reviews 157 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

You can't beat Ralph's! It's been ranked one of the top donut shops in the nation with good reason. Family owned since at least the 1960s, Ralphs has served up great fresh hot donuts and coffee for people all times of the day and night. Stop by this institution and have your choice of awesome fresh donuts!

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

The donuts were absolutely delicious! Such freshness, even at 3pm! We were pleasantly surprised to find that they were open on Sunday. The staff there were so welcoming! Of course, as first-time visitors we were blessed with a butter twist and could have stopped there with only that...so good! We got a variety box and each flavor was so yummy!... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

You just can't get anything better than the Long Johns! The best ever! Their cranberry muffins are really good too. Great way to start a family tradition and make memories with your kids.

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Crossville, Tennessee
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29 reviews 29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Even though this is a Cookeville staple, I had never actually gone and decided I had to try it! I knew my kids would be thrilled if I brought home a dozen donuts, so in I went. When they realized I had never been, I got a complimentary butter twist and tasted what had been missing in my life ;)... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 59 S. Cedar Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Cookeville
  • Phone Number: (931) 526-4231

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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