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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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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A classic!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Hank F
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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145 reviews 145 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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Cookeville
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Love Ralph's Donuts. Great Donuts. Friendly and reasonably priced Can't Beat their Apple Fritters and Ceram Hones.

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Fairfield Glade, Tennessee
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We love going to Ralph's since it is like stepping back into time. There are the older guys city at the counter drinking coffee and solving the world's problems. But the donuts and other goodies - you cannot resist! If you're a first-timer, you get one of their donut twists for free. And it may be still hot, which melts... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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60 reviews 60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A great donut shop. If you like donuts, Ralph's is certainly worth a visit while in Cookeville. Great selection of sugary treats!

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Cookeville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

They do a really great job with their donuts. Always fresh and I believe are the best tasting donuts one can get. The staff is great and if you allow yourself to eat them you need to stop in and enjoy one of theirs. :)

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Nashville, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

Well, yes, I need to be on a diet, but succumbed to out skinny daughter's wish for 'A' donut. We went through the icy drive thru, and got a dozen various donuts for around $9. The unique thing about them is that they are huge, and really really good.

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Lenoir City, TN
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104 reviews 104 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

If you like doughnuts at all you should add just an extra 10 minutes to your trip, get off the interstate, and venture into downtown Cookeville to grab a few of these gems. Tell them it's your first time and one of their signature doughnuts is free. We took away the following - all wonderful: cake covered with chocolate icing... 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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