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Breakfast, Late Night
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Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Drive Thru
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These are donuts that are made on site so that in and of itself makes them special. We tried the glazed and the twists. Very good!! Love the old style counter!!! Big variety of donuts and pastries as well as other breakfast items and coffee.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed June 22, 2022

I had been told by some locals that these were the best donuts around. So, I was driving through and decided to give them a try. Welp, they sure didn't taste fresh. They were hard and even a zap in the microwave when I got...home didn't do much. Maybe I just got an old back. I like supporting local, but you have to have a good product.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 19, 2022

Ralph would be so disappointed in the current owners and how they are disgracing his name. Please change the name of the donut shop. We can never get anything fresh there. When we order I always ask for the freshest they have. When we get...home with them they are stale. By the next morning they are not good at all. Walmart has better donuts.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 17, 2022

Love this place. I try to go here every time I'm in Cookeville. Their twists are superb, but other donuts are very tasty also. Service is pleasant. Parking is good nearby. There also is a drive through.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 2, 2022

We were told abou this place so we decided to come here for donuts. The maple iced ones looked a little like maple but did not have any maple flavor. Their chocolate iced were a disappointment as again they must use cheap chocolate. their cinna...min sugar cake donut are sec to none we have ever had. The biggest surprise was the cost of only $3.60 for 4 donuts. Worth the detour off of I-40More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 22, 2022

This is an old fashioned donut stop with the old diner bar setup. It's a basic setup but worth the stop. The locals at our end of the bar were as welcoming, engaging and friendly as the staff. The donuts were amazing! We had our...first order and then ordered extras for the next day.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed October 3, 2021

I started going to Ralph's while a student at Tennessee Tech many years ago and still make a point to stop in whenever I pass through Cookeville. As many others have said, the doughnuts are delicious and the employees are friendly. Some of my favorites...are the red velvet, sour cream, ladyfingers (amazing but not really a doughnut!) and the seasonal pumpkin spice. I do wish they would label the doughnuts. It would be helpful both to customers and employees. Already looking forward to my next visit!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 24, 2021 via mobile

Easily the best donut I ever remember eating. Staff was super friendly and willing to help with the selection process. I had the braided donut. WOW!!

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 17, 2021

Although I live in Michigan, I have visited Ralph's Donut shop for over 60 years. Every time I'm even close to Tennessee, I make my way there. I had traveled all over the country and I truly believe they are the best donuts in the...USA.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed July 18, 2021

A must visit for wonderful donuts. Sit and enjoy a cup of coffee while you enjoy a delicious treat! The price is right, the service is great, and the donuts are wonderful!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 24, 2021 via mobile

Still thinking about those donuts…… Don’t miss this donut stop. We tried the butter twist, the Boston creme, blueberry and chocolate iced. The Boston creme was real custard.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 23, 2021 via mobile

Delicious donuts! The butter twists are phenomenal but all are good! We got a variety plus 2 chess bars. Super friendly staff. Highly recommend this stop on your journey through Tennessee.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 19, 2021

I went here on a Saturday morning early. It was easy to find the shop. I was the only person inside for a few minutes. The staff were very friendly and helpful with the donuts and the area as I was visiting here for the...first time. I tried several of the donuts. They were all really good but my favorites were the apple fritter and butter twist.I will go here again if I am in the area.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 18, 2021 via mobile

Well worth a visit to this donut shop. The staff was so friendly and helpful. So glad we tried the chess squares, simply amazing!! There are so many donuts to choose from, they all looked delicious. We will be back on our way home!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 13, 2021 via mobile

Staff was incredibly friendly! Several employees were engaging customers and every one of them were kind. My server helped me choose from all the delicious options. The donuts themselves were soft and delicious. I really enjoyed the fruit bar. Not exactly a donut, but it...was unexpected and tasted great!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Response from Jonathan C | Reviewed this property |
No, they do not offer any gluten free donuts. I just called them and they said they do not.
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Yes, Ralph's Donut Shop offers takeout services.

Ralph's Donut Shop is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5