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Dad's Donut Shop & Bakery


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017 Winner


American, Fast Food
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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Reviewed December 20, 2018 via mobile

Who wants ice cream and a banana? Chocolate chip on a sugar cone and a frozen banana dipped in chocolate tasted so yummy on a chilly and damp December night. Service was A+ and we even found an empty bench to sit on. Thank you,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank KarenK518
Reviewed December 15, 2018

Had to stop here and try it after reading the reviews. They are very nice waiting on you and friendly. Bought old fashioned donuts and Hippo Cookie. The donuts were very fresh and tasty but the Hippo cook was AMAZING! I would recommend stopping!

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank lexy3262
Reviewed November 30, 2018

We all ate frozen bananas here, now I’m not particularly fond of bananas but did enjoy this, especially once it started to melt. The sprinkles on top were the best bit!

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank has2bperfect
Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

Dad's is a landmark on Balboa Island. Their donuts are delicious and their hippo cookies are delicious novelty.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank cathydN4928AG
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Stopped by to check out the joint. Donuts were good and the fruit smoothie. Friendly and fast service. It could use some organizing of their menu in one central place.

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank jothexplorer
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

We didn’t try the famous Frozen Bananas but the Balboa Bar was really good. The Hippo cookie was cute. We were travelling with a friend with allergies and they didn’t mind showing us the ingredient list so she could find something to eat. Sweet little...More

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank JillS724
Reviewed September 2, 2018

Dad's is an old-school family run donut shop. They have a long-time, local clientele. It is not because anything that they are doing is ground breaking, just good service.

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank dhacker615
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

It is just WRONG to visit Balboa Island without enjoying a frozen banana from Dad's. I've been coming here since I was a kid and now live out of state, but I love walking around the island and grabbing this yummy treat whenever I visit....More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank mstsuzanne
Reviewed June 21, 2018

Every year, its a family tradition, to ride bikes over to the island and have a Hippo cookie! These are the best sugar cookies around, you won't regret the calories!

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank Slrigger
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Whether you get the frozen banana or the donuts - enjoy being a part of Balboa Bay tradition. Stroll nearby and visit the kid's bookstore and compare desserts with the nearby other historic frozen banana eatery. Enjoy!

Date of visit: March 2018
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