$12 for a Dozen Donuts and a T-Shirt at Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop ($20 Value)

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Donuts aren't the only breakfast food available, but they are the only one that doubles as the steering wheel of a tiny bread car. Do some donuts with this Groupon.

$12 for One Dozen Donuts and a T-Shirt ($20 Total Value)

  • Choice of a dozen raised, old-fashioned, cake, or cruller donuts (an $8 value)
  • Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop T-shirt (a $12 value)

Patrons can mix and match a selection of chocolate, maple, or glazed old-fashioned donuts; chocolate, powdered-sugar, cinnamon, maple, or crumb cake donuts; and maple, chocolate, or glazed crullers. They can also substitute larger or filled donuts at a reduced quantity.

Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop

At Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop, Bob and his staff fill the air with the intoxicating aroma of fried bread, sugar, maple, and chocolate. The clouds of flavor seem to hang there, constantly reaching out for passersby. It's no surprise, since the team churns out an average of 1,000 donuts every day—sometimes twice that. Inside the window-front showcase, some 40–50 varieties of the decadent breakfast dessert strut their colors and shapes, testifying to the hard work and creativity of the bakers. The raised, old-fashioned, cake, buttermilk, and French styles originate from recipes penned in the 1950s, but Bob’s team isn’t afraid to tweak them as ingredients change and the FDA boosts the recommended daily dose of fritter. Yet even with change, Bob's decades-spanning deliciousness remains, attracting accolades such as a spot on _Travel + Leisure_’s list of America's Best Donuts and the designation of a "stalwart San Francisco landmark" by the aficionados at Fried Dough Ho.

Inside the long, narrow shop, two-seater tables flank a wall, and a low counter with backless stools looks into the kitchen where the donut magic happens. More than half a century of charm beams from old signs touting the economical "Cheaper by the Dozen" and the existential "Where Did the Donut Hole Disappear To?" Bob's never closes either, staying open as the day's customers and atmosphere transform from "kids and a neighborhood hangout," Bob says, "to an after-club, after-bar type of place." And while its food and hours are certainly draws, so too are its culinary challenges. Anyone who can wolf down a Bob's giant donut—a 10-inch circle that equals roughly six standard donuts—in less than three minutes wins a T-shirt and the $7 price of the donut back.

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    Nob Hill

    1621 Polk St.

    San Francisco, California 94109

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In a Nutshell

Mix and match one dozen chocolate, glazed, cinnamon, maple, crumb, and powdered-sugar donuts from a glass window-front showcase

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 2 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Limit 2 per visit. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Valid for raised donuts, old fashioned donuts or crullers (chocolate, maple, glazed), or cake donuts (chocolate, powdered sugar, cinnamon, maple, crumb). May substitute larger and/or filled donuts at a reduced quantity. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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