Donut Crawl: Chamblee – Dandy Donuts

Dandy Donuts and Sub-Base Sandwich Shoppe. This place is an anachronism in every sense of the word… From the sweet Chinese lady that makes Italian subs and donuts to the spelling of the name (“Shoppe” – we must be in Helen, GA…), to the dated, wood-grained Formica and paneling on the walls – this place is a holdover from when Chamblee was rural. Remember, people used to hunt in this area not all that long ago.

Dandy Donuts

The donuts are in the style of the small, independent donut shops that were prevalent when I was a kid. By no means would I call these my favorite donuts, but there is something familiar and comforting in knowing that someone still does this. Adding even more to the charm, on Saturdays Dandy is the adopted home of the Atlanta Donut Derilicts, a group of car enthusiasts that stage a completely ad hoc car show in the parking lot.  With people milling about the parking lot, and animated conversations at the tables inside (English and Mandarin), this place is alive. They will be moving soon (I believe one or two doors down), but it’s worth visiting sooner rather than later, if only to experience something that is far too uncommon in Atlanta anymore.


Dandy Donuts and Sub Base Sandwich Shoppe
3665 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Chamblee, GA30341


  1. Donuts of our youth. The chain I grew up around was named “Southern Maid” Donuts, and they made large heavenly cinnamon rolls, the likes of which I’ve not seen since. They also used yellow cream (creme patisserie, so Wikipedia tells me) in filled donuts, instead of the nasty white stuff.

    Krispy Kreme is probably the closest thing to Southern Maid’s taste these days. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

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