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Been dreaming of this moment ever since I got up, when at last I’d walk up to one of the most legendary donut shops this side of the Dunkin’ empire: Ed and Cliff Arnold’s Stardust donut shack on Highway 75, right where IB starts (698 State Route 75, at 7th Street, 619-424-6200).

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Jungle's growing back around the Stardust after 44 years...

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I'd heard about their donuts for the longest time. And specially the wicked cinnamon donut with jelly. So I got off the 933 bus around 4.30 this afternoon, humped it up 75, only to be greeted by this sign...

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Aaargh! Seems Ed and bro Cliff keep the hours they want. "It’s simple,” says Ed, when I spy him coming through the ordering section. “When we run out, we close. I ran out about half an hour ago.”

And you can’t say they don’t warn you.

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Ed's 73 and looks pretty fit. That tells you something about his donuts right there.

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He says he and Cliff and their mom and dad started this back in 1967. Wow, 44 years.

He points to the empty trays. He’s right. Not a donut in sight. Dang.

“But,” he says, like I bet he says a thousand times a week, “there’s always tomorrow.

“When will you open?”

“Maybe around ten.”

Stay tuned. This one ain't gonna get away.

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