Dexter inside the donut shop, with his young son, Harrison, musing about
how trusting children are, as he feeds Harrison a donut bite (courtesy of
Francisco, the guy behind the counter).
Dexter orders two coffees and asks Francisco what's good for an apology.
Francisco asks "Male or female?"
Dex says it's his sister, so Francisco recommends a cruller.
He leaves the store, and takes the donuts to Debra's beach house, to apologize for his lengthy road trip to Nebraska.
We see it again in Episode 10 ("Ricochet Rabbit"), when Angel's sister, Jamie, goes there with Louis.
What is it actually in real life?
A. An empty storefront, in a strip mall.
Where can I find it in real life?
A. It's located at 6000 Fountain Avenue, in Hollywood, CA., at the east end of a strip mall, at the southwest corner of Fountain Ave & Gordon Street,
It's literally across the street from the south end of the Sunset-Gower studio, where Dexter is filmed.
And as a result, they use it all the time for filming. This strip mall is virtually a standing set for Dexter.
It's been everything from The Swamp bar (where Dexter stalked his mother's killer), to the tailor shop (where Dexter was abducted by the Skinner), to the print shop where Deb picks up funeral photos of Rita.
Now the interesting thing is that
the Sadie's donut shop is a recurring location on Dexter, since Dex is
in the habit of bringing donuts to the office, as a way of cementing his
image as a nice, mild-mannered co-worker. But they keep changing
the location. In season 3, they used an actual donut shop
in Long Beach (complete with the same Sadie's logo and donut on the
window). And if memory serves, the same actor played the clerk
behind the counter!
shot this photo of the strip mall on Fountain Ave (looking south/southwest) in 2009.
This is what the storefront normally looks like (it's the white store on the left end of the photo below)
And here are photos of them fixing it up for the show (photos courtesy of Rick):
They painted the name "Sadie's Donuts" (and a large donut) on the front and side windows.
They also added a few palm trees, a little more color, and a fake address (1561) over the door.
But since it was an interior scene, most of the work was done inside, dressing it to look like a donut shop.
A. In previous seasons, I've
usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes,
using clues from the various scenes. By the 6th season, though,
I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an
eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know
in advance when something was about to film there.
Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a
few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode aired, I
already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only
needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Ellen, Susan, Jason,
Elaine, Joel, Julie, Geoff, Jeff, Jen, and others. My thanks to all of
This tip came from Rick, who drove by when they were filming, and shot the photos you see above. (Thanks, Rick!)