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Doughnuts the next fad bakery item

Diana Nov 16, 2006 02:23 PM

I know cupcakes are out, and I suspected doughnuts would be the next big thing. It seems today's Times agrees.

So now are we to be flooded with gourmet doughnuts? Doughnut wedding cakes? Doughnut parties and Doughnut and wine pairings? (or perhaps coffee...which doughnut goes best with the coffee that passed first through the digestive system of a wildcat?)

I figure the holes will be even faddier.

Where fo you go for a good 'nut?

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  1. chica RE: Diana Nov 16, 2006 02:43 PM

    Frittelli’s Doughnuts & Coffee

    350 North Canon Drive, suite 6, between Brighton and Dayton Ways, Beverly Hills (310-276-1408).

    More than 40 different flavors! :)

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      Diana RE: chica Nov 16, 2006 05:22 PM

      Yeah, that was in LA Times this morning..anywhere else?

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        carter RE: Diana Nov 16, 2006 05:34 PM

        Article in LAT this morning linked here:
        Did mention Stans in Westwood, among several other places.
        Actually in Sherman Oaks, the Classic doughnuts place in the shopping center on Riverside Drive at Fulton has some good regular, yet not gourmet doughnuts.

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          Maxmillion RE: carter Nov 16, 2006 07:07 PM

          In that article Irene mentions the "color scheme is powder blue and chocolate..." Doesn't that remind you of Boule?

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            GK in SO RE: carter Nov 16, 2006 07:19 PM

            Carter, with all due respect, I find the donuts at Classic very plain, ordinary and flavorless, not to mention way overpriced for what you get.

            I find the donuts at USA Donuts, at Kester and Burbank, to be much superior. Always really fresh, and tasty (kind of reminds me of the donuts from the Helms Bakery man - anyone remember them?). Better prices, too.

            My favorites are the chocolate chip roll, the plain glazed the jelly. But, I've tried several other kinds and all were really good!


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              carter RE: GK in SO Nov 17, 2006 12:46 AM

              Well, it has been a couple of years since having one of their donuts, but many friends swear by them. I don't really eat donuts at all. Not much of a sweet tooth in general.

      2. ipsedixit RE: Diana Nov 16, 2006 05:46 PM

        I go to DONUT MAN.

        No one takes care of me like Jim does. People go for the seasonal donuts like strawberry and peach, but I go for the staples - my favorite being his buttermilk bars.

        Don't get me wrong the strawberry and peach donuts are the stuff of dreams - big, thick suckers that are better left eaten with knife and fork than hand and napkin, but something about that buttermilk bar ...

        Donut Man
        915 E. Alosta Ave,

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          Dommy RE: ipsedixit Nov 16, 2006 07:26 PM

          Exactly... Donut Man is DA KING!!! :)


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            broncosaurus RE: Dommy Nov 16, 2006 07:36 PM

            Excellent creme-filled choclate donuts. So damn far to drive but worth it.

        2. David Kahn RE: Diana Nov 16, 2006 06:00 PM

          My favorite is Primo's Westdale Doughnuts (2918 Sawtelle, just north of National, (310) 478-6930). Superb buttermilk bars; maybe the best ice ever had. (If you go early in the morning, the parking lot is filled with the pick-up trucks of gardener's powering up for the morning.)

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            AquaW RE: Diana Nov 16, 2006 07:46 PM

            I'm pretty sure the gourmet doughnut craze in LA area had a lot to do with Grace Restaurant's Doughnut Shoppe Wednesday nights (which they kicked off a while ago, and was known to be a publicity success.) - I've tasted them and I am not complaining.

            I don't see what the big fuss is about the emergence or disappearance of any food fad. They come and they go, end of story. If you've enjoyed it while it lasts, great, if not, at least take pleasure it won't stick around for long.


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              chica RE: AquaW Nov 16, 2006 08:31 PM

              I love Grace desserts in general, but never miss out on those doughnuts!

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                sll RE: AquaW Nov 17, 2006 12:09 AM

                Not to mention Blair's... I can't eat there without getting the doughnuts.

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                jackattack RE: Diana Nov 16, 2006 08:16 PM

                fad -in , fad- out

                Is "Designer Donuts" still around on Sunset?

                1. Das Ubergeek RE: Diana Nov 17, 2006 12:45 AM

                  I love Dad's Donuts on Victory and Buena Vista in Burbank.

                  As an off-topic aside, a Krispy Kreme just opened here in HK to immense fanfare. I went out to get some for my team this morning and when I got them to the office (you wanted to see me lugging three boxes of doughnuts across the territory on the crowded rush-hour MTR!) the reaction was "But why are they so big??"

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