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Best Doughnut Ever Today - Fratelli's

Adsvino Dec 5, 2006 10:46 PM

Fratelli's Doughnuts - 360 N. Canon, Beverly Hills

Sampled about 10 with a friend. The quality is ridiculous. Very light and flavorful, top-notch ingrediants. Tons of flavors, best apple fritter ever per my friend who knows them. I just had glazed and cake doughnuts.

  1. chica Dec 5, 2006 10:55 PM

    You tried 10?! Do they inform you as to how many calories are in each??

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    1. re: chica
      silleehillee Dec 6, 2006 12:07 AM

      If he sampled them with a friend, it's only 5 donut's worth of calories. :)

      1. re: silleehillee
        JudiAU Dec 6, 2006 12:13 AM

        Acutally the calculation is 10 donuts divided by 2 people minus the stress-relieving properties of eating donuts with friends = 1 donut per person.

      2. re: chica
        Adsvino Dec 6, 2006 04:45 PM

        Are you calling me fat, chica?

        1. re: Adsvino
          chica Dec 6, 2006 10:50 PM

          haha! No. I'm simply amazed at your courage and capacity for trying 10 doughnuts. Unless I only took one bite out of each one, I would probably swoon from the caloric sugarload or get really tired of doughnuts real soon.

          Kudos to you though! :-) And at least it was worth every bite, right?

      3. David Kahn Dec 5, 2006 11:58 PM

        What varieties did they have? Did they have any that were still warm? And, do you have an address or url?

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        1. re: David Kahn
          carter Dec 6, 2006 12:06 AM

          David - everything you will need to know.

          La Verbila reviewed them a few weeks back.

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          2chez mike Dec 6, 2006 12:10 AM

          A donut shop in beautiful downtown Beverly Hills? What are they, five dollars each? :-)

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          1. re: 2chez mike
            nosh Dec 6, 2006 03:36 AM

            If I remember correctly, Virbila in the L.A.Times said they were a buck or two apiece. Is that correct? Is there a discount for a half-dozen or dozen? No prices on the website is usually not a good sign.

            1. re: nosh
              kevin Dec 6, 2006 05:31 AM

              each donut is 1 dollar for a regular, and 1.50 for a twish or bar (aka maple bars, buttermilk bars, etc)

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            Marco Polo Dec 6, 2006 12:11 AM

            I agree on the quality, etc. I am not a huge donut guy, but I was really impressed with the flavor, texture, and clean aftertaste. Even my 12 year old noticed that they were better than the usual thing. The cake crumb and cinnamon swirl were our faves.

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              Newkie Dec 6, 2006 04:35 AM

              I went there last week and was really impressed as well. An interesting variety with both down-home and more gourmet varieties. The green apple fritter was perticularly good (very fresh and natural, while still indulgent), but liked everything I tried. And actually the prices were really resonable. Each doughnut was only about $1 each.

              1. Cicely Dec 6, 2006 05:05 AM

                I tried a few, and I liked pumpkin the most. The flavor just went really well with the cake doughnut. We also had a latte doughnut and gingerbread doughnut, but I just didn't find them flavorful enough. I liked that the glaze was an almost indecently sheer veil, but the flavor really needs to be stronger since it's not glopped on. Agree that the texture is excellent, though.

                1. David Kahn Dec 6, 2006 04:47 PM

                  Are the doughnuts warm?

                  1. amandine Dec 6, 2006 07:51 PM

                    And what style are they? Cake-style (a la Winchell's) or poof-style (a la Krispy Kreme)? or do they offer both?

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                    1. re: amandine
                      Capybara Dec 6, 2006 08:23 PM

                      Both -- you'll see the link to the menu in a post above.

                    2. notmartha Dec 6, 2006 07:52 PM

                      Looks good. Anyone tried the dulce de leche or the fig/hazelnut flavors? Any pictures?

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                        yourownliz Dec 6, 2006 09:30 PM

                        I love Capybaras. They are so cute.

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                        1. re: yourownliz
                          Capybara Dec 6, 2006 10:38 PM

                          Thank you. I hope you aren't considering this a food related post. Yikes!

                          1. re: Capybara
                            yourownliz Dec 7, 2006 03:25 PM

                            Ha. I realize that was random and this is a donut related post. I was just responding to your name. I can't imagine eating a gigantic half hamster/half g pig.
                            Capybaras mate underwater and are adorable.

                          2. re: yourownliz
                            carter Dec 7, 2006 03:03 AM

                            For the unknowing among us, starting with me, I had to find out.
                            And yikes is appropriate!

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                              Muhlyssa Dec 7, 2006 03:16 AM

                              Do they have semi-aquatic herbivorous animal flavored donuts there?

                              1. re: Muhlyssa
                                Frank_Santa_Monica Dec 7, 2006 07:51 AM

                                Eew. It's hard for me to imagine a restaurant serving rodents. But, I guess anything could taste good fried and glazed. I wonder if they'd fall under the $1.50 variety.

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                              sel Dec 7, 2006 03:48 AM

                              OK, I'm convinced to grab some B.H. donuts! But how is the coffee?

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                                kproq323 Dec 7, 2006 03:51 AM

                                Have to say, that I went there with friends last week and was somewhat disappointed. We had ordered the pumpkin, the maple, the espresso and also the peanut butter and jelly filled. The quality was definitely higher than your average doughnut shop, but I can't say i was blown away by the flavors. We did enjoy the PB & J one the best. Very light and moist. The maple was ok as well as the other flavors. But I don't know if it was outstanding enough that I would actually go to BH just to have a doughnut.

                                1. Muhlyssa Dec 7, 2006 12:30 PM

                                  So is Fratelli's the new Sprinkles? (for the next 15 minutes)
                                  Once a Pinkberry goes in, it's all over but the shouting.

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                                  1. re: Muhlyssa
                                    igj Dec 7, 2006 04:26 PM

                                    Somehow I doubt that Fratelli's is the new sprinkles - because - well, because donut places were here before gourmet and will be here if there is an after-gourmet.

                                    I have only been to Fratelli's once and I liked it a lot - especially the espresso donut - but I don't see myself making any special trips to BH to get these. But if I am heading to the BH Library anyway, etc., I would probably walk over and have a snack.

                                    Oh, and we had a cinnamon latte there and it was decent (not super) coffee, but shrouded by the overly-sweet cinnamon syrup.

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                                    Frank_Santa_Monica Dec 8, 2006 12:18 AM

                                    Well, I just returned from this place. What bums me out about this place is they fry their doughnuts in hydrogenated oil. You would think a place that's trying to be a little more gourmet would use something else.

                                    They don't have the capybara doughnuts, though.

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                                    1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica
                                      Diana Sep 4, 2008 01:00 PM

                                      Now that is silly! Why fry in hydrogenated oil? Hydrogenation is done to make the oil solid and shelf stable. I guess the shelf stability is hat they were after, but it is cheaper, anyhow, to use high temperature liquid oil, since it has to be liquid for frying, anyhow.

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                                      cakeybakey Dec 11, 2006 04:49 AM

                                      where is this

                                      1. SauceSupreme Dec 11, 2006 05:15 AM

                                        My question is... how does it compare to Donut Man?

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                                          hungry dude Sep 2, 2008 11:21 PM

                                          I just read all of these posts and was SHOCKED that there was not even one mention of the happiest place on earth, that make dreams come true.... oh yes, all in a beautifully crafted doughnut. STANS DOUGHNUTS!!! If you have not been here, do yourself a favor, plan a birthday or anniversary... just get there. Forbes wrote about it a while ago saying it was the best doughnut in the country. The PB & J has changed my life forever. It's made me want to be a better person. The PB & Chocolate or PB & Banana is great too. Blueberry fritter aint to shabby. It's a cute little shop right on the corner, across from the theaters in Westwood. Stan is still there very day serving them up. I usually get down on at least one knee when he enters the room. I have a favorite, PB & Cheese, trust me. Life altering. He doesn't make them any more, but if you request them a day in advance, he will make them. Sometimes I will do that on a friday and have a great Saturday morning treat. But then I fell obligated to buy at least a half dozen. So I'm out like 30 bucks. Well worth it. See you all there on Saturday. I'll be there with my two little red head kids, who love the sprinkles. HOLY CRAP STAN YOU RULE!!!!!

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                                          1. re: hungry dude
                                            shebop Sep 4, 2008 11:58 PM

                                            I tried a dozen from Fratellis when they opened - and never went back!
                                            Stan is the man - I was there on Tuesday - love the blueberry buttermilk!
                                            I have known Stan since I was a kid running around Westwood - I love running into him still!

                                          2. wilafur Sep 3, 2008 11:27 AM

                                            not a fan of fritelli's. the first few bites are definitely good. but then the nasty old oil taste permeates your mouth and doesn't go away for hours. yuck.

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                                            1. re: wilafur
                                              budlit Sep 4, 2008 11:19 AM

                                              let alone the heartburn!

                                            2. ReelMike84 Sep 5, 2008 06:32 AM

                                              Is Stans in Westwood equal to that of Stans in Thousand Oaks?

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                                              1. re: ReelMike84
                                                Diana Sep 5, 2008 06:59 AM

                                                I drive past that Stan's every Saturday or so on my post hiking WF visits. it drives me nuts, cause I want to go in, wondering if it is the same as Westwood, but am trying to be so good.

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