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FRITTELLI's...Are they as good as they sound?

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Apparently, I am having major sugar fantasies right now, and I just went To Frittelli's Donuts website. Enlighten me, my darlings!!

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  1. IMHO... not really... I have a pretty standard Apple Fritter there... Nothing worth the price of admission...

    --Dommy!

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    1. re: Dommy

      Thanks, Dommy. I think I'm pms'ing... : )

      1. re: cupcake

        Believe me... I understand... LOL! The other day P. was taunting with a re-run of the Portland No Reservations featuring the bacon maple donut.... LOL!

        --Dommy!

        1. re: Dommy

          It's worth a try if you're in the neighborhood, particularly if you like maple as they're big on maple flavored doughnuts. I liked that they weren't as sweet as regular doughnuts. What's really worth it is their coffee -- they do excellent espressos and cappucinos. It's a more refined doughnut experience, which may or may not be what you're looking for.

          1. re: Chowpatty

            Nope, that is what I didn't like, they seemed too 'subtle'. But my favorite is the fruit stuffed from the Donut Man. :) That is, until I get my butt to Portland... LOL!

            --Dommy!

    2. I found FRITTELLI'S donuts excellent. I especially liked the crumb one and the cinnamon swirl. I am going back next week for another visit. I am not a huge donut fan, but since I will be in the neighborhood...

      1. While I don't find myself craving them, I did enjoy them. Not too sweet (a plus for me), but the flavors weren't quite as deep as they could've been. Cake-style donuts were the best. Worth a visit, no doubt.

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        1. re: alexfood

          I second the nod for the cake-donuts. They have some interesting flavors that are yummy (I can't imagine a donut Not being yummy though...). But all in all, I wouldn't say this place is worth any special trips.

          1. re: hyacinthgirl

            Okay... maybe that is my missing link... As a general rule I avoid cake donuts... The only cakey ones I like are those fresh made Mini Donuts from Venice.. Hmmm

            --Dommy!

        2. I've actually been curious about their hot chocolates. Has anyone tried them?

          1. over all the donuts are way too sweet. with the exception o the crumb/cake. but their coffee and espresso drinks are awesome. we actually go there for coffee before we go anywhere for breakfast and smuggle our cups in.

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            1. re: woofer

              I concur. I bought an assortment and tried them and they were all too sweet. They are pricey too. Maybe not for the quality of ingredients but for the taste.

              Worth trying though, just to see if you'd like them.

            2. I found Fritelli's overpriced and not memorable.

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              1. re: jcwla

                Me too. I like Primos (2918 Sawtelle Blvd., (310) 478-6930) much better.

                1. re: David Kahn

                  I brought a dozen Primo's back to the office for the staff after I had lunch at Hiko today.
                  By the time I had walked back to my office the receptionist called and told me they were all gone!

                2. re: jcwla

                  Not memorable - maybe. But overpriced?

                  Keep in mind that this is a lovely gourmet donut shop in the heart of Beverly Hills's most chi-chi shopping district. The overwhelming majority of the donuts, cake slices and crullers at Fritelli's are $1.25 or $1.50. Compare that to $3.00 for a plain cheese slice at Mulberry St. Pizza, $2.50 for a small no-topping yogurt at the Pinkberry chain, or $3.00 and up for a single thumb-size bon-bon at a nearby chocolatier.

                  Honestly, if you're passing through the neighborhood hoping to find a cheaper gourmet donut shop in such a notoriously high-rent district, I suggest that you don't even bother parking.

                3. Just call me the voice of dissent! I thought both the donuts AND the espresso drinks were good. If you're in the area, give it a try for yourself! Yes, I too like Donut Man (especially the Fresh Peach Donuts) and Primos but Frittelli's is a great addition to the donut wasteland of 90210!

                  1. Buttermilk donuts were outstanding as are the lemon poppyseed.

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                    1. re: Senor Popusa

                      I agree their buttermilk bar was moist and excellent!

                    2. their best donuts go fast. for the best, go early. if you go later, expect a rather uninspired selection. very good coffee.

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                      1. re: revets2

                        Drip, espresso or both?

                        1. re: sel

                          both are good. different blends. frankly, espresso freak that i am, i need drip with my donuts.