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Doughboys Hollywood-glad I tried it (Again)

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running pig May 19, 2007 07:15 AM

I recently posted that my experience at the WeHo Doughboys was less than friendly....they were wierded out by the solo diner, etc. I was not inclined to go back to WeHo, but I was willing to try the newer location in Hollywood (you know, since Oprah loves it so darn much-hahaha).

Needless to say, the Hummingbird Cake was as divine as described. Yes, the frosting was fab...thick, tangy, sticky cream cheese perfection. There had to be an inch of it atop the round delight. But the cake itself was also wonderful, with just the right blend of walnuts, bananas and something else (citrus? coconut?) It was not dry at all and was quite dense (just like I like it). It was neatly wrapped in plastic around the circumference of the cake, which helped maintain the placement of the frosting. The $5.50 price was totally appropriate as it comfortably feeds 2.

Also surprising was the refreshing atmosphere of the cafe. After my experience at WeHo, I was expecting indifference if not attitude. But all 3 of the employees with whom I interacted were pleasant and helpful, chatting me up and asking if I needed anything else. One employee was proactive when assisting me with questions about special-order cakes. The employees did not seem to mind patrons sitting at the tables after only ordering pastries as opposed to a full meal. The interior seating area was filled with light and was attractively housed in an "exposed brick" style room. Excellent.

Recommended. I only wish I had been able to try more of the treats!

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    Spiff RE: running pig May 19, 2007 07:34 AM

    We actually went there on Mother's Day for breakfast. It was pretty early (we have an early-rising child) and not crowded in the least. We ended up sitting in the side room and within a few minutes there were two other tables with toddlers at them.

    I thought the staff was very friendly and one of the guys was actually playing peek-a-boo with my little girl.

    The food was fine...very large portions. My daughter got a plain waffle, I had the enormous breakfast sandwich, and my husband had the scrabble (?). Anyways, we enjoyed ourselves and took a walking tour of the Grove afterward. Our little girl had fun.

    I think we were at the WeHo one?

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      SauceSupreme RE: Spiff May 19, 2007 10:58 AM

      The one on 3rd is probably what the OP was referring to as the WeHo location. The one on Highland is the Hollywood location. I've never had a problem with the staff at either, but I do prefer the cafe-like atmosphere of the Hollywood location as a result of the smaller crowds and also the more open space (reminiscent, actually, of Saladang in Pasadena).

      I love Doughboys, and I'm glad that there's now two locations close to me. Viva la hummingbird!

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        running pig RE: SauceSupreme May 19, 2007 12:06 PM

        Yeah, I did mean the location on 3rd when I said WeHo, just because was not exacty sure how to label this locale. :-)

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          Spiff RE: SauceSupreme May 19, 2007 12:21 PM

          Yeah...we were at the 3rd street one.

          I'll have to try the hummingbird cake the next time! Yum!

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            Josh90004 RE: Spiff May 19, 2007 01:13 PM

            Where is the hollywood location? Is it also a full service restaurant? How long has it been open? questions, questions.

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              running pig RE: Josh90004 May 19, 2007 06:01 PM

              The Hollywood location is on Highland maybe 1 or 2 block North of Santa Monica and YES its a full menu but there is also a separate counter for goodies and coffee :-)

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                SauceSupreme RE: Josh90004 May 20, 2007 04:08 AM

                They've been open for about a couple of months now. Yes, it's full service, and I believe they even have a beer/wine license, but I don't know. It's on the corner of Highland and Lexington, sort of halfway between Sunset and Santa Monica.

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