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"Cronuts" in LA?

Which bakery will be the first to make "Cronuts" (Croissant-Donut Hybrid)?

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  1. Sign. Me. Up. (But don't you think they'd be expensive? If your average croissant runs about $2-$3 what's a filled, glazed, puff pastry creation gonna cost? Never, mind, I'll start saving now.)

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    1. re: Steve2 in LA

      The one I had at DK was FIVE DOLLARS. It was yummy, but not revolutionizing my world... more donutty than croissanty.... five dollars for a donut? I won't be rushing back...

      1. re: sarahbeths

        I thought there cronut was complete garbage.

        1. re: sarahbeths

          They're pretty darn big and thick. Sickly sweet are the glazed ones and ones filled with cream and then some...

           
           
           
           
          1. re: TripleAxel

            Does not look tantalizing at all...looks like a county fair take on a cronut.

            At least the ones from France's look cronut-y

            1. re: ns1

              This cronut from Keeler's is so different and is so much lighter, but does not quite have the croissant texture/consistency...

               
               
              1. re: TripleAxel

                yeah that's more of what i'd expect. the DK one is just straight up WTF

                1. re: ns1

                  Yeah.

                  I'm almost threw up hard after my two DKs donuts.

                  Sorry about the revolting image.

                  But I'm usually all about truth in reporting.

                  1. re: ns1

                    And the surprising thing is that they've been on the evening news and written up by magazines as well. They're proudly boasting that exposure and have pics posted all over.

                    The only thing I don't like about Keeley's (sp?) is that it's located in a mini-strip mall that's at the corner of Franklin/Argyle and the northbound on ramp to the 101. Traffic there can be a nightmare. On a Friday evening, I made the mistake of going to Papilles (also in the same strip mall) by taking turning west on Franklin from Western. It took me 30 mins to get to Argyle, and that's with me zipping in an out of side streets too.

                    1. re: TripleAxel

                      OK, it was Kettle Glazed, not Keeley's....

                  2. re: TripleAxel

                    And here are the cronuts from Frances Bakery in Little Tokyo

                     
                     
                  3. re: ns1

                    I
                    Might still have

                    To try Frances.
                    If parking is to be found in fucking dyla.

                    1. re: kevin

                      Chill with the cursing... some of us live in or near DTLA and get along fine there without worrying about parking (Take the Metro there, even better ride a bike to work off those donut calories). Further, if you do some homework before you throw your tizzy you'd find that they do have a lot and they even validate...

                      Now go, report back, but spare us the complaints about how annoying one way streets are when you do...

                      --Dommy!

                      1. re: Dommy

                        True. I had a lunch with friends in Little Tokyo, and rather than to deal with finding parking, especially since it was Nisei Week, I took the Gold Line in and only had to walk 2 blocks to the restaurant.

                        1. re: TripleAxel

                          I just think its really idiotic to complain so viciously about the parking in a city metro center... compared to even smaller metro areas like Chicago, Philidelphia and Boston, Aside from the ample public transit options (like those other cities have!). If you pay attention... Parking in DTLA is not only better but MUCH cheaper... yeesh.

                          --Dommy!

                          1. re: Dommy

                            Wow, Dommy! I've never known you to be so feisty! But Kevin (and cronuts) both tend to stir the passions.

                            Mr Taster

                            1. re: Mr Taster

                              When Dommy kicks you in the cronuts it tends to get your attention...

                              1. re: Servorg

                                :)

                                Recently, I tried the cronuts at Frances and they were way way way better than DK's. But I still think overall I'm not a Cronuts fan or faux pas cronuts or whatever they call the mashup of croissants and donuts

                                  1. re: JAB

                                    Not too bad. it was a random morning. though trying to find the other cronut joint in skid row was not fun.

                                      1. re: JAB

                                        Sweet something.

                                        Though the lofts have not gentrified to skid row just yet.

                                        I have to say. Not by a long shot.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          Semi-Sweet Bakery...the only place that makes them baked. Get them early as they run out.

                                          1. re: TripleAxel

                                            That's the place I was trying to find and then ended up in skid row instead.

                                  2. re: kevin

                                    I'm fascinated by all the faux-cronut haters declaring that they dislike the thing when they haven't tried the original.

                                    It's akin to saying "I don't like hamburgers" when all you've ever eaten is some Japanese version. Or saying "I don't like croissants" when all you've eaten is the Ralph's bakery version. Sure, it's possible you might just not like burgers or croissants at all, but to close your mind to a whole category of food when you haven't tried the real deal seems awfully non-Chowhoundly.

                                    It would be more accurate to say, "I don't like any of the faux-cronuts I've tasted so far." But to say you don't like cronuts at all implies that you've tried the original and still don't like it.

                                    Mr Taster

                                    1. re: Mr Taster

                                      Sorry Taster. You are correct.

                                      I have not tried the original ansel Adams one (or whatever the original is called).

                                      Regarding the few places I've tried in LA, they just weren't that great or rather good.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        I had a terrible one (my first) this weekend at the "Americana" bakery in the New York, New York hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Since it was Yom Kippur, I found it an appropriate way to atone for my sins without all that nasty fasting.

                                        Mr Taster

                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                          You are a horrible Jew Taster. :)

                                        2. re: kevin

                                          Kevin, try the one at Forage in Silverlake and see what you think. For many of us, it is the best rendition.

                                  3. re: Mr Taster

                                    Moving back to L.A. proper after 20 years has given me an edge... ;)

                                    In all seriousness, It had nothing to do with Kevin, whose posts I feel bring lots of good discussion to the board and as requested he actually went and reported back (THANKS Kevin!!) . If someone in the past would have made a dumb comment about Long Beach or Culver City, I would have said something too... So I stand by what I said.... oh, and this one too....

                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8399...

                                    --Dommy!

                      2. idk about who will but i vote that either bouchon or huckleberry should try. bouchon (bh loc) makes a much better kouign amann than dominique ansel.

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                        1. re: namstermonster

                          I thought DA and Bouchon's Kouign Amann were very similar. It seemed that DA, KA had a little crème in the middle.

                          1. re: mrsjoujou

                            IMO the DKA is perhaps similar to the kouign amann @ bouchon in lv but not the one in bh (that is to say, inferior). the bh loc seems to make them stand taller (more layers) and not as dense.

                            1. re: namstermonster

                              I ate an absolutely stellar kouign amann from maccalls meat and fish yesterday.

                              1. re: JudiAU

                                Their Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies have to be the best EVER.

                                --Dommy!

                                1. re: Dommy

                                  do you nice people know who does the baking there? is that the wife's metier? or did they bring in an expert pal of theirs?
                                  just curious.

                                  1. re: linus

                                    Karen Yoo, or maybe Karen Maccall, does the baking. She is a pastry chef by training and Nathan Maccall's wife. I think they worked together at Sona.

                                    Also, the bacon fougasse was really wonderful too.

                                    1. re: JudiAU

                                      The tiny heart cookie with the strawberry cream (buttercream?) filling is shockingly delicious as well.

                        2. Photo of one from NYC in LA Times

                           
                          1. I got some this morning from Frances Bakery in Little Tokyo - http://www.yelp.com/biz/frances-baker...

                            I made love to the Chocolate coated one. (Sorry if you had to picture that in your head :p)

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                            1. re: babybellyfat

                              I just popped my Cronut cherry at Frances. Interesting, not quite what I expected perhaps it wasn't just out of the oven crisp and only jelly were available. Very expensive at $3.85 each as well.

                              1. re: JAB

                                If you want the Wow factor, better get one in the morning like 9am. Even the original NYC Cronut is advertised with shelter life 6 hours. It's meant to be eaten fresh right away.

                              2. re: babybellyfat

                                ...and you didn't take a picture? o_O

                                1. re: ns1

                                  Which shot? I wouldn't want to see some guy making love to some chocolate fried dough...:p

                                  Seriously though, there is a shot on its yelp page.

                                2. re: babybellyfat

                                  got some at frances today, only the regular custard was left.

                                  its good but kind of overhyped imo

                                   
                                   
                                  1. re: blimpbinge

                                    That's how I felt when I made them at home. I'd rather have a good croissant. Or a good donut.

                                3. Sent an email to Short Cake asking them when they are going to start making and selling them.

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                                  1. re: pizzafreak

                                    Earl,

                                    Thanks so much for reaching out. We won't be making cronuts but we do offer a deep fried croissant stuffed with roasted bananas and cardamom cream and tossed with cinnamon sugar at our sister establishment, Short Order.
                                    Or you can just visit us for your goodies :)

                                    Best,
                                    Hourie
                                    Director of Short Cake

                                    1. re: pizzafreak

                                      FYI, a cronut at Dominique Ansel bakery in NYC is $5.00. They
                                      make 300 per day and sell out withing an hour.