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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!

                        2. re: Dommy

                          ok, will do.

                          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: kevin

                                  How was parking?

                                  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: kevin

                                      Which other joint is that?

                                      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.

                                          1. re: TripleAxel

                                            Got a picture?

                                            1. re: brubrubites

                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9027...

                                  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.

                                  1. re: brubrubites

                                    direct link for the rest of us...

                                    http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/france...

                                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.

                                    2. From the LA Times: On Saturday, Semi Sweet Bakery will sell its version of the Cronut, a hybrid between a croissant and a doughnut that has become an unexpected obsession among New Yorkers, at its downtown L.A. store." ...But no filling and baked not fried.

                                       
                                      1. someone mentioned they're avail at Tony's Donut House in Hightland Park as well: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

                                        (I am, of course, unrelated, and do not own this joint)

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                                        1. re: TonyC

                                          dulcis bakery and sunny's deli & bakery in Koreatown started making Cronuts today! Tastes like a doughnut + croissant...really good! Did I mention that they're a fraction of the cost of what they charge in NYC!

                                          1. re: TonyC

                                            Did you mean Huntington Park?

                                          2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07...

                                            I tried the ones at Frances last week. They were very good. I got a custard one just as they were being brought out. I'd say that they're less "crisp" than the reviews of the Ansel ones seem to indicate, but delicious in their own right.

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                                            1. re: Moomin

                                              but these are BAKED! PSYEAH! If I want a round croissant I'd take a knife to Proof's.

                                              1. re: TonyC

                                                tony, do you know if the demand for these is still sky high?

                                                I want to try one, and don't mind the drive (though one close to 626 would be nice), but do not really want to brave the multi-block long lines I see in the NYC pics.

                                                1. re: TonyC

                                                  Only Semi Sweet's are baked. The rest are (ostensibly) fried.

                                              2. How is it possible that I'm already sick of cronuts? And I've never had one? :) But I got to say, if I knew how to make them, I'd rent a booth at the OC and LA fair and make a killing!! If people pay $4 a pop for fried butter on a stick, they'd probably pay double for a cronut.

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                                                1. re: schrutefarms

                                                  "...they'd probably pay double for a cronut."

                                                  Too healthy. You are going to have to figure out a way to "tart" it up to be a lot more fattening. Chocolate covered deep fried bacon adder? (g)

                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                    I know! A fried chicken patty in the middle! AND chocolate covered deep fried bacon on top! The price just doubled again, though.

                                                    1. re: schrutefarms

                                                      Nah, stuff some deep fried foie gras in the middle.

                                                      oh, shoot, wait a second.

                                                      We can't do that in Cali no more.

                                                  2. re: schrutefarms

                                                    Here you go

                                                    http://www.refinery29.com/2013/06/483...

                                                    1. re: pizzafreak

                                                      On my way to purchasing that summer home in the Hamptons...

                                                  3. Cronuts available in Santa Monica at DK's Donuts & Bakery -- three flavors: whipped cream, strawberry and Nutella.

                                                    http://www.thrillist.com/eat/los-ange...

                                                    DK's Donuts & Bakery
                                                    1614 Santa Monica Blvd
                                                    Santa Monica
                                                    310 829-2512

                                                    https://www.facebook.com/pages/DKs-Do...

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                                                    1. re: Norm Man

                                                      I stopped in DK today for one. There was a 20 minute wait, and it wasn't worth it. They're fried MUCH crisper than Frances Bakery's, which somehow gives them a incongruously savory/ toasty flavor, and the fillings suck.

                                                      Additionally... DK charges 5 dollars, and you wait in line. Frances charges $3.25 and you walk straight in.

                                                      I'd happily spend the 20 minutes on the freeway next time on my way to Frances.

                                                      1. re: Moomin

                                                        I'm pretty sure that I was charged $3.85 at Frances.

                                                        1. re: JAB

                                                          Unless Moomin has some special charm, it should be $3.85 at Frances. Still, $4+ seems to be the norm for Croissant Donuts everywhere.

                                                          1. re: brubrubites

                                                            Fair enough. My mistake. My basic point stands, though. DK is pretty poor aesthetically and on a price/value level

                                                      2. re: Norm Man

                                                        I had the DK cronuts over the weekend. Not having anything to compare them to, I rather enjoyed them, especially since they're local. The DK version is two kronuts with filling in the middle and on top; We chose the strawberry, nutella and cream. The shell was light and crispy. But since DK isn't known for their croissants, it would be interesting to see whether a great croissant maker would invest in this. Personally I would like to see Pain Du Jour attempt this.

                                                      3. "Spudnuts" at 8225 Topanga Canyon Boulevard in the Valley does an amazing version. They are really worth the fuss! Amazing. Right now I think they only have them on the weekends, and they sell out immediately, but you can pre-order.

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                                                        1. re: dvsndvs

                                                          Looking forward to your report. I went there this morning. They have 2 styles - powdered sugar and nutella. What they have done is taken doughnut dough, fried it, cut it open in halves, filled it with whipped cream like a sandwich, and then top covered it with either the sugar or a string of nutella. I found nothing flaky about it, just fried dough. Nothing like a croissant dough taste. Unfortunately I have not had a DA cronut, so I have nothing to compare this to. What does it taste like? Fried dough with whipped cream. This is what they look like:

                                                           
                                                           
                                                        2. I just ordered a box of "doughssants" from Spudnuts in Canoga Park.I can't wait.

                                                          I shared one with a friend last week and haven't stopped thinking about that sweet, flaky goodness ever since.

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                                                          1. re: gourmetgalpal

                                                            I don't know about anyone else but, while I STILL haven't tried one of these creations, I'm already over it.

                                                          2. Sweets for the Soul in Atwater Village posted on our neighborhood message board that they will have Cronuts this weekend. Their version is filled with strawberries and pastry cream.

                                                            1. 3 Square cafe and bakery on Abbot Kinney in Venice had them. Tried an apricot filled one and a Nutella filled one. Both were either too glazed or too oily.

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                                                              1. re: PeterCC

                                                                sounds like i'm not missing much in many ways.

                                                                but the consensus sounds like if i were to go to one, then Frances Bakery would be the place ??????

                                                                and i might as well get a box of chocolates too, i mean truffles.

                                                              2. There is no reason to get excited, mostly because there is no one on the level of D.Ansel doing it. If you cant make an excellent croissant.. I doubt it is worth the bother

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                                                                1. re: AAQjr

                                                                  Pretty much this. Sounds like everyone is just trying to cash in.

                                                                2. Went to Frances in Little Tokyo. They were OK but definitely not as crave worthy as the original in NYC's DA. The original has more bite/chew & less filling which I think makes it a hands down winner. Frances has a choice of vanilla, chocolate, or blueberry & you can call an order in. They make them throughout the day & I could tell the ones I got were pretty fresh.

                                                                   
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                                                                  1. re: SweetObsession

                                                                    While I'm quite jealous that you had a bite on the original Cronut from NYC, I still might prefer a more crispy/fluffy bite. What I like about Frances is that you can pre-order the Frances Donuts (without waiting for hours) and ask them not to fill in the custard cream in advance if that's your cup of tea.

                                                                  2. Yeah, I'll try a cronut, but two weekends ago, we went to Donut Man in Glendora for a strawberry donut.

                                                                    Life is good when you're having something from Donut Man!!

                                                                    1. Well, not the first, and won't be the last... a confused place in Torrance called Capicola's Sandwich Company Wine Bar bakes them fresh in assorted flavors. Why is it confused? Well, it's trying to be a high end sandwich place vs bakery vs wine bar. The decor and advertising are like someone who clearly is in love with themselves...in a delusional adhd way.

                                                                      Anyway, I digress. I think they call their version a croinut, so they don't get sued by the NYC guy who reportedly trademarked the name. They looked great. Ordered a s'more one, and just felt it to be okay although I'm not sure what I was supposed to be looking for... I guess I prefer croissants as croissants and donuts as donuts. Cost was $5 a piece, by the way.

                                                                      Honestly, a local donut shop was selling them too, but I think I'll stick with the cinnamon rolls, glazed twists, and sprinkle covered cake donuts.

                                                                      I think trend has already "jumped the shark," much like this phrase.

                                                                      1. coworker brought in some Cronuts from Frances. She picked them up at like 8am and we had them by 10am so they were pretty damn fresh.

                                                                        They are considerably crispier in the morning vs consuming them later in the afternoon. I had the original, and for me they reminded me of something in between a donut/croissant/cream puff. For me, it was least like a croissant and most like a donut. Definitely a lot crispier than I was expecting, but I guess that's where the croissant comes in.

                                                                        Anyway, good enough but greater than the sum of it's parts? I don't think so. At 5 bucks a pop or w/e, I'll take a croissant AND a donut plz.

                                                                        I will say, however, that the wifey loved it.

                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
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                                                                        1. re: ns1

                                                                          Choco covered ones look delicious with that "melted" look it's got going on. Thanks for sharing the pic's.

                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                            yeah, the chocolate one looks pretty fucking dope.

                                                                            kind of like a chocolate babka.

                                                                            so the craze is still going on ?

                                                                            and i haven't completely missed the boat on this one i guess ?????

                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                              we'll reach critical mass when you can buy cronuts at Starbucks and boba shops.

                                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                                and strawbucks just revamped their pastry menu.

                                                                                so maybe cronuts on the menu is not far away.

                                                                                i have to try DK's first since it's closer to me.

                                                                          2. Ok, finally tried it at DKs.

                                                                            And those things are pretty disgusting. And not disgusting in a good way. i can't even write in complete sentences since it was so bad. the price was bad too, but the icky feeling and about five pounds to add to the jelly rolls is not not not good.

                                                                            i may have to swear off desserts and donuts for some time. mabye the closest i'm getting to sweets for now is a whiskey sour.

                                                                            anyhow, they are quite affable, garrulous, and friendly. the kids running the place i mean.

                                                                            i would have rather had one of my favorite chocolate croissants instead or a couple of donuts from primo's but for now, none will do.

                                                                            bula, i should have listened to you and now i'm out $11 bucks. for two subpar treats.

                                                                            though they do have a great marketing concept that they are running with, and the daughter i believe of the original owner is quite cute.

                                                                            anyhow, i don't know if i'll even give frances a try. mabye but prolly a few weeks at the very least.

                                                                            sorry, sorry, sorry to be the bearer of bad news. i also had to meet with my hard-working shrink a couple days earlier than usual.

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                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                              thanx for the report kevin! perhaps the original Cronuts from NY are leagues better, but after hearing about these and reports from bula and you... i don't think i want to waste my money or add 10 pounds to my waistline to try these things. :>

                                                                            2. I'm new to the cronut buzz, but if you're talking about the croissant-doughnut brain child, I tried one for the first time last weekend at Bistro Laurent on Sepulveda, in Culver City. In the words of my waiter 'they're a work in progress' - indeed.

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                                                                              1. re: engie

                                                                                indeed.

                                                                                i'll pass.

                                                                                so far these things are disgusting to me, and not disgusting in a good way.

                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                  Do you kids use disgusting in a good way?

                                                                                  1. re: JAB

                                                                                    Those are some disgusting amazeballs!

                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9123...

                                                                              2. Didn't read the whole thread, so hope I'm not repeating. I'd love to see La Brea Bakery try their had at the little devils - yummmmmmm

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                                                                                1. re: engie

                                                                                  i don't think la brea bakery has been close to good in the past decade and a half or so since they went full-bore corporate.

                                                                                2. One of my friends is starting a cronut-only food truck! Be on the look out :)

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                                                                                  1. re: magdeline687

                                                                                    I'll pass.

                                                                                  2. I went to KTown to get the Cinnamon Sugar-dusted cronut at California Donut.

                                                                                    I felt a wave of excessive glee followed by paralyzing shame.

                                                                                    Kind of churros-y. The croissant layers were too "thick" and not flakey enough. Still, it was worth experiencing.

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                                                                                    1. re: echoparkdirt

                                                                                      California Donut that's near Pier 1? I think Hollywood Blvd?

                                                                                      1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                        CA donuts is on 3rd Street, west of Vermont Ave. Drive past it all the time.

                                                                                        1. re: taoman58

                                                                                          ok, illl check it out.

                                                                                    2. A co-worker picked up one from Paris Baguette. Those of us who sampled it liked it but thought it wasn't worth the higher price than other Paris Baguette stellar bargains.

                                                                                      1. I just had the Kouign Amann from Bouchon, my first experience with this pastry. having read about them on the SF Bay Area Chowhound site. In tasting them, there is an odd similarity to the much-hyped cronut. In fact, with the existence of the KA, its tradition coming from the French province of Brittany, I now don't understand the point of these cronuts. Why don't more bakers try to the perfect the art of the KA?

                                                                                        To see what I mean, please check out the KA at Bouchon. Free parking is next door. In my next trip to SF, KA's will be part of my itinerary.

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                                                                                        1. re: Ogawak

                                                                                          "Why don't more bakers try to the (sic) perfect the art of the KA?"

                                                                                          I think the answer to that particular question can be found is this very nice story about the KA at Bouchon when Jay Weston writes:

                                                                                          "Pastry Chef Roy Shvartzapel told me that he first experienced it while working at Pierre Hermé in Paris many years ago. A product of Brittany, bakers there told him it takes them at least 20 years to learn to do it right."

                                                                                          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-wes...

                                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                                            Still can't stump the Servorg.

                                                                                            20 years? That's way longer than a sushi chef apprenticeship in Japan. Well I think everyone who has tried the kronut needs to get to Bouchon to enjoy the Kouign Amann.

                                                                                            Thanks for the link; That was great.

                                                                                            1. re: Ogawak

                                                                                              Your post and that linked article made me want to run directly to Bouchon for a Kouign Amann (and if Kouign Amann had been an aspiring actor or actress in the old days I have a strong feeling some casting agent would have insisted upon a "stage" name in lieu of the original. Now the uniqueness of the name would probably insure that no one would suggest changing it).

                                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                Yeah. I guess the one I tried at Sycamore Kitchen did somewhat remind be of a cronut. But I didn't really like it there either. They called it a butter (something ?) without the fancy Beittany nomenclature of kougig amann (spell check still fucked it up(

                                                                                                Anyhow. I still love classic croissants so go figure.

                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                  Months after the above posts, I finally threw cholesterol caution to the wind yesterday and walked the 2 blocks to Bouchon and had the Kouign Amann. Oh man, was it good! I haven't had a cronut yet, but I can't imagine one being as good as that KA. The 2 block return walk was not nearly far enough to work off the calories so quickly ingested.

                                                                                                  1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                    Shit. And I'm supposed to be on a diet.

                                                                                        2. Tried the "Croughnut" at Kettle Glazed, which recently opened and I had read about here: http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...

                                                                                          It looked like what's in that link but was much flatter, and unfortunately, the texture turned out to be a little flat, too, not as fluffy as a croissant can be. It had good flavor but was too sweet, which seemed to be the case for all the donuts I tried, including a lemon glazed blueberry old fashioned, a vanilla glazed round raised, and a cinnamon crumb. There was also an interesting donut hole type thing made of the "leftovers" from their croughnuts that was actually my favorite item - it was less sweet because it didn't have all the chocolate drizzle, and it was chewier and fluffier.

                                                                                          Given the price discrepancy (croughnut $3.75, others $1-1.50), I'd skip the croughnut. I'll probably try this place again after they've settled in.

                                                                                          Parking was easy - it's in the same strip mall as Papilles, and during the day, it's mostly empty.

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                                                                                          1. re: mikeop34

                                                                                            I tried it last week as well...a little flat, but good flavor.

                                                                                            The apple fritter was great, and the yeast glazed was proclaimed best ever by my 9 year old.

                                                                                            1. re: manku

                                                                                              Ah good to know, the apple fritters did look great although somewhat intimidatingly large! Will try next time. I tried the yeast glazed as well, and the texture and flavor of the vanilla glaze were both solid.

                                                                                          2. As some wag on Eater NY said:

                                                                                            I can't believe I'm even bothering to say this, but fucking Cronuts. Are they worth the wait? Let me put it this way: Yes, they're good, but so is taking a bite of a croissant and a doughnut and mushing them both around your tongue at the same time, and you don't need to stand in line to make that dream a reality. Get one of DKA's kouign amanns instead and shut up already.

                                                                                            1. Tried one at Pain du Jour on Inglewood in Hawthorne - lemon with a sugar and spice coating. It was interesting to try once, but didn't knock me over - I like their regular croissants better. Not worth the price at $6.50 for one.

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                                                                                              1. re: FoodObsessive

                                                                                                6.50!!!!

                                                                                                O_O

                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                  Yes, twice the cost of their excellent chocolate or berry croissants, which I greatly prefer.

                                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                                    The high price was because of your buddy Sergio was doling out the goods. :)

                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                      I don't know the joke - who is Sergio?

                                                                                                2. I have to say that the version of 'Cronuts' at Rockenwagner look really good, I was at the SMFM this morning and just in for coffee so I didn't think to get one.

                                                                                                  * Still annoyed I can't see the links to restaurants mentioned on the right side of the thread.*

                                                                                                  1. i have yet to visit frances bakery for the cronut, but I may make an exception if i'm in the hood.

                                                                                                    the one at DK's was truly dreadful.

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                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                      if you get it, eat it ASAP. I got a box of them from frances. The first one wasn't bad, but the one I ate the next morning wasn't good at all. Short shelf life, they get stale quickly.

                                                                                                      1. re: blimpbinge

                                                                                                        if i only get one, i'll eat in the store or even as i'm walking out.

                                                                                                        if two, i might just eat both in store.

                                                                                                        and if more than that, i'll at least have the first one there.

                                                                                                        how much is each of these suckers ? 5 bucks a pop ???

                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                          four fiddy.

                                                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                                                            thanks man.

                                                                                                            cheaper than DK's.

                                                                                                            but obviously still fucking highway robbery.

                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                              Here are some pics.

                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                      2. re: kevin

                                                                                                        Technique at Le Cordon Bleu just came out with their version... chocolate glaze with raspberry jelly...

                                                                                                         
                                                                                                      3. BTW - cro-nuts are available at Rockenwagner bakeries.

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                                                                                                        1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                                                                          Dope. Thanks.

                                                                                                        2. Just had the version at Forage that is filled with a vanilla cream and it was delicious.

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                                                                                                          1. re: nuprin

                                                                                                            Forage's cronut is $5 each, max is 2 per person. It's not greasy and very light and flaky. Would love it with the sugar on it by itself, but with the vanilla custard, it was a tad too sweet for me.... but it's really good!

                                                                                                             
                                                                                                             
                                                                                                          2. Becker's Bakery in Manhattan Beach just started making vanilla, chocolate, maple lemon and creme filled flavor Kronuts (their name). Go early they tend to run out every morning. Just $1.50 each.
                                                                                                            http://www.beckersbakeryanddeli.com

                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                              dollar fiddy!!! need a report ASAP

                                                                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                What's this fiddy all about ????

                                                                                                                But yeah, Becker's sounds pretty fucking cheap.

                                                                                                            2. saw some at Vons this morning. The one in west LA off sepulveda close to national.

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                                                                                                              1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                                                                                                                The shark has been...

                                                                                                              2. I had a great version at La Provence on Olympic Blvd. It was $5 and they had 2 options - cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar. We opted for the cinnamon sugar. Very flaky but not too dense. Great crust. My 3 year old ended up eating almost the whole thing and he doesn't have a huge sweet tooth.

                                                                                                                Plus they have Intelligentsia coffee.