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"Cronuts" in LA?

Norm Man May 21, 2013 11:03 AM

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


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  1. Steve2 in LA RE: Norm Man May 21, 2013 11:07 AM

    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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      sarahbeths RE: Steve2 in LA Aug 17, 2013 05:41 PM

      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...

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        kevin RE: sarahbeths Aug 17, 2013 09:30 PM

        I thought there cronut was complete garbage.

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          TripleAxel RE: sarahbeths Aug 17, 2013 10:18 PM

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

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            ns1 RE: TripleAxel Aug 18, 2013 09:58 AM

            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

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              TripleAxel RE: ns1 Aug 18, 2013 05:36 PM

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

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                ns1 RE: TripleAxel Aug 18, 2013 06:56 PM

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

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                  kevin RE: ns1 Aug 18, 2013 11:29 PM


                  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.

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                    TripleAxel RE: ns1 Aug 19, 2013 07:01 AM

                    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.

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                      TripleAxel RE: TripleAxel Aug 19, 2013 02:03 PM

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

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                    TripleAxel RE: TripleAxel Aug 21, 2013 07:19 AM

                    And here are the cronuts from Frances Bakery in Little Tokyo

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                    kevin RE: ns1 Aug 18, 2013 11:27 PM

                    Might still have

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

                    1. re: kevin
                      Dommy RE: kevin Aug 18, 2013 11:42 PM

                      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...


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                        TripleAxel RE: Dommy Aug 19, 2013 06:56 AM

                        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.

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                          Dommy RE: TripleAxel Aug 19, 2013 08:57 AM

                          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.


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                          kevin RE: Dommy Aug 19, 2013 11:13 AM

                          ok, will do.

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                            Mr Taster RE: Dommy Sep 17, 2013 11:02 PM

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

                            Mr Taster

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                              Servorg RE: Mr Taster Sep 18, 2013 06:12 AM

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

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                                kevin RE: Servorg Sep 18, 2013 01:17 PM


                                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

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                                  JAB RE: kevin Sep 18, 2013 01:38 PM

                                  How was parking?

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                                    kevin RE: JAB Sep 18, 2013 02:03 PM

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

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                                      JAB RE: kevin Sep 18, 2013 04:36 PM

                                      Which other joint is that?

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                                        kevin RE: JAB Sep 18, 2013 04:41 PM

                                        Sweet something.

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

                                        I have to say. Not by a long shot.

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                                          TripleAxel RE: kevin Sep 19, 2013 02:43 PM

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

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                                            kevin RE: TripleAxel Sep 19, 2013 06:23 PM

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

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                                    Mr Taster RE: kevin Sep 18, 2013 02:15 PM

                                    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

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                                      kevin RE: Mr Taster Sep 18, 2013 04:40 PM

                                      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.

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                                        Mr Taster RE: kevin Sep 18, 2013 05:01 PM

                                        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

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                                          kevin RE: Mr Taster Sep 18, 2013 05:06 PM

                                          You are a horrible Jew Taster. :)

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                                          TripleAxel RE: kevin Sep 19, 2013 02:45 PM

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

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                                            brubrubites RE: TripleAxel Sep 19, 2013 03:04 PM

                                            Got a picture?

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                                              TripleAxel RE: brubrubites Sep 19, 2013 05:24 PM


                                  3. re: Mr Taster
                                    Dommy RE: Mr Taster Sep 20, 2013 07:14 PM

                                    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....



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                        namstermonster RE: Norm Man May 21, 2013 11:18 AM

                        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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                          mrsjoujou RE: namstermonster Jun 21, 2013 04:49 PM

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

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                            namstermonster RE: mrsjoujou Jun 27, 2013 01:21 PM

                            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.

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                              JudiAU RE: namstermonster Jun 30, 2013 10:01 AM

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

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                                Dommy RE: JudiAU Jun 30, 2013 10:12 PM

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


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                                  linus RE: Dommy Jul 1, 2013 09:10 AM

                                  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.

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                                    JudiAU RE: linus Jul 1, 2013 11:45 AM

                                    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.

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                                      L nrs RE: JudiAU Jul 10, 2013 05:23 PM

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

                        2. wienermobile RE: Norm Man May 21, 2013 12:40 PM

                          Photo of one from NYC in LA Times

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                            babybellyfat RE: Norm Man Jun 21, 2013 04:02 PM

                            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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                              JAB RE: babybellyfat Jun 27, 2013 12:09 PM

                              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.

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                                brubrubites RE: JAB Jun 29, 2013 01:12 PM

                                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.

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                                ns1 RE: babybellyfat Jun 30, 2013 10:26 PM

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

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                                  brubrubites RE: ns1 Jun 30, 2013 10:51 PM

                                  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.

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                                    ns1 RE: brubrubites Jun 30, 2013 11:43 PM

                                    direct link for the rest of us...


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                                  blimpbinge RE: babybellyfat Jul 5, 2013 02:40 PM

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

                                  its good but kind of overhyped imo

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                                    Savour RE: blimpbinge Jul 15, 2013 02:05 PM

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

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                                  pizzafreak RE: Norm Man Jun 22, 2013 05:28 AM

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

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                                    pizzafreak RE: pizzafreak Jun 27, 2013 04:44 PM


                                    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 :)

                                    Director of Short Cake

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                                      pizzafreak RE: pizzafreak Jun 27, 2013 04:47 PM

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

                                    2. wienermobile RE: Norm Man Jun 27, 2013 04:54 PM

                                      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. TonyC RE: Norm Man Jul 1, 2013 12:33 PM

                                        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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                                          Joomee RE: TonyC Jul 4, 2013 05:51 PM

                                          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!

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                                            cakes RE: TonyC Jul 9, 2013 02:25 AM

                                            Did you mean Huntington Park?

                                          2. Moomin RE: Norm Man Jul 5, 2013 06:11 AM


                                            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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                                              TonyC RE: Moomin Jul 5, 2013 09:47 AM

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

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                                                blimpbinge RE: TonyC Jul 5, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                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.

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                                                  Moomin RE: TonyC Jul 5, 2013 01:17 PM

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

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                                                schrutefarms RE: Norm Man Jul 8, 2013 01:34 AM

                                                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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                                                  Servorg RE: schrutefarms Jul 8, 2013 06:10 AM

                                                  "...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)

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                                                    schrutefarms RE: Servorg Jul 8, 2013 08:34 AM

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

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                                                      kevin RE: schrutefarms Aug 6, 2013 12:51 PM

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

                                                      oh, shoot, wait a second.

                                                      We can't do that in Cali no more.

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                                                    pizzafreak RE: schrutefarms Jul 8, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                    Here you go


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                                                      schrutefarms RE: pizzafreak Jul 8, 2013 08:34 AM

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

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                                                    Norm Man RE: Norm Man Jul 9, 2013 12:26 PM

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


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


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                                                      Moomin RE: Norm Man Jul 10, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                      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.

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                                                        JAB RE: Moomin Jul 10, 2013 12:12 PM

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

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                                                          brubrubites RE: JAB Jul 10, 2013 12:24 PM

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

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                                                            Moomin RE: brubrubites Jul 10, 2013 05:31 PM

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

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                                                        Ogawak RE: Norm Man Jul 15, 2013 07:16 AM

                                                        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.

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                                                        dvsndvs RE: Norm Man Jul 10, 2013 09:36 AM

                                                        "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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                                                          pizzafreak RE: dvsndvs Jul 13, 2013 08:51 PM

                                                          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:

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                                                          gourmetgalpal RE: Norm Man Jul 11, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                          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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                                                            Steve2 in LA RE: gourmetgalpal Jul 12, 2013 04:34 PM

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

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                                                            chinchi RE: Norm Man Jul 12, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                            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. PeterCC RE: Norm Man Jul 14, 2013 09:38 PM

                                                              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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                                                                kevin RE: PeterCC Aug 6, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                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.

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                                                                AAQjr RE: Norm Man Jul 14, 2013 09:59 PM

                                                                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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                                                                  ns1 RE: AAQjr Jul 14, 2013 11:13 PM

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

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                                                                  SweetObsession RE: Norm Man Jul 24, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                  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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                                                                    brubrubites RE: SweetObsession Jul 25, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                    propita RE: Norm Man Jul 25, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                    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. DrBruin RE: Norm Man Aug 6, 2013 12:20 AM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                        ns1 RE: Norm Man Aug 6, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                        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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                                                                          Servorg RE: ns1 Aug 6, 2013 10:12 AM

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

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                                                                            kevin RE: ns1 Aug 6, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                            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 ?????

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                                                                              ns1 RE: kevin Aug 6, 2013 02:00 PM

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

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                                                                                kevin RE: ns1 Aug 6, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                            kevin RE: Norm Man Aug 8, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                            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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                                                                              chowseeker1999 RE: kevin Aug 8, 2013 07:33 PM

                                                                              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. :>

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                                                                              engie RE: Norm Man Aug 9, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                              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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                                                                                kevin RE: engie Aug 9, 2013 03:30 PM


                                                                                i'll pass.

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

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                                                                                  JAB RE: kevin Aug 10, 2013 06:42 AM

                                                                                  Do you kids use disgusting in a good way?

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                                                                                    Servorg RE: JAB Aug 10, 2013 06:45 AM

                                                                                    Those are some disgusting amazeballs!


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                                                                                engie RE: Norm Man Aug 9, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                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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                                                                                  kevin RE: engie Aug 9, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                  magdeline687 RE: Norm Man Aug 10, 2013 12:50 AM

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

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                                                                                    kevin RE: magdeline687 Aug 10, 2013 04:20 AM

                                                                                    I'll pass.

                                                                                  2. echoparkdirt RE: Norm Man Aug 10, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                    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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                                                                                      schrutefarms RE: echoparkdirt Aug 10, 2013 05:33 PM

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

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                                                                                        taoman58 RE: schrutefarms Jan 31, 2014 03:25 PM

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

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                                                                                          kevin RE: taoman58 Jan 31, 2014 03:29 PM

                                                                                          ok, illl check it out.

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                                                                                      Dogbite Williams RE: Norm Man Aug 11, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                        Ogawak RE: Norm Man Aug 11, 2013 09:14 PM

                                                                                        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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                                                                                          Servorg RE: Ogawak Aug 12, 2013 05:12 AM

                                                                                          "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."


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                                                                                            Ogawak RE: Servorg Aug 12, 2013 06:52 AM

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                              Servorg RE: Ogawak Aug 12, 2013 07:08 AM

                                                                                              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).

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                                                                                                kevin RE: Servorg Aug 12, 2013 07:16 AM

                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                  Wayno RE: kevin Jan 31, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                    kevin RE: Wayno Jan 31, 2014 10:35 PM

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

                                                                                        2. mikeop34 RE: Norm Man Aug 16, 2013 08:25 PM

                                                                                          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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                                                                                            manku RE: mikeop34 Aug 17, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                              mikeop34 RE: manku Aug 17, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                            mc michael RE: Norm Man Aug 19, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                              FoodObsessive RE: Norm Man Aug 22, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                              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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                                                                                                  FoodObsessive RE: ns1 Aug 22, 2013 06:45 PM

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

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                                                                                                    kevin RE: ns1 Aug 22, 2013 11:17 PM

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

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                                                                                                      FoodObsessive RE: kevin Aug 22, 2013 11:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                  AAQjr RE: Norm Man Sep 11, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                  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.*

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                                                                                                    kevin RE: Norm Man Sep 11, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                      blimpbinge RE: kevin Sep 11, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                        kevin RE: blimpbinge Sep 11, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                                                        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 ???

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                                                                                                          ns1 RE: kevin Sep 11, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                                          four fiddy.

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                                                                                                            kevin RE: ns1 Sep 11, 2013 04:05 PM

                                                                                                            thanks man.

                                                                                                            cheaper than DK's.

                                                                                                            but obviously still fucking highway robbery.

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                                                                                                              TripleAxel RE: kevin Sep 11, 2013 11:15 PM

                                                                                                              Here are some pics.

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                                                                                                        TripleAxel RE: kevin Sep 11, 2013 11:18 PM

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

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                                                                                                        foodiemahoodie RE: Norm Man Sep 12, 2013 01:11 AM

                                                                                                        BTW - cro-nuts are available at Rockenwagner bakeries.

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                                                                                                          kevin RE: foodiemahoodie Sep 12, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                                          Dope. Thanks.

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                                                                                                          nuprin RE: Norm Man Sep 12, 2013 05:58 AM

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

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                                                                                                            TripleAxel RE: nuprin Sep 14, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                            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. wienermobile RE: Norm Man Sep 12, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                              ns1 RE: wienermobile Sep 12, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                              dollar fiddy!!! need a report ASAP

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                                                                                                                kevin RE: ns1 Sep 12, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                What's this fiddy all about ????

                                                                                                                But yeah, Becker's sounds pretty fucking cheap.

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                                                                                                              LuluTheMagnificent RE: Norm Man Sep 23, 2013 02:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                                JAB RE: LuluTheMagnificent Sep 23, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                The shark has been...

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                                                                                                                js76wisco RE: Norm Man Jan 31, 2014 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                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.

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