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  1. No.

    Do you think they could compete with a kouign amann? Or a canele?


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    1. re: foodeye

      Looks like a morning bun with a hole in it....

      1. re: foodeye

        No need to compete, there is room for all comers, all long as they are delicious : -). It's so hard to get hold of cronut knockoffs in Vancouver I may have to wait for our next SF trip to try one.

      2. Fillmore Bakeshop
        "This Saturday from 9am-10am, Doug will be frying up Cronuts (deep fried croissants shaped as a donut)! So make sure you grab em' while you can, and come a little early as we are making a limited amount!
        *First come, first serve/we are not taking orders."

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        1. re: Cynsa

          Someone needs to try this tomorrow. As far as I can tell, this one's still flying under the media radar.

          Here's ssfire's report on Paris Baguette's (owned by Dunkin' Donuts),

          Beth's Community Kitchen in Mill Valley is getting some air time for a more croissant-like version. Not listed on the online menu, though I'll say the brioche creme doughnut sounds more interesting to me.

          1. re: Cynsa

            Here's a link to Cynsa's report on this morning's cronut/cronot at Fillmore Bakeshop,

            1. re: smatbrat

              A few of us in the office tried them, they were very dense and tasted more like a heavy donut than anything else. I'll pass the next time.

              1. re: alwayshungrygal

                YYUP I got them last week. I enjoy the way it flakes off, but impossible to cut because of how dense they were

              2. re: smatbrat

                Back Yard Coffee in Redwood City has started selling the Posh Bagel version of the Cronut. I tried one today, and it's terrible: It's like layers of dense, stale donut. Even worse than the version at Paris Baguette.

              3. The coffee place in the Chronicle building is selling them. Joe and Fi's at 5th & Mission.

                1. This weekend's Peninsula Daily Post has an illustrated article on booming cronut business at the local Paris Baguette restaurants.

                  I suspect this will all be a passing fad, since the idea is (a) so unoriginal in principle, and (b) so cloyingly rich.

                  Unoriginal in principle, because it's a cliché that something already full of fat, then deep-fried, will be appealing. Cronuts resemble a yupscale variation of those battered and deep-fried Twinkies and Snickers Bars that came out of Scotland 15 years or so ago. FIFTY years ago, when Hank Rubin was at the seminal Potluck restaurant in Berkeley (predecessor of Narsai's and Chez Panisse), he gave the local elementary school a cooking class; my brother came home making fried pies from the class -- "shorter" pastry but equally rich. Another half century before that, the Guide Culinaire recorded deep-fried rich pastries in the French canon, such as "soufflé" fritters.

                  I'll be happy to be proven wrong by events, but this class of food is also rich enough that people may get their fill fast, once the sheer novelty wears off.

                    1. Deep fried croissant! Wow. What a concept. I had seen them mentioned several places but never bothered to follow up until now as the name put me off for some reason. Prescience, I guess. Hey, how about slicing one in half, putting in some american cheese and chewy ham before dipping it in hot fat and voila, you have a McFrench Breakfast!

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                      1. re: alfairfax

                        You might be just the man for the job of checking out the cronut at Beth's Community Kitchen in Mill Valley.


                      2. I was at Quattro, the restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in E. Palo Alto. They have cronuts on the weekend brunch menu. $5/ea. They call them "cronaughts." It's fried to an extra-crisp level (beyond a normal donut), and the interior is reasonably light/flakey. It's somewhat better than the ones at Paris Baguette. However, it's not as addictive as I'd hoped, and not really worth a trip. I'd rather have a great Kouign-Amann. They don't cook them to order; I suspect the ones hot out of the oil at Filmore Bakeshop at 9 AM are way better.

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                        1. re: ssfire

                          Fun, looks like they're housemade.

                          I agree with you on preferring KA. Someone told me that Bourdain said the same thing when he tasted Ansel's, preferring Ansel's kouign amann.

                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            I though the KOUIGN AMANN at DOM ANSEL was good but not stunning. Although with both the DKA and the CANALE, it's clear he is technically really good at what he does. I prefer the CANALE actually. I didnt have any of the sweeter, more "precious" pastry items.

                            If I'm going to pay $5 for a hyped, high maintenance food item in NYC, I'll take a slice of DI FARA.

                        2. After all the hype about cronuts last year, no one has posted about the fact that Jack in the Box now has cronuts (supposedly pretty good)?

                          1. Donut Savant in Oakland has the Cron't. I brought an assortment to the office recently and while I didn't snag one, someone who did and has had the original has said the taste was very similar. I did not bring any filled ones though.

                            The donuts I did try impressed me with their sophistication in terms of batter recipes and ingredients.

                            1. I stopped by Jack In the Box and grabbed 3 cronuts for $2.19:


                              They are fried to order, but I found them to be meh. They're really small, and don't have the benefits of either a good donut or a good croissant. You can hardly tell they are layered. Not recommended.