Unless you live in NYC, you won’t be able to try an original Cronut.
And you know what I say to that? Who cares!
Do you really want to stand in a 2 hour line at 6 a.m. to find out they’ve sold out by 8 a.m.?? (BTW, that’s exactly the case. If you arrive in line at the infamous Dominique Ansel Bakery after 6 a.m., you’re screwed.)
Knock-off or not, whether it’s called a Crullant or Doughssant, any version of the original is pretty awesome and as much as we’re all sick of hearing about them, their popularity hasn’t waned.
On a random Saturday morning, I decided to try one. Ok, try 6. From 6 different places. All by myself. Like some 500 lb shut-in on his way to get supplies for a full day of binge watching Breaking Bad.
(Which wouldn’t be too far off)
On my journey, I discovered that while the style of croissant donuts varied from place to place, even a sub par Cronut is delicious.
My least favorite on today’s crawl was the Maple Bacon Croissant Donut (no punny name) from California Donuts in Koreatown. Mind you, it was still tasty. But didn’t have nearly the flakey croissant consistency or flavor. Was more just like a really great donut.
I also found the most expensive croissant donut (from Rockenwagner’s in Venice) to also be lacking. It was very chewy, too hard to eat. Tasty but messy.
My favorite was the Creme Brulee Crullant from Semi-Sweet Bakery downtown, hands down. Super dense and soaked with flavor, yet still light and flakey. I could eat one every day. The original is nice too but the Creme Brulee one is where it’s at.
#6 – CALIFORNIA DONUTS
3540 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
#5 – ROCKENWAGNER – 3 SQUARE BAKERY
1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90293
#4 – SD DONUTS
5850 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
#3 – FRANCES BAKERY
404 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
#2 – KETTLE GLAZED
6211 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
#1 – SEMI-SWEET BAKERY
105 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013