It's a gaggle of cronuts!

It’s a gaggle of cronuts!

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

KOREATOWN

3540 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 385-3318
CAdonuts.com

Maple Bacon Croissant Donut - California Donuts

Maple Bacon Croissant Donut – California Donuts

#5 – ROCKENWAGNER – 3 SQUARE BAKERY

VENICE

1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90293
(310) 399-6504
rockenwagner.com

Raspberry Crö-Dough - 3 Square Bakery / Rockenwagner

Raspberry Cr̦-Dough Р3 Square Bakery / Rockenwagner

#4 – SD DONUTS

MID-CITY

5850 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 935-2409
skdonuts.com

Peanut Butter Croissant Donut - SK's Donut

Peanut Butter Croissant Donut – SK’s Donut

#3 – FRANCES BAKERY

LITTLE TOKYO

404 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-4899

Chocolate Glazed Croissant Donut - Frances Bakery

Chocolate Glazed Croissant Donut – Frances Bakery

#2 – KETTLE GLAZED

HOLLYWOOD

6211 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-2344
kettleglazed.com

Cinnamon Sugar Cronut filled with Custard - Kettle Glazed

Cinnamon Sugar Cronut filled with Custard – Kettle Glazed

#1 – SEMI-SWEET BAKERY

DOWNTOWN

105 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 228-9975
semisweetbakery.com

Creme Brulee Crullant - Semi-Sweet Bakery

Creme Brulee Crullant – Semi-Sweet Bakery