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12 Cronut Copycats Around Los Angeles, Mapped

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgThere's nothing quite like Dominique Ansel's original instant-classic Cronut™, a croissant-doughnut mashup first born a few months ago at the pastry chef's namesake bakery in New York's Soho district. But that doesn't mean bakeries and doughnut shops around L.A. haven't tried their best to capture the uniqueness of Ansel's creation by using similar techniques, ingredients, and methods. In the end, while they're not Cronuts, some of them get mighty close. Here's a rundown of twelve knockoffs around the city.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Semi Sweet Bakery

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105 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 228-9975
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This Downtown bakery calls this the Crullant, which means that it's baked instead of fried and glazed without a filling. So, while it takes some inspiration from Ansel's original, it's pretty different in terms of execution.

2. Frances Bakery & Coffee

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404 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-4899
This Little Tokyo bakery was also one of the earlier entrants to the copycat game, with croissant dough rolled into a doughnut and then flavored with chocolate, strawberry, lemon cream, or just plain cream.

3. DK's Donuts & Bakery

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1614 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 829-2512
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DK's Donuts in Santa Monica was pretty shameless about how they took the concept of the cronut, even naming their creation DKronut before getting a cease and desist from Dominique Ansel. Now they're called the DK Double-Decker O-Nut. Not as good of a name, but if you want to try something uber-fried and filled with cream, this might be a good place to start. The oil tends to be less clean than other places, but the toppings are pretty creative. Note, these are made every day, throughout the day.

4. Tony's Donut House

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3216 E Florence Ave.
Huntington Park, CA 90255
(323) 587-6071
This Huntington Park donut shop thinks that it can get away with spelling their version, CroNut. Then they started calling it the Cravenut. And finally, just D'Crave. But there's a near endless variety of the still blatant knockoff, with nutella marshmallow, bananatella, cinnamon and sugar, and more.

5. ConfeXion Cupcakes

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11 W Dayton St
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 486-9977
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This weekend-only special from this cupcakery makes something called a brioghnut, using brioche dough as a base and then deep frying the donut-shaped pastry before covering with sugar or topping with maple glaze and bacon. Arguably one of the better copycats out there.

6. SK's Donuts & Croissants

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5850 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 935-2409
This 24-hour Mid-City donut shop has very good ordinary donuts, but their "cronuts," which can be ordered and picked up within an hour or so, are pretty hefty and unrefined. But just out of the frier, it's hard to think of a better junk-food version of the knockoff. The simple custard one is the best.

7. 3 Square Café + Bakery

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1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-6504
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This Venice bakery makes a daily selection of croissant-donut hybrids, like chocolate and raspberry jam.

8. Sweets For The Soul

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3169 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 668-9338
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This cheerful Atwater bakery calls their version their Cronot, making a plain version, cinnamon sugar, and a stuffed version with cream and fresh, organic strawberries. Only available on Fridays and Saturdays starting around 1 p.m.

9. Kettle Glazed Doughnuts

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6211 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-2344
These so-called croughnuts are pretty true to the original, with a combined dough of puff and croissant pastry that's then allowed to rise before going into the fryer. Generally put out around the mid-morning, they tend to sell out quickly.

10. Paris Baguette

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621 S Western Ave, #105
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 368-0404
The copycat here is downright shameless, with a similar lemon glaze and cream filling, but they're only $3 a pop. At this location, they normally start serving Kronuts (as they call them) from 12-3 p.m.

11. California Donuts

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3540 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 385-3318
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This shop in Ktown does a pretty cheap rendition of the cronut, without as much layering or complexity as the other knockoffs, but they make up for it with more creative toppings, like the speculoos crunch, made with pretzels.

12. Spudnuts Donuts

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8225 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(818) 348-5054
The Valley donut shop is making the doughssant, which cost $3 and come in varieties such as custard cream, Nutella glaze, or powdered sugar.

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1. Semi Sweet Bakery

105 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
This Downtown bakery calls this the Crullant, which means that it's baked instead of fried and glazed without a filling. So, while it takes some inspiration from Ansel's original, it's pretty different in terms of execution.
105 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

2. Frances Bakery & Coffee

404 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
This Little Tokyo bakery was also one of the earlier entrants to the copycat game, with croissant dough rolled into a doughnut and then flavored with chocolate, strawberry, lemon cream, or just plain cream.
404 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

3. DK's Donuts & Bakery

1614 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
DK's Donuts in Santa Monica was pretty shameless about how they took the concept of the cronut, even naming their creation DKronut before getting a cease and desist from Dominique Ansel. Now they're called the DK Double-Decker O-Nut. Not as good of a name, but if you want to try something uber-fried and filled with cream, this might be a good place to start. The oil tends to be less clean than other places, but the toppings are pretty creative. Note, these are made every day, throughout the day.
1614 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

4. Tony's Donut House

3216 E Florence Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255
This Huntington Park donut shop thinks that it can get away with spelling their version, CroNut. Then they started calling it the Cravenut. And finally, just D'Crave. But there's a near endless variety of the still blatant knockoff, with nutella marshmallow, bananatella, cinnamon and sugar, and more.
3216 E Florence Ave.
Huntington Park, CA 90255

5. ConfeXion Cupcakes

11 W Dayton St, Pasadena, CA 91105
This weekend-only special from this cupcakery makes something called a brioghnut, using brioche dough as a base and then deep frying the donut-shaped pastry before covering with sugar or topping with maple glaze and bacon. Arguably one of the better copycats out there.
11 W Dayton St
Pasadena, CA 91105

6. SK's Donuts & Croissants

5850 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
This 24-hour Mid-City donut shop has very good ordinary donuts, but their "cronuts," which can be ordered and picked up within an hour or so, are pretty hefty and unrefined. But just out of the frier, it's hard to think of a better junk-food version of the knockoff. The simple custard one is the best.
5850 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

7. 3 Square Café + Bakery

1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
This Venice bakery makes a daily selection of croissant-donut hybrids, like chocolate and raspberry jam.
1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

8. Sweets For The Soul

3169 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
This cheerful Atwater bakery calls their version their Cronot, making a plain version, cinnamon sugar, and a stuffed version with cream and fresh, organic strawberries. Only available on Fridays and Saturdays starting around 1 p.m.
3169 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

9. Kettle Glazed Doughnuts

6211 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
These so-called croughnuts are pretty true to the original, with a combined dough of puff and croissant pastry that's then allowed to rise before going into the fryer. Generally put out around the mid-morning, they tend to sell out quickly.
6211 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

10. Paris Baguette

621 S Western Ave, #105, Los Angeles, CA 90005
The copycat here is downright shameless, with a similar lemon glaze and cream filling, but they're only $3 a pop. At this location, they normally start serving Kronuts (as they call them) from 12-3 p.m.
621 S Western Ave, #105
Los Angeles, CA 90005

11. California Donuts

3540 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA
This shop in Ktown does a pretty cheap rendition of the cronut, without as much layering or complexity as the other knockoffs, but they make up for it with more creative toppings, like the speculoos crunch, made with pretzels.
3540 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA

12. Spudnuts Donuts

8225 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91304
The Valley donut shop is making the doughssant, which cost $3 and come in varieties such as custard cream, Nutella glaze, or powdered sugar.
8225 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Canoga Park, CA 91304

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