Cronuts and their knock-offs are as hot as a late-July day right now, whether in New York, where you'll find the Dominique Ansel original, or around LA, where bakers are coming up with their own twists and names so they won't get sued for copyright infringement. Enter Village Bakery and Cafe, which will begin serving its version - the Doughnot, unless someone comes up with a better name - in Atwater Village this weekend.
Owner Barbara Monderine says she doesn't always like to "jump on every bandwagon that drives down the street," but her customers have been begging for her take on the Cronut. "I figured we make awesome croissants, awesome donuts...how much better could this really be?" she says. "On a lark, we gave it a go yesterday and - holy sh**! - they're pretty phenomenal!"
The croissant-donut hybrid is baked and split in two, filled with chocolate pastry cream and topped with chocolate. The big Doughnot reveal will be Friday, July 19, and they'll only be available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from then on.