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Food Mash-ups: Part 2

Kelli Shiroma |
November 14, 2013 | 9:20 a.m. PST

Food Editor

The "Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle" combo at Bruxie's is just one of many waffle sandwiches featured on the menu (Lan Bui / Flickr).
The "Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle" combo at Bruxie's is just one of many waffle sandwiches featured on the menu (Lan Bui / Flickr).
Dominique Ansel’s now-trademarked Cronut started it all. Now, not only do L.A. shops offer croissant-donut hybrids, but food mash-ups of all types have overtaken Southern California.

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Here are some of the latest and greatest that are popular on the East Coast and are slowly making their way to L.A. … if not already here.

Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches

Washington, D.C.-based Astro Doughnuts featured doughnut ice cream sandwiches as a seasonal item during the sweltering summer months. These delicacies came in a variety of flavors, including raspberry verbena ice cream between passion fruit-flavored doughnuts. Those searching for these sandwiches on the West Coast can find them at Umami Burger, which recently partnered with L.A. Creamery to include doughnut ice cream sandwiches on its menu. They currently come in three flavors: chocolate-peanut butter, cinnamon-chocolate and PB&J. 

Mac-and-Cheese Burgers

The “Mac Attack” burger debuted at Chicago’s Rockit Burger Bar from Oct. 1-6. This heart-attack-on-a-plate includes a scallion-, lettuce-, tomato-, Sriracha ketchup-topped burger smacked between two deep-fried mac-and-cheese buns and was only available for a limited time. If you’re looking for something similar in L.A., check out The Grilled Cheese Truck’s “Cheesy Mac and Rib,” which features a savory blend of macaroni and cheese with BBQ pork, caramelized onions and sharp cheddar. Or The Cheesecake Factory’sMacaroni and Cheese Burger” is a similar feat, including a charbroiled patty topped with savory deep-fried mac and cheese balls, tomato, onions and lettuce.

Twinkie Burgers

Not to be outdone by the “Mac Attack,” Philadelphia-based PYT Restaurant—home to unique creations like the “Doh! Nut Burger” (made with a glazed donut bun) and the spicy “Firebird Chicken Sriracha Burger”—introduced a deep-fried Twinkie burger in late October. Available from Oct. 29, this gluttonous meal includes a pork-belly-and-beef patty combo, American cheese and bacon in between two deep-fried Twinkie buns. According to the eatery’s Facebook page, this latest burger novelty is going to be a permanent menu item. 

Italian Burritos

Who said that burritos are limited to Mexican fare? Burrissimo—an Italian fast-casual eatery that opened in Brea in September—is reminiscent of Chipotle but features burritos filled with pasta. This might seem a little far-fetched, but foodies have said it could become a trending food item

Waffle Sandwiches 

Waffles no longer are limited to the ice cream or breakfast realms. Waffle sandwiches are definitely a staple at Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches, where Belgian waffles are used like slices of bread. Menu classics include savory dishes like “Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle” and “Hot Pastrami Bruxie,” as well as sweet ensembles like “Nutella & Bananas,” “S’Mores” and “Seasonal Crème Brulee.” And yes, 99 percent of the menu items contain the signature waffles … even the “Irish Nachos” and French fries. 

French Fry-Stuffed Burritos

Forget French Fries as a side. At Taco Love, you can get fries as part of your burrito. Taco Love, located in West Hollywood, features a “Cali Burrito” on its menu. This larger-than-life burrito includes fries, cheese and sour cream stuffed into a burrito, creating a revolutionary experience for the diner. 

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