Looking for fresh, warm baguettes that taste like they're from a neighborhood Parisian bakery, not baguettes from the market chain that taste like cardboard...any recommendations?
Pain du Jour in Santa Monica.
It's far and away the most strictly urbanne Parisian-style baguette in the city, though they do also have a selection of more rustic loaves. It's run by Bruno Commereuc's brother, and much of the daily output ends up at Angelique Cafe. The croissants are also strictly Parisian, crisp, light and buttery. But...
They have a very limited selection, and very limited hours. When they run out, they close their doors for the day.
Might I suggest a French-Vietnamese option, like MR. BAGUETTE?
8702 Valley Blvd
Bread Bar on Robertson and third. The Baker is Erik Kayser, could be spelled wrong, but his breads are great
Try the Casbah Cafe in Silverlake:
3900 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029-2242
Cross Street: Hyperion Avenue