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searching for great bread in OC

I usually get my bread from whole foods. I have been to wholesome choice and I like their whole wheat mashhadi bread. I am not interested in panera. I like some of the breads from the bread bar,but that is far away. Please help me. There must be a bakery that has good bread in the OC area. I am not interested in white bread.

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  1. Try French Pastry. I go to the one in Orange. I know they have stores in Costa Mesa, Irvine and Mission Viejo.

    I love their "wheel" bread.


    1. I think the above post refers to French's Bakery...I don't know that you will like it as it is fairly generic...but who knows..do try the Village Bakery in Costa Mesa...this is one of the Goodells only places left in OC...they had wonderful bread although I heard the baker had recently left...still worth a try...this place is in the Camp,on Bristol,across the street from Memphis,which you should try for lunch

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      1. re: stormin norman

        I stand corrected. Thanks. It's French's Bakery not Pastry.

        1. re: stormin norman

          I was just at Village Bakery last week - the breads are still very good, very "artisanal" with a great crust and crumb and nice and flavorful, I heartily recommend it ! While you're there, don't miss the chance to buy a few of their really good cookies ! I love their "oreo" style cookie and also their chocolate espresso cookie.

          1. re: mikester

            Great...glad to hear the Goodells culinary touch is still being felt in OC...hope it gets enough support to sustain it...so mrsjoujou,sounds like a winner

        2. Don't forget about all of the Vietnamese bakeries for great French bread.

          1. I really enjoy Champange's multi-grain baguette.

            1. Thank you. I will give the village bakery a try. I will also check out the multi grain baguette. So far, pascal has the best baguette, that I have tried.

              1. I like C'Est Si Bon's (in Newport Beach) baguettes!!!! I'm trying to measure my taste with the rest of this bread posts....Do you guys like C'Est Si Bon? or am I missing out on better baguettes...

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                1. re: High Maintenance

                  It's been a while since I've eaten at C'est Si Bon, but the baguettes aren't all that memorable to me. The Viet places in Little Saigon are where I go. Try Top Baguette, Banh Mi Cho Cu, or Banh Mi Che Cali and see if you still prefer C'est Si Bon.

                  I'll echo that Village Bakery is solid for most things, but haven't been in a while. Might need to revisit soon.

                2. Try Cream Pan in Tustin. They are a Japanese bakery. They have the best baugettes and dinner rolls as well as amazing Japanese sandwiches such as croquette and tonkatsu. Yumm!!!!!!

                  1. I just picked up a baguette at Cream Pan and I think it's really quite good for OC. Better than Village Bakery, which I'm not wild about. And much better than La Brea Bakery. I can't understand why we have such crappy bread around here; I got a ham & cheese sandwich at the Barcelona airport and the bread blew away anything I can get here.

                    As for the pastry at Cream Pan: pain aux raisins was ok, not made with butter, I think. There used to be a place a few years ago in the Walnut/Culver center next to Cold Stone. The owner had hired a French baker and her danishes were the best I've ever tasted... real butter, crisp and soft, so flavorful. Then it got bought out and the great pastries were gone.... such a shame! Anyone else remember this place?

                    1. I tried bunch of stuff from cream pan also. They don't use any butter in their pastries. Pain au chocolat would have been good, if they used butter. Their baguette was tasty,but kind of hard.

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                      1. re: mrsjoujou

                        I agree that it is a bit too hard. And it's lacking the sort-of-sweet wheat flavor that a great baguette has, the one that keeps you going back for more.

                      2. I've been told by a few French people to try Boulangerie Pierre off Brookhurst. I think it's in Fountain Valley.

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                        1. re: 212

                          The baguettes at Pierre Boulangerie et Patisserie (westminster) (Brookhurst just off Hazard IIRC) may still be good but the good baker left a while back, so much of the goods there are now overpriced especially for the poor quality these days. I loved this place for the first year or so, but i can't recommend it anymore unless something changed in the last two months.