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Gourmet PB&J

webb Sep 8, 2006 08:29 AM

Gourmet Peanut Butter and Jelly: Is there such a thing? In a restaurant in Los Angeles? I've never seen it anywhere, but I imagine if it was done well it could be excellent. Anyone have any leads?

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    JBC Sep 8, 2006 02:29 PM

    Any high-end Hotel that deals with kids is a good bet to have in it their coffee shop. I'll make an educated guess that they have a PB & J, but one that's a "True Gourmet" Version ?, at:

    The Beverly Hills Hotel Fountain Coffee Room


    On A Menu
    Nate & Al's - Beverly Hills

    Peanut Butter & Jelly - $4.50


    Jerry's Deli - several locations

    Peanut Butter & Jelly - $5.50
    ~ & ~
    Peanut Butter & Jelly Yummy (fried or deep fried, not sure) - $6.95


    Suggestion - A decent spot, like the BHH-FCR, that has one would enjoy tricking one up, especially when they're not too busy, to Gourmet status by adding whatever you or they could think up.

    1. Dommy Sep 8, 2006 04:13 PM

      Dough Boys has the Ultimate PBJ with Chocolate Bars or somesuch in it...


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      1. re: Dommy
        JBC Sep 8, 2006 05:44 PM

        Dommy, that one sounds Gourmet to me! From their menu:

        "PBC & B - First we make a sandwich with two slices of our pan de mie bread, chunky peanut butter, bittersweet chocolate, and banana; then we dip it in an egg batter and grill the whole thing like french toast. Served with a homemade raspberry and vanilla bean dipping syrup. goopy & messy, but great!" $8.50 ?


        1. re: JBC
          Dommy Sep 8, 2006 05:56 PM

          Yup! That was the one I was thinking out... it's horrifyingly delicious sounding isn't it... LOL!!


          1. re: Dommy
            silence9 Sep 12, 2006 09:27 PM

            Yes, it's fantastic and HUGE and I felt no (immediate) guilt while inhaling the entire messy affair ;-)

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        cyberroo Sep 8, 2006 04:17 PM

        The best PB&J that I've had was at Carnation Cafe in Disneyland. They do it as a painters palette, with a slice of bread pre-spread with peanut butter, and then little cups of toppings - jam, marshmallows, raisins, choco chips, etc.

        Mendocino Farms (takeout sandwiches in California Plaza downtown) had a very gourmet peanut butter sandwich when I was there last week - curry peanut butter with cranberry yogurt, carrots and something else, if I recall correctly. I had a sample, but I'm too much of a purist to be able to evaluate it.

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          gourmetla Sep 8, 2006 05:06 PM

          O-bar has a P&J dessert that comes with a vanilla shake.

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            msmd310 Sep 8, 2006 05:17 PM

            Simon LA in the Hotel Sofitel has a peanut butter sundae on the dessert menu that says it comes with PB&J sandwich/cookies.

            the waitress recommended it, but I didn't try it

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              zivagolee Sep 8, 2006 05:52 PM

              At home. Toast it to perfection with some organic bread and butter. Then, spread some organic jelly of your choice with freshly made peanut butter.

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                fermentedthings Sep 9, 2006 09:04 PM

                surfas cafe has one, with their extra-special ingredients right at hand; but ziva has it right, i think. grind up some just-toasted nuts in the food processor, maybe with some roasted peanut oil. either cook up some fruit with sugar in a 4:1 ratio (concord grapes at the farmer's market now, as well as strawberries, peaches--which would be better with almond butter--and plums) or go out and get something awesome. for bread, if you're not into making your own (but if you are, bread baker's apprentice by reinhart has a great multigrain recipe that i love for pbj), la brea's multigrain and pain de mie are my two favorites--& I don't generally love their stuff.

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                  haleyjen Sep 12, 2006 07:38 PM

                  What you need to do is come visit NYC and go to Peanut Butter and Co.!

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                    Alice Sep 12, 2006 09:24 PM

                    We had PB&J brick toast at The Guppy House in Cerritos - yumm. Big, thick slice of toasted bread with a generous amount of PB&J on top.

                    something like this pic, found it on the web . . .

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