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Outstanding Bread for Sandwiches

I have to make sandwiches this weekend, and won't be able to buy bread from Village Bakery in Costa Mesa as I live in LA. I love the way Village Bakery makes their Brioche Loaf. Their brioche is fantastic especially when you use it for grilled cheese sandwiches fried in French Butter a la Thomas Keller.

I've not tried anyplace else. Does that French bakery on Pico sell loaves of bread? I doubt it. I don't mind paying a premium for bread, because I'll be reimbursed! The brioche loaf at Village is $6, by the way.

What about Vienna Pastry, Amandine or Pain du Monde in Santa Monica? Those places good? I don't really like the bread from WFM or Bristol.

Suggestions, SVP? Thank you.

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  1. More a sourdough crusty roll/Italian baguette than bread but I recommend Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica on Lincoln.

    1. Yes, the French place on Pico sells bread, in fact other than croissants, pain au chocolat and a little viennoise, that is all they sell. It is called Pain du Jour, and is superb. Worth the drive from WeHo. Bay Cities is also excellent, but it is not French, nor does it pretend to be. It is a great California sourdough loaf.

      1. Really? I've been hearing so much about Pain du Jour, lately. And, how this French bakery is run by Filipinos! That's so cool!

        I do like BCD. I'm not sure if it's quite the same quality as Village Bakery in Costa Mesa, though.

        Isn't there a place in Century City Mall? Or, what about Bread Bar? How's that stuff?

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        1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica

          Filipinos in the front; French in the back. The owner is still the same. It actually is funny in that at one time the front staff were all French, including the owner's kid brother. Now some folks still expect to order in French which does not always work. I made that mistake twice.

        2. the name of the place is Maison du Pain.
          on pico just east of hauser.

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          1. re: westsidegal


            Pain du Jour is in Santa Monica on Pico between Lincoln and 9th. It is totally French. But it does have a front staff who does not speak French and my be filipino or malay.

            Never thought of the one near Hauser.

          2. I find the pain de mie, wheat round, baguette at Bread Bar all exceptional for sandwiches.

            1. I haven't been to Maison du Pain, but Bread Bar beats Village Bakery hands down, in my opinion.

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              1. re: emily

                Bread Bar, huh? Wow, OK.

                Here's an article on Maison du Pain, and how the owners are Filipino. I got this place confused with Pain du Jour. You can see how this is all very confusing.

                On a side note... Isn't it interesting how some of the finer French stores are run by Asians? Jin Patisserie, Maison du Pain (though, I've not yet been), Amandine, and Le Sanctuaire are all run by Asians. I think that's really cool.

              2. TJ's sells a very good unsliced brioche loaf.

                1. i like bay cities (they bake like 9 times a day, man!), and for the fluffy, light, stale-in-an-hour baguettes, i'm quite fond of French Market Cafe on Abbot Kinney. dunno if they have brioche, can't get past the baguette. fred's bakery on robertson near hamilton high for rye. i also like to make sandwiches on their salt sticks, which are little salty-carawayseedy egg breads about the size of a demi-baguette. i make lots of buttery grilled cheeses sandwiches on their thick-sliced challah, too, it's sweet and eggy.

                  1. For those ex-pat NYC folks who crave a really soft, fresh baked Italian roll, Valentino's Pizza in Manhattan Beach may do the trick. Don't know if the El Segundo branch carries the standalone breads.

                    1. Rockenwagner makes an amazing Brioche Bread. I buy it at the Santa Monica Wed Market. It is a large rectangular shape and is perfect for sandwiches and awesome french toast. If you cannot make it to the farmers market call their bakery location
                      Rockenwagner Bakery. 12835 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90066. (310) 578-8171
                      The Pico bakery, Pan du Jour has marvelous baugettes, and they do have some other loaves, mostly whole grain rustic loaves. I have never seen anything like a brioche loaf there.
                      And another place to find brioche type bread is at a Japanese Bakery, the one in the Mitsuwa Market Torrance has a good one, I can't remember what they call it ( not brioche ) but you would be able to recognize it, they sell it in full and half loaves.

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                      1. re: ciaolette

                        Mitsuwa sells a great white loaf for toasting -- it's called "English Bread" and is available with the other bread in the bakery area (it's taller than the other sliced loaves and has a British flag on the side of the package). It just has this great wheat flavor that I love. It's even better with some quality salted butter spread on top.

                        1. re: ciaolette

                          Rockenwagner just opened a new place on Abbot Kinney (3 square). All the baked goodies are there.

                        2. You might check Normandie Bakery on Jefferson between La Brea and La Cienega. They make a lot of European style bread and pretty reasonable. The owner is a French woman and most of the workers seem to be Hispanic. One reason I like their sandwiches is the bread is very fresh. I'd suggest you give 'em a call.

                          1. I LOVE the sandwich bread from the Bread Bar...



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