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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

            LOL

            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.