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Favorite Panaderia (Mexican Bakery) in LA?

Cali Jan 16, 2007 01:30 AM

If you've never been to a Mexican bakery then you really need to go because they offer some wonderful treats. I especially like thier Postres de Tres Leches. There is a really good Panaderia in Pico Rivera called Duran's on the corner of Rosemead and Beverly Blvd that makes wonderful Bolillos and homeade Mexican Chorizo without all the fat. Are there any good bakeries you know of?

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    skoop323 Jan 28, 2009 10:44 PM

    french panderia (owned by koreans) ( disregard the french) washington blvd 1 block after crenshaw.

    have great tres de leche cakes, bolillos fresh and hot, pan, and other treats
    very good but get there early or you will find a line out the door

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    1. re: skoop323
      ozzygee Feb 11, 2009 03:58 PM

      It was at one time French and I believe they are using the original recipes. The bollilos are more like French rolls, but they are the best bread for tortas ever.

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      skoop323 Dec 19, 2007 01:42 AM

      forgot the name but washington and crenshaw after the jack in the box lines always packed

      1. Eat_Nopal Nov 13, 2007 11:39 PM

        Back in the mid 90's... La Mascota (in East L.A. just off Soto) was probably the best in town (as evidenced by lines wrapping around the corner).... any body been recently?

        Also there were a number of Chinese run bakeries that would deliver a limited selection of excellent Mexican style pan dulce.... one was at Soto & Whittier.

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          Sheila Weisberg Dec 6, 2007 02:31 PM

          I've been to La Mascota recently and it's still good...and still busy.
          Nice selection of cookies.

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            jencounter Dec 7, 2007 06:33 AM

            When their pan dulce's fresh, it's the best I've ever had.

          2. ozzygee Aug 31, 2007 12:50 PM

            Have to add Celaya Bakery on Vermont, north of USC, after a recent visit. Excellent bolillos, very good croissants and tasty quesadillas salvadorenas.

            They have two locations in this area but the one on Vermont seems to be the better of the two.

            Celaya Bakery
            2304 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles - (323) 731-6167

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              Foodandwine Aug 31, 2007 12:59 PM

              for the southbay hounds the corner of hawthorne and marine in the strip center next to the auto parts store in the same center as super plus foods is a good panaderia. as you can see i forgot the name. the conchas are made around 2:00 in the afternoon and they are mighty tasty.. also they have whole wheat bolillos. super cheap too.. not as large as the bakeries in the eastside but very good IMHO

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                gaylenwaydelich Sep 1, 2007 05:24 PM

                Thanks Foodandwine! I have been missing the conchas of my youth since Delisioso took over the old Charlie's bakery in San Pedro. Any CH's know of a good panaderia in SP-Wilmington area?

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                  nomo_fan Nov 13, 2007 10:32 PM

                  Foodandwine, the name of the bakery is El Molino Bakery, and it is by far the best tres leches cake I have had in my life. I'm going on Thursday to get me one.

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                    Rodeline Dec 14, 2007 02:07 PM

                    Thank you for sending me down to El Molino...yummy tres leches!

            2. la vida dulce Aug 24, 2007 05:19 PM

              La Fama, El Gallo and Liliana's --- a trifecta of delights! And all within walking distance of each other.

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                Sheila Weisberg Aug 24, 2007 01:57 PM

                La Fama in East L. A. And as an added treat it is right next door to Zacatecas Raspados. It's on Ford Street.

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                  ickster Jan 22, 2007 11:07 PM

                  In addition I also like Sonora Bakery in East Los Angeles on Whittier and Ford Blvd.

                  The restaurant next to El Gallo --La Carreta--is good for machaca, menudo and chile verde.

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                    Ernie Jan 16, 2007 03:24 PM

                    El Gallo Bakery, best in East LA. Their pan dulce and bolillos are excellent.


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                      robgue Jan 17, 2007 06:07 PM

                      i agree.

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                        ozzygee Jan 22, 2007 10:56 PM

                        Ditto on El Gallo. Probably the best I've had.

                        Also the place next to La Casita Mexicana is great, and they're open ridiculously late 7 days a week:

                        Los Reyes Bakery
                        4026 Gage Ave, Bell, CA

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                          chowchi1 Aug 24, 2007 03:25 PM

                          Can't say enough about El Gallo -- put's Vallarta to shame. To take a bite of an warm, freshly baked pan dulce makes the experience even better. Alway's get my tamale's at Liliana's down the street and then to El Gallo.

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                            diaz Sep 4, 2007 07:49 PM

                            El Gallo is the best in ELA. I totally agree.

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                            glutton Jan 16, 2007 02:15 PM

                            Adelita's on Pico near downtown would be my choice for tres leches cake and many other baked goods.

                            1. Das Ubergeek Jan 16, 2007 02:10 PM

                              For tres leches, my heart belongs to Vallarta Supermarket (yes, I know). For bolillos, though, Las Americas in Panorama City.

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                                Dommy Jan 16, 2007 04:38 PM

                                Yes!! Vallarta Market has the perfect ratio of the Mush and cake... Most are too dry or too mushy!

                                As for all around Panaderia, the only one that keeps me drooling in the one inside Grand Central Market... they do an EXCELLENT job...:)


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                                  Cicely Jan 20, 2007 12:44 AM

                                  Dommy, there are actually two panaderias now in Grand Central - the new one in the space where there used to be a tortilleria. Do you mean that one? Their steam table also always smells really good when I pass it.

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                                    Dommy Jan 22, 2007 05:44 PM

                                    The one right by the entrance, that one. :) Great bread pudding and Conchas. :) I haven't been back since they converted the Tortilla stand... Will have to check it out soon! :)


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                                      weebie Jan 22, 2007 07:40 PM

                                      That one is the Grand Central location of Adelita (which Glutton mentions below) if I'm not mistaken.

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                                MichaelS Jan 16, 2007 01:52 AM

                                East Los Angeles Bakery

                                4333 Union Pacific Ave
                                Los Angeles, CA , 90023-4134
                                Address Map
                                Phone: 323-266-2800

                                It is a wholesale bakery with a retail outlet. It is the best out there. Kinda of a rough area but park in the gated lot.

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