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Feb 15, 2007 10:49 AM

Bread Bowls?

I know that Panera Bread and Corner Bakery both have them. But to me this are so I don't know not like S.F. Bread Bowls. Any good places for the famous sourdough bread bowl in LA area?

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  1. Boudin Bakery is straight outta the Bay area, so presumably, the local branches are finish-baking a frozen (or parbaked) loaf made up North. I think their bread is just ok for a corporate chain and not even close to the level of an SF bakery like Acme, but it might do.

    Boudin has two locations in OC @ South Coast Plaza, one inside the Disney California theme park, and a few inside LAX.

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      They bake the bread on location. It's set up like an open kitchen.

      1. re: bigipps

        Do they bake everything from step 1, or just finish baking a partially completed loaf? Bakery operations of Boudin's size typically have a central commissary where products are partially made prior to shipping.

        I'm guessing that's the case here. Do you know differently?

        1. re: Professor Salt

          At the South Coast Plaza location, there is a glassed off room by the registers where you can watch the bakers work. The last time I was in there I saw them running the dough through what I assume was a kneading machine. Most of the times I have been, I have seen someone working with dough. I have not seen anyone actually making the dough though.

          The other locations may be different.

          1. re: bigipps

            Yeah, the one at Disney does the same thing... It's pretty darn close, but Boudin is hardly the best sourdough in SF either so....


    2. I like the ones sold at Vons in a two-pack right next to the help-yourself soup station. I take them home, cut it open, pull out some of the insides, spread some butter on both sides and put it in the oven for a while. Then add soup and munch away. Very good.

      1. Yea I do that as well! I have been to Boudin at South Coast Plaza. Not bad but certainly not worth the drive when Panera and Corner Bakery are at my back-door (brea).

        1. If you're ever at Disneyland, that restaurant across from the Blue Bayou, more of a cafeteria-style, serve-yourself and pay place, does Clam Chowder in bread bowls, that IMO is the best thing at Disneyland.

          1. You should try Pioneer bread. Mostly wholesale to the restaurants around town but you can pick it up at Vicente Foods in BW. I think they still have a company store at Montana/Lincoln in SM. I know they sell to Gladstones. The only decent thing at Gladstones is the bread and the breadbowl chowder.