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culver city bakeries?

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looking for a great bakery or dessert places where I can buy great pastries/desserts..or anything good for a casual gift. I will be near downtown culver city. thanks for your suggestions!

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  1. Are you talking downtown CC, or in the general area of CC, which can be very very wide - from La Cienega to Lincoln Blvd! The latter could include alot of choices... however, if you mean downtown, the first place that comes to mind is Grand Casino on Main street. It's Argentinian so you can expect the empandas but they are baked, not fried, so they are much lighter. They always have a great selection of cookies, pastries, and cakes in their case, and they usually have clear plastic "clamshell" containers of alfajores and baskets ready to go... if you like dulce de leche, then this is the place... most of their patrons are from the homeland as well... this has to be worth something...

    1. My friend got me a birthday cake from Angel Maid, and everyone thought it was Delish!!

      Angel Maid Bakery
      4538 S Centinela Ave
      Los Angeles, CA 90066
      (310) 915-2078

      1. Bluebird Bakery
        8572 National Blvd
        Culver City, CA 90232
        (310) 841-0939

        Cafe Surfas
        8777 Washington Blvd
        Culver City, CA 90232
        (310) 558-1458

        1. For what it is worth a recent banana cannelle purchased at Surfas was so bad (reeked of artificial flavoring) that I have strongly suggested ritual suicide by the "pastry chef." I do not recommend.

          1. All of the above. Really depends on what you want.
            I'll add another option: The Essential Chocolate Collection for realllly good brownies. www.essentialchocolate.com

            1. Also, La Dijonaise in the Helms complex. The have very nice pastries. If you're heading a bit east, Normandie Bakery on Cochran @ Jefferson has pastries (they may even supply La Dij) as well as cakes.

              1. Venice Bakery has lovely cuban pastries. I tried it out the other day and everything was delicious, especilly the potato balls & yucca (thanks dommy!). They advertise delicious tres leches cakes and all pastries looked great. On venice, between sepulveda and overland.

                10943 Venice Blvd
                Los Angeles, CA 90034
                (310) 839-3478

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                1. re: CarlieInLA

                  Tres Leches cake was nothing special. But i loved the Pastries and that Potato Ball... YUM!! :)


                2. Hotcakes on Centinela, south of Washington Blvd., (cream puffs are yummy!)

                  My other plug is for Jamaica's Cakes not in Culver City but on Pico Blvd., East of Sawtelle, Jamaica and her husband are so nice and so accomodating - delicious cookies and brownies.

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                  1. re: tatertots

                    I bought some things from Hotcakes in January for my roommate's birthday and was not too impressed. The cupcakes were decent for the relatively low price (the red velvet one being the best), but the other items were just okay. I had a strawberry macaron that was so sugar-laden it made my teeth hurt and that I could only eat half of and I love macarons.

                  2. If you're at the west end of CC, Massimo's Delectables is at Washington and Redwood, behind the Van's shoe store - look for the yellow shades in the side window. They do cakes, cookies, tarts, and great gelatos. One caveat - Massimo was bought out by Rainbow Acres, a small chain of health food stores - I don't know if it's been good or bad for either - I just don't know if Massimo is still running the show.