Best Bread and Best Deserts in LA
I will be traveling to LA in couple of weeks and have heard some good things about the Breadbar...
I am aways on the hunt for good bakery stuff - bread - cakes - cookies....
Any other suggestions for things not to miss in LA?
BreadBar has great bread. I especially recommend their Alpine bread, which is baked with emmentaler cheese. Their walnut-raisin and fig breads are also excellent. Same with the cucuma, which has hazelnuts. All the breads are really good. For the sweets, I like their "wall streets" which are chewy little morsels that look like mini muffins, but are about the size of a quarter. I am not a huge fan of their tarts and eclairs.
Rockenwagner has a great pretzel roll and an amazing bacon-cheese pretzel twist.
You should try some of the ethnic bakeries in LA. There is a huge post on that going on right now. Lots of Armenian, Lebanese, Mexican, Korean, and other bakeries being discussed.
Langer's deli downtown on 7th and Alvarado has the best rye bread I've had in years. They use it on their pastrami sandwiches which are probably the best in America but you can buy a loaf to go, too.
Hollywood/Beverly Hills side of town:
Near La Brea Blvd and Beverly Blvd are LA Brea Bakery, which is good for bread, and Susina which is the best place in LA for dessert.
In Burbank and Glendale there is a great Cuban bakery called Portos. Yummy bread and lots of desserts.
I must second, Hans Rockenwagner's breads & pastries. He has recently opened 3square in Venice which is a fantastic bakery & next door is his cafe open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have enjoyed his pretzel bread for many years and since he's opend 3square I have tried many new & yummy items such as his bienenstick (sp?) which is pastry layered with custard & topped almonds.....so decadent! This past week I enjoyed a fantastic breakfast at the cafe. I had the chicken hash which was very tasty & much healthier than my usual pastries!