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May 23, 2007 06:13 PM

Paris Baguette coming to Koreatown?

Just noticed a sign up for Paris Baguette on 6th and Alexandria in the same mall with several popular Korean restaurants. If I'm not mistaken, is the first bahn mi place in the area? I haven't been to the one in San Gabriel, how does their bahn mi stack up?

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  1. Seems like they're everywhere but the SGV. Might be the now defunct "Paris Sandwich" on the corner of Valley Blvd. & San Gabriel Blvd. you're thinking of.

    1. There's one on Western, near Beverly I believe. I walked in the other day looking for bahn mi, but they apparently only do pastries - are you thinking of Mr. Baguette? (I think I was, at least).

      I hope our mid-city bahn mi - which I'm waiting for too - ends up being something better than Mr. Baguette!

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      1. re: cant talk...eating

        Oh, I guess I was thinking of Paris Sandwich...or maybe if Paris Sandwich married Mr. Baguette...darn!

        1. re: Chowpatty

          Well, you found it-give us one of your stellar reports when you check it out.

        1. re: monku

          I guess that makes more sense since except for a few pho places, most restaurants around there are Korean, not Vietnamese. But we can always hope.

          1. re: Chowpatty

            Even the pho places in Koreatown are Korean-owned and run!

          2. re: monku

            Not only is it a Korean company, but there is another location (or two) already in the area!

          3. Bakery, not bahn mi. Very french, not overly sweet stuff and some interesting stuff.

            1. Paris Baguette is a korean chain bakery started up by a korean mega-conglomerate. But don't let that get to you - they make some of the best pastries in Koreatown/L.A. Although they sell the traditional korean bakery items it's their french pastries that are the real stars. Croissants are so buttery and flaky they rival any from France. But my favorite- the raisin danish- made with dark and golden raisins YUM! The best thing about this place is that these pastries roll out fresh from the oven about every 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon. If you don't see your favorite in the case-relax just order a cup of coffee and wait a few minutes to see what comes out -it will be worth the wait. They also carry these thin coconut cookies so light and crispy- I went last week to buy a pack but they were sold out and since they import then from korea I don't they were getting any soon. Baguettes are excellent as is the sandwich bread. They also have something called quicktoast a loaf of bread already made with butter so no need to slather it on - interesting idea. Cakes look interesting. Good brazilian? coffee, fresh squeezed OJ. Average price per pastry around $1.50 Fellow hounders I recommend this place to all you and you will not be disappointed

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              1. re: downtowngrll

                Where are they located?, Is it only the one they are opening on 6th street?

                1. re: paprkutr

                  First and Western, west side of Western...I echo downtowngrll...great stuff. Great chocolate and almond pastries as well.

                2. re: downtowngrll

                  Your description of Paris Baguette is "right on" and surely makes me salivate. I would add that the space is immaculate and the heavenly aroma makes the drive from anywhere in the city well worthwhile!

                  I walked a couple of doors to the right for a freshly brewed tea; while I enjoyed the tea, I thought the price was quite steep. The prices at Paris Baguette, however, are quite reasonable.

                  1. re: liu

                    Just out of curiosity...Did you buy your tea at that boba place in the same mini-mall as Paris Baguette? If so, I know what you mean about being overpriced! I went in there and not only were they rude but my boba was something like six dollars! Outrageous and a poor excuse for a simple milk-tea boba! Avoid at all costs!

                    1. re: love2eat

                      Hi, love2eat! Hmmmm...I don't remember if it was exclusively a boba place. They had lounge seats inside, and I proceeded all the way to the back to order my drink. It was a tea place, but I don't remember boba because at the time I was concentrating on ordering some hot tea and then hurrying back to Paris Baguette to my pastry. It was toward the end of the little mall, but perhaps not the last store. Sorry to be so vague.

                  2. re: downtowngrll

                    gotta agree with your assessment. my friend brought a green tea cake from paris baguette to an event over the weekend and it was delicious.

                    1. re: wilafur

                      Yes, I've had their green tea chiffon cake, and was it not only good to look at (and eat), it was only 30 bucks. Really good deal.