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A bakery like Tartine...but on the Westside of LA?

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I'm trying to find a French bakery that's as good as Tartine in San Francisco...but out on the Westside of Los Angeles (where I now live). I know it's poor form to compare different spots but once you've had a croissant at Tartine...it's REALLY hard to get with a similar pastry from elsewhere if it's not on the same level.

Any suggestions?

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  1. I think the consensus is that the best croissant on the westside can be found at Amandine on Wilshire in west LA.

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    1. re: mollyomormon

      I concur. Almandine does have yummy croissants and does a nice job with other baked goods.

    2. This may help, I remember this from a few months ago. Good luck!

      http://www.chow.com/topics/321869

      1. Throughout the LA Boards, I have noticed Tartine most frequently being compared with Clementine. I don't think the item being compared is a croissant; the topic is usually a pastry. Personally (believe it or not), I think AMANDINE is BETTER than Tartine, with bonus points for a more serene environment and pleasant employees. Oh yeah, and no 45 minute line :-)

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        1. re: running pig

          I agree - the lines at Tartine are pretty bad but the employees there are really nice. I've never known anyone to have a bad service experience there.

          In the meantime, I'll try both Clementine and Almandine.

          Now...how about some place that makes scones as good as SF's Arizmendi? :)

          1. re: running pig

            Yep, Amandine is a true gem and compares quite favorably to Tartine. Make sure to try the banana-chocolate danish.

            1. re: a_and_w

              I tried Amandine this past weekend and...

              ...the croissant was quite good. Personally, it's not Tartine-level for me but I wasn't about to throw it in the trash. I wasn't as impressed by the rest of the pastry menu however, sadly enough. The hunt continues.

              1. re: odub

                What other offerings on the pastry menu did you try?

          2. Concur that Amandine rocks, but I also love Elysee in Westwood.

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            1. re: Emme

              You know what, Emme? Despite graduating from UCLA and hanging out in "The Village" quite a bit, I have never made it to Elysee and have no explanation as to why. What is good there?

              1. re: running pig

                Pretty much all the pastries I've tried there. An aside, my best friend LOVES their coffees, cappuccinos, and espressos... nice big cups as well. To name a few pastries... the quiches, the palmiers, florentines, croissants, custard tarts, etc. I also like how quiet and unassuming it is inside, away from the Westwood bustle.

                1. re: Emme

                  Thanks for mentioning the coffee...I love REAL cups :-) So tired of the cardboard and plastic ones!!!

            2. You should also try the pretzel croissant from City Bakery (in Brentwood Mart). It's different from Amandine, but also very good.