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Looking for good muffins!

fat kitty Jul 30, 2007 08:03 PM

Hi. Please recommend good muffins, preferably from local, independent bakeries (not very interested in Costco muffins, though I know they have their fans). General locations could be SF Valley, Glendalel, Burbank, Silver Lake, etc. Also looking for good and interesting flavors and varieties.

I recently tried Delilah's in Echo Park and they were pretty good, but would like some others to compare.


  1. aching Aug 1, 2007 05:03 PM

    Though not in the locations you're targeting, Urth Caffe has a pumpkin muffin that is one of my all-time favorite things!

    Urth Caffe
    8565 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

    Urth Caffe
    267 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

    Urth Caffe
    2327 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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      RSMBob Jul 31, 2007 07:44 PM

      Ok, this probably isn't the answer you're looking for, but I have found Pavilion's grocery store to have very good muffins (I like choc chip and blueberry). They vary from loaction to location but in south OC, there are a couple of stores where they are better than what you'll pay triple for elsewhere.

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        klaatu Jul 31, 2007 06:20 PM

        Nat's Early Bite

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        1. re: klaatu
          sherpa50 Jul 31, 2007 06:58 PM

          Jack & Jill's in Beverly Hills - on Beverly, south of SM. I like the peanut butter & jelly muffin, but all the rest look good, too. Note: they are on the cakey side, but not heavy.

        2. Emme Jul 31, 2007 12:14 AM

          Try Zen Bakery on Pico; though they do sell packaged versions at TJ's and Whole Foods, I prefer them fresh from the bakery itself. FWIW, the bakery also makes a pretty darn good cinnamon roll. I like the peach and apple bran muffins that are less adulterated in comparison with the apple mango blueberry or apple cranberry sold at TJ's.

          For a sweet, dense muffin, try the blueberry or chocolate chip muffins at K's Donut Emporium at Ventura and Beverly Glen.

          I know they're a chain, but I love Ralph's Raisin Bran, Apple Crumb, Peach Crumb, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, and Blueberry Streusel Muffins. For those that like the flavors, the Banana Walnut, Raisin Sunshine (carrot and raisins) and Poppyseed are also quite popular.

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          1. re: Emme
            TastELA Jul 31, 2007 12:48 AM

            I love the raspberry muffins at Europane in Pasadena. I'm addicted!

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            bromion Jul 30, 2007 11:37 PM

            I love a good corn muffin, the kind I would get in New York all the time (here, if you can find a plain corn muffin at all, it is overly cakey, like a cupcake). The only ones I have found that measure up are Il Fornaio, of all places! You can get their packaged muffins at Whole Foods usually.

            I have also been impressed with the muffins at Rumor Mill on Washington Blvd in Culver City (Washington just west of McLaughlin). I think they are delivered daily or more frequently from a local bakery. No corn muffins, tho.

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              Foodandwine Jul 30, 2007 11:48 PM

              those corn muffins in NYC are an instution to themselves. One on the go with one of those blue paper greek diner cups of coffee to go. Was a breakfast of mine 3 days a week when I went to college there.. if theres anything close here in LA I wpould like to know.

              1. re: Foodandwine
                bromion Jul 30, 2007 11:56 PM

                Try the ones from Il Fornaio bakery that Whole Foods sells. They're not bad. A bit heavy, though, so I wouldn't eat them 3 days a week, unless you want to get a bit heavier!

            2. ipsedixit Jul 30, 2007 10:25 PM

              Cakewalk in downtown LA.

              Martino's in Burbank

              1326 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

              Martino's Bakery
              335 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

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