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Looking for good muffins!

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.

Thanks!

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  1. Cakewalk in downtown LA.
    http://cakewalkbakery.net/index.html

    Martino's in Burbank
    http://www.martinosbakery.com/index.html

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    Cakewalk
    1326 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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

    1. 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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      1. re: bromion

        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

          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. 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

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

          1. re: klaatu

            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. 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.

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

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              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