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.
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.
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.
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.