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Sep 6, 2007 11:55 PM

Best Cheese Danish... L.A.? Any ideas?

My favorite (favourite) is back home at the Harbord Bakery in Toronto. They also make the best chalah I've ever had.

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  1. I can only say this....Bea's Bakery in Tarzana. They have terrific open or closed cheese danish. Their challah is legendary. Heck-everything they make is legendary. Remember that the Jewish holidays are next week so the raisin challah is an added plus.

    Bea's Bakery
    18450 Clark St, Tarzana, CA 91356

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    1. re: SIMIHOUND

      How is Bea's poppyseed Danish, Simihound?

      1. re: Dogbite Williams

        I have never seen a poppyseed danish there but they have poppyseed cake. It's real good. I must say that I am partial to Schwartz's bakery poppyseed cake. They are near Canters on Fairfax and I think have a location in West LA. We called it mun cake when I was a kid. When my sister comes from Miami to visit she takes home a ton of this cake.

        1. re: SIMIHOUND

          Simihound, does Schwartz's have individual poppyseed Danish? I'm single and can't use a whole cake.

          1. re: SIMIHOUND

            i was going to just recommend going to schwartz's for the cheese danish. it's VERY good there. i grew up on cheese danishes from NY so i'm a tough critic.

      2. Not sure how tight your definition is, but on weekends the La Brea bakery stocks their Viennese Danish, which uses a brioche-ydough and some sort of reduced crème fraîche concoction for the "cheese" portion. The outside is studded with sprinkles of coarse baker's sugar.

        It's definitely not that sticky, gooey, doughy thing that comes in the pink box.

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        1. re: tritip

          Okay, I will get flack for this one. But when they are fresh really fresh the larg pack at Costco cannot be beat for me! and I am not even a member..

          1. re: Foodandwine

            No flack, you are spot on. Costco has some really great baked goods. The pumpkin pie is one of the best in LA, as well.

            1. re: Diana

              Concur. Costco has great cheese danishes, french apple crumb pie, cookies, muffins, but nothing special at all about their sheet cakes aside from price and convenience.

              Second the rec for Bea's.

              Also, try
              Elysee in Westwood
              Beverlywood Bakery
              Viktor Benes',
              and yes, Sweet Lady Jane

        2. Okay. Just tried Bea's (also bought chalah for tonight). Fantastic cheese danish. Thanks chowhounds.