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Best Cheese Danish...

klaatu Sep 6, 2007 11:55 PM

...in 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. SIMIHOUND RE: klaatu Sep 7, 2007 10:20 PM

    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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      Dogbite Williams RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 8, 2007 10:25 PM

      How is Bea's poppyseed Danish, Simihound?

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        SIMIHOUND RE: Dogbite Williams Sep 9, 2007 10:04 AM

        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.

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          Dogbite Williams RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 9, 2007 04:56 PM

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

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            Clyde RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 10, 2007 01:22 PM

            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. tritip RE: klaatu Sep 7, 2007 11:32 PM

        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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          Foodandwine RE: tritip Sep 9, 2007 03:06 PM

          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..

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            Diana RE: Foodandwine Sep 9, 2007 03:31 PM

            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.

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              Emme RE: Diana Sep 9, 2007 06:30 PM

              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

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          klaatu RE: klaatu Sep 12, 2007 03:26 PM

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

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