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Jan 8, 2008 11:17 AM

Best Baguette on the West Side

Just got back from France and brought some amazing cheese and fois gras back with me. I don't want to waste it on chewy stuff. Any ideas out there? Thanks

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  1. La Maison Du Pain

    Normandie Bakery

    Take Care

    - P.

    La Maison Du Pain
    5373 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

    Normandie Pate
    3022 S Cochran Ave, Los Angeles, CA

    1. Bread Bar. In Century City or on Third Street near Robertson.

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      1. re: Bob Brooks

        not sure where you of the op live, but robin's nest at the end of north venice blvd (next to james' beach) gets bread bar baguettes and other assorted goodies shipped in daily. the baguettes are amazing...especially with smuggled foie gras on top.

        1. re: Bob Brooks

          In my world, P and Bob Brooks have it completely covered.

          Maison Du Pain and Breadbar are worth the journey. I was amazed at how good the baguette was at Breadbar when I was last there.

          You could go to both in the morning, get one from each, and let us know how your lunch turns out. :-)

        2. i also came back from France a few months ago and am having a hard time finding a good baguette. la brea bakery was a huge dissapointment and so was the french market in the farmers market, along with the regular farmers market bread people.

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          1. re: Clyde

            I think the french market you are referring to is Monsieur Marcel. They've got another location on the THird Street Promenade. I have to share your disappointment with the place. They just seem pretty sloppy about their quality. Their cheeses are stored in a sloppy fashion, their bread isn't quite right -- there's just something missing.

            1. re: glutton

              yes, monsieur marcel... other than the bread i've had pretty good experiences there. the guava jam is fantastic!

          2. A few months ago, I came across a place in Santa Monica on Pico Boulevard, just east of Lincoln. I can't recall the name but they seemed to sell mostly baguettes and pan du chocolate. And it's run by some ex-pats.

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            1. re: SusieGirl7

              I'd bet you're thinking of Le Pain du Jour at 828 Pico.

              Le Pain Du Jour
              828 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

              1. re: ks in la

                ooh, good post cls105. Everytime I come back from Europe, I regret how easy it is to find good bread on every street corner in France, Spain, etc. I feel like its the ultimate measure of a society...not GDP, not artist community, or health care.

                I don't have much to add but I have also heard Pain Du Jour is the place. I've been unable to get in there as their business hours seem to fluctuate, but definitely give it a shot.

                Although its not a traditional french bread, or a baquette, Bay Cities bakes their own great bread pretty frequently so you can often pick up a warm loaf there. I'm a big fan.

            2. I like Amandine's baguette. It's lighter in the texture than La Brea or Bread Bar.