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Jul 9, 2001 04:14 AM

Figaro Cafe in Los Feliz - What's Become of the Baker?

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Does anyone know where the old French baker at Figaro Cafe on Vermont in Los Feliz can be found now? I went in there to try the flaky, oozing croissants that are the product of an alumnus of an esteemed Parisian Boulangerie, and alas, they are no more. Now the place is owned by some San-Diego based chain who plans on converting many of the now-defunct Noah's franchises into a chain of bakeries. Whoopie! The bar guy said that the old baker is somewhere in Silverlake, but he didn't know the name of the place. Anyone know where i can go to get my paws on his pastries?

This is taken from the LA Times Calendar Live:

Flaky, buttery and oozing with Gruyère, Figaro's ham-and-cheese croissant is, sans doute, the best L.A. has to offer. Baker Jean-Claude Busigny hails from Poilâne, the definitive Paris boulangerie, bringing with him a yeast starter that is more than a decade mature. Walking into Figaro is literally like stepping into a French bakery: Everything from the ceiling to the zinc counters were salvaged from Paris bistros and flea markets.
Figaro Boulangerie, 1804 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 662-2874. Croissants, $1.50 to $3.25.
—Heather John

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  1. I asked this very question months ago when I went in for my usual flaky fantasticness and was served something akin to a Costco Croissant, and I got no answers. I wish I knew where the masterful chef has gone. I'm just adding my support to your query. Where oh where can we find great morning pastries now?????

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    1. re: Jenji

      A while back I went to the Casbah Cafe in Silverlake on Sunset. They had really good croissants, and if I remember correctly they may have come from Cafe Figaro. Might want to ask in there.