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best pre-entree bread

sometime's pre-entree bread is the best part of the meal! pre-entree bead is the free bread you get before the meal.

my favorite is from sesame grill in arcadia.

what's your favorite?

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  1. I agree about the bread at sesame grill. I had a pretty good steak there also. Nice modern ambiance inside as well.

    I can’t stop eating the dinner bread at both of these places below.

    Classic Italian-American dinner bread --
    Petrillo's Pizza (Restaurant & Take-Out)
    833 E Valley Blvd
    San Gabriel, CA 91776
    (626) 280-7332

    For really good dinner rolls with some garlic butter melted on top--
    Pizza Place California
    303 S Mission Dr
    San Gabriel, CA 91776
    (626) 570-9622

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    1. re: JeetJet

      I though Bastide had great bread, love the pizza bread at Angeli, and can't go to brunch at 3 Square without getting the bread/pastry basket (served with raspberry jam and Plugra), although this one isn't complimentary.

      1. Osteria Mozza. Nancy makes great bread; she should open a bakery or something.

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        1. re: SauceSupreme

          ... and call it La Brea Bakery, or something.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              And after she opened that bakery, she could serve the bread next door, or something.

              1. re: maxzook

                And then sell the bakery and watch everyone go into withdrawal when the quality declines.

          1. Hands down... Il Forno Caffe/Pizzaria. It is located in Santa Monica, on Ocean Park. Free parking. Delightful menu... check it out online!!! And the BEST bread I've EVER had outside of a bakery.

            If you don't agree... I'll be STUNNED. And you'd be the FIRST person I've ever met who would have thought otherwise. I've been taking friends and girlfriends to this sweet spot since I was 15. Over ten years later, it's only gotten better. PLEASE check the online menu... and if you're on the westside... HIT IT UP!


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            1. re: WORX4FUDE

              I second Il Forno Caffe!!! Some of the best pre-dinner bread I've ever had. I also recommend Il Forno Caldo on Santa Monica in BH on the corner of Santa Monica and Roxbury.

              I'm gonna get roasted for this recommendation but I'll stand by it... the sourdough bread at Grand Lux Cafe (when it's fresh and hot) is amazing!

              1. re: mrshankly

                The pizza bread at Da Pasquale in BH.

              2. re: WORX4FUDE

                Il Forno was the first place I thought of too. Delicious bread! So delicious in fact I can't even remember if enjoyed the rest of my meal I only remember the bread.

              3. The best bread in town in in the southbay, both Chez Melange in Redondo Beach, (in their assorted basket, the hot cheese bread is beyon compare), and Depot in Torrance, which has a great datenut or banana bread, and great rolls among the assortment.

                1. The selection of bread at Osteria Mozza is so good it does not even need butter or olive oil. Ortolan, Spago, Valentino's, and Vincenti all also offer delicious assortments of bread. At Ortolan, it is served with good butter and test tubes of infused olive oils and balsamic vinegar.

                  1. I was at Le Terza at the Orlando Hotel on Orlando and 3rd St. in West Hollywood for lunch last week. They had an awesome grilled rustic bread. The meal was very good but I would go back especially for the bread.

                    1. i think the spago/cut breads are always top notch. love his olive bread & pretzel rolls.

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                      1. re: woofer

                        Amen to those Pretzel Rolls. Mmmmmm.

                      2. I remembered two more.

                        The small loafs of fresh sourdough bread at The Bluewater Grill are so good when served hot. Ask your server to be sure it is fresh and hot then smother it with lots of butter. It goes great with the chowder.

                        The Bluewater Grill
                        665 North Harbor Drive
                        Redondo Beach, CA 90277
                        (310) 318-3474

                        Also try the cheese toast at the Northwoods Inn. -- hot from the oven. They will keep refilling that basket along with refilling the salad bowls (two salads).


                        1. bastide's brioche

                          3 square bakery - wonderful at breakfast w/ raspberry jam

                          mastro's pretzel bread

                          hal's in venice

                          ludobites baguette is heightened by that butter w/ sea salt

                          al gelato has a great one that goes well w/ the veggie soup

                          don't shoot me, but the sourdough loaf, if you ask them to toast it, at daily grill is really good - only when warm and crisp

                          boneyard bistro's corn muffins

                          1. I love the baskets hot pao de queijo (cheese bread) served at Fogo de Chao right when you're seated. I eat more of those delicious little breads than meat every time I go there!

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                            1. all the breads at melisse esp basil brioche...OMG
                              mozza pizzeria, can't believe how yummy a breadstick can be...
                              jiraffe, anise bread, delicious & original.....
                              joe's, what can I say, I'm a sucker for buttery brioche.....topped with butter
                              vito's (pizzeria in hollywood) has good garlic bread...drowned in garlic oil

                              1. SimonLA, hands down. An absolute cornucopia of the most delicious starchy goods on the planet. Pretzel bread, flatbread, cornbread, you name it. It's tempting to eat the whole basket and skip the entree.

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                                1. re: nick_r

                                  I am SOOOOO there. Thanks for the tip.

                                2. I LOVE BREAD!

                                  I like the pizza bread at Angeli
                                  the bread basket with butter and sea salt at Providence
                                  The corn muffin basket at Boneyard Bistro
                                  The Flatbread at Il Tiramisu
                                  The "imported" pita at C and K/Pappa Christos, as well as Great Greek and Alexis Cafe
                                  Any bread from Woodlands
                                  The spinach cheese naan at Gungadin
                                  The thick tortillas from El Katracho

                                  I have heard good things about the bread at Uzbekistan.

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                                  1. re: Diana

                                    That bread at Uzbekistan is awesome!

                                    1. re: mollyomormon

                                      Agreed on Uzbekistan, especially with that cheesy spread.

                                      What about the famous rolls at Hatfield's? I've not been yet (it's still lingering on the list), but, if they're the same as the Alpine rolls from Breadbar, they're high up there. I love those cheesy things...

                                  2. Ooh, ooh, also the bread at China Islamic!

                                    1. I love the bread at Buona Gente.

                                      Buona Gente
                                      5205 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

                                      1. No one has mentioned those incredible cheesy rolls at Hatfield's?! I think they have the best bread in greater L.A. I also like the bread they serve at the Morton's steakhouse in Beverly Hills (bread at the Costa Mesa location was different, and not nearly as good), and the yummy zucchini bread at Green Street restaurant in Pasadena.

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                                        1. re: Nicole

                                          I second those cheesy rolls from Hatfields. They taste really familiar too, like something I had in Paris...

                                        2. the bread at mortons and outback steakhouse both left an impression on me.

                                          Osteria mozza is good in a more fancy kind of way i guess. I feel healthier either their bread but i wouldnt really say it tastes better. BTW, last time we chatted with nancy silverton, she said she doesnt have that bread at La Brea Bakery.

                                          1. Couldn't agree with you more. If you find yourself in Anaheim, and want a very good meal in nice surroundings with outstanding bread, do go to Mr. Stox. They bake all of their bread in house and have a wonderful selection ranging from terrific pumpkin seed bread, to beet bread and olive bread, to simple sour dough. The only problem here is trying not to fill up on bread before the excellent food is served!

                                            1. I don't eat there anymore, since college in the mid 90s, but the Frisco bakery sourdough at the Pantry is divine. Hounds informed me that Frisco is a couple of blocks from where I currently reside, so I drop by there regularly for $2.50 sourdough loaves still fresh out of the oven. What a life!

                                              1. The popovers at BLT Steak...yummy!

                                                1. um, will i get banned from this site for saying louise's trattoria? all their food is nasty but their garlic-butter soaked bread is divine.

                                                  1. Lucques. The simply perfect bread, outstanding butter, perfect sea salt and rich flavorful olives and almonds are all part of the best pre-dinner "bread basket" (IMHO) in LA. This and a snack from the bar menu along with one of their refreshing and tasty cocktails complete a perfect night of eating. Or, I could take the bread and accompaniments and be happy with nothing else.

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                                                    1. re: SarahM

                                                      Kate Mantilini's--crusty sourdough.
                                                      Daily Grill in Beverly Connection--crusty sourdough.
                                                      Anisette--olive bread
                                                      3 Square--bread basket at dinner (better than anything we ate there)

                                                      1. re: SarahM

                                                        Amen! I asked them where they bought it from and they said they make it themselves. I wanted to take a loaf home with me. Tastes so yummy with the warm oiled nuts. DELISH!

                                                      2. There's that Brazillian place on La Cienega, Fogo De Chao, and they have these super light, airy little cheese popovers. Yummy. Also.....The hot sourdough loaf with garlic butter at The Old Spaghetti Factory is delish. But it closed down.

                                                        Yeah, I went there.

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                                                        1. re: schrutefarms

                                                          There is still an Old Spaghetti Factory in Duarte.

                                                        2. And, although I agree that the bread at Osteria Mozza is incredibly good, I feel like it's a bit dense and heavy to have before a meal. Especially that meal. I want to scrape my plate, and still be able to get the olive oil gellato and rosemary cakes for dessert!!

                                                          1. DiPilla's bread - dip it in olive oil/balsamic vinegar...so good..

                                                            1. Tie for three breads:

                                                              #1--High End restaurant bread
                                                              the yeasty, salty, rolls at Grace

                                                              #2--Most addictive at lower-end restaurant
                                                              the pizza dough knots served hot from the oven covered with garlicky hot olive oil at C&O trattoria and C&O cucina

                                                              #3 The served-hot-from-the-oven flatbread made in the corner of the restaurant at Shamshiri Grill.

                                                              1. Geoffrey's in Malibu has the best bread...It's a rosemary roll thats perfectly heated. Callendar's Cafe (the high end Marie Callendars) has really good bread too! It's this garlic butter bread...yuum!