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Challah in San Fernando Valley

Filmfreaketta Aug 18, 2002 09:04 PM

I'm looking for some great Challah. Bea's in Tarzana is really good but I don't want to go that far west. Can anyone recommend a bakery/store to get challah on Friday in Sherman Oaks/Studio City/North Hollywood/Van Nuys?

Thanks in advance.

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    JeffS RE: Filmfreaketta Aug 19, 2002 03:02 AM

    I'm assuming that Brown's Victory Bakery (Victory 1 block east of Coldwater Cyn.) is gone? There's a bakery on Devonshire (just west of Balboa opposite El Torito) in Granada Hills that makes some reference to Brown's in it's ads.

    Looks like the Neighborhood of Whitsett and Burbank
    might have a few places:

    A quick search of Bakers-Retail on www.switchboard.com shows:

    Eilat Bakery
    12522 Burbank Blvd
    North Hollywood, CA ZipCode
    Categories: Bakers-Retail

    Continental Kosher Bakery
    12419 Burbank Blvd
    North Hollywood, CA ZipCode
    Categories: Bakers-Retail

    Sam's Kosher Bakery & Doughnut
    12450 Burbank Blvd # H
    North Hollywood, CA
    Categories: Bakers-Retail

    "mmm, kosher donuts..."

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      LBQT RE: JeffS Aug 19, 2002 02:01 PM

      The Granada Hills bakery referred to in the post above does indeed carry Brown's baked goods. Although the retail Brown's in North Hollywood is gone, I understand the family kept the wholesale side, and sells retail in the Devonshire shop as well. Brown's may have some ownership of the Devonshire shop; I can't accurately recall the information I heard. Having grown up on Brown's, I am happy to report one can still get a fix of some old favorites there, and I am hoping they will sotck Brown's incomparable golden raisin challah for the upcoming holidays.

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        NeNePie RE: LBQT Feb 23, 2007 06:55 PM

        What is this bakery? Is it in the mall where the Denny's is next to the gas station on the corner? I never noticed one there.

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          GummyBear RE: NeNePie Feb 23, 2007 10:46 PM

          NeNePie - Look at the date of the post you are responding to, almost 5 years ago. Yes Brown's WAS doing their whole/retail-ish baking out of that bakery in Granada Hills. But sadly the Brown family closed up shop soon after that post was written. And I think that the bakery they were sharing is also gone.

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      LBQT RE: Filmfreaketta Aug 21, 2002 05:11 PM

      Checked into it a little further. Brown's, also known as Brown's S & J Bakery, is at Devonshire and Balboa.

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        chino wayne RE: LBQT Aug 22, 2002 01:01 AM

        OK, maybe we need to make a trip out there after we visit Brents on Parthenia, or Abe's on Nordhoff.

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          SIMIHOUND RE: chino wayne Feb 22, 2007 08:48 PM

          Chino, Ok on the Brent's for sure but but dont visit Abe's. Its always been really bad. I cant understand why they are still in business.

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        Susan RE: Filmfreaketta Aug 26, 2002 02:07 PM

        Try the Victor Benes bakery in any Gelson's for delicious challah. We're from New York and EXTREMELY fussy about challah. My husband swears this is his favorite challah ever. It's rather sweet and heavy on the egg yolks.

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          Jwsel RE: Susan Feb 22, 2007 09:15 PM

          We often get the Benes challah and it's quite good (not as good as my mom's, but that's on a totally different level). Members of my family also like Costco's challah, but I'm not as big a fan.

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            Diana RE: Susan Feb 23, 2007 08:25 AM

            I second VB's Challah. A friend gives us a loaf every year as a gift. I doesn't last the day!

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            LuckyinLA RE: Filmfreaketta Sep 1, 2002 08:24 PM

            If you do NOT require that your challah be kosher, try Whole Foods. We buy from the Sherman Oaks West store & it is amazing!

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              theashley RE: Filmfreaketta Feb 22, 2007 07:10 PM

              Unique bakery, on ventura in the shopping center with blockbuster just east of reseda. Friday afternoon, ask for a hot one in a paper bag. To die for!!!

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                goldbergd RE: Filmfreaketta Feb 23, 2007 09:17 AM

                The best challah in the valley is in Northridge at delicious bakery next to Vons at the corner of reseda and nordhoff. That is where Brent's get it's challah and most of their deserts.

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                  Oh Robin RE: Filmfreaketta Feb 23, 2007 11:19 AM

                  If you're ever in a bind, Trader Joe's is very good. Makes great french toast or cream cheese with ham sandwiches. (if you eat ham)

                  My sister works at TJ's. Every time someone buys challah she yells out "Holla"! hip hop style really loud and people think she's nuts. :)

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                    gnarlex RE: Filmfreaketta Feb 23, 2007 12:48 PM

                    Oddly, Porto's (Burbank and Glendale) has a very good, very large challah for $1.95. They also have a smaller size that I didn't price.

                    1. 420 Reasons to eat RE: Filmfreaketta Feb 23, 2007 05:36 PM

                      Le Pain Quotidien on Ventura near Coldwater sells an Organic Challah every Friday.

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