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Best bread in LA?

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What does everyone think is the best artisinal bread in LA? I can come up with a quick list of places in SF (Acme, Cheeseboard, Arizmendi, Tartine, etc.), but the only place I've heard a lot of commentary on here is La Brea. What about Euro-Pane? Dolce Forno? Any others?

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  1. Having just returned from the Bay Area, I feel your pain. A quick search of the board reveals only depressing entries for cornbread and bread pudding and Poilane bread, flown in from France, for heaven's sake. What is wrong with us Angelenos? I have a childhood fondness for Pioneer Sourdough... There's the bizarre flavored breads made by Bezjian at the Hollywood Farmer's Market...and some good places for pita, tortillas, challah, rye bread, etc. How about Le Pain Quotidien? The bread at Figaro Cafe and Cafe Casbah was good for a while...don't know if it still is. Good luck!

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    1. re: patty

      You can still buy Pioneer breadf fresh at their bakery at 804 Montana Avenue at Lincoln Boulevard.

      1. re: Eric

        And if you go in after 5:00pm, the bread is half off.

      2. re: patty

        Please don't complain about bread in LA until you have tried Pain Du Jour, then you will feel much better....:-)

        Le Pain Du Jour  
        828 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
        Phone: (310) 399-4870

        1. re: ciaolette

          Le Pain du Jour is truly awesome. It is especially so if you can swing by in the morning and get a real croissant. Their batard is as good as Poilane is when you are in Paris.

      3. When I did a search for bread los angeles on the CH Mainpage search feature it came up with 20 pages of responses, one of which I linked below. Not that all of them were appropriate, but a lot of them seemed to be as I looked at 8 or 9 of them.

        Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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        1. re: WLA

          Le Pain Quotidien; best baquettes (yes, better than La Brea). Il Fornaio ciabatta, heated. There used to be a great bakery in Brentwood on San Vicente in a weird little strip center (Brentwood Bakery?);they moved a couple of years ago, big wholesale business; Incredible, dense white bread, great multi grain bread. Juniors Deli; phenomenal Banana Bread (not realy bread, but it is awesome).

          1. re: WLA

            Le Pain Quotidien; best baquettes (yes, better than La Brea). Il Fornaio ciabatta, heated. There used to be a great bakery in Brentwood on San Vicente in a weird little strip center (Brentwood Bakery?);they moved a couple of years ago, big wholesale business; Incredible, dense white bread, great multi grain bread. Juniors Deli; phenomenal Banana Bread (not realy bread, but it is awesome).

          2. I really like the bread at Le Pain Quotidien, a mini chain out of Europe. They have a couple of shops in NYC and a couple here -- one in Beverly Hills, one in Brentwood and one in West Hollywood. They bake their bread fresh in the store, and it's quite good. Better than La Brea Bakery for sure. Website with exact locations linked below.

            Link: http://www.painquotidien.com/Pages/Ho...

            1. Well - this may not be what you're looking for, but:

              The Wine Bistro in Studio City has spectacular bread. They receive it partialy baked, and then they do the rest. Unfortunately I have forgtten from where they get their half baked bread.

              1. We love the stuff at Cha Cha Cha in Silverlake -- if you call there, they'll tell you the bakery, which is nearby.

                I'd also try to find out who makes the bread served at Mastro's in Beverly Hills -- it's incredible, too.