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Susan S Aug 7, 2003 01:26 AM

Is Brown's Bakery Wilshire related to the now defunct Brown's Bakery in North Hollywood?

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    boarshead44 Aug 11, 2013 06:01 PM

    wilshire was my grandfathers first bakery. northhollywood was my families second bakery

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      Lulu K Aug 12, 2013 12:24 PM

      Harry was my Great grandfather and Sheldon was my cousin. Who is this?

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        boarshead44 Aug 12, 2013 08:09 PM

        Craig, Sheldons son. email me at brownsinga@aol.com

    2. mucho gordo Jun 16, 2010 10:09 AM

      My wife's family has been going to Diamond's since the '50's. Has their quality gone down?

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        TheGoodFairy Oct 15, 2010 09:17 PM

        I think Diamond's is still pretty good. Their rugelah is not too dry, with lots of chocolate, and/or nuts or other flavorings. Their pumpernickel raisin bread, sold by the inch (!) is still phenomenal. And it so sad to to see so many bakeries go out. Yes, all the birthday cakes for my now 17 year old daughter were first from Brown's Victory until they closed, then Fred's on Robertson until Cissy sold it. Now, Michel Richard is also gone, I think.

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          liu Oct 15, 2010 10:15 PM

          Hello, TheGoodFairy!

          Michel Richard moved: http://www.maisonrichard.com/

          We, too, like Diamond's, although we have not been there in many months. I agree with you that their pumpernickel raisin bread is wonderful...gooey and sticky with lots of raisins! They also make a chocolate rolled cake that is very rich and has that certain chocolate taste of the old bakeries. They seem to have a very loyal following, so I hope they stay.

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            bob91343 Oct 17, 2010 02:41 PM

            As I recall, Gelson's in Tarzana has an excellent bakery, started by someone who used to bake at Bea's. I haven't been there in a long time so I wonder if it's still there and still as good as it was.

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              TheGoodFairy Feb 4, 2011 11:06 AM

              If I'm not mistaken, all the Gelson's contract with Victor Benes. They are still consistently good, but I'm seeing some decline in the quality of late.

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        Lulu K Jun 15, 2010 11:00 AM

        I am actually part of the family and thought I might be able to answer you question, if you still want to know. The Brown's in LA (Wilshire) was the original Browns bakery. When they moved to North Hollywood, the people who bought it from Sheldon wanted to keep the name because it was well known and popular, so they worked something out and the name of the bakery remained "Brown's". That is the reason for the name changing to "Brown's Victory Bakery" when they moved to North Hollywood The new owners of the one on Wilshire had nothing to do with the Brown family or the bakery after that point. They moved form North Hollywood to Northridge, partnering with another bakery and becoming S & J Bakery, after some issues with business and the North Hollywood location. Sadly, the Northridge bakery is also closed now as well and Brown's Bakery is no longer open anywhere. As for yberke's question, I've never asked my cousin for the recipe and i'm not sure if he'd give it away (plus, none of their recipes were for small quantities by any means). I wouldn't even know how to tell you to contact anyone to find out. If I can, I will let you know.

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          mucho gordo Jun 15, 2010 11:25 AM

          We lived in the area near the Victory location for many years and knew Sheldon (and, I believe it was his mother who also worked there) well enough to be on 1st name basis with them. Their baked goods were phenomenal. Sadly, for reasons unknown to us, the quality went south when they moved north.

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            SIMIHOUND Jun 15, 2010 09:31 PM

            Gosh, I was thinking about posting about Brown's a few days ago. How strange to find this post now. It is really sad that the craft and all the expertise has gone down the drain. There are so very few good Jewish style bakeries around compared with years back. I was raised on Fairfax which had four good bakeries within a two block radius. And as it turned out I married a woman whose cousin owned the Plaza Bakery West in West Hills. And today I live in Simi, where 99% of the people think Von's bread is real bakery bread. I just love to watch their reaction to a real danish or slice of real rye bread that isn't massed produced in the city of Vernon. Forgive them Lord they know not better...Augh..How sad!!

            RIP BROWNS AND ALL THE OTHERS WE LOVED SO DEAR!!

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              mucho gordo Jun 16, 2010 10:13 AM

              I remember the Plaza Bakery in the Fallbrook center. Now, Bea's is the only place in the area that I know is good.

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                Stevef3 Feb 4, 2011 10:51 AM

                I lived in LA back in the 70s and early 80s, not too far from Browns. I would go there several times a week. I knew most of the people who worked there, and I remember Sheldon, his wife and son. I remember to this day, how great their bakery was. My favorite items were the onion rolls, salt sticks, rugaluch. I once went back there on a visit to LA. Everyone remembered me and was friendly. I was saddened to hear that Brown's close, but am happy that it reopened. I live in New Jersey now, and to be honest, no place here can equal Browns. My mom loved their apple cake, and I would always buy it when she visited. I wish Browns the best, and glad that the tradition lives on.

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              The Chowhound Team Jun 16, 2010 10:34 AM

              Folks, while reminiscing about departed, nostalgic favorites is fun, we try to keep this site focused on where to eat deliciously in the here and now. So we ask everyone for input on where to get foods like this at places that are currently in business.

              Thanks, everyone.

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                boarshead44 Aug 11, 2013 06:05 PM

                ill give you any of our resipies. my dad still has them

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                yberke Nov 26, 2008 12:20 PM

                Any body happen to know the "secret" recipie for the Brown's Bakery chocolate cherry mandelbroit?

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                  InTheBiz Aug 7, 2003 06:12 PM

                  Sheldon Brown of the old Browns Bakery in North Hollywood can now be found in Northridge. Yes it's the same. They moved because they were having problems with their landlord. (Who doesn't?)

                  Brown's Bakery
                  17056 Devonshire Street
                  Northridge, CA 91325
                  818-368-4055

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                    LBQT Aug 7, 2003 02:36 PM

                    Two different members of the Brown family operated both. I don't know who owns the Wilshire Blvd. Brown's now. The North Hollywood Brown's is operating in Northridge, sharing space with a bakery called something like "European Bakery". I'll try to get more specifics and post back.

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