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best ciabatta and crusty rolls on the west side??

jay 1 Nov 28, 2008 05:29 PM

i've been lo-carbing ot for a while so don't know what the best is out there currently. have heard varying reports regarding il fornaio, le pain quotidean, that la brea isn't the same since it's been sold. i'm making grilled flank steak sandwiches and grilled sausages, with grilled onions, mushrooms, etc. as toppings. what bread is the right choice?

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    houndofmusic Nov 28, 2008 05:34 PM

    I think Breadbar makes the best bread in LA. Try the Tuscan Petit for sandwiches.


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      jaykayen Nov 28, 2008 05:46 PM

      I can't stand the weird passive-aggressive snobby attitude at Bread Bar. Amandine's is my "house" baguette

      My Italian BF says Ralph's ciabatta is pretty good.

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        Burger Boy Nov 28, 2008 07:06 PM

        Bay Cities makes a great crusty roll, not sure about their ciabatta or if they even make one.

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          nosh Nov 28, 2008 07:57 PM

          Bay Cities rolls are wonderful and incredibly reasonably priced. You need to buy them that day -- they get hard if you look at them sideways. They are crusty, have texture and flavor, and will stand up to flank steak and not disintegrate from the (hopeful) juiciness. What they call "medium ficelles" can be halved into two very reaonable sandwiches, and are sold for all of 30-cents apiece, the large are huge and a dime more.

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            Burger Boy Nov 29, 2008 04:24 PM

            I buy a few and freeze them. To reheat I just put in a 450 degree oven for 3 minutes and then let it thaw the rest of the way on the counter, then I assemble sandwiches.

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          latindancer Nov 29, 2008 01:00 PM

          Breadbar on 3rd for, in my opinion, the best crusty bread....the way it's meant to taste.
          Their walnut raisin is a must also.
          Oh...and those crazy Alpine rolls...:).

          1. Bob Brooks Nov 30, 2008 10:00 AM

            Il Fornaio makes the best ciabatta by a mile.

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            1. re: Bob Brooks
              Foodandwine Nov 30, 2008 01:13 PM

              I agree with Bob about the Ciabatta at Il Fornaio. However I must add that I like to pop it in the over for 5 minutes or so to make it crispy ( I like it that way ) It freezes very well too!

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              jay 1 Nov 30, 2008 08:23 PM

              thanks to all for the recommendations. went to il fornaio and the cibatta seemed to bready for a sandwich. also the beverly hills location used to have a large bakery that has now given way to a prepared foods section. not that big a bakery space or selection....by 11:00 on saturday morning there was little selection or quantity to buy. and then it occurred to me that people love bay cities sandwiches and the bread must be part of that! bought both the medium sandwich rolls and loaves of their bread. my guests loved it! it is great for sandwiches...crusty outside and soft tasty inside. ultimately as a "bread only" experience, say for toast or just with butter or olive oil, i know there is better bread out there (e.g il fornaio cibatta or bread bar), but for a great hearty sandwich bread, bay cities proved a winner.

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