Just Wondering where everyone is going these days...
For bread, it has to be BreadBar. I'm an especially big fan of their multigrain, alpine, and walnut/raisin loaves. BreadBar consistently has the best bread in town.
For a decadent savory pastry, go with the bacon/cheese twist at Rockenwagner/3 Square.
If you're in the mood for a sweet pastry, then I would recommend the following:
1. The peanut butter & jelly cookie from Rockenwagner
2. The financiers at BreadBar.
3. The pastries from that portugese bakery in the Valley whose name I cannot remember, but it has been mentioned on this board many times.
Bingo -- that's it.
I should have also added to me list tahini bread. it's available in a few of the Jon's supermarkets under the Avo's Bakery brand. But you can also get it fresh (along with a killer lahmajune) at Taron Armenian Bakery in Glendale. It's not available everyday and it tends to sell out, so you may want to call ahead.