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ISO Westside Breakfast - Focus on Breads

jjsawrey Feb 26, 2009 10:56 AM

My parents are coming to town this weekend and my dad LOVES bread. All types, but particularly crusty ones. We're going to Getty Villa on Saturday and would like to have breakfast on the westside beforehand. I live in Culver City...So, anything between CC and Malibu would work. We're looking for a place that has lots of excellent breads. Casual with an area to sit down is preferred --- like 3 Square Bakery (though I've already taken them there).
Thanks for your help!

  1. j
    jjsawrey Mar 8, 2009 09:52 PM

    alright, we went to amandine. and, of course, my parents were running late because they aren't used to LA traffic. so, we got there just after the 10am threshold....no tables in sight. but it all worked out. while they don't have an extensive bread selection (baguettes, brioche, that's about it), my dad did get a pastry and an entire baguette - which was fresh out of the oven, almost too warm to eat right way. we polished off the entire thing! my croissant was amazing as promised. (we then went to bay cities for dad to get more bread :)

    thanks everyone!

    4 Replies
    1. re: jjsawrey
      sel Mar 8, 2009 10:43 PM

      One of my sons, aka BreadBoy, likes to go to Amandine just for the toasted baguette, bread and butter, no jam, end of story!

      1. re: jjsawrey
        Foodandwine Mar 9, 2009 06:36 AM

        Thanks for the first hand report. I have been meaning to try amandine and I will now.. My son loves croissants.. Funny that you polished off the whole baguette, something I would do and then have crumbs all over my car...

        1. re: Foodandwine
          a213b Mar 9, 2009 10:58 AM

          You MUST hit up Amandine. My wife and I went there with a friend and her adorable little boy for brunch on Saturday, and (as always) were so deliciously satisfied.

          French Toast, Croque Madame, Epi, Pain au Chocolat, Cheese Danish, and their Pain with the raspberry/cream cheese filling.

          Mmmmm Mmmm!

          We even took home several slices from their pastry/cake selection for dessert after dinner with another friend and her daughter later that evening.

          I've yet to be disappointed at Amandine.

        2. re: jjsawrey
          fdb Mar 9, 2009 12:28 PM

          Thanks for reporting back, jjsawrey, and glad you all enjoyed Amandine.

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          bulavinaka Mar 3, 2009 06:04 PM

          I wonder if 3 Square might work...? If the OP's dad doesn't get what he wants off the menu, he can always get breads right next door at the bakery...

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          1. re: bulavinaka
            mollyomormon Mar 3, 2009 06:16 PM

            I think OP said she'd already taken them there :). 3 Square was my first thought too, though...

            1. re: mollyomormon
              bulavinaka Mar 3, 2009 06:20 PM

              Oops - thanks...

          2. Emme Feb 26, 2009 12:43 PM

            Try Elysee in Westwood Village... great pastries and breads, as well as great coffees and drinks.

            There's Grateful Bread on Montana, but I don't know if that qualifies.

            If you wanted a little nicer, Anisette would be a good choice.

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            1. re: Emme
              mollyomormon Feb 26, 2009 12:44 PM

              ohhh, I didn't even think of Anisette! That would be a great choice!

            2. sbritchky Feb 26, 2009 11:20 AM

              Breakfast at Junior's with skirt steak and eggs, fried potatoes, and thick-sliced, well-buttered cinnamon-bread toast.

              Junior's Restaurant-Deli Bakery
              2379 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              1. mollyomormon Feb 26, 2009 11:08 AM

                Also, Huckleberry! They bake all their bread in house. I was going to suggest the bread/pastry basket at 3 Square but it sounds like you already have that covered :).

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                1. re: mollyomormon
                  jjsawrey Feb 26, 2009 11:12 AM

                  huckleyberry is AMAZING. not sure we'll be able to fight off the crowds though. we plan to try santa monica seafood for lunch. so maybe we'll pop in huckleberry for dessert.

                  1. re: jjsawrey
                    mollyomormon Feb 26, 2009 11:14 AM

                    yeah, it's a madhouse over there. check some of the reviews for samo seafood before you go. our lunch there the other day was pretty disappointing and the place is also pretty packed.

                    1. re: mollyomormon
                      jjsawrey Feb 26, 2009 11:24 AM

                      yeah, the reviews are disappointing...though, i think my parents will like the combo of a seafood market-cafe. we might hit malibu seafood instead (excellent food + views). thanks again!

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                  Cinemaverite1 Feb 26, 2009 11:02 AM

                  Breadbar is what you're looking for- name speaks for itself!

                  Their breads are excellent, and you can order the varied bread basket along with your breakfast dishes.

                  Not sure if it's on the way to the villa, but the Century City location would be most convenient.

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                  1. re: Cinemaverite1
                    jjsawrey Feb 26, 2009 11:12 AM

                    thanks cinemaverite1....they've already tried bread bar. (should have mentioned that)

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                    bad nono Feb 26, 2009 11:00 AM


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                    1. re: bad nono
                      jjsawrey Feb 26, 2009 11:02 AM

                      I've actually taken them there too. crap!

                      1. re: jjsawrey
                        Servorg Feb 26, 2009 11:06 AM

                        Did you catch this thread? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/598187 What about City Bakery in Brentwood at the mart up on 26th and SV? Or Amadine on Wilshire just west of Bundy?

                        Amandine Patissiere
                        12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                        City Bakery
                        225 26th St # 25, Santa Monica, CA

                        1. re: Servorg
                          jjsawrey Feb 26, 2009 11:11 AM

                          amandine has been on my list forever for the croissants....sadly, their website doesn't list their bread/pastry selection...but if you say they have a good one, that could be a winner --- dad gets his bread and i get a croissant!

                          1. re: jjsawrey
                            nosh Feb 26, 2009 12:48 PM

                            I love Amandine -- by far the best croissant I've had on the westside. I don't think they do full table service -- you order at the counter, find a table (there is limited patio seating both in front and behind) and they bring food to your table. So there is no bread service per se. But they have a great selection of delicious baked goods -- croissant, baguettes, brioche, nut and grain rolls, and we haven't even gotten to the sweet stuff. Main dishes are a couple of quiches each day, two or three soups, omelettes, and sandwiches.

                            Another very nice and full service brunch is at Joe's, on Abbott Kinney in Venice. They put out a very nice bread basket with three different types of toast. Brunch offerings begin with a very small fruit salad or soup and then a breakfast plate (for example, two eggs, three small fluffy pancakes, and bacon) or a hot item like salmon, and run about $13. Seating is in a covered patio area, very nice in good weather though tables are pretty close together, and you can drop your guests in front before using the shared valet parking lot in the back. Lilly's, next door, has actual outside seating, and Hal's down the street is good as well.

                          2. re: Servorg
                            Foodandwine Feb 26, 2009 04:19 PM

                            Myself as well as jjsawrey would like to know about the bread selection at amandine as I have not been there. What could you tell us from your personal experience there.. I like crusty bread as the OP's Dad..

                            1. re: Foodandwine
                              nosh Feb 26, 2009 04:32 PM

                              Here's how I would play it -- Amandine is a lot more casual than City Bakery up on 26th in the Mart. It is also a lot less expensive. Less attitude, friendlier. But parking is more hit and miss -- you might luck into a spot in front, and they have a small lot but it is dicey when someone parks an SUV blocking in the cars. You might have to walk further from your spot up in Brentwood off San Vicente, but you will always find a spot. Amandine is often easier and sometimes frustrating as hell, while City Bakery costs in money and time. I prefer Amandine.

                              1. re: nosh
                                jjsawrey Feb 27, 2009 07:34 AM

                                I'm pretty sure we'll end up at Amandine. Casual, counter service is fine as long as there are some chairs. And as far as parking, my parents are early risers....so, we'll likely be eating breakfast before most westsiders are awake :)

                                It seems as though Amandine will have a nice selection of breads.... dad can try a few :) And I get a yummy croissant. I'll report back about the actual bread selection.

                                Thanks for your help!

                                1. re: jjsawrey
                                  fdb Feb 27, 2009 01:56 PM

                                  Amandine has excellent selection of pastries but I don't think their bread selections are as expansive as BreadBar though.

                                  1. re: fdb
                                    jjsawrey Feb 27, 2009 02:43 PM

                                    crud...time to re-evaluate. i've been to anisette. and while yummy, i feel like we'd get the cold shoulder if dad just wants bread and OJ. hmmm...i'll look into this dolce vita place. city bakery intrigues me, though i find it rather annoying that their website is only for new york. and i've heard it's pricey in relation to what you get. we'll figure something out. thanks for all the suggestions!

                              2. re: Foodandwine
                                jaykayen Feb 27, 2009 04:05 PM

                                Amandine's baguette (I think they have two types) is the best I've found in my area.

                                They also have a few brioche.

                            2. re: jjsawrey
                              fdb Feb 26, 2009 07:01 PM

                              Do they like what they had at Breadbar? If they like it, you can take them to Cafe Luxxe in Santa Monica. They get their bread and pastries from Breadbar. It's a casual place with seating area. Coffee is excellent. Same bread, different venue...if they don't mind.

                              1. re: fdb
                                Emme Feb 27, 2009 02:31 PM

                                in addition to Caffe Luxxe, I forgot to mention Via Dolce also on Montana - *great* selection of breads and pastries!

                                1. re: Emme
                                  fdb Feb 27, 2009 06:05 PM

                                  jjsawrey: Does your father care about whether the breads are baked on the premises? Via Dolce is a popular neighborhood bakery, but I think they get their bread from Il Fornaio or La Brea.

                                  And I forgot to mention Grateful Bread which is probably the only bakery, besides Pioneer Boulangerie (skip it), on Montana that actually bake their own breads.


                                  1. re: fdb
                                    mollyomormon Mar 3, 2009 11:35 AM

                                    fdb, how is the bread at Grateful Bread? I've only had a cookie from there (not great).

                                    1. re: mollyomormon
                                      fdb Mar 3, 2009 04:54 PM

                                      I like their sesame French roll, scones, muffins....never tried their cookies though. Since Cafe Luxxe opened down the street, I usually go down there for breads. I love anything from Breadbar.

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