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Best Baguettes

lauren_nic Apr 6, 2009 10:11 AM

Who makes the best baguettes in LA?

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    thericequeen Apr 7, 2009 07:03 PM

    La Maison Du Pain on Pico Blvd. makes a mean baguette! They also have a world class brownie.

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      jaykayen Apr 7, 2009 05:09 PM

      I like Amandine or one from a Vietnamese bakery.

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        a_and_w Apr 8, 2009 09:00 AM

        I second Amandine. Are the baguettes from Vietnamese bakeries made with rice flour?

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        Pinkfoodie10 Apr 7, 2009 03:14 PM

        The baguette I picked up at Epicure Imports over the weekend was amazing. The perfect crust and nice flavor, which most baguettes out there lack. I can't remember where they got it from, but if I find out I'll be sure to update this post.

        1. LA Buckeye Fan Apr 7, 2009 02:49 PM

          I really like the baguettes at Sandwich Express in Reseda on Sherman Way. They're really cheap, too.

          Sandwich Express
          18575 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335

          1. sbritchky Apr 7, 2009 01:59 PM

            Whoever makes the baguettes for Boneyard Bistro. Does anyone know who that is?

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              bulavinaka Apr 6, 2009 04:16 PM

              French Market Cafe on Abbot Kinney in Venice has very nice baguettes most mornings.

              3 Square also on Abbot Kinney in Venice has large baguettes (don't know if there's some French law that would prevent these from calling these beasts baguettes) that have a heavier crust and great rustic texture inside. They don't always have them but I'm close enough to where I can look through their window to check.

              The Sunday farmers market on Grandview in Mar Vista has a bakery stand (sorry - can't remember the bakery's name) that sells various European-style breads, including some very nice baguettes, as well as killer ciabattas (individual-sized squares and 2-foot long loaves).

              3 Square Cafe
              1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

              Mar Vista Farmers Market
              Venice Blvd and Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

              French Market Cafe
              2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd Ste 200, Venice, CA 90291

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              1. re: bulavinaka
                bulavinaka Apr 7, 2009 12:33 PM

                The bakery's name at the Sunday farmers market on Grandview is:

                Les Delices Du Four French Bakery

              2. Skunk2Racer Apr 6, 2009 03:53 PM

                I'm pleased with the ones from Lee's Sandwich's

                1. SilverlakeGirl Apr 6, 2009 03:04 PM

                  A couple of dozen fresh varieties plus various rolls available at Bottega Louie this morning. The bakery is open from 6:30 AM to 11 PM at night!

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                    NYCnowLA Apr 6, 2009 02:40 PM

                    the ones at Huckleberry in SM are worth a try. I was pleaseantly suprised. They don;t have them until after 9am or 10am, i can't remember which.

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                      bulavinaka Apr 6, 2009 04:02 PM

                      I've been planning on picking up one of those loaves of bread that looks like a giant pregnant ciabatta, but I don't think we can finish it before having to make bread crumbs or croutons out of it. Have you tried any of their other breads? The certainly look great.

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                        baloney Apr 6, 2009 04:21 PM

                        I've tried their baguette and ciabatta and both are very good, I've frozen some of both and they reheat fine. I need to try their boule....

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                          bulavinaka Apr 6, 2009 04:47 PM

                          We freeze their individual-size ciabatta and use them through the week and get a baguette for Sunday or Monday. We've even had good luck with their sliced loaves. The companile holds up well, and we usually make toast or sandwiches with it during the week. The texture of their breads is superb in my eyes. The crust and varied air holes tells me they're doing a lot of things right in their bakery.

                    2. Das Ubergeek Apr 6, 2009 01:41 PM

                      Eilat Bakery in Valley Village, but it is Pesach so you will need to wait until after the holiday.

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                        ozhead Apr 6, 2009 01:45 PM

                        Well, Pesach doesn't start until Wed. sundown, so maybe if you rush over there ....

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                          Das Ubergeek Apr 6, 2009 02:04 PM

                          I doubt it -- I assume they'll be putting the flour in hock and sweeping up the chometz today and tomorrow.

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                            Mel Gee Apr 6, 2009 02:36 PM

                            This is a really interesting and delicious argument, but why doesn't someone just pick up the phone?

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                              Das Ubergeek Apr 6, 2009 03:37 PM

                              Because I'm on the world's most boring conference call.

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