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Where do you get your hamburger buns?

as close to Westwood as possible.

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  1. I like the brioche buns from Trader Joe's.

    1. the buns that are made daily from Bob's Market in Santa Monica on Ocean Park. They are sitting on top of the butcher counter.

      1. Smart & Final. A dozen 4-1/2 inch sesame seed buns costs $2.29. They are packaged under the name of S & F's house brand but I believe they are made by the Oroweat Bakery.

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        1. re: Sam D.

          thanks for this tip. cost effective and very edible.

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          1. I dislike sweet bread around my burgers, generally speaking, and like buns that are tender to the bite but don't melt when wet. While brioche is acceptable to me, the best burger buns I've tried are Trader Joe's ciabatta rolls. Last year I grilled a bunch of their Steakburgers (which now seem to have disappeared, dammit!) and served them on those rolls to universal acclaim from all who tried them.

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            1. re: Will Owen

              Second these rolls... They hold up WAY better than any store bought rolls we've tried...

              http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

              Although for the most part... P. makes our own

              http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

              --Dommy!

              1. re: Dommy

                The picture of the homemade buns looks great. I've never made buns before and I always just buy them from the store. I haven't bought any that stood out, but I'm loving this thread. I'll have to try some of these suggestions.

              2. re: Will Owen

                Thanks, I'm with you. I like a crunchy exterior; the softness doesn't matter too much to me. I don't like sweet, either. TJ's ciabatta rolls it will be, then.

                1. re: jaykayen

                  Okay...I was looking through the breads at TJ's yesterday, and the bun-type rolls I was seeing were not ciabatta, but focaccia! So is my memory playing tricks on me, or did the rolls change? Both of these things may be equally possible...

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    Will, I went to TJ's last week specifically for "ciabatta rolls," but I didn't see any, either. I went with the par-baked mini panini rolls, which are ciabatta-like in nature...

                    1. re: jaykayen

                      Then I have to assume the focaccia rolls WERE the ones I got. Hey, it's all Italian...