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Jul 1, 2009 07:49 AM

Good bakeries for bread, Westside and LAX?

Where, if anywhere, can I stop in to pick up a really good, fresh baguette and maybe a brioche, on the coastal Westside and also down past LAX?

I'm looking for light, fresh, delicious French or Italian breads and rolls - the kind with a good crust if they're supposed to have one, but real yumminess inside.

I don't need any crumbly, dense, cheesy or eggy breads or traditional sandwich breads. I don't need any dark breads (unless you've got a Westside source for La Brea Bakery's darkest specialty pumpernickel, the kind made with beer that tastes like it has star anise in it, that doesn't usually go to stores).

Not so thrilled with breads as they've ended up at Gelson's, Ralph's, Bristol Farms or Whole Foods. I did find a surprisingly good little loaf of French bread at Pavilions in Marina del Rey. Nothing wrong with these stores, but I think the level of freshness I'm looking for is really calling out for 'actual bona fide bakery' at the point, aside from making it from scratch.

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  1. The best bakery on the Westside is probably Breadbar at Century City, a bit far from the coast. Ottherwise I would point you to Bay Cities. Closed on Mondays.

    1. We have had some really excellent breads from the il Fornaio Bakery ( ). Right now the closest one on the westside is at their Beverly Hills store (the Santa Monica one is closed for an unknown amount of time). They open at 7 AM. I wonder if the Manhattan Beach location has the bakery option? I don't know for sure but you could check with them if you're interested.

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      1. re: Servorg

        Thank you. I stopped at the Manhattan Beach one late afternoon today - it wasn't really still all that fresh (given the hour) but it was clearly high-quality bread - I picked up some smaller rolls/loaves. I'll try there again early in the day sometime.

        Oh, and the biscotti was really good.

        (Thanks everybody who replied, by the way, I'll also try some of these other spots.)

      2. For a fresh baguette, I always get them at Gelson's (the Rustic loaf) -- they are amazing and usually still warm from the oven.

        1. 2 Places to try for you

          Dolce Forno is the bakery for the Drago empire. it is in Culver City. Their hours are a little unfriendly since it is 9-5 m-f only but I've had good breads from them.

          and for Baguettes, Epees and etc try Normandy Bakery east of Culver City off Jefferson. they have decent Pastries and make their own Pate.

          Normandie Pate
          3022 S Cochran Ave, Los Angeles, CA

          Dolce Forno Bakery
          3828 Willat Ave, Culver City, CA

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          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            I forgot La Mason Du Pain in Mid-city/ PicFair Maybe A little Father than you might want to go but worth the effort.

            Plus Sorrento's Market in Culver City has decent Italian Rolls for sale.

            La Maison Du Pain
            5373 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

            Sorrento Italian Market
            5518 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              Normandie has a little retail and seating section it looks like, with a breakfast menu (beyond pastries!) that I may have to try:

            2. I'm always drawn to the freshly baked breads at Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica. I usually get a few because by the time I get home at least one (delicious and very warm) has been consumed. It pays to wait for a fresh batch.