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  • kat2j Jul 5, 2009 06:02 PM
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Where can i go for great macaroons in LA ?

i've only tried vanille and RJ patisserie =)

thanks in advance!

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  1. I'm assuming you are referring to french-style, not Jewish-style. Paulette's in beverly hills (http://www.paulettemacarons.com/) has very good macarons. Jin's Patisserie in Venice is another good source. If you are ever in Orange County, Pascal's Episcerie has great french-style macarons and I believe their prices are a bit more reasonable.

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    1. re: Nicole

      I will co-sign on Jin's, though absolutely would steer you away from Paulettes.

      Jin's, some of which I had today, might possibly be the best ones I've had outside of France.

      1. re: a213b

        Hmmm I did not like Jin's at all and thought Paulette's were more reminiscent of the one's at Pierre Herme or Laduree (which are totally in a league of their own)

        1. re: Sgee

          It's always funny how two different people can have two totally different experiences, isn't it? Though I do agree that Laduree and Pierre Herme are in a league of their own.

          For me Paulette's flavors were good (though not outstanding), but her cookies were far, FAR removed from my Macaron experiences in Paris. In fact, they bordered on stale. There was not that perfect, crisp flaky crust followed by pillowy, airy cookie before one reached the ganache/filling. Jin was exactly that.

          Maybe it was an off day for Paulette? I don't know, but places rarely get a second shot from me, because there are far too many other spots I want to try.

    2. Euro Pane Bakery in Pasadena has mind-blowingly good macarons. I love the caramel and sea salt ones -- I used to work nearby and get them at least once a week. Now, I'm miles away and they haunt my afternoon cravings.

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      Euro Pane Bakery
      950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106

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      1. re: missyp

        I couldn't agree more. Fantastic Macaroons at EuroPane Bakery

      2. In OC, Pacific Whey Cafe has the best coconut macaroons I've ever had.

        1. Porto's has some fantastic macaroons as well.

          1. Try paris pastry in westwood. They just had a new chef making macarons. He worked at Boule previously. http://www.yelp.com/biz/paris-pastry-...

            1. bottega louie in DTLA
              la provence in bev hills
              lemonade in bev hills (my fave of the three, although the macarons are oversized, they had the best flavor)

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              1. re: lotta_cox

                Bottega Louie's french macaron's are not good at all. I tried them around the time they opened nd they are not anywhere near to being good. Maybe, it's different now, and I will have to try again, but....

              2. Don't laugh... but for coconut macaroons the absolute best are at...

                ...Disneyland.

                No, seriously, shut up with the jeering and stay with me a second. The bakery on Main Street U.S.A. (on the left side, slightly less than halfway toward the castle from the train station) makes these coconut macaroons that are drizzled with chocolate and I am telling you despite the cost they are absolutely the best Jewish-style macaroons in LA. And they're absolutely huge. But you must get there early because they sell out very quickly and they only make so many per day.

                (If you're looking for French-style, which are macarons with one O, I can't help you, I think they're the most disgusting dessert on the planet, up to and including Hostess fried pies that have languished on a top shelf for six months.)

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                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  Bite your tongue Ubergeek!! How dare you knock those irresistable and wholly unnatural pies from Hostess!lol The FDA listing ingredients on food has just killed that poor treat.

                  Now about the macaroons at Disneyland, any chance that this is the same place that makes doughnuts on Main Street? Must renew Disneyland annual pass ASAP...

                  1. re: mrshankly

                    Hm... it's the Blue Ribbon Bakery (I looked it up). Not sure if that's the doughnut place. Next door to the ice cream shop.

                  2. re: Das Ubergeek

                    Have you ever had the Passover macaroons from Mrs. Beasley's? They probably each have an entire stick of butter, but are incredibly decadent. I know they come in plain and drizzled with chocolate, and may have chocolate ones also. Unfortunately, they cost an arm and a leg, but they really are great. And I normally hate macaroons.

                    For French-style macarons, my two favorite places have closed. One was Boule and the other was a little bakery in Encino, which is now the Whisper Cafe. I'll have to try Paris Pastry to see how the macarons are there.

                  3. To me, macaroons will always be the chewy coconut things for Passover.

                    Macarons ... replacing red velvet cupcakes as the latest faux-foodie fad?

                    1. I was at a party that was catered (well, the macarons, anyway) by a French place on Larchmont. I wish I could remember the name, but it's not that long of a street. They were oh-so-good!

                      1. My wife loves the one's that come out of Martino's Bakery in Burbank. Buys them by the bag.

                        1. Susina Bakery on Beverly has unbelievable chocolate dipped coconut macaroons.

                          1. If you're ever traveling from here to there go to Harris Ranch. www.harrisranch.com
                            Never eaten anything in the restaurant but, on my pit stop from SFO, I bought a couple of macaroons. This was some years back and they're still dancing in my head....ya know like the sugarplums do....

                            1. Portos or Cantor's

                              1. The Godiva store in Century City mall has amazing and huge chocolate-dipped macaroons!

                                1. Costco

                                  1. Another vote for Europane. I like the pistachio ones.

                                    1. they have the french style macaroons at a bakery in the Helm's Bakery Building on the same end as Father's office. Don't remember the name of the place, but I got one there.

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                                      1. re: OC Mutt

                                        That would be La Dijonaise, which is great for breakfast/lunch, in my opinion, but their macarons are overpriced (I think $2 for a very small one).

                                        1. re: hhewitt

                                          LOL! You're right! I wanted to try the French version and when I saw them just asked for one. When they told me it was $2 for this tiny little lifesavers size cookie-ette, I turned green but was too embarrassed to say no, so I took it.