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Best challah and rugallah in the East Valley

archer Sep 20, 2009 08:18 PM

Love Bea's challah & rugallah, but will not be able to make it to Tarzana next weekend (for Yom Kippur). What's the best Jewish bakery for these items in the Valley Village/Studio City/Sherman Oaks area? Thank you!

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    waxfondler RE: archer Sep 20, 2009 08:50 PM

    I'd like to know as well. Also what do you guys think of the Rugullah at Gelsons?

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      happybaker RE: waxfondler Sep 20, 2009 08:54 PM

      And if anyone had sources near Glendale I'd wilt with joy.

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        happybaker RE: happybaker Sep 20, 2009 09:46 PM

        I just partially answered my own quesiton - Porto's Bakery (Glendale and Burbank) has very nice egg twist rolls, Turns out they make it in a bread form, which would be like a very light challah. (Though I miss the dense but fluffy challah I could get at Pico Robertson!)

        Also Jons market, and many armenian markets, carry what is called "RaisIn Bread". It's a lovely braided egg bread with raisins - very very tasty.

        1. re: happybaker
          Das Ubergeek RE: happybaker Sep 21, 2009 01:10 PM

          I have seen rugalach at Paradise Bakery but not recently. I usually go for this sort of thing either to Continental on Burbank and Whitsett, the place across the street (I forget the name of the other one).

          I'm not sure if Eilat Bakery is still open there but they had good challah, and also at Olive Marketplace on Oxnard and Whitsett.

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            archer RE: Das Ubergeek Sep 21, 2009 02:20 PM

            Thanks! Eilat Bakery is open (altho the cafe's still closed fr: last year's fire); they have good challah, but I find their rugalah too soft, large & doughy for my taste (love their macarons though). I'll check out Continental. Anyone have any other thoughts for this area?

        2. re: waxfondler
          Emme RE: waxfondler Sep 20, 2009 10:01 PM

          Gelson's has decent rugelach. The chocolate chip are my favorite. They also have nut and apricot versions.

          You might also consider Continental Bakery in NoHo. http://continentalbakery.net/store/in...

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            foodaspoetry RE: Emme Sep 21, 2009 10:55 PM

            Keep in mind that different Gelson's have different rugelachs, even chocolate chip (which is the only kind i generally get). I have noticed differences in the Gelson's Rugelachs between Century City (years ago), West Hollywood, the one in the Valley on Laurel Canyon, the one in Thousand Oaks and the one in Santa Barbara. . . .so, just know if you like it at one Gelson's bakery, it might not be the same.

        3. kiwi RE: archer Sep 20, 2009 10:03 PM

          Does Western Bagel still do chocolate chip rugala? Best rugala I've had anywhere. Moist and cream cheesy. A thing of beauty. (If they do still sell 'em, I can only vouch for the ones straight from the main location, the factory on Sepulveda/

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            dendet RE: kiwi Sep 21, 2009 08:07 PM

            ditto on western bagel rugallah..i get mine at the wla branch on santa monica..and they have the choc. chip ones..the other day i was at a event where people were praising ralphs version of them that some one brought and they were out right terrible

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