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Sep 20, 2009 08:18 PM

Best challah and rugallah in the East Valley

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

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    1. re: waxfondler

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

      1. re: happybaker

        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

          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.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            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

          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.

          1. re: Emme

            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. 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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          1. re: kiwi

            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