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REAL German Bread

A German friend of mine just emailed me about this place, and I quote:

"they are armenian and they import the bread from germany:
KARABAGH
5363 santa monica blvd, LA CA 90029
323-469 -5787

you ask for the german oat bread and also the sunflower seed bread ....
best if you call in first to make sure they have it in the store ...
i mostly take the frozen bread and bake it myself ...soooo yummie !!!! if you want them to bake it for you it is best to call in first so you don't have to wait.
let me know how you like it !!!"

Did a search here & surprised I can't find anything. It's always been a huge frustration of my life not to be able to find great German bread here. Before I drive all the way from the OC, does anyone have any input?

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Karabagh Market
5363 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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  1. They have a second store in Van Nuys and I used to live near there. I have absolutely no input into whether they have REAL German bread, it seemed to be all lavash.

    That said, why not just go to Streit's? Or if you don't want to schlep to Downey, they sell Streit's breads at both Wholesome Choice locations.

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    Wholesome Choice
    18040 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

    1. This is great info, thanks !

      Also, I've been wondering if anyone makes those great rolls (brötchen) that you seem to get only in Germany ? Those things are sooo good !

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      1. re: mikester

        Have you tried the German Home Bakery in Costa Mesa? And Mattern's Sausage in Orange carries a nice variety of German breads. Also, check out this site for all things German: www CaliforniaDeutsche.com.

        Guten apetit!

        1. re: mothrpoet

          Vielen Dank !

          This is why I love Chowhound - I've never even heard of German Home Bakery (and I try to keep up on these things :-). Will have to give them a try.

          1. re: mothrpoet

            Sadly, I just tried calling GHB, and the message said "you have reached a number that has been disconnected or no longer in service", a very sad and all-too-familiar message nowadays.

          2. re: mikester

            This is totally, utterly random... but Peet's on Campus Dr. in Irvine has real, honest-to-God brötchen. You could have knocked me over with a feather.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Not a big fan of GHB's breads, but will definitely check out Peet's brötchen!

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Das, I went to the one in the University Town Center across from UCI (is that the location you're referring to ?) today, and they said they haven't had anything like these rolls, at least in quite awhile :-(

                1. re: mikester

                  WTF? I ate one on SATURDAY. They're usually exiled to the bottom left or bottom right corner next to the "artichoke snack bread".

                  How totally and utterly bizarre.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    That is strange, the two young ladies behind the counter didn't have a clue what I was talking about, when I described "these small rolls". She asked if I was talking about sourdough rolls, but they didn't have any of them.

              2. re: mikester

                ooh man..That is one of my favorite memories of being over in Germany, getting up & going to the local bakery in my wife's little hometown to make the brötchen run for our breakfast.
                I've yet to find anything that comes close around here. I'd make the drive to Peet's if it's true they somehow have access...
                Also , Globe Deli on Harbor near 19th carries a few good German breads, just not a very big selection of them.

                1. re: christoofat

                  Have you been to Berolina Bakery? I know they have rolls but honestly I only go once a year now that I live in OC and I don't remember whether they're proper brötchen.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    hmm..a bit of a drive for us, unfortunately. My wife & I try to check out all the local German bakeries/food shops we see for them, but no joy so far. You would think with Anaheim 's sizable German population, there would be such a place.

                    1. re: christoofat

                      Maybe see if Schreiner's Deli will walk next door to Berolina and pick some up for you and bring them down to the Irvine farmers' market on Saturday morning? I imagine you should also purchase some stuff from Schreiner's, but that really shouldn't make your life too miserable... they have awesome sausage, Schinken and meats. I'm addicted to their Braunschweiger.

              3. Try Old World (German) Market in HB.

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                Old World Restaurant
                7561 Center Ave Ste 49, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

                1. Hello fellow German Bread lovers!.... I am the daughter of Slava, he is the distributor of this fine bread to Karabagh and other small Russian and European Markets.

                  Our supply comes from the Backer Back bakery in Central Germany.

                  Let me know if you've got a craving, and I'll figure out the location closest to you, or ship our a loaf or two. We don't have a website, because we distribute to stores, but our Store "Tashkent Produce" does sell the bread as well. Check us out on FB or shoot me an email yulianna . rafailova @ gmail . com