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Apr 15, 2005 07:36 PM

Best Bread Basket in LA Restaurants

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Will fellow 'hounds share your take on who has the best bread basket in LA? I am not talking about bread from bakeries, but the complimentary basket of bread which restaurants serve before your orders arrive. I'm interested at places of all price ranges. West LA preferred, but not limited to it.

My favorites:
- Al Gelato
- Urth Cafe's fruit and walnut bread
- I also think that the crunchy little toasts that Morel's Steakhouse at the Grove serves alongside the cheese plate is quite interesting, although I prefer to enjoy my cheese with soft bread. Their bread is nothing special.

Any thoughts?

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  1. I'd call myself "carb lover" if the moniker wasn't taken -- me love bread (but not my thighs)! Ugh!

    Great post, here's my likings:

    Jack Sprats (hot pretzels served w/ good mustard in place of bread)
    Rockenwagner (don't know why this place is dead, we've had a lot of great meals here, great bread basket!)
    Marmalade (as I remember)
    Spitfire Grill (SM Airport, food so/so, but the bread comes with artichoke spread, admittedly haven't been there in years)
    Mazarrinos (garlic bread to die for!)

    3 Replies
    1. re: Silverlaker

      Thanks for the recs! Carbs are awesome :)

      Where is mazarrinos? What kind of food does it serve?

      1. re: oli

        It's a well-known, old fashion Italian restaurant on Riverside Dr & Coldwater in Sherman Oaks. I've been going there since I was three (not kidding!). It seems to have caught on lately as a sort of "hole in the wall" and I've seen it featured on some reality shows, and have seen there a TV star or two gleefully eating speg. & meatballs. The garlic bread is served complimentary and is really good. Not only does it have all the Italian staples, but when I've been on one of my protein only kicks, I've had a really good chicken cacciatore w/ side veggies. Check it out if you live nearby (I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way for it, it's more of neighborhood joint).

        1. re: Silverlaker

          wow, thanks! it's not in my neighborhood, but i do go to sherman oaks once in a while (my bf loves weiner factory's dogs)

    2. Mastros has a great variety in their bread basket with a killer pretzel roll!!

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      1. re: Seo

        Yes! I was just at Mastros (almost 3 years after this comment) and had to literally make our server take the bread basket away from me before I ate the entire thing! The pretzel roll, BTW, tastes the same as the ones made by Rockenwagner. I love those things.

      2. t

        Parkway Grill in Pasadena- cheesy/spicy bread sticks, peppery flat bread, blue corn madelines, yellow corn madelines, and french bread all come in one basket.

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        1. re: tokyoastrogirl

          very true. it IS a great bread basket.

        2. If variety is your thing, World Cafe on Main Street in SM might interest you: pumpernickel, warm sourdough, bialy, and parmesan crostini with pickles and olives to boot. Unfortunately, all the food I've tried there has been lackluster and overpriced.


          1. s

            flat bread, great thin breadsticks, white french, olive bread, pizza foccacia. Served with a side of goat cheese spread

            The one at the Palm for lunch was nice today. Big pieces of challah and nice portions of seseme flat bread.

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            1. re: SpongeBobSquarePegs

              I like the Palm's, too. They often have a yummy dark (rye? pumpernickel?) with raisins and walnuts. I'd rather have a buttered slice of that than a conventional dessert.