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Dec 31, 2010 09:08 AM

Looking for gluten-free bakeries in Los Angeles

I was recently diagnosed as gluten intolerant and would like to know about the gluten-free bakeries in Los Angeles. The posts on gluten-free bakeries are from awhile ago and I was wondering if there is anything new out there. I like to eat healthy and most of the baked goods I can buy at the market are full of starch and high in calories. I'd appreciate your recommendations.

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  1. For surveying the territory this is one of those subjects better served by Yelp (to start with) most probably:

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    1. re: Servorg

      The Sensitive Baker in Culver City (I think that's the name). I've heard it's pretty good but haven't been there myself.

      The Sensitive Baker
      Culver City, CA, Culver City, CA

      1. re: Miri1

        Nor have we. The nice thing about going to the individual Yelp page for The Sensitive Baker is that you find other bakeries that aren't listed (as far as I could see) on the original list that ought to be of interest to those that are looking for gluten free products; such as: http://www.gloriousgoodiesglutenfreed...

        The Sensitive Baker
        Culver City, CA, Culver City, CA

        1. re: Servorg

          Thanks for the suggestion to check out Yelp. I went to Yelp and found Sensitive Baker but also found another very interesting bakery called Breakaway Bakery on Pico Blvd., closer to my home. Looks like these two are the only true gluten-free bakeries in LA. I think I'll give Breakaway a try since it's organic too.

          Sensitive Baker
          10836 1 2 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

          1. re: jillrocks11

            please report back if you try Breakaway! i hadn't heard of this place, and i've never been impressed with anything i tried from the Sensitive Baker.

    2. As mentioned, Sensitive Baker and Babycakes NYC is on the Yelp list. Mani's on Fairfax has a few options as well.

      Tia's Bakery sells its goods at Whole Foods.

      Also, a company called Almond Glory sells their stuff at Le Crumb Bakery in Van Nuys and Schwartz Bakery.

      Katz Gluten Free is available at Western Kosher on Fairfax.

      in case you were open to ordering, try Crave in SF.

      Also, consider looking for treats that are/should be gluten free, i.e. macarons, flourless chocolate cake, etc.

      Also, not a bakery, but worth knowing it exists in Venice Pizza-rina

      "welcome to the club. it sucks. you're gonna love it."

      The Sensitive Baker
      Culver City, CA, Culver City, CA

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      1. re: Emme

        i'm holding out hope that Breakaway turns out to be a gem. i've made no secret about my opinion of Babycakes, and the samples i've had of Almond Glory's products were awful. Tia's is meh, and at those prices their stuff should be damn good.

        i'm intrigued by this Pizza-rina place and based on the address on their FB page it's 2 minutes away from me. but their website is really bare bones and i can't find details about the crust - any idea if it contains soy flour before i get too excited?

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          that's too bad, ghg! i haven't had Tia's, but i have a friend who likes them. Too bad about Almond Glory too. i always think i have a skewed palate for any "free foods."

          re pizza-rina, all i found was this which is pretty useless. however, the whole methodology of the place kind of makes me wonder how open they are to questions/suggestions i.e. re soy. pick a color to order your pizza? um... ok, but can there be an option where i tell you what i want?

            1. re: Emme

              Tia's isn't awful, it's just not really good...and if i'm paying $5 or $6 for a single cookie or brownie, i want to be impressed. plus, they use a ton of agave which i'm not big on anymore, and it just makes everything super-sweet and mutes the flavor of the other ingredients.

              the Almond Glory samples i had were mealy and bland.

              that Pizza-rina setup is bizarre. the pre-set "colors" for ordering are silly, and since they only offer full-pie options, you're taking a pretty expensive chance trying it for the first time - a small is 20 bucks! think i'll pass...

            2. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I went on Breakaway's website,, and it looks great. I'm going to go there on Wednesday (they're closed Mondays and Tuesdays) and check it out. They list their ingredients and they look good (no soy or other stuff I can't or don't like to eat). I'll let you know how it goes.

              1. re: jillrocks11

                i checked it out too, and was also happy to see the soy-free situation. unfortunately i also noticed on the labels & nutrition info for their frozen products that they add a ton of sugar, which definitely gives me pause...but i'm looking forward to hearing your report!

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Sugar...I wasn't really looking too closely, but yes that does concern me. So, I took a closer look, did a little research, and compared Breakaway's sugar content to others (both gluten-free and wheat-based) and found they actually come in at the low end. I still need to taste their baked goods. . . have to wait till Wednesday (sigh)..

            3. re: Emme

              Emme - you are spot on. I have friends who are GF and the easiest way to cook nice food for them is to cook food that is naturally GF. In addition to flowerless choc cake, there are a few cookie recipes that don't have any gluten (naturally) and they are tasty and pretty darn cheap. Whee!

              Looking for premade stuff that is GF at Bakeries, macaroons are a great choice.

              Pizzawise, Lucfers in Los Feliz offers a GF option and while I have not had it, reports online seem to be good.

              1. re: happybaker

                re: pizza, i've also read good reviews for the GF options from both Fresh Brothers and Pizza Fusion (multiple locations for both), but some of us - including yours truly - can't risk eating GF pizza that has been prepped & cooked in a kitchen where there's wheat flour flying around everywhere...hence, you & i are in agreement that homemade is best in terms of quality *and* safety - i've been saying that for a long time - but sometimes i just want someone else to make it for me!

                1. re: happybaker

                  Totally agree with happybaker. I'm not gluten-intolerant, but my husband is. We learned that the secret is learning to enjoy baked goods that are naturally gluten-free (like macaroons, although always ask!) and adapting our own food favorites. I do enjoy baking, so through trial and error, I've learned that some baked goods are better adapted then others, different gf flours react differently when baked, and different gf products just have different textures than their gluten counterparts. There will be some disappointments, but If you enjoy baking, you might be pleasantly surprised with the successes you'll have!

                  Personally, I haven't found a GF bakery that I like. Bella's Gourmet Pizza in Pasadena does offer a GF pizza crust. The pizza was pretty good; service was so-so.

              2. mani's on fairfax is closed- it's called black cat bakery or something like that. they may have gluten free desserts, i'm not sure. i wanted to suggest Auntie Em's Kitchen in eagle rock. though famous for their cupcakes i recently had a gluten free brownie that was outstanding. give them a call to make sure they're still doing the gluten free desserts.

                Auntie Em's Kitchen
                4616 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    It seems Manis have closed for good at BH location. Black cat bakery has one gluten free dessert called Mexican brownie with bit of chili on the frosting. It's really good but they only have that one item that is gluten free.

                    1. re: Chicayamato

                      where did you hear that about Mani's? the Twitter feed on their website has been updated within the past hour. they were closed over the holidays but apparently reopened yesterday...

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        My good friend work in the building and became friendly with some of the staff. They told him the owner called it quits just before x-mas and told all the staff at a meeting. I guess Manis were not open yesterday or today but there is a sign on the door saying they will open tomorrow. I guess we will know tomorrow but I am betting they will not open again.

                        1. re: Chicayamato

                          wow, that's really too bad for them. they just moved into that new space in October!

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              By reading this respond from Manis surely explains why they went out of business. Even if you are upset that you have to close the business you do not take it out on your regular customers who kept you in business for years.


                              I emailed to ask why they're now closed on weekends and this was their response:

                              From: customerservice@maniso...
                              Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2011 10:12:28 -0800
                              Subject: RE: closed on weekends?

                              Thanks for complaining.

                              Mani's is now closed permanently.

                              Feel better now????"

                              1. re: Bobthechow

                                wow. that's horrible. i suddenly don't feel so bad for them...

                                1. re: Bobthechow

                                  wow that is horrible of them. i am glad that i have not dined there for the past 10 years because the food was so bland and overpriced!!! good riddance.

                      2. re: Clyde

                        auntie em's now has at least one fresh baked dessert every thursday in addition to their prepackaged gf walnut brownies. a few thursdays they have forgotten, but some thursdays they have up to 3 different freshly baked gf desserts! they are great and a huge value for the cost. (normal 4ish bucks for a slice of cake.) i just give them a ring every thursday to find out what is available that day.
                        another place to get good gf desserts in eagle rock is Four Cafe. they do a seasonal menu and always seem to have a few gf desserts. right now they have a gf cookie, peanut butter brownie, chocolate cake, and different pot de cremes.

                        the best gf desserts are from the sensitive baker!! i was a snob when it came to baked goods before i found out i could not eat gluten and nothing has changed since then. (i guess just the frequency in which i am able to eat them.) im not a huge chocolate lover nor does dairy like me too much. so, my easy gf go-to desserts are not things like flourless chocolate cake, ice cream, or creme brulee. that is why i love the sensitive baker and their vanilla cake with chocolate frosting!! divine! it doesn't taste like a good gf dessert, just a good dessert. i can't tell if it's a good or bad thing that i live so far from them.

                        (oh and not on the topic of gf dessert but pizza a new place opened up at the start of the new year in pasadena. it's called the luggage room pizzeria in the del mar metro station. (all the signs just say Pizzeria though.) great pizza!!! all the pizzas are personal sizes with great 'gourmet' options. they dont charge you any more for it being gf also! the bf has also tried the regular pizza and says its amazing, so its an option for a mixed family.)

                        1. re: poliakva

                          Seriously, LOVE auntie em's gluten free desserts. Last week i got some lemon thingy there that was outstanding. it was a huge piece of pie so i had to eat it in three sittings but none of it went to waste.

                      3. I don't know what gluten is, but based on the taste of gluten-free pastries, apparently it's delicious.

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                        1. re: jackattack

                          As they say in German; Gluten is Guten! ;-D>

                          1. Ok, I went to Breakaway Bakery today to check it out. First of all, it's really cute. I really enjoyed being there. They have an incredible selection. They have all these beautiful cookies. I bought a few different kinds to have with a cup of tea while I was there and they were all delicious! I took a raspberry/crumble bar, brownie, snickerdoodle and coffee cake muffin with me to eat later. . . could't help myself, nibbled at each of them - couldn't tell they were gluten-free - I'm soooo happy!

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                            1. re: jillrocks11

                              excellent. so happy for you :) i don't have much of a sweet tooth, but one of these days i'll swing by & check it out. thanks so much for the report!