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Best PAIN AU CHOCOLAT in Los Angeles?!!

It's been a while since I've inquired about "pain au chocolat" or chocolate croissants.

Who makes the best one these days (on the Eastside or the Westside)?

Bonus points if it's a cafe that's pleasant to pass the time in.


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    1. I like the ones at Le Pain du Jour. The only downside is that if you don't get there early (like by 10am) then you might not get any. Small space with about 2 small tables out on the sidewalk. More of a pick-up and eat in the car type deal.

      A backup choice for me is Huckleberry. Cost a little bit more, but considering it's right across the street, not too shabby. It's a cafe, but I wouldn't say it's pleasant to pass the time in there just because it's so chaotic and crowded in there.

      1. Easy...

        Amandine in West L.A. And yes, it IS nice to spend a bit of time there.

        1. Paris Pastry. Europane.

          Paris Pastry
          1448 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          1. The best I've had was at Bite Bar (late, lamented); next best Huckleberry; the one I had at Amandine didn't have enough chocolate in it.

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            1. re: mnosyne

              I agree with you on Bite's version. I've pretty much stopped eating croissant-y kinda things since they closed...

              1. re: mnosyne

                The best I've had outside of France is Bite Bar and Anisette, both now gone. Amandine or Huckleberry would be my echo vote.

                1. re: mnosyne

                  Bwaaaaahhhh!!!! for Bite. Choking back tears...

                  La Maison du Pain might be a distant second. Euro Pane a distant third.

                  1. re: soniabegonia

                    Ditto re: Bite Bar! :( That was my favorite pain au chocolat and Amandine's just doesn't cut it anymore.

                    I still had my freshguide coupon too *sob*

                2. Bottega Louie.

                  Bottega Louie
                  700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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                  1. re: aching

                    Thanks for all of your great replies! I like the one at Bottega Louie, but noticed that it's a little smaller than the average size you get in other places. I've tried Pain du Jour and Amandine already... both respectable. Will look into Huckleberry/Paris Pastry/Europane as well. (Pity that Anisette and Bite Bar are gone!)

                    Bottega Louie
                    700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                    1. re: Liquid Sky

                      If you go to Europane, be sure to get yourself some macaroons!

                  2. Porto's in Burbank. Lines at lunch. Sometimes they run out.

                    1. Susina's on Beverly, can sit and relax.
                      Little Next Door, though I have only taken out.
                      As others have said, Amandine.

                      1. I like the ones from Le Pain Quotidien (bonus points bc they are organic)

                        NB -- I've only tried the Studio City location.

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                        1. re: Maxmillion

                          Huckleberry makes a delicious one.