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Best PAIN AU CHOCOLAT in Los Angeles?!!

Liquid Sky Jan 18, 2011 02:36 PM

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.


  1. Maxmillion Jan 20, 2011 08:26 PM

    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
      maudies5 Jan 21, 2011 03:19 PM

      Huckleberry makes a delicious one.

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      paprkutr Jan 20, 2011 06:05 PM

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

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        RichelleB Jan 20, 2011 03:14 PM

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

        1. aching Jan 18, 2011 07:32 PM

          Bottega Louie.

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

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          1. re: aching
            Liquid Sky Jan 19, 2011 05:27 PM

            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
              crystaw Jan 20, 2011 04:15 PM

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

          2. mnosyne Jan 18, 2011 06:40 PM

            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
              bulavinaka Jan 18, 2011 06:51 PM

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

              1. re: mnosyne
                yogachik Jan 18, 2011 06:53 PM

                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
                  soniabegonia Jan 20, 2011 02:31 PM

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

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

                  1. re: soniabegonia
                    burumun Jan 20, 2011 11:12 PM

                    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*

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                  mc michael Jan 18, 2011 04:40 PM

                  Paris Pastry. Europane.

                  Paris Pastry
                  1448 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                  1. J.L. Jan 18, 2011 04:31 PM


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

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                      PandanExpress Jan 18, 2011 03:26 PM

                      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.

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                        Liquid Sky Jan 18, 2011 03:17 PM


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