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Is there good bread to be had in the West LA area?

I frequent SM, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Culver City mostly. I usually buy San Louis Sour dough bread, or La Brea bread at the grocery store, but I am looking for good Artesian bread from a bakery. Also good croissants. Can anyone help me or is there a thread I should read?

Thanks so much.

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  1. When we need bakery bread we go to the Rockenwagner bakery on Washington on the Mar Vista/Culver City border.

    This is their menu:

    http://www.rockenwagner.com/bakery-me...

    1. In the Culver City area for croissants you should give Bistro Laurent a try. They even do whole wheat croissants (but I think those are available from Thursday through Sunday). Place link added to CH database (3936 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City 310.398.7443)

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      Bistro Laurent
      3936 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

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      1. re: Servorg

        Just an FYI --

        The web site says they will re-open on October 6. That's tomorrow.

        But that date has moved a few times. At one point, they were supposed to re-open on (I think) September 1. Then October 1.

        I guess I'm just saying to check their web site or call before heading over. They've been closed for a while, I I think.

        Also -- it looks like they are only open Thursday - Sunday (if I'm reading their web page right).

        We like BL -- they do a booth sometimes at the MVFM, too.

        1. re: PaulF

          I called them yesterday before I posted and they are open again.

          1. re: Servorg

            Cool --

            But they must be sticking to Thursday - Sunday, because they weren't open this am when I drove by around 810. (LOL -- Today is Wednesday, right?)

            1. re: PaulF

              I had thought when the guy I spoke with (I believe it was the owner or manager) said Thursday through Sunday he was replying to my question about whole wheat croissants. Looks like he was talking about their days of operation instead. It probably would have been a big help if I spoke French. ;-D>

      2. I love the hot Italian bread at Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica.(it's their bread that makes their sandwiches so good).

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        Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
        1517 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Per this LA Mag article
          http://www.chow.com/action/rd2/b8b1bf...
          family members of the Pioneer Bakery founder and current owners of Bay Cities have opened Etxea Bakery and are selling it to many original Pioneer Bakery customers.
          They are wholesale only at this time, so I'd check their web site periodically for additional options.

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          Etxea Bakery
          3439 Jack Northrop Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

          1. re: DiveFan

            Thanks for posting the article - nice read.

            1. re: DiveFan

              Etxea and Bay Cities are related by blood but are two separate businesses. I asked an employee at Bay Cities and they made it very clear that Bay Cities is separate. Try the triple cheese patty melt at 26 Beach on Etxea bread and you will forget about Bay Cities! In all fairness the bread at Bay Cities is not a sourdough and 26 Beach uses sourdough. I do like Bay Cities bread whatever it is.

            2. re: wienermobile

              agreed. Bay Cities Bread is amazingly dangerous to waistlines because it is so delectable

              1. re: echoparkdirt

                We have a pact with our circle of friends. If any of us end up at Bay Cities, we buy enough bread for everybody, text/call that we have the bread, and deliver the bread to each of the households of said circle of friends.

                1. re: echoparkdirt

                  Find Bay Cities bread soft and mushy and lacking in flavor.

              2. Le Pain du Jour on Pico near Lincoln has very good breads (both french baguettes as well as heartier olice bread, nut and raisin/harvest loaf and other heavier breads), as well as terrific croissants

                1. Naan Hut on Colby and Santa Monica is EPIC.

                  You'll never want another bread after you buy their giant sangak sheets for a measly $3.

                  Definitely in my top 3 "must go" spots in LA, and that's saying a heck of a lot. Can't recommend it enough. It goes stale very very quickly (within hours if left out) so eat what you can that day, wrap it up, and freeze it. Keeps really well in the freezer and defrosts in no time.

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                  Naan Hut
                  11551 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                  1. I think all of these recs are worth trying. The best artisan-type bread for sale that I've had in the Westside is at Huckleberry on Wilshire in Santa Monica. I usually get their boules or ciabatta. Gjelina Take Away's bread is really good as well, but they don't sell them.

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                    Gjelina
                    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      Another fan of the bread at Huckleberry. At 11:30AM every day, the multi-grain bread comes out of the oven and that bread is often sold out by mid-afternoon. That multi-grain bread is the best I have had anywhere. I am at Huckleberry twice a week for the multi-grain bread, their granola and the amazing blueberry bran muffins.

                    2. The Cheese Box, on Westwood, the sandwich/deli wing of Wally's has good breads from a downtown bakery...i used to frequent Wally's for years then was crushed when they closed the Deli...guess its been open for a year now....i noticed it on the weekend, pulled in, bought a baguette and had them slice a 1/3lb of hard Italian salam, took it to my car, tore open the bread laid in the meat...next time i'll get the cheese too, and animalized this on my way to a movie at Westside Pavillion...i will be back. oh, La Brea bread is still excellent..i will check out the Naan Hut, though.

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                      Naan Hut
                      11551 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                      1. re: lapizzamaven

                        Thanks so much for all the recomdations. I'll take a few days to discover them.

                      2. A lot of excellent suggestions. Rather surprised that Breadbar, the branch at Century City, was not mentioned.

                        I do like serving Bay Cities bread whenever we have pasta at home as well as sandwiches. We like Pain Du Jour baguettes when we're feeling "French", with cheese and fruit. Pain Du Jour is always best earlier in the day.

                        1. Definitely have to try Almandine for fabulous croissants and danishes and cakes. I havent tried their bread sorry. But they have awesome latte and rich authentic cakes. http://www.amandinecafe.com/

                          1. Not sure if you're willing to include bagels in the mix. I like the Bagel Factory's bagels, especially hot from the oven. They have a branch on Nat'l and Pico as well as on Robertson south of Pico.

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                            Bagel Factory
                            2320 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                            Bagel Factory
                            3004 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                            1. re: aliris

                              I second aliris post re Bagel Factory - IMO, the best in LA . Especially, try the breakfast omelets. note that the branch on National is at the corner of Sepulveda, in a strip mall.

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                              Bagel Factory
                              3004 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                              1. re: aliris

                                Patting self on back:

                                If you go to the Bagel Factory on National and Sepulveda, there is a framed copy of the L.A. Reader with Sonny (owner of the Bagel Factory) on the cover. It is a story on what was then the bagel wars in L.A.

                                I wrote that story.

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                                Bagel Factory
                                3004 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                              2. There is a french named bakery that sells only at the Mar Vista / Grandview Ave Farmers Market on Sundays (8 am to 2 pm) that has large selection of really great breads, rolls and some excellent pastries. Sorry, I can't remember the name, but the booth is kind of orange & black, on the east side next to the post office. It is now the only place I will buy bread - worth the trip and adapting to their schedule.

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                                1. re: Bruce Kerr

                                  You mean Les Delices du four Bread I'm sure.

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    That's the one. I find their rustic breads to be the best. We're regulars there and find their huge ciabattas and batards to be excellent.

                                2. Lonzo's bakery on Washington just west of overland.
                                  The bread is reasonably priced and has an amazing flavor.
                                  I got a sourdough baguette from them the other day and ate half of it plain on the ride home. It is crispy and chewy with just the right sourness.

                                  Lonzo's Bakery
                                  10804 Washington Boulevard
                                  Culver City, CA 90232
                                  (310) 842-7876