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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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