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Where can I find great CHEESE DANISH in LA?

Liquid Sky Dec 10, 2011 08:11 AM

Hi Hounds,

Not wanting to drive all the way to Solvang, where can I find a really good cheese danish in Los Angeles?

I want to purchase an entire danish (not just a slice). Checked out the Danish bakery downtown HYGGE, but did not have luck in finding cheese danish there... unless they've added it recently.

Thanks for your help!

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    trimtab Jan 4, 2012 03:12 PM

    I was blown away by the Danish that Rockenwaganer's sells at the La Canada Farmers Mkt. I'm sure Hans sells them at his Venice bakery as well.

    1. wienermobile Dec 14, 2011 03:27 PM

      le pain quotidien makes an Almond Cheese Danish.

      Le Pain Quotidien
      451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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      1. re: wienermobile
        Normya Jan 4, 2012 10:44 AM

        Diamond Bakery on north Fairfax Avenue also has excfellent cheese Danish. Also try their wonderful dried fruit strudel, long onion rolls and Russian coffee cake.

        1. re: Normya
          Mr Taster Jan 4, 2012 02:29 PM

          I'm a huge fan of Diamond Bakery. Their challas are especially good and a bargain at $3.50 (Compare at $4-$5+ if you buy them at the fancier places up the street, or at Whole Foods).

          But be wary... the price goes up if you buy them the day before shabbos!

          Mr Taster

          1. re: Mr Taster
            Das Ubergeek Jan 4, 2012 04:02 PM

            Do they mark this?

            "Challah $3.50, $4.50 on erev Shabbat"?

            1. re: Das Ubergeek
              Mr Taster Jan 4, 2012 04:11 PM

              Few, if any, prices are listed. For full disclosure, I sometimes get the "you look like my grandson" discount which drops the price to $3.00 (and a free cookie).

              Their hamentashen are great, with a nicely tender, just-moist-enough crumb. Equally good are the apple ring (and sugar free apple turnovers, for those of that bent), raisin babka (chocolate is a little dry), poppy mandel bread, and an excellent kichel which is great with tea, and reminds me of Gelbstein's bakery back home.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster
                happybaker Jan 4, 2012 07:26 PM

                I'd also remind folks, if you are heading to Diamond Bakery for a challah - call ahead and reserve it. They do sell out, and walking in with hopes and walking out empty handed? Not a good feeling.

                That said, if you DO call ahead and reserve it, you seem to get an extra smile, because you know enough and care enough about their baked goods to do that.

                Their raisin pumpernickel is also awesome, as is their corn rye.

      2. Kris P Pata Dec 14, 2011 03:09 AM

        Outside LA but, certainly far closer than Solvang -- and within the county at that -- are two exquisite versions of cheese danish in Los Alamitos' The Great Dane Bakery and Alsace-Lorraine Pastries in the Bixby Knolls section of Long Beach. Both are totally worth the drive south.

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        1. re: Kris P Pata
          Das Ubergeek Dec 14, 2011 02:28 PM

          I'll second The Great Dane. They have a location on Warner just off Goldenwest in Huntington Beach too... and since we're discussing the 405, we need to talk about Christopher Garren's in Costa Mesa.

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          yoyo Dec 13, 2011 07:20 PM


          1. A5 KOBE Dec 10, 2011 10:26 AM

            Bouchon Bakery has a great cheese danish.

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            1. re: A5 KOBE
              SIMIHOUND Dec 10, 2011 04:30 PM

              I suggest Bea's Bakery. They have open or closed style and I believe even a cinnamon cheese danish. BTW the cheese strudel and all their danish are amazing. They are at Reseda Blvd and Ventura Blvd in Tarzana. 818-344-0100

              In LA go to the bakery at Canters Deli on Fairfax and Oakwood. It is never mentioned but it is a great bakery with a long long history.

              Canter's Fairfax Restaurant
              419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              Bea's Bakery
              18450 Clark St, Tarzana, CA 91356

              1. re: SIMIHOUND
                Liquid Sky Dec 10, 2011 04:34 PM

                Thanks to all of you... these choices all sound yum-a-licious!

                1. re: Liquid Sky
                  happybaker Dec 13, 2011 08:46 PM

                  I love Bea's - high quality, traditional jewish bakery, VERY fresh. But they are far from me!

                  So I also have to rec portos. They have a pear/cheese danish that is surprisingly good - not too sweet, very sophisticated, yummy. And their cheese rolls - not quite a pastry, not quite a danish - are divine. If you are near a portos, check them out!

                  1. re: Liquid Sky
                    mucho gordo Jan 4, 2012 03:00 PM

                    If you go to Bea's, be sure to try their chocolate chip danish. Superb!

              2. wienermobile Dec 10, 2011 08:54 AM

                Portos has a few different flavors like guava and cheese, Pineapple and cheese & Apricot and cheese.... Very very good.

                Porto's Bakery
                315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

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                1. re: wienermobile
                  DrBruin Dec 10, 2011 11:38 AM

                  2nd the guava cheese puffs just because they're so darn addictive. To me though, they aren't quite the same as something you'd get in Solvang.

                  1. re: DrBruin
                    Dogbite Williams Dec 10, 2011 11:48 AM

                    Porto's guava cheese strudel is the best pastry for under $1 that I've ever had.

                  2. re: wienermobile
                    yinyangdi Jan 18, 2012 12:05 AM

                    The Border Grill Stop at the kisok on the corner of Fig/Wilshire has a $2 Guava Empanada (guava jam • cream cheese • cojita). Have it heated up on the griddle. Delish! BGS also has good coffee.
                    601 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017
                    (213) 244-6861
                    M-F: 7AM - 3PM
                    CLOSED: Sat & Sun

                    Border Grill Stop
                    601 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                  3. wienermobile Dec 10, 2011 08:31 AM

                    Believe it or not Costco. On the large size with six pull apart pieces in a round pie shape package in the fresh bakery area,

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                    1. re: wienermobile
                      Liquid Sky Dec 10, 2011 08:38 AM

                      Thanks, wienermobile. Unfortunately I'm one of the few people on Planet Earth without a Costco membership! (I think I'm intimidated by the sheer magnitude of the place...)

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