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Jun 12, 2006 12:17 PM

Sourdough - where to find the real thing in LA?

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After an otherwise successful foray to Vons at National and Motor and waxing lyrical about Cesar in the Fruit dept. giving samples of everything - I was pretty impressed by the bread selection: Rye bread from the famous Fred's Bakery on Robertson and (for me) a couple of new sour doughs, but with the Von's label. Sorry to say, they weren't sour and were doughy to boot. However the big find was the crab legs for $9.99 - had a feast after bathing the little darlings in a sea salt bath. Chowpup who has a major additction for these legs said they tasted as fresh as can be.

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  1. I love the sourdough from Wheatland Bakery in Sunland... it's sold at Fish King in Glendale.

    1. Well, its a bit south of LA, but Disney's California Adventure has got the "real" Boudin Sourdough, baked
      everyday inside the park.

      Granted, you've got to pay to get inside the park, or get a friend who's a castmember to get you in.

      IMHO, its one of the only real reasons to go there....;-)


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      1. re: Just Cid

        Boudin is opening in south coast plaza as well.

        1. re: MEalcentric

          Isn't there one in MetroPointe? Across from the Barnes and Noble over the foot bridge?


          1. re: elmomonster

            Thats right, I forgot about that. Maybe I am getting my restaurants confused...but now it seems weird that another Boudin would open in the Mall across the street as well. Well, I guess this is the "starbucks" age of covering the map.

            1. re: MEalcentric

              There's also the following (from their website):
              Unfortunately, the LAX ones are probably behind the
              security walls (you'd probably have to have a ticket
              to get to them)?

              Centre at Metro Pointe
              901 South Coast Drive
              Building N, Suite 100
              Costa Mesa, CA 92626
              (714) 557-1849

              LAX Airport
              Terminal 1
              Food Court
              (310) 646-0734

              LAX Airport
              Terminal 7
              Food Court

              LAX Airport
              Terminal 8
              Food Court

      2. Good deal on those king crab legs at Vons this week $9.97/lb for 6/9 size (6-9 legs/10 lbs...the largest size category)and they were good. I bought them twice this week.
        Frisco Bakery isn't bad for sourdough...its the real thing. A lot of restaurants in town use their sourdough-like The Pantry. Go to their bakery on 26th Street & San Fernando Road(near 110/5 Freeway) and you can get it wholesale and fresh.

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        1. The sourdough at Pioneer in Santa Monica is quite good but could be a touch sourer.

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          1. re: TomSwift

            If you mean the one on Rose, I think thier retail shop is closed. If you call to check (411), I also think it's in Venice.

            1. re: MaryC.

              Nope - This is on the corner of Montana and Lincoln.

          2. s
            Silverlake Bodhisattva

            Well,as I sourdough fiend, I'd note that there's T.J.'s, of course; I've also had GOOD sourdough from Von's Pavilions SOMETIMES; their quality control of their "artisal bread" is imperfect. Pioneer is still pretty good. Some other local small bakeries, some of whom sell thorugh either Whole Foods or the chain grocery stores, have also been pretty good.

            r gould-saltman