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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?

          Link: http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

          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

            1. My friend the baker tells me that Los Angeles is not conducive to baking sourdough.

              The humidity is all wrong, I'm told. Baking is chemistry (much more so than cooking) and LA's dry atmosphere makes is very difficult to bake, as opposed to, say, San Francisco.

              Or so he says.

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              1. re: PaulF

                I've been told that Wheatland Baking's Sourdough is on par with Boudin's and Frisco's... and even better. I was told that they work harder to control their starter and that is why Wheatland's sourdough comes out good... I was also told they take 3 days to make it.

              2. 1) Isn't one kind (which?) of LaBrea Bakery's many loaves good and sour? Unfortunately, only T.J.'s has a good selection and is convenient.
                2) Columbo (Bay Area based) is sold at some major supermarkets.
                3) Anyone care to speak up for Whole Foods selection?
                4) Bristol Farms (used to?) make an extra sour loaf.
                5) San Luis Sourdough is available at some Costcos, but not near me (grrr).
                5) Frisco - you're kidding, right?

                Good luck, Mike (grew up in East Bay)

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                1. re: DiveFan

                  They carry San Luis Sourdough at Ralphs. It's very good, but doesn't hold up well.

                  1. re: davinagr

                    San Luis Sourdough is available at some Costco stores and is usually good and sour but the package of 2 large pre-sliced loaves was very underbaked, like almost raw dough!

                2. The Vienna Cafe on Melrose and Fuller Ave. makes a mean sourdough. I was having lunch there, and the baker was giving away free loaves. I doubt you'll get a free loaf of sourdough if you go, but it's worth checking out. Spongy with a crunchy crust. Perfect.

                  1. I was REALLY impressed by the sour dough that Alamitos Fish Company Freshly bakes everday. It was actually BETTER than more of the 'tourist' Sourdoughs I've had in SF...


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                    1. re: Dommy

                      I will try the sourdough that Alamitos Fish Company bakes but I have not found any breads in LA as good as Acme Bread in the Bay Area. They could be considered 'touristy' due to their presence in the Ferry Bldg. but their breads are spectacular and considered special by locals and the tourists that are lucky enough to find them.

                      To get back on track, I think Europane and La Maison du Pain have the best breads that I've tried locally but I can't recall how sour their breads are! I used to really like Buona Forchetta Hand Made Breads fresh from their previous somewhat hard to find location in Culver City but have not tried it from their new location in Gardena.

                      EuroPane Bakery
                      950 E. Colorado Bl.
                      Pasadena, CA 91106
                      626 577 1828

                      La Maison du Pain
                      5373 W. Pico Bl.
                      Los Angeles, CA 90019
                      323 934 5858


                      1. re: sel

                        Why oh why can't we have acme or metropolis baking down here? La Brea bakery doesn't hold a candle to them, and charges almost twice as much!

                    2. not sure from which bakery they come, but the sourdough boules at robin's nest in venice (on n. venice blvd) are amazing. soft, sour, and perfect crust.

                      1. Well, the sourdough at Wheatland Baking is now the SECOND best sourdough I've had in the city -- the first best is actually sold at Tallyrand in Burbank (yes, the blue-hair coffee shop). I have no idea if they make it themselves or buy it (and from where??) but it's tangy, it's sour, it's chewy, it's crusty, it's perfect.

                        It's also $4 for a @$#%ing six-inch boule, but I still @$#%ing pay it.

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                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          I vote for Wheatland Baking, Inc.'s sourdough at Fish King, too. That, along with Dungeness crab and a container of Toto's tartar sauce, is the perfect ticket.