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Best Artisan Bread in LA

tortiz9 Nov 4, 2012 11:23 AM

I know this topic has been covered a lot before, but the threads seem a little outdated. So, I want to know of the best bakeries making artisan bread right now. I mean GREAT bread, like the amazing bread in Tartine up in SF. I know a lot of the bread here doesn't come close, but I have hope. I've heard good things about the Larder at Tavern and, of course, the ever-popular La Brea. So please help me out in finding the amazing, crusty bread I crave in LA.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: tortiz9 Nov 4, 2012 11:47 AM

    I like the sourdough bread by Mark Stambler.

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      polldeldiablo RE: ipsedixit May 3, 2014 11:47 AM

      I know this is late but for those of you in the area, apparently Mark Stambler is discussing and letting people sample his bread. I'm not sure if I'm allowed per chowhound rules to mention date and time but if you check his website, it shows the time http://stamblersbread.com/order-my-br...

      I've personally always wanted to try his bread since ipsedixit made me aware but he's always been out of my way.

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        Servorg RE: polldeldiablo May 3, 2014 11:51 AM

        Good to see a new cheese shop opening "Milk Farm LA" in Eagle Rock https://www.facebook.com/milkfarmla


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          ipsedixit RE: polldeldiablo May 3, 2014 06:09 PM

          That's good to know. Thanks for sharing.

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            tortiz9 RE: polldeldiablo May 3, 2014 09:28 PM

            Oh sweet! Thanks!

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          JudiAU RE: tortiz9 Nov 4, 2012 07:15 PM

          Breadbar, Bouchon, and Larder all have good offerings.

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            Dommy RE: JudiAU Nov 5, 2012 08:36 AM

            Agreed with the above. I also love the bread at Huckleberry/Milo & Olive. For sandwich bread I like Homeboy.



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              ipsedixit RE: Dommy Nov 5, 2012 09:51 AM

              I've never understood the bread at BreadBar. It just seems very pedestrian to me, at very high prices.

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                tissue RE: Dommy Nov 7, 2012 11:17 AM

                Milo and Olive is yum

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                  cacio e pepe RE: Dommy Nov 11, 2012 07:37 PM

                  OP mentioned Tartine in SF. Milo+Olive is a great choice as I believe Zoe Nathan apprenticed at Tartine. And their bread is amazing.

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                    tortiz9 RE: cacio e pepe Nov 11, 2012 08:02 PM

                    I'll definitely give Milo+Olive a try when I get the chance!

              2. Servorg RE: tortiz9 Nov 5, 2012 09:11 AM

                If you are ever out in the Conjeo Valley try Great Harvest Bread Bakery http://www.conejobread.com/

                1. raytamsgv RE: tortiz9 Nov 5, 2012 11:19 AM

                  I'm a bit uninformed on the subject. What is the definition of "artisan" bread?

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                    RicRios RE: raytamsgv Nov 5, 2012 02:17 PM

                    Excellent question, raytamsgv! This link probably provides a decent answer:

                    "Artisan bread is exactly what its name suggests: bread that is crafted, rather than mass produced. Baked in small batches rather than on a vast assembly line, artisan bread differs from prepackaged supermarket loaves in a number of ways. Special attention to ingredients, process, and a return to the fundamentals of the age-old bread-making tradition set artisan bread apart from soft, preservative-laden commercial breads.

                    Whereas a store-bought loaf of mass-produced wheat bread might have nearly twenty ingredients, artisan bread will have closer to five. The basic building blocks of bread are flour, water, yeast, and salt. Sourdough is added for some breads; eggs and sugar for others."


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                      tortiz9 RE: raytamsgv Nov 5, 2012 05:49 PM

                      What RicRios said ....and this is a good link to check out, too:


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                      calpurnia RE: tortiz9 Nov 6, 2012 06:00 AM

                      I think Atwater Village Bakery on Los Feliz has the best sourdough.

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                        tortiz9 RE: calpurnia Nov 6, 2012 04:54 PM

                        Sourdough is my favorite type of bread. I'll definitely try theirs.

                      2. Mattapoisett in LA RE: tortiz9 Nov 6, 2012 06:46 PM

                        Has anyone tried the Offerings from Bicycle Bread Company?


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                          tortiz9 RE: Mattapoisett in LA Nov 11, 2012 01:29 PM

                          I have, but only their pumpkin chocolate loaf. It was really good. I have to try their other offerings.

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                            sel RE: Mattapoisett in LA May 3, 2014 09:00 PM

                            http://bicyclebread.com/closingchapter/ was good but are gone - for now!

                          2. tablefor1 RE: tortiz9 Nov 11, 2012 05:42 PM

                            Bread Lounge (Downtown LA) is making some outstanding bread. Bouchon, Huckleberry and Milo & Olive are also making good baguettes.

                            1. Dommy RE: tortiz9 Nov 11, 2012 06:37 PM

                              Just tried the relatively new B1 Breadshop in Venice... I've been looking for a good baguette to enjoy roast beef sandwiches (Whole Foods now makes their own roast beef cold cuts and they are awesome!). So I gave them a try and was very impressed. Their crust was okay (I prefer Homeboy's) but the inside was SO soft and tender. Toasting the outside a little bit would probably put them over the edge! :)


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