Swedish Bakeries - Ikea doesn't count
It's tragic how few Scandinavian/French bakeries are around. Berolina's definitely has a lot to be said for it.
However, I do have one beef with them: They SKIMP on fillings. A great viennoiserie needs easily 2-3 times as much jam as they put on it and they're VERY STINGY with their marzipan as well. Their pain au chocolat is depressing; you'll be lucky to find four chocolate chips inside! And they don't do anything with a cream filling, so forget profiteroles or eclairs.
They certainly charge enough for their products to justify being a lot more generous with the goodies. It's sad because they could be truly great, and they're merely the only thing locally available if you don't want Armenian or a donut shop.
Gustafsdotter, your name here reminds me of the old Gustaf Anders restaurant in La Jolla and Costa Mesa. It was one of my all-time favorite restaurants. We would drive from the San Fernando Valley all the way to La Jolla just to eat there!
To anyone who remembers it, are there any restaurants like it in L.A. or Orange County?