I will be in Northridge/SFV next week and would appreciate .
recs for good Jewish bakeries. I am looking for pastries and bread .
I don't know if it's Jewish, but Brent's Deli (considered by many to be the best deli in L.A.) supposedly gets their rye bread from DELICIOUS BAKERY on the north-west corner of Reseda and Nordhoff in Northridge. Years ago, my mom would get very good coffee cakes and pastries from there.
A little further, in Tarzana, is BEA'S BAKERY at Reseda and Clark St. Again, I'm not sure if it's Jewish, but it has a very good reputation.
I'm not sure how you define a Jewish bakery, but I consider Bea's a classic Jewish bakery (even if it is open on Saturdays). It has always specialized in Jewish baked goods. It has excellent breads, especially the corn rye (which is what Langer's uses for its sandwiches) and pumpernickel. The rugelach is the best in the city, as are the black-and-white cookies. And, sacrilegious as it may seem, they also have an all-black cookie (because who really likes the white half anyway).
I never been to Bea's but we pick up their goods that are delivered fresh daily at Bob's in Santa Monica. I agree on all fronts of what you've mentioned. I was the only one in our family who would eat rye bread of any kind until everyone else tried Langer's. Now they are hooked on the corn rye.
Bea's has many excellent breads. Two to look for are the dark pumpernickel with raisins (a real, dark, heavy pumpernickel, absolutely delicious), and what they call the "half and half" -- half seeded rye dough, half pumpernickel, marbled together, so each slice is partly dark and partly light in beautiful abstract designs. Their challah is also excellent, as is the egg bread in loaves.
In Northridge, your best bet is to just buy what you need at the Brent's bakery. Delicious Bakery is just your standard bakery, nothing specifically Jewish.
The only other place I'm familiar with is Edi's Pastry on Sherman Way in Canoga Park. They don't have bread (except maybe challah on Fridays), but do have rugelach, Jewish-style coffee cakes, etc. I think it's run by an Israeli national. For the best selection, probably want to arrive early in the day on Friday.
I haven't been inside, but there's a Roladin in the big shopping mall on Victory and Tampa. Roladin is an Israeli bakery chain, and they probably have Jewish baked goods.
By the way, if you're just looking for challah, some Coffee Bean outlets have it on Friday. I know they have it in the West Hills branch, on Victory and Platt. Not sure about the Northridge branch.
Edi's doesn't have a large variety but is wonderful and has beautiful creations fit for *any event*. Bea's is just simply delicious and has a large variety and consistent quality like no other around. DB has very little variety and the quality consistently lacks.
On my way to Bea's this year to pickup my Rosh Hashanna order I drove by DB and there was nobody there. That itself speaks volumes.