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Best macaron spot?

set0312 Feb 20, 2014 12:13 AM

Tried La Duree over the summer and have been craving an LA substitute ever since? Suggestions? (Please don't tell me Bottega Louie is the best LA has)

  1. JAB Feb 20, 2014 06:25 AM

    Give Frances in Little Tokyo a try.

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    1. re: JAB
      ns1 Feb 20, 2014 03:29 PM

      Did not care for Frances; their pistachio left a lot to be desired.

      Related: Anyone in LA selling ganache macarons?

    2. dbchun Feb 20, 2014 07:55 AM

      I prefer Lette macarons over Bottega Louie and Little Next Door makes good macarons as well, they have a similar macaron to Pierre Herme's hazelnut truffle

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        TravelPath Feb 20, 2014 09:35 AM

        I agree that Lette is your best bet...but find them a little too soft...Little Next Door used to be pretty good but the last couple of times I had one of their macarons I was disappointed.

        I am fortunate to be able to "commute" to Paris on a regular basis and bring home Pierre Herme and Ladurée frequently. I was told in Paris that Ladurée is looking for a location in SoCal (Third Street was mentioned) to open a store in the next year or so...I am keeping my fingers crossed! They are opening a location in Miami this year to add to their New York locations.

        A related rumour I heard in Paris is that La Maison du Chocolat is looking for a location in Beverly Hills that can accommodate a retail location as well as a bakery...which for macaron lovers is a good thing as their chocolate macarons are excellent! Once again, fingers crossed!

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        1. re: TravelPath
          dbchun Feb 20, 2014 09:53 AM

          wow that is exciting! fingers crossed! i thot i was lucky to have a friend with the same "commute" :) jealous!

          hard to compare with parisian patisseries but glad to hear another vouch for lette

          1. re: TravelPath
            Sgee Feb 20, 2014 10:04 PM

            Keeping my fingers crossed for Laduree!!!

            Folks at Pierre Herme if you are reading this, perfect time to setup one of those little stands at Saks as they contemplate renovations. Would be a total coup beating Laduree to the punch.

            1. re: Sgee
              J.L. Feb 20, 2014 11:40 PM

              Ladurée >>> Pierre Hermé

              1. re: J.L.
                Sgee Feb 21, 2014 08:49 AM

                I'm in the PH camp after several shootouts over the years.

                I will gladly take either in LA!.

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                  TravelPath Feb 21, 2014 09:05 AM


            2. re: TravelPath
              set0312 Feb 21, 2014 12:36 AM

              Either of those would be unreal. If Laduree made it to LA I'd spend more money there than on meals.

              1. re: set0312
                TravelPath Feb 21, 2014 09:22 AM

                I am afraid to look how much I spend at Ladurée every year...but it is worth it! I hope that when they open (positive thinking!) that it includes a tea shop that serves the Omlette
                Ladurée...one of my favorite things ever! (especially their black truffle omelette)

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              schrutefarms Feb 20, 2014 09:59 AM

              I had some from the cafe at Surfas and really liked them!

              1. J.L. Feb 20, 2014 10:28 AM

                Frances Bakery (Little Tokyo).

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                  budlit Feb 20, 2014 03:14 PM

                  Maison Giraud has them occasionally and they're fantastic, as are all their bakery items.

                  1. omotosando Feb 20, 2014 03:23 PM

                    I am sure they are far from the best, but Erewhon Market on 3rd Street sells macarons in the refrigerator case near the front of the store. Four come in a box and they are nice and crisp and surprisingly tasty for something you would pick up at a grocer, even an upscale grocer like Erewhon. I forgot who manufactures the macarons.

                    1. OC Mutt Feb 20, 2014 03:54 PM

                      Don't let anyone tell you that Paulette's are good either. They're not. In fact, they're below mediocre bordering on bad. Sadly there are no places in LA or OC for that matter that can hold a candle to Laduree or Pierre Herme. I've tried them all and not only have I felt disappointed, I've felt ripped off. Wish I had better news. NYC has Laduree now so have a friend bring them back for you if they travel there.

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                      1. re: OC Mutt
                        prawn Feb 21, 2014 02:55 PM

                        Did you ever get a chance to try the ones from L'Artiste (which later became Whisper Cafe which is now defunct)?

                        My SO loved them and has been on the search for similar for a long time. They weren't typical - much larger, more of a chewy texture. Definitely not my cup of tea but I don't have as much of a sugar tooth. SO on the other hand would eat the whole box if I wasn't around.

                      2. ipsedixit Feb 20, 2014 06:43 PM


                        1. Novelli Feb 21, 2014 12:28 PM

                          I've always dug Bouchon's version.

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                          1. re: Novelli
                            OC Mutt Feb 21, 2014 01:39 PM

                            I left Bouchon off because I didn't feel that they were an apples to apples comparison. They're more like Americanized Macarons - for lack of a better description (for the record, Bouchon bakery is excellent, and I enjoy it, just not the Macarons). Yes, Chef Keller does the "cookie" texture pretty well even though I consider it heavy-ish, but it's lacking in flavor, and the fillings are very thick, rich and more like frosting. I should have mentioned what might be the best facsimile in southern CA is Layer Cake Bakery in Irvine. They're not bad. That's the best I can say.

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                            flowergirl Feb 21, 2014 04:16 PM

                            Has anyone been to Buttercup L A on Sawtelle? I just noticed it but haven't tried their macarons yet. If they taste as good as they look...

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                            1. re: flowergirl
                              set0312 Feb 21, 2014 05:41 PM

                              agh but that is the problem with macarons, they all look incredible!

                              1. re: set0312
                                flowergirl Feb 21, 2014 06:13 PM

                                Excellent point!

                                1. re: set0312
                                  khh1138 Mar 2, 2014 05:03 PM

                                  Agreed. I sampled the most beautiful dark blue macaron (that was advertised as a black currant flavour, my favourite) on a recent trip to Las Vegas, in the Paris casino (I know, I know). I don't know what I was expecting, but it was so bad - so chewy and sickly sweet and such a let-down. If only it tasted half as gorgeous as it looked. But there was no way to tell unless I actually put it in my mouth.

                                  I like the macarons at Europane. But nothing compares to Ladurée. I sure hope they move in to town.

                                2. re: flowergirl
                                  omotosando Mar 2, 2014 05:30 PM

                                  I tried the caramel sea salt macarons at Buttercup recently. They were okay, but too sweet for my taste.

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                                  revets2 Feb 21, 2014 11:12 PM

                                  Another Lette fan here.

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                                    chinchi Mar 2, 2014 08:01 PM

                                    My favorite local macarons are at Europane in Pasadena.

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                                      redhead33 Mar 5, 2014 06:30 AM

                                      Monsieur Marcel has them at both their Beverly Hills location and Farmers Market. They are from La Duverger and the owner used to work at LaDuree. Pretty good!

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                                      1. re: redhead33
                                        Sgee Mar 6, 2014 09:05 PM

                                        Excited to hear ex-laduree; hit up whole foods yesterday for La Duverger.

                                        Bought and downed 4. 2 were dense and chewy, 1 hollowed out top, 1 okay. All too sweet. Flavours were ok.

                                        Needs product QC improvement

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                                        Shanne58 Mar 5, 2014 08:34 AM

                                        Another Europane (in Pasadena) fan. Better priced and larger then some as well.

                                        1. J.L. Mar 6, 2014 11:22 PM

                                          Believe it or not, I found the macarons at Hakkasan to be quite good (dare I say great?!)...

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                                            set0312 Mar 7, 2014 12:33 AM

                                            (Gasp!) can they be purchased on the side?

                                            1. re: set0312
                                              J.L. Mar 7, 2014 12:36 AM

                                              I'm not sure - Please inquire and let us know!

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                                                set0312 Mar 7, 2014 07:26 AM

                                                Will do! Thanks for the heads up

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                                            yogachik Mar 7, 2014 08:19 AM

                                            Belwood Bakery in Brentwood has, by far, the best I've tasted in town.

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