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Jul 16, 2014 09:25 PM

Bread and Butter

Recently came home from a trip to Paris and then I see this video on Epicurious.

Now I'm dying for some amazing bread with amazing butter. I'm kicking myself for not cold packing some French butter along with some Poilane bread to extend the joy by even a day or two.

Is there a restaurant/bakery/creamery in LA or OC to get my hands on some top notch bread and/or butter?

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  1. Zinque on Venice and Abbot Kinney Blvds imports Poilane bread twice a week. I think the butter is domestic.

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      Forgot to mention Zinque is now in West Hollywood as well.

    2. Believe it or not Smart and Final carries French butter. Granted its not what you would find in Paris, Tours, or the Dordogne, but its really good butter...and it doesn't cost that much. I use it when I try to reproduce Joel Rubuchon mashed potatoes. Couple this with Bulvinaka's tip and you might "extend the joy" a bit...but LA is not Paris, and never will be.

      1. there's also a nice selection of butter at surfa's. and i think you can order quite a few things online.

        1. If you are in the vicinity of the Mar Vista Farmers Market on Sundays then you should check out the stand run by Chris Vamos of Milk Man Cheese Services for the butter he carries (McClelland's): and you can read more about his business here:

          Dommy recommends it here: and you can get more information on McClelland's here:

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            1. re: Servorg

              Servorg, Have you actually seen him at Mar Vista recently? The last time Dommy and I saw Chris, he was working at DTLA Cheese. He'd put Milkman on indefinite hold since it wasn't quite paying the bills. Other than that he is amazing with Cheese and Butter. He cold smoked some butter once and it was wonderful.

              1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                I haven't. So if he's not there anymore I am probably sending the OP on a wild "snipe" hunt. I wonder if anyone else is representing McClelland butter at one of the local farmers markets?

                1. re: Servorg

                  Spring Hil from Petaluma has been at the Santa Monica FM on 3rd/Arizona. Their organic butter is Euro-style and very good.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    I looked him up just last week but he was not at the stated farmers market. :-(

                    1. re: Servorg

                      He was working at DTLA Cheese in GCM and Dommy was ecstatic to see him He should be there so ask at the counter when you get there. I haven't been to GCM in many moons and it will be a few more weeks till I can get there, but when I do I'll try to check in with him.

                    2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                      oh i think he was at the atwater fm on sundays too. i LOVED his butter. was sad when they quit the market.

                  2. You can pick up a great baguette at Republique and if you feel like dining there, they serve a wonderful French butter as an option.