|post-Hawaii pastry fix at the La Brea Bakery
||[Feb. 22nd, 2004|02:27 pm]
|||||no music, but maybe french cafe music would work there||]|
I was in Honolulu for a week at a conference, and as much as I love the idea of having sushi available at the 7-11, I couldn't find a decent croissant for the life of me. Being in the Convention Center neighborhood was no help at all, so when I got back (to Hell-A) I ran to La Brea Bakery, since it had been months since I'd been.
Weekends, despite the roving crowds are a great time to go, because they put out a different assortment of pastries, and more importantly, George is there. George rules. period.
They have a lovely selection of sandwiches for meat eaters, but veggie options always involve cheese. But it's some of the best damn cheese in the city (selections in the deli case are highly recommended.) If you haven't had a Campanile/La Brea Bakery grilled cheese sandwich, you really haven't lived yet. Stout LBB white bread with gruyere grilled to an evanescent crispy, buttery, filling perfection. I had to get on the bus before I could eat mine, and despite the accumulating moisture in the bag, the bread was still crunchy when I ate it about 15 minutes later. But you really have to eat it while it's still warm or else the cheese looses that buttery creaminess.
I still haven't been for a Thursday night Campanile Grilled Cheese, but maybe I'll have to drag the Planktongirl after she's finished with her exams.
La Brea Bakery cafe and store
La Brea Ave between 6th and Wilshire, open til about 5 or 6 most days.
accessible from the Wilshire 720 and 20/21 busses, the 212 line on La Brea, and not too far from the 16 line on 3rd st.
George reports: LBB products are available somewhere in the Ala Moana Shopping Center, but they sure as hell are not in the *food court*, because it was a quaint multiculti hell for vegetarians.