La Maison Du Pain
Once in a while when I goto the gym I take Pico back east from La Cienega. A few weeks ago I noticed La Maison du Pain on the north side of the street. It this new?! In fact it opened August of 2004. How have I missed this all the times I cruised home on Pico? Must be that post-work post-gym zoning out thing.
I stopped by one evening got the booty of breads above (plus one more danish that I devoured walking out of the store) for $10. Included are the house baguette, which looks much more like a ciabatta, peach danish, raisan pastry, and a few rolls.
The house baguette was good but super crusty which translates to even more crusty the next day as it starts to stale. I think if I got it fresh in the morning it would have been amazing, maybe with a nice slice of brie and apple. :) Always with the cheese, huh? The danishes were pretty standard but I liked the rolls better. Besides being small and adorable, it was chewy with a nice crust.
It's still a new bakery and judging from an article I read, still trying to get a firm foothold in its business. It's run by two sisters who have no previous experience in the bakery businesses and used cookbooks to make their breads! Pretty amazing. I think now they have professional baker from France in their kitchen but it definitely has a family business feel to it with a very friendly service.
I still have yet to try their croissants, brioche or the brioche-y baguettes (I couldn't quite get the name down) but they looked delicious. The pastry selection was a bit sparse not that I cared too much. Afterall I am more of a breadgirl.
5373 W Pico Blvd
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