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CITY BAKERY

Interesting posts! I have to say, I think atmosphere is very subjective, and I tend to fall in the modernist category. so for me--City Bakery is cool precisely because it is unlike other places you find in Brentwood. And, I can usually find free parking in the lot. The Mart is trying to go super-upscale and this is obviously part of their plan to grab some more attention for this quaint little collection of businesses--anchoring with something homey like Marmalade or Coral Tree...what would be the point? I do hate that the American Heart Assoc (Cancer Assoc?) got squeezed out--man, I could get GREAT cashmere sweaters that the Ladies Up The Hill discarded every season. But I digress. Still like City Bakery and don't mind paying :)....ok I will concede that I think they have some temperature problems with their buffet items.....best to order from the grill.

Jul 07, 2006
ellabella123 in Los Angeles Area

CITY BAKERY

I really can't disagree more. I think this place rocks! I love the clean minimal vibe and I love sitting at the counter. It's expensive, yes, but for what you get? I think not. Maybe you have to get the carmelized french toast. I fantasize about it. It's absolutely the best french toast I have ever put in my mouth--two huge rectangular slices (nearly 2" thick and 8-9" long) of creamy thick bread (brioche, my boyfriend says), carmelized on all sides, and served with maple syrup on the side. I was there on a weekend recently (2 weekends in a row actually, and it was fairly busy both times) and people at the next 2 tables asked us about the french toast we were having. It's really that good. Coffee is good but not great. Juice is obviously fresh-squeezed. It's also the perfect place to stop by if you want to pack a quick picnic for the beach--so easy. If you went when it first opened---go back and give it another chance!

Jul 06, 2006
ellabella123 in Los Angeles Area

new at corner of Vista and Beverly?

Was at Hatfield's a week or so ago and noticed a new restaurant on the corner (wasn't open that night, but was having a pre-opening party--with a couple of live pigs...hmmmm). Anyone know what the restaurant will be?

Jul 06, 2006
ellabella123 in Los Angeles Area

I need dinner suggestions for a picnic basket. Going to The Hollywood Bowl...

If you are anywhere near Brentwood, I have the de facto answer: City Bakery. it's a little expensive (maybe a lot?) but...it's creative, fresh, good, and boxed up.

Jul 06, 2006
ellabella123 in Los Angeles Area

best birthday cakes in Los Angeles area?

sweet lady jane's strawberry shortcake draws raves every time I've seen it served

Jul 06, 2006
ellabella123 in Los Angeles Area