Tuesday, August 29, 2006
City Bakery in Brentwood
I checked out City Bakery (the second location, the first one in New York), located in the Brentwood Country Mart on San Vicente and 26th Street. They have a self service prepared food bar, weighing in at $12 a pound. In the other corner is the pastry counter, with obscenely gigantic pastries. 5-6" scones and cookies, they make Rockenwagner look petite.
I went straight for their signature "pretzel croissant." Looks just like a croissant, with the exception of sesame seeds, and a beautiful, dark crust. I have always loved dark croissants, and this one takes the cake. Super crispy, flaky crust, you can actually taste the butter. The center was darker than a usual croissant, looking like they use whole wheat flour. The crust had the slightest tang of a pretzel, otherwise it just tasted like a croissant.
The 5 1/2" diameter chocolate chip cookie was nice and soft, but not memorable, neither was the berry scone.
Next time I will try the food bar, and pick up another croissant, but I am not rushing to go back. By the way, Helen Hunt was there, enjoying her breakfast.
225 26th Street
Los Angeles, Ca