United in Butter
Inland and coastal pastries from B1 Breadshop
Plain and almond croissants
Two Angelenos are eating pastries and drinking coffee on a weekday morning. One is sitting in the cool fog of Venice; the other is feeling the day’s heat in Downtown.
Although our pair is breaking their fasts 15 miles apart, they’re eating the same item. And that’s not thanks to a break in the space-time-traffic continuum of the 10. It’s because of B1 Breadshop, a new bakery serving pastries at its 7th St. kitchen and at an Abbot Kinney outpost.
The delivery truck that brings each morning’s baked goods west must leave a sheen of butter behind it, as B1’s pastries are liberally greased. There’s a trio of sizable sweet croissants--one plain ($3), one filled with gooey chocolate ($3.50), and another layered with almond cream ($3.50). These French classics are the most shatter-prone in town, but they still have that leavened, buttery taste we love.
Other sugary options include a pillow-like apple turnover ($3.50), the slices of apples hidden inside its substantial folds and rendered soft and sticky. Or, if you’re craving a more simple treat, opt for a sugar-dusted round of brioche.
It’s a good way to start the day on either side of town.
B1 Breadshop, 2301 E. 7th St., Downtown, 310-699-9698; or 2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd., 424-259-1222; b1breadshop.com
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