I'm moving back to Huntington Beach after a decade in the Northeast (NYC & CT). Totally excited for so many things (food, farmers markets, weather, family, etc., etc.). However, one thing I'm still trying to scout (from afar, mind you) is a great artisan bread bakery in OC. Searching here on Chowhound hasn't yielded much that sounds promising. My brother mentioned a few that he said were only OK - c'est si bon in newport, french's in a few places, etc., but he (nor I) have found one that focuses first and foremost on breads.
Sounds like there are a lot of places that are big on the current cupcake craze, or are more pastry shops, but I haven't heard of one that really is serious about it's bread. But maybe (hopefully!) I'm missing one? Any ideas?